Latest update: Summary and Safety Security sections – Strike in Madre de Dios causing disruption
There is an ongoing indefinite strike in Madre de Dios which is causing significant disruption, including blocking vehicle transit to and from the airport. Tourist services have been restricted. See Local travel
Travellers entering Peru without an entry stamp will be required by law to apply for an ‘Expulsion Order’ at the Central Immigration Office in Lima, before being able to leave the country. This process can take days and the resulting Expulsion Order will ban you from returning to Peru again in the future. See Entry requirements
Demonstrations are common in Peru and can turn violent quickly. See Local travel
Around 56,000 British nationals visit Peru every year. Most visits are trouble free.
Drug trafficking is a serious crime and drug smugglers face long terms of imprisonment. See Local Laws and Customs
There may be a higher risk to your safety in areas where there is organised crime and terrorism linked to the production of drugs. See Local travel
There are serious risks involved in flying over the Nazca Lines. See Nazca Lines
There’s risk of robbery by bogus taxi drivers, especially to and from the airports and at bus terminals. See Crime
Driving standards are poor. Crashes resulting in death and injury occur frequently. See Road travel
There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.