Feb 27, 2019

Security for Tourists in Chile

Written By: Raúl Silva M. 
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Security for tourists in Chile.
Carabineros de Chile, Police Cars Formation
Photo: ahoranoticias.cl


IMPORTANT UPDATE:

Unfortunately, during October 2019, Chile has suffered the consequences of a serious social crisis, whose protests, in many cases, led to acts of vandalism, causing significant and millionaire damages to private and public property. Among those most affected can be mentioned the Santiago Metro, commerce, road and recreational infrastructure of several cities. Total recovery will take a long time at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. However, all tourism-related businesses continue to operate, in Santiago as well as in the rest of the country.

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The figures indicate that Latin America is, in general, one of the unsafe regions in the World for tourism. Fortunately, this is not a general rule. There are countries that make the difference in this regard, for example Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Costa Rica, are places where it is not necessary to take extraordinary precautions to visit them. In a similar direction goes Chile, considered the safest country in Latin America. Even so, it is necessary to take some precautions that would normally be taken in any country, such as avoiding faraway neighborhoods in large cities or being careful in the historical centers of these, you could become a victim of theft. The percentage of robbery with violence is low.

The Undersecretary of Tourism, Javiera Montes, states that "for the development of the industry it is very important the security of tourists and particularly the perception they have on their travel experience. In this sense, Chile has a great competitive advantage as an international destination, being and being perceived as a safe place".


Safety and Security in Chile for tourists.
Police Cars of the PDI, Investigations Police of Chile
Photo: emol.com

Travel Tips


When it comes to travel, the best security measures are the precautions that we can take ourselves, most of these precautions are common sense, however in many cases we forget them. The recommendations suggested to the traveler who will go to Chile, in general are the same valid for any part of the world:

* Avoid walking through deserted streets.
* Thefts are more frequent when the malefactor realizes that the victim is distracted. 
* Avoid showing off valuable goods such as jewelry, electronic devices, high-value cameras, etc.
* In your outings take only the essential documentation.
* Watch your belongings, do not abandon them, especially in crowded places like Restaurants, etc.
* Carry your purse or backpack always in view, crossed in front of your body.
* Be careful when using Public Transportation in large cities.
* Do not leave valuables in vehicles.
* Exchange your money only at authorized Money Exchange points.

Beyond the recommendations, the Chilean tourism industry recognizes that although it can be improved, the security conditions are good and stand out in relation to other countries in the region. In a statement to Emol.com, Dirk Zandee, Country Manager of Despegar.com Chile, said that from the perspective of the company, which operates in twenty Latin American countries, "we can affirm that Chile is perceived as a very safe country for tourism, with attractive destinations from North to South that do not represent risks for visitors ". 

He added that, in general, "foreign tourists show strong confidence when traveling to Chile, and recent figures show that, according to the Asociacion Chilena de Empresas de Turismo (Achet), our country expected to receive,  closing the year 2017, 6.7 million foreign tourists, which would leave Chile among the Latin American countries that attract the greatest number of international visitors, clearly interest in traveling to Chile would decline if the country were considered unsafe" he said.

Emergency Telephones in Chile



130 CONAF (Forest Fires)
131  SAMU (Ambulance)
132  Bomberos (Fire Department)
133  Carabineros de Chile (National Police Force)
134  PDI (Investigations Police of Chile)
135  Fono Drogas (Drug Phone)
136  Cuerpo de Socorro Andino (Mountain Search and Rescue)
137  Busqueda y Salvamento Marítimo (Maritime Search and Rescue)
138  Rescate Aereo (Air Rescue Service)
139  Informacion Policial (Police Information, telephones and location of police units, state of roads, street location and other queries in charge of Carabineros de Chile).

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