The Peruvian Government has declared a state of emergency in certain parts of Cusco and Puno regions due to ongoing strikes. During a state of emergency, large social gatherings are prohibited, access to certain areas may be restricted, curfews can be imposed, and there will be a greater police presence.
Due to the indefinite nature of the widespread teachers’ strike, travelers are encouraged to stay informed of current developments by contacting Peruvian Tourist Assistance and Information at 511 574-800 or visit the website: http://www.peru.travel/iperu.aspx. You may also find updates on the U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanCitizenServicesLima/.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. The most recent example of this occurred on July 19, 2017, when officials of the Andean Airports of Peru temporarily closed the International Airport Inca Manco Capác located outside Puno due to security concerns from protestors burning tires and pasture lands. Protests have also been reported in Chincheros and Puerto Maldonado.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Peru.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Peru, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen. You can call the Embassy at 51-1-618-2000 during business hours, 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, or dial the same number to reach a duty officer for after-hours emergencies.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).