Flood Emergency in Loreto (April 30, 2015)

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling or living in Peru that the department of Loreto in northern Peru has declared a state of emergency for the next 60 days. This is due to inordinate seasonal rainfall which has triggered severe flooding in some areas, creating problems with roads and transportation around Iquitos and the region.

Specific districts cited in the declaration are: Balsapuerto, Jeberos, Lagunas, Santa Cruz, Teniente César López Rojas, Yurimaguas, Nauta, Parinari, Trompeteros, Urarinas, Belén, Iquitos, Indiana, Las Amazonas, Punchana, San Juan Bautista, Requena, Contamana, Parque Márquez, Pampa Hermosa, Sarayucu and Vargas Guerra, all collectively in the provinces of Alto Amazonas, Loreto, Maynas, Requena and Ucayali.

U.S. citizens traveling in Peru are advised to avoid these areas if possible. Travel is likely to be delayed and may be hazardous due to precarious road conditions and the possibility of severe flooding or other natural disasters. If you do travel to these areas, make a plan for how to maintain contact with family and friends, and keep them informed of your itinerary. Stay in close contact with tour and transportation organizers as well, in case delays or changes to your plans become necessary.

Travel to other popular tourist destinations in the southern part of the country, such as Machu Picchu, have not been affected.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy Lima website or by following the Facebook page for American Citizen Services in Lima. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, by calling the regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Should you wish to avail yourself of additional up-to-date information on conditions on specific areas within Peru, please contact iPeru at 01-574-8000 or iperu@promperu.gob.pe.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the embassy/consulates to contact them in case of emergency.  Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen; telephone 51-1-618-2000 during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or for after-hours emergencies; website at http://lima.usembassy.gov/. The Consular Section is open for emergency services, including registration, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays. Non-emergency services are provided by appointment only.

For information on “What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis,” please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Emergencies and Crisis link at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies/crisis-support.html.