Tireless work by the Embassy in Chile during coronavirus times

Close contact with the Chilean Government and the health, police and immigration authorities have enabled the Consular team to help British citizens during the pandemic.

Published 6 May 2020

From: British Embassy Santiago

Travel information for Chile.

Before international flights were completely cancelled in mid-April, the Embassy worked with the Chilean authorities to ensure that British nationals could leave the country without difficulties.

Since the middle of March, when the coronarvius (COVID-19) pandemic was declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the British Embassy Santiago has been almost entirely focused on managing the health crisis.

Our main work at the start of the pandemic was helping British nationals in Chile, both on cruise ships and on land, who had emergency needs arising from the crisis. Before international flights were completely cancelled in mid-April, we worked with the Chilean authorities to ensure that British nationals could leave the country without difficulties and to help people in remote areas to get to Santiago for their flights.

We believe that nearly all of the 3,000 or so British visitors who were in Chile in mid March are now safely back in the UK. However, we will continue to work tirelessly to help those who are still in Chile.

Another part of our work has been to support British nationals who were visiting Chile and contracted COVID-19. We have had five cases – four of which were people on cruise ships – including 3 who were hospitalised. Throughout their weeks in Chile we remained in close contact with them, their respective hospitals, insurers, and families back in the UK. All have now returned to the UK.

The UK and Chile working together

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