Event: Strike in Cusco on Monday, December 19 and Arequipa Airport Status (December 18, 2022)
There are unconfirmed reports of a general strike in the Cusco area on Monday, December 19, which will affect transportation in the city and may impact airport arrivals and departures. Demonstrations may occur in the city of Cusco. Roadblocks, traffic congestion, and disruptions are expected within the city. Consult with your hotel staff regarding transportation options to the airport. Avoid areas of demonstrations, as protests and demonstrations can be unpredictable and quickly turn violent.
The U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco is open for special emergency services on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. The Consular Agency is located at Avenida El Sol 449 in Cusco. Local conditions permitting, the Consular Agency will resume normal hours of operation on Monday, December 19, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Cusco Airport (CUZ) is currently open and flights are departing at a normal volume. Travelers should not travel to the airport until they have a confirmed flight that indicates it will depart on time. Airports in Ayacucho (AYP), Arequipa (AQP), Juliaca (near Puno) (JUL), and Andahuaylas (ANS) remain closed. The U.S. Embassy will distribute further information on airport operations as soon as it becomes available.
The airport in Arequipa remains scheduled to reopen on Monday, December 19. Please consult with your tour group or airline on rebooking options to your onward destination.
Curfews remain in place for the provinces of Virú, Andahuaylas, and Chincheros from 18:00 to 04:00; Ica, Pisco, Tayacaja, Angaraes, and Cangallo from 19:00 to 04:00; Arequipa, Cusco, La Convención, Chumbivilcas, Espinar, Carabaya, and San Román (Juliaca) from 20:00 to 04:00. Please obey the curfews and follow instructions given by the Peruvian authorities.
Actions to Take:
· 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.
U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
Santiago de Surco 15023, Lima
U.S. Consular Agency Cusco
Avenida El Sol 449, Cusco
State Department – Consular Affairs
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
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