Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Lima (Peru), State of Emergency in Cusco and Puno

As a result of ongoing teachers' strikes in various areas of Peru, the Peruvian government has declared certain parts of Cusco and Puno under a State of Emergency. During a state of emergency, large social gatherings are prohibited, access to certain areas may be restricted, curfews can be put in place, and there will be a greater police presence.

Travelers are encouraged to stay informed of current developments by contacting Peruvian Tourist Assistance and Information at 511 574-800 or visit the website: http://www.peru.travel/iperu.aspx. You may also find updates on the U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services Facebook page.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council