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Peru Travel Alert

04/25/2017: International Travel Alerts

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the damage caused by the flooding and landslides in several regions of Peru.

The State of Emergency issued by the Government of Peru remains in effect.  This Travel Alert expires on May 31, 2017.

The City of Cusco, the archaeological site of Machu Picchu and the tourist areas in the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca have not experienced flooding to date. The coastal area south of Lima has returned to normal conditions. Peru’s Amazon Basin has received typical levels of rainfall. 

A map from the Government of Peru showing the affected districts is available at http://unasolafuerza.pe/.

You are encouraged to carefully review the safety situation of your destination and modes of transportation before travel. Visit the link above for the latest information.

Heavy rains have resulted in extensive damage to homes, water supply facilities, schools, hospitals, roads, and bridges in several regions. The Government of Peru continues to repair roads and bridges especially along the Pan American highway and other vital access routes in the northern part of Peru. The Government of Peru is also working to repair water supply facilities, sanitation systems, schools, and hospitals in the affected areas. More than 1.1 million Peruvians were affected by the floods with approximately 46,000 still residing in camps and shelters and many more living with friends and family. In northern coastal Peru, standing water has increased the number of cases of mosquito-borne illnesses such as Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya despite fumigation efforts. Additionally, there has been a spike in Leptospirosis and other diarrheal diseases recently in flooded areas. Local public health authorities warn of more cases of various diarrheal diseases and mosquito-borne viral diseases in the affected areas. Therefore, ensuring compliance with usual guidance for safe drinking water and mosquito avoidance measures is highly recommended. The CDC website has specific guidance on these measures.

Travel to impacted areas is likely to be delayed and may be dangerous due to bad road conditions. If you experience issues while traveling, contact local authorities at iPeru (01-574-8000; iperu@promperu.gob.pe), which maintains offices in cities around the country and regularly updates information on local developments affecting travelers, including alternative methods of transit. 

Listen to travel alerts and safety instructions from local authorities and avoid flooded areas. Establish a plan for maintaining contact with family and friends and keep them informed of your itinerary. 

The Peruvian police report traffic on the Carretera Central is now flowing normally, with a few sections experiencing delays as road crews repair damages. Official U.S. government travel to and along areas of the Carretera Central will only be allowed on a case-by-case basis. Travelers, including U.S. government employees, are encouraged to confirm with hotel operators located in the coastal Departments of Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, and Tumbes that sanitation systems are operational and clean drinking water is available. All Peace Corps volunteers who were relocated from affected regions are scheduled to return in May. Most are expected to be able to return to serve in their sites in Piura, Lambayeque and Trujillo. 

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Peru.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
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  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Peru, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen.  You can call the Embassy at 51-1-618-2000 during business hours, 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, or dial the same number to reach a duty officer for after-hours emergencies.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).