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Travel warning: Canada warns of violent ‘state of emergency’ in Peru

Political unrest has led to violent clashes.
The Government of Canada warns that Peru has issued a state of emergency in December 2022.

The Canadian government warns travellers to avoid all non-essential travel to parts of Peru due to civil unrest during a "state of emergency."

While the current advisory urges tourists to exercise a high degree of caution in the country due to high levels of crime, an update issued Thursday (Dec.15) warns against non-essential travel to some areas. 

The Peruvian government has also issued a national state of emergency for the next 30 days.  

Canadians are warned against travelling to some areas due to violent "demonstrations related to the political situation," while other areas have seen instances of "domestic terrorism and criminal activity such as drug trafficking, robberies, kidnappings, extortion, and raids."

On the border of Colombia, there are occasional attacks by armed guerrilla forces due to drug trafficking. On the border of Ecuador, especially in the Cordillera del Cóndor region, travellers may encounter landmines. 

The political unrest has intensified in Peru since Dec. 7 and clashes between protesters and the security forces have resulted in casualties.

Due to the political situation, there are several roadblocks across the country, particularly along the Panamericana Highway. Some smaller airports have also suspended their operations. 

What to know about the Peru travel advisory during the state of emergency 

Police and military officers have additional power during Peru's state of emergency. 

If you are in the country during this time: 

  • avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • don’t attempt to cross road blockades, even if they appear unattended
  • allow extra time to reach your destination
  • expect increased security forces
  • monitor local media for information on the evolving situation
  • follow the instructions of local authorities

If you are stranded in Peru due to the political situation, there is an online form you can complete to get help from local authorities. 

Find out more about Canada's official travel advisory for Peru.