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Demonstration Alert: Demonstrations and Arequipa Airport Closure (December 12, 2022)
December 12, 2022

Location: Peru 

Event:  Demonstrations and Arequipa Airport Closure (December 12, 2022)  

Due to ongoing demonstrations at the Alfredo Rodriguez Ballón International Airport in Arequipa, Peru, authorities have suspended airport operations for the rest of December 12.  Travelers should maintain contact with the airline for updates on rescheduling flights.  Demonstrations are taking place throughout the country, including in the city of Arequipa and Panamericana Highway in the district of Chao in La Libertad region.  Additional locations throughout Peru may be affected.  Monitor news sources to stay informed of any changes. Please remember that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can quickly escalate and turn violent. 

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid ​crowds.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Monitor local media for updates. 
  • Follow traffic police instructions.
  • Comply with instructions from the Peruvian National Police and local authorities.
  •  Register in STEP ( https://step.state.gov/) to receive alerts and messaging from the U.S. Embassy in Lima.


For Assistance:           

U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru        

Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n        

Santiago de Surco 15023, Lima  





State Department – Consular Affairs        

+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444        


Peru Country Information        

U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 Webpage        


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