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

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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:  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. 

For further information:

  • 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).