Protests in Peru force airport closures, flight and bus tour cancellations

By Linsey McNeill
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The Foreign Office is warning of travel disruption in Peru following a change of government last week.

In its latest travel update, it said: “The political situation is volatile and there have been widespread protests, some of which are violent and can escalate quickly.”

This has resulted in several road blockades and some airport closures, including Arequipa.

Flights have been cancelled to and from Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu, one of the country’s major tourist attractions.

There has also been disruption of tour bus routes in southern Peru, said the Foreign Office (FCDO).

It added: “On 7 December 2022 the Peruvian President announced the closure of Congress. The President was then impeached and a new President appointed. This has led to widespread protests around the country, including road blockades. Some protests are violent and can escalate fast.”

A state of emergency for 60 days has been declared in the provinces of Abancay, Andahuaylas, Chincheros, Grau, Cotabambas, Antabamba and Aymaraes in Apurimac region.

“You should follow the authorities’ advice and monitor local media closely. Avoid large gatherings and protests,” added the FCDO.

It said local protests are ‘common’, can start with very little notice and quickly turn violent, potentially causing lengthy disruption to travel.

“Protests can disrupt road, rail, river and air travel and affect tourist areas like Lima, Ica, Cusco, Arequipa, Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos,” it added.

“Protests in Puno can result in the closure of the border crossing with Bolivia, including Lake Titicaca.

“Protests in Machu Picchu can result in the suspension of train and bus services.

“Protests in the centre of Lima can disrupt access to the historical centre and to some public offices.

“Protests in Ica can result in the blockade of Panamericana highway. Protests in the Amazon area can result in the disruption of tour vessels in remote areas where access to food and water can be limited and evacuations are only possible by boat.

“You should always remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations and keep up to date with developments via official local sources. Be wary of unverified, unofficial information. You should ensure you travel with a sufficient supply of food, water and personal medication, and allow extra time to reach your destination.”

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