Planned Demonstrations (January 5, 2016)

The Embassy has received reports of the following protests or demonstrations, which may have impact on personal security and traffic patterns in the affected areas.

There is potential for continued demonstrations or strikes by Peruvian National Police (PNP) personnel throughout the month of January. This may affect traffic flow and the level of police presence in areas frequented by tourists. U.S. citizens should remain aware of the potential for increased criminal activity (such as petty theft or robbery) in the event of reduced police presence.

Please exercise caution if in the following locations during the listed dates and times.  Protests can last for hours after the time identified.  Please plan accordingly:

Demonstration: Against recent legislation prohibiting off duty employment of Peruvian National Police

Date/Time: Beginning January 5, 2016, with potential for continued demonstrations or strikes by Peruvian National Police (PNP) personnel later in the week.

Location: Peruvian Congress, Lima

Demonstration: In protest of university Deans that refuse to abdicate their positions despite a law limiting terms effective January 1, 2016.

Date/ Time: Unspecified; Events could extend throughout the day

Location: Five Universities throughout Peru – San Marcos, Villareal, La Cantuta, Trujillo, and Ica

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid large crowds and demonstrations and are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, maintain awareness of local events and their surroundings, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.  It is illegal in Peru for foreigners to participate in demonstrations.  In the past, some U.S. citizens who have been caught up in political demonstrations in Peru have been detained and expelled from the country.

Demonstrations in Peru are often peaceful, but can quickly escalate into violent confrontations.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy Lima website.  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).

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. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

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.  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