Foreign travel advice
There have been heavy rains across many regions of Peru in recent weeks causing 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, especially roads and bridges, across many areas of the country causing transport disruption, intermittent telephone and internet signals and water shortages in some parts of the country. Medical facilities in affected regions are overburdened and the government has closed schools in some areas as a precaution, including in Lima since 16 March.
If you are in Peru and concerned that the area you are in is unsafe or at risk of further serious flooding or you are concerned that food and water will become unavailable, then we advise you to consider moving to a safer area.
Free evacuation flights from some affected areas are being offered by the Air Force. The updated flight schedules are published on Facebook regularly. Commercial flights are also operating.
Rainfall is predicted to continue until mid-April, meaning there is a high risk of further flooding. Areas already affected remain most vulnerable but most areas of the country are at a raised level of flood risk, including the Amazon region and southern Peru.
If you are 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. The Peruvian government is also offering up-to-date information in Spanish on the floods situation on this link.
If you enter Peru without an entry stamp you’ll be required by law to apply for an ‘Expulsion Order’ at the Central Immigration Office in Lima, before being able to leave the country. This process can take days and the resulting Expulsion Order will ban you from returning to Peru again in the future. See Entry requirements
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
There is a general threat from terrorism. 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.