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Chile: Curfews and Protests

In response to ongoing protests, night-time curfews have been put in place in urban areas, including in Santiago, Valparaiso, Iquique, Copiapo, Rancagua, Concepcion, and Valdivia. Specific timings and locations are subject to change daily. New Zealanders in Chile should monitor local media for updates, follow the instructions and advice of the local authorities and observe any curfews in place.

 

You should expect to see a heavy military presence in these cities during this time. Authorities have requested that people stay in their homes during curfew hours, except in situations of emergency (in which a request for safe passage must be lodged in a police station – see note below about travel to/from Santiago airport) or face the risk of arrest. 

Transport links may also be impacted, including flights at Santiago International Airport. If you need to travel from Santiago airport during curfew, show your boarding pass to the authorities as this should ensure safe passage to the airport. If you arrive at Santiago airport during the curfew the airport authorities will give you a “salvoconducto” (safe conduct pass) to be able to leave the airport. If you are travelling to or from the airport in a private vehicle, the driver will be required to seek safe passage at the nearest police station. Contact your airline for further information.

The Central Union of Workers has called for a strike on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October. New Zealanders in Chile should remain vigilant of the situation and avoid protests and demonstrations, as even those that are intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little or no warning. Police may use tear gas and/or water cannons to disperse demonstrations.

We encourage all New Zealanders living and travelling offshore to register with SafeTravel. SafeTravel is the official registration facility for New Zealanders travelling or living overseas. If you register with us, we’re able to relay important information and account for your safety and wellbeing as part of New Zealand’s consular response to an overseas emergency.

New Zealanders in Chile requiring urgent consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Santiago, Chile on +56 2 2616 3000 (during working hours) or +64 99 20 20 20 (after working hours), or email embajada@nzembassy.cl. 

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