Following some political unrest and several declarations of protest, the authorities in Peru have put in place a new state of emergency with immediate effect across the country.
This comes after several political protests were announced to take place on Wednesday the 19th of July. Protests and unrest have been an issue in Peru of late, with the state of emergency held in place over the past few months.
The FCDO has already updated the Foreign Travel Advice page for UK travel consumers, advising them on what to do if they intend to travel to Peru in the near future. The FCDO also confirmed that demonstrations taking place on Wednesday are set to take place in Lima and across the southern part of the country.
The FCDO has warned that these protests could lead to roads being blocked, the suspension of public transport, airport closures, and disruptions to immigration services at land borders without sufficient notice prior.
“Protests can be unpredictable, can include violence, and can spread and escalate quickly,” the FCDO stated. “Local police and emergency services do not have the same capacity to respond to traveller emergencies in these regions as elsewhere in Peru.
“Travellers arriving in Peru should be aware that travel to some parts of the country or the return to Lima could be affected by protests and should be prepared for delays or disruption.
“You should ensure you travel with a sufficient supply of food, water, cash in local currency and personal medication, and allow extra time to reach your destination.”
A 60-day state of emergency in Peru also remains in full force in the Puno region of the country as it was extended on the 6th of June. On Friday the 14th of July, another 30-day state of emergency was put in place across Southern Apurimac-Cusco-Arequipa road corridor, Southern Interoceanica road corridor, Carretera Panamericana Norte, Carretera Panamericana Sur, Carretera Central, Via Los Libertadores, Carretera Fernando Belaunde Terry, Carretera Federico Basadre, and Carretera Binacional Puno-Tacna.
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