If you are headed to Peru and thinking of travelling around, make sure you know which areas currently have a state of emergency in place. In this districts, certain civil rights are suspended and the military are responsible for keeping law and order, alongside the police.

We strongly recommend you read the full travel advice from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as the travel advice for Peru from these governments –

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Local protests are common and can turn violent quickly. Sometimes they disrupt road, rail, river and air travel and affect tourist areas like Cusco, Arequipa, Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos. 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 to the ruins.

Seek local advice before you set off.

The website of the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism has useful information for tourists and visitors in English, and its local tourist Information and Assistance service – telephone +51 1 574 8000 (24 hours a day) can handle enquiries in English. On the Ministry of Tourism website you will also find information about the government offices that help tourists around the country. The Tourist Protection Network has launched a new 24/7 free line to contact the Tourist Police on 0800 22221. They can handle enquiries in English.

Drugs, organised crime and terrorism are inextricably linked. There is a higher risk to your safety in regions where there is intensive coca cultivation and processing, including the Alto Huallaga, Aguaytia, Apurimac-Ene and Mantaro (VRAEM) river basins. Remnants of the Shining Path terrorist group continue to conduct occasional ambushes and attacks mainly targetting Police, military forces and local authorities. Seek local advice about dangerous areas.

A state of emergency for security reasons is in force in the following areas: Huanta, Ayahuanco, Santillana, Chaca, Sivia, Llochegua, Canayre, Uchuraccay, Pucacolpa, Luricocha, San Miguel, Anco, Ayna, Chungui, Oronccoy, Santa Rosa, Tambo, Samugari and Anchihuay districts (Ayacucho province) in the Region of Ayacucho; Pampas, Huachocolpa, Quishuar, Salcabamba, Salcahuasi, Surcubamba, Tintaypuncu, Roble, Andaymarca, Daniel Hernández, Colcabamba, Chinchihuasi, Churcampa, La Merced, Pachamarca, Paucarbamba and San Pedro de Coris districts (Huancavelica province) in the Region of Huancavelica; Echarate, Megantoni, Kimbiri, Pichari, Vilcabamba, Inkawasi, Villa Kintiarina and Villa Virgen districts (Cusco province) in the Region of Cusco (Cusco city and Machu Picchu are not affected); and Llaylla, Mazamari, Pampa Hermosa, Pangoa, Vizcatán del Ene, Río Tamb, Andamarca, Comas, Santo Domingo de Acobamba and Pariahuanca districts (Junin province) in the Region of Junin.

A state of emergency gives the armed forces responsibility for law and order alongside the police. Some civil rights are suspended. If you do decide to visit any area under a state of emergency you should follow instructions given to you by military, police or other officials.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/peru

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