'2020 – a year like no other' - Reflections about very busy times in Chile

Updated: Jan 11

Published 31 December 2020

From:British Embassy Santiago



Photo: Embassy staff at Santiago airport helping to repatriate British tourists stranded in Chile.


From the repatriation of British tourists stranded in Chile to the preparations for the UK’s exit from the EU, Ambassador Ian Duddy, speaks about this year's work.


Like many of you, 2020 has been an unforgettable year for the British Embassy team in Chile. First, the COVID pandemic hit us quickly and severely tested our resilience. We had 3,000 British tourists stranded in Chile and another 1,000 stranded on cruise ships. With flights suspended and cruise ships initially banned from disembarking passengers, it was a major logistical task to get all those passengers safely home and to look after those tourists who became ill.


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