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Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Standard safety precautions are recommended in Santiago. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other country. Watch out for petty crime in tourist areas and protect your valuables.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpocket and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. Bag snatching occurs often, so make sure you carry your bag facing away from the street and preferably always close to you.
MUGGING RISK : HIGH
Muggings have happened in urban areas. People walking alone are often the targets, especially at night. In case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
As in any other city, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you like a tap on the shoulder, spitting or getting something spilled on you.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Overall, taxis and public transportation are safe. Make sure you book a ride or use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible as there have been reports of traveler being robbed and assaulted by taxi drivers. Make sure that the vehicle has the logo of the company on the side.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Flooding can happen during heavy rains. Air pollution during winter (June-September) in Santiago is a major problem; you may suffer from eye irritations and respiratory problems.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
There are occasional acts of domestic violence by anarchist groups that use small explosives. They tend to target banks and public transport. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Many women travel safely without any issues. However, if you are traveling alone, it is important to exercise particular care in crowds, on public transportation, in rural areas, and in isolated sections. Avoid isolated locations and traveling alone after dark. Women may get some unwanted attention from men.