Intense rain has caused widespread flooding in Peru, triggering landslides and destroying roads, homes, and other significant infrastructure. The heavy rains are set to continue in the coming weeks.

Travel advice

If you are in the region – 

  • Monitor the local weather forecast. Use a couple of different apps and/or websites to get information from multiple sources.  
  • Look up and save contact details for your local embassy or consular services, and emergency services (different branches may have different numbers). For all contact information, make sure you make a note of it in an offline location too – you may need to make a call from a payphone or landline after your phone battery has died.
  • Make sure you have your travel insurance information to hand and know when to call. If you have booked your trip through a travel agent or a tour company, keep that information stored safely too. 
  • Let people know where you are and what your travel plans will be – friends and family, the local consulate, your travel agent/tour company, etc. If something bad happens, check in with your local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so. 
  • If you are likely to be making a claim on your travel insurance, review the documents so you know what information you will need and what the process for making a claim is.
  • Monitor local media.
  • Keep mobile devices charged. 
  • Know what form evacuation notices will take – siren, police announcement, text message, etc – and be prepared to comply with them. Put together a grab bag that contains ID, travel documents, insurance information, medication, snacks and a bottle of water. 
  • Comply with advice from the local authorities. 
  • Be prepared for delays and disruption.

If you are heading to the region soon – 

  • Check in with your travel agent to find out if your trip will be impacted. 
  • Monitor media reports.
  • Talk to your travel insurance provider to check what is/is not covered, and plan accordingly. 

Official travel advice

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Heavy rains in northern Chile since the beginning of February have caused severe flooding and landslides in some areas. Heavy showers and thunderstorms are forecast to continue through to the end of the month. If you’re travelling in Chile, you should keep up to date with weather forecasts, monitor local media and follow advice from local authorities, including the National Tourism Service (SERNATUR).

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at:

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