ISA Worldwide Alerts

The following alerts are to the best of ISA's knowledge gathered from direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council reports, CDC and WHO guidance, and expert consultation. Information is subject to change.

  • Valencia

    February 22nd, 2024

    In the late afternoon hours of February 22nd (local time), a deadly fire was reported in an apartment block in the Campanar neighborhood of Valencia. Local firefighting crews responded and have asked the public to avoid the area while they work to control the blaze. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

    The ISA Valencia resident staff have been in direct communication with students regarding the fire, advising them to avoid the area and check in with friends and family back home. ISA does not have student accommodations in the affected building or nearby area. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.

  • Viña del Mar and Valparaiso

    February 3rd, 2024

    On Friday, February 2nd, a state of emergency was declared in Valparaíso due to wildfires in the region. Chilean emergency services have been mobilized to battle the fatal fires, which have resulted in smoky conditions in the cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso. Local authorities have instituted a curfew on Saturday, February 3rd, until 12 p.m. (local time) to allow emergency services to move easily throughout the region. After this time, citizens are still advised to remain at home for the remainder of the day.

    All ISA students in Viña del Mar and Valparaíso are confirmed safe. The ISA Chile resident staff have informed all students about the situation and advised them to avoid affected areas, watch local news for updates, follow the directives of local authorities and to check in with the families back home. At this time, ISA does not anticipate changes to the academic schedule. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly. 

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For further information, please refer to ISA’s Health and Safety section, particularly the information regarding the monitoring of world-wide security levels.


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