Foreign travel advice

Peru

Summary

On 22 October 2017, a national census will take place in Peru. There will be a curfew during the census from 8am to 5 pm, but tourist services such as hotels and restaurants should continue to function as normal.

If you’re travelling in Peru on that date you can register at the nearest Censos (Census) office in your district or wait until 22 October to be registered at your hotel. If you arrive after midnight on 22 October, make sure you collect and carry a registration card ‘Constancia de Libre Transito’ with you, which will allow you to transit to your hotel. If you’re leaving Peru on 22 October after midnight you will need to register at the point of exit. You will be allowed to transit freely during the curfew once you have your registration card. More Information can be found at the National Institute of Statistics and Information (Spanish).

Heavy rains across many regions of Peru earlier in the year has caused flooding, landslides and mudslides. Tumbes, Trujillo and Piura and surrounding areas in the north of Peru were particularly affected as were areas of Lima province, around the capital.

There has been extensive damage to infrastructure and reconstruction work in some areas is taking place. Some areas of the country continue to have slight transport disruption.

If you’re in Peru, or planning to travel to Peru, please monitor local news closely and follow the authorities’ advice. For specific advice on conditions in the different regions of Peru, in English or Spanish, visit the Iperu website (the official source of information for tourists in Peru) or call them on +511 574 8000 (option 2 for English).

If you plan to travel between regions or undertake mountain trekking you should also consult your tour operator.

If you enter Peru without an entry stamp you’re required by law to apply for a new entry stamp at the nearest immigration office.

Demonstrations are common in Peru and can turn violent quickly. See Local travel

Around 66,000 British nationals visit Peru every year. Most visits are trouble free.

Drug trafficking is a serious crime and drug smugglers face long terms of imprisonment. See Local Laws and Customs

There may be a higher risk to your safety in areas where there is organised crime and terrorism linked to the production of drugs. See Local travel

There are serious risks involved in flying over the Nazca Lines. See Nazca Lines

There’s risk of robbery by bogus taxi drivers, especially to and from the airports and at bus terminals. See Crime

Driving standards are poor. Crashes resulting in death and injury occur frequently. See Road travel

Terrorist attacks in Peru can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

UK health authorities have classified Peru as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.