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Demonstration Alert: Airport Status Update for Arequipa and Cusco
U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru – December 19, 2022
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December 19, 2022

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Peru

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The Arequipa Airport (AQP) reopened December 19 and flights are departing during daylight hours only due to damage to lights on the runway.  Travelers should not travel to the airport until they have a confirmed flight that indicates it will depart on time and should carry a printed copy of their boarding pass or reservation.  The front desk at your hotel can assist you with printing out your boarding pass.  Please check with your air carrier to confirm your flight status and/or request rebooking information.

The Cusco Airport (CUZ) is 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 and should carry a printed copy of their boarding pass or reservation.  The front desk at your hotel can assist you with printing out your boarding pass; the Consular Agency in Cusco can also assist you with printing boarding passes.  Commercial flights remain available during the week of December 19 from Cusco to Lima.  The Government of Mexico has arranged a charter flight from Cusco to Lima on Monday, December 19, and has limited seats available for U.S. citizens and others.  The flight will depart from the Cusco airport at 17:46 (5:46 p.m.) and the cost is USD 125 per person.  The seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Payment will be required in advance.  If you are interested in taking this flight, the Government of Mexico asks you to register at the following link:  https://forms.gle/S532gypzUJv8Wfwu6.  Passengers who select this flight should be aware that failure to show up for the flight will deprive other travelers of the opportunity to depart and should make every effort to follow through with their participation if they sign up.

A  general strike is expected  Cusco 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, along with possible roadblocks, traffic congestion, and disruptions.  Consult with your hotel staff regarding transportation options to the airport; the hotel may be able to assist you in contacting the Tourist Police in Cusco to enquire about airport shuttles that may run to the airport from the Plaza de Armas in the event that taxis are unavailable during the strike.  Because the Plaza de Armas may be a site of demonstrations, it is possible that the pickup location may be moved elsewhere, and it is best to call to confirm before proceeding to the Plaza de Armas.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, as protests and demonstrations can be unpredictable and quickly turn violent.

Local conditions permitting, the U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco is open for special emergency services at Avenida El Sol 449 in Cusco from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., from December 19 to December 23.

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