Information about social protests in
South America

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Chile

Today, on Tuesday NOV 26th, 2019, there is a call for a general strike in cities all over the country. The demonstrations will start during the morning and the public transportation will suffer big delays or total cut offs depending on how the situation evolves. Apart from the general strike, periodic protests continue in Santiago de Chile, mainly affecting the city center. The major part of the city is safe, but the public transport is still not working properly. There has been an increase in the intensity of the protests in the cities of Antofagasta and Temuco.

Due to the current situation we are evaluating the possibility to change hotels for passengers that are booked at Santiago downtown hotels in the first week of December. Any excursions booked in Santiago will be operated during the morning hours, when it is still calm in the city.

All other travel destinations in Chile are operated normally.

Bolivia

The interim government recently signed a paper announcing new elections in Bolivia for the beginning of next year. In accordance with the current Bolivian constitution, a main clause of the paper states that no person who has held the office of President for more than two terms can participate, which excludes Evo Morales from the candidacy.  

Bolivia now seems to go back to normal. There are still protests in Cochabamba and in El Alto, which do not affect our operations. The international airport of La Paz is operating normally, and the roads to Oruro, Uyuni, Sucre, Potosí and to the Peruvian border are open and viable.

The city tour of La Paz does currently not include a visit to the Moon Valley as during the protests a lot of the surrounding infrastructure was destroyed.

Several governments, amongst others the US, UK and Germany, are currently advising against non-essential travel to Bolivia. We hope that the new development will lead to calmer days in Bolivia and that all travel warnings will be suspended soon.

Colombia

Following a national strike on 21 November, there have been continued protests throughout Colombia. In response, authorities have been implementing additional security measures, including curfews, at short notice. There is significant disruption to transport services // Source: gov.uk

For further specific and updated informationplease contact the local SAT Manager, the information changes frequently.