The U.S. State Department regularly issues travel advisories to Americans traveling abroad and every country in the world is assigned a level between 1-4.
Level 1 means exercise normal precautions, level 2 means exercise increased caution, and level 3 means reconsider travel to level 4, which is a do not travel warning.
This past week, The State Department issued an update for Perú, which while still maintaining a level 2: Exercise increased caution warning, the travel advisory has been updated with new warnings about crime in the country.
Travelers to Peru are warned to exercise increased caution due to crime, civil unrest, and the possibility of kidnapping.
The State Department has also identified areas of Perú that American citizens should avoid in their travel at all. These have been given a Level 4 – Do not travel warning:
– The Colombian-Peruvian border area in the Loreto Region due to crime.
– The Valley of the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM) including areas within the departments of Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junin due to the risk of crime and terrorism.
In their advisory, the State Department said “Crimes like petty theft, carjackings, muggings, assault, and other violent crime is common in the country. This can happen even in daylight hours or when witnesses are present.”
For the US State Department Perú Travel Advisory, click here.