Foreign travel advice
A State of Emergency was declared on 19 July 2017 in the districts of Juliaca in Puno, the districts of Wanchaq and San Sebastián in Cusco, and will remain in place for 30 days. The State of Emergency has been declared in order to protect tourists visiting areas affected by strikes. Strikes are taking place in Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Iquitos, the historic centre of Lima and other parts of the country. Sometimes they lead to temporary transport disruption.
Access to Arequipa by tour buses from Lima is limited due to a landslide following a recent earthquake. Bus companies are using alternative (longer) routes, including via Cusco, to reach the city. Monitor the news and follow local advice.
Heavy rains across many regions of Peru in recent weeks has caused flooding, landslides and mudslides. Tumbes, Trujillo and Piura and surrounding areas in the north of Peru have been particularly affected as have 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 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.