On August 16, the Peruvian Government declared a state of emergency for Cotabambas due to ongoing protests. During a state of emergency, large social gatherings are prohibited, access to certain areas may be restricted, curfews can be imposed, and a greater police presence can be expected. The declaration is valid for 30 days.
Due to the nature of the protests, travelers are encouraged to stay informed by contacting Peruvian Tourist Assistance and Information at 511 574-800 or visiting the website: http://www.peru.travel/iperu.aspx. Travelers 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.
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).