Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Travel Alert for Chile


March 12, 2010

"This Travel Alert replaces the one issued on March 1, 2010 and provides updated information on airport services, areas to avoid, and contact information for travelers. This Travel Alert expires on April 11, 2010.

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to avoid non-essential travel to those areas closest to the epicenter and most affected by the earthquake, including the cities of Concepcion, Talcahuano and Temuco and the coastal areas in Bio Bio and Maule districts.

Following more than a week operating out of temporary facilities, the Santiago International Airport reopened with a limited schedule of domestic and international flights on March 9, 2010. The Santiago airport is expected to be fully operational by March 22, 2010. All other regional airports are open and operating on normal schedules...

Americans living or traveling in Chile are encouraged to register with the State Department's travel registration website to obtain updated information on travel and security within Chile. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in Santiago. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

U.S. Embassy Santiago
Avenida Andres Bello 2800, Las Condes
Santiago, Chile
Phone: 56-2-330 30 00
Fax: 56-2-330 30 05
After Hours Emergency Line: (56-2) 330-3000

Travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. For information on general crime and security issues, U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's Country Specific Information for Chile as well as the Worldwide Caution located on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

U.S. citizens may also call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the United States for the latest travel information. The Office of Overseas Citizens Services can be reached from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday, by calling 1-888-407-4747 from within the United States and Canada, or by calling (202) 501-4444 from other countries."

Read the complete Travel Alert: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4737.html

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