Magallanes Region in Chile to Stay on DST
The Magallanes Region in Chile will stay on Daylight Saving Time (DST) indefinitely. The change will also apply in the Chilean Antarctic.
Signed by the President
President Michelle Bachelet signed the law on December 4, 2017.
Politicians in the region have long argued that daylight hours are short in Magallanes and that the 1 hour of extra light in the afternoon will be good for tourism and people's health.
Remain on UTC-3
Staying on DST will change the time zone in the Magallanes Region and the Chilean Arctic to a UTC offset of minus 3 hours (UTC-3).
The US-run Antarctic base, Palmer Station, is located in the Chilian Antarctic and will likely also follow the time zone change.
Chilean Time Zones
In January 2015, Chile decided to remain on DST permanently. However, only a year later the Chilean Ministry of Energy announced that the country would introduce yearly clock changes again from May 15, 2016.