Location: Peru (countrywide)
Anti-government protestors may hold demonstrations in multiple locations across Peru, including Lima, Puno, Cusco, and Ica, over the Peruvian Independence Day weekend from July 27-30. On July 14, the Government of Peru declared a State of Emergency on the national road network and on regional road networks for 30 days; this remains in effect. The State of Emergency allows the Peruvian National Police and/or Peruvian Armed Forces to set up checkpoints and request documentation from travelers. Roads in the Puno region may be particularly affected, including near Lake Titicaca and border crossings with Bolivia. Other roads across the country may also be affected with little or no warning.
Any protests that develop in Lima or Cusco are likely to be concentrated in the historic city centers, but may move to other areas around the city. Demonstrations are not planned specifically to affect travelers and/or tourist destinations; however, travelers should be aware that tourist travel routes, including airports and the railway to and from Machu Picchu, were severely disrupted by strikes in December 2022, which continued sporadically from January to March 2023.
Actions to take:
- Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
- Do not interfere with or attempt to circumvent roadblocks; travelers have been injured doing so in the past.
- Comply with instructions from the Peruvian National Police, Peruvian Armed Forces, and local authorities.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Enroll in STEP 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
- State Department – Consular Affairs
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
- Peru Country Information
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