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Peru's Travel Advisory Updated

May 4, 2023 • 2:40 pm CDT
U.S. Embassy Lima map May 4, 2023
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The U.S. Department of State recently announced an update to its Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution travel advisory for the Republic of Peru.

On May 2, 2023, the State Department highlighted some areas in Peru have an increased risk of civil unrest. And confirmed U.S. government personnel can not travel freely throughout Peru for security reasons.

And do not travel to these areas:

  • The Colombian-Peruvian border area in the Loreto Region,
  • The Valley of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers, including areas within the Departments of Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junin, and,
  • The Puno Region, including the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, and the Apurimac Region due to civil unrest.

U.S. travelers participating in Ayahuasca and Kambo ceremonies should be aware that numerous persons, including U.S. citizens, have reported that while under the influence of these substances, they have witnessed or been victims of sexual assault, rape, theft, serious health problems and injuries, and even death.

If you visit Peru, the local embassy suggests enrolling in the Smart Traveler Program to receive alerts during an emergency.

The U.S. Embassy Lima is located atAvenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n, Surco, Lima 33, Peru.

From a health perspective, the U.S. CDC suggests pre-trip travel vaccinations for diseases such as yellow fever, malaria, and dengue, as well as route vaccinations such as measles and an annual flu shot.

These vaccines are generally available at certified travel clinics and pharmacies in the U.S.