Chile is a beautiful country that has millions of visitors per year. It is one of the safest countries in Latin America to visit. In fact, in 2022, it was #55 on the Global Peace Index.
Although Chile is a safe place, it’s always a good idea to be aware of the civil unrest going on in the country. It’s important to watch the advisories and news updates to increase the likelihood of protection against any complications going on in the country. One thing to be aware of is the regular protests that occur throughout the country.
The country is fairly safe for tourists because of its low crime rate, but tourists may run into petty crimes, like pickpockets, robberies (armed and vehicular), scamming, and bag snatching in common market areas or when using public transportation. It’s always advised to keep your valuables close or don’t bring them at all when traveling and try to keep large amounts of cash at a minimum.
Latest safety updates on traveling to Chile
February 22 – Negative PCR tests needed for American Citizens
American unvaccinated tourists must present a negative PCR test taken within a maximum of 48 hours from their last departure point before arriving in Chile. New arrivals may still be subjected to a Covid test. Proof of health insurance is no longer required.
October 22 – Chile is at a Level 2 advisory: Exercise increased caution
Tourists can still feel safe in Chile, but there have been large-scale demonstrations in Santiago and other cities. Most of these demonstrations take place sporadically with no notice and may disrupt transportation and daily activities.
Tourists are advised to be aware of their surroundings, avoid demonstrations, keep a low profile, abide by local authorities, obey curfews, shelter in place during protests, and monitor local media.
Common Scams to avoid in Chile in 2023
It is easy to get scammed as a tourist because you may not realize it’s happening. Chile, like every other place in the world, has scammers. The best thing is to know what to look for and prevent them. These are some of the most popular.
Friendly ATM Helper
You are at an ATM machine in Chile and a “local” approaches you to see if you need assistance. These people are scammers and are trained to watch for your PIN number and scan your card with a skimmer so they can drain your account later.
Depending on where you are in the world, you may be used to traveling via Lyft or Uber. In some countries, those aren’t alternatives, so you’re at the mercy of the local transportation options. Taxi drivers are known to take advantage of their customers, so make sure you ask for the meter to be turned on when you get into the taxi and have your own GPS working to see how long the trip should take. Once you have this information, ask the driver how long the trip will be. This can help in determining whether they are trying to overcharge you for a ride to your destination.
Why visit Chile?
There are so many things to see and do in this country, from breathtaking views to gazing at the stars. Here are a few other reasons.
- Walking on Glaciers
There are many glacial rivers, ice tunnels, white deserts, and iridescent lagoons to see that will be etched in your memory for the rest of your life.
Northern Chile has the clearest skies at night in the Southern Hemisphere. If you’ve ever wanted to really see the stars, visit ALMA, the Paranal Observatory, or the Cerro Tololo Observatory