Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 26 November 2018, 12:15 NZDT
  • Still current at: 23 October 2019

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Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid non-essential travel to within 20 kilometres of the border with Colombia and Ecuador due to the presence of drug traffickers, the occasional presence of armed guerrilla forces, and landmines. Avoid crossing the border with Colombia by land.

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Peru due to violent crime. 

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Violent Crime
Violent crime, such as carjacking, assault and robbery, is common throughout Peru, particularly in Lima, Cusco, Arequipa and other major cities. Street crime, such as pick-pocketing and bag-snatching, is prevalent especially in crowded and public places. New Zealanders in Peru are advised to be vigilant about personal security at all times. We recommend you avoid travelling alone, travelling at night and to isolated areas, including to remote areas for the purpose of hiking, trekking or camping.  

As victims of financially-motivated crime are often targeted because of their perceived wealth, it is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such as jewellery and mobile devices, as well as carrying large amounts of money and unnecessary credit cards. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of crime as this could lead to an escalation in violence. 

Unlicensed taxi drivers have been known to assault and rob their passengers in Peru. Where possible, we recommend using pre-booked or radio-dispatched taxis, or if arriving at the airport in Lima, arranging transport at taxi counters within the international terminal. We advise against hailing taxis from the street or accepting unsolicited offers of transportation.

Luggage should be kept in the trunk of the vehicle or out of sight, as thieves have been known to ‘smash and grab’ belongings, particularly in Lima to and from the airport.

Theft on intercity buses is also common, particularly when travelling after dark. Armed gangs have also been known to stop buses to rob passengers. We recommend you keep your passport with you at all times during your bus journey and take particular care of valuables when travelling by bus.

‘Express kidnappings’ have occurred in Peru. This is when criminals abduct a victim for a short amount of time while funds are withdrawn from the victim’s bank account. To reduce the risk of this occurring we recommend you use ATMs located inside banks during daylight hours.

Civil Unrest/Strikes
Protests and strikes are common in Peru and can affect tourist areas such as Arequipa, Cuzco, Iquitos and Puno. While these are normally peaceful in nature, they have on occasion quickly escalated into violence or disrupted traffic and transportation links. We recommend you avoid all protests and demonstrations and comply with any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities.

Remnants of the Shining Path terrorist group are still active in areas of Peru. While there have been no major attacks in recent years, isolated security incidents have occurred in some remote areas. Terrorism in Peru is closely linked to drug trafficking and organised crime. There is a higher threat to your safety in areas where drugs are cultivated and processed, such as Alto Huallaga, Aguaytia and the Apurimac-Ene-Mantaro (VRAEM) river basins area. Particular caution should be exercised in these locations. A state of emergency is in place in some districts of Ayachuco, Huancavelica, Junin, Cusco (excluding Cusco city and Machu Picchu) and we recommend seeking local advice before deciding to travel to potentially dangerous or remote areas.   

Unexploded landmines, planted during the 1995 Peru/Ecuador border conflict, remain in place near the Peru-Ecuador border, although these are gradually being cleared. Crossing this border should be only be undertaken at official crossing checkpoints.  

Landmines may also be present near the border with Chile. If you are travelling to these areas it is advisable to stay on well-used roads and paths.

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Peru should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for adventure activities and medical evacuation by air. The safety standards of some transport and tour operators can vary.

New Zealanders in Peru are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile is accredited to Peru

Street Address Isidora Goyenechea 3000, 12th Floor, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile Telephone +56 2 2616 3000 Fax +56 2 2951 6138 Email Web Site Hours Mon-Fri 0845-1300, 1400-1715 hrs

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Lima, Peru

Street Address Jirón Tomas Ramsey 930 oficina 301, Magdalena del Mar - Lima 17, Lima, Peru Telephone +51 1 3016864 Email

See our regional advice for Central/South America

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Chile

Street Address
Isidora Goyenechea 3000, 12th Floor, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile

Telephone: +56 2 2616 3000

Fax: +56 2 2951 6138



Hours: Mon-Fri 0845-1300, 1400-1715 hrs

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