Chile Health & Safety

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Chile Health and safety

Your health is the priority whenever travelling abroad and this section can provide useful information to help you prepare for your trip.

Earthquakes are a relatively regular event and the structural quality of some of the buildings in Chile are an issue for concern although many are sufficiently erected, if in any doubt contact the accommodation you are using for more information.

One other of the natural risks are volcanos, with 2000 in Chile and around 50 active it is important to highlight the potential risk. Areas such as Pucón are at significant risk being so close to a volcano though there are usually sufficient warnings before any kind of eruption. Also be aware of the beaches, the tides can be quite strong and therefore is a wise decision to check the signposts on each location to assess whether it is safe to swim.

If you find yourself in the situation where medical care is needed then not to worry as you can find help at several well stocked hospitals though treatment available on Easter Island is minimal. You should make a note of any medication that you require on prescription though ensure it is the medical name rather than the brand. Some of the diseases that are important to be aware of include:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Rabies
  • Anthrax
  • Oroya fever
  • Brucellosis
  • Cholera
  • Dengue fever
  • Hantaviruses

The list is displayed to highlight the possibilities and extremes that can happen in Chile though with precautions taken before hand and common sense there shouldn't be any reason for concern as many of these are very rare.