Following a volatile few weeks for the political proceedings in Peru, news came out this week that several of the Peru airports have reopened their gates to international travellers, though travellers are advised to remain cautious.
Regional airports in Peru have opened once more following the nationwide anti-government protests, with some regions remaining closed due to the political unrest. The FCDO have responded to this move and warned travellers that flight disruptions will still continue, and caution is still to be taken surrounding travel to Peru.
Though the airports have reopened, there is still a 30-day state of emergency in place that was imposed on the 14th of December following the ousting of the president, Pedro Castillo a week before. The move to open airports is optimistic for travel to Peru in 2023, but travellers are still advised against travel to Peru for the foreseeable future and the duration of the 30-day state of emergency.
The FCDO released the following advice on the Foreign Travel Advice page on Friday the 23rd of December, “Protests are unpredictable and can escalate quickly and include violence,” it said. “They continue to take place in different parts of the country, including Lima, Apurimac, Ayacucho, Arequipa, Cusco, Puno, Ica, and along parts of the Pan-American Highway.
“British nationals should take particular care to avoid all areas of protests. If possible, you should remain in a safe place. You should also monitor local media, including social media channels.
“Travellers arriving in Lima should be aware that travel to some parts of the country may not be possible. Protests continue to cause travel disruption, including with road blockades. Cusco, Juliaca (Puno), Arequipa and Ayacucho airports have reopened, however commercial flight operations across the country continue to be disrupted and/or limited in some instances.
“Lima airport is restricting entry to passengers only with valid flight tickets. Travellers should recheck with their airline or tour operator and revisit travel plans ahead of any travel.”
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