Thousands of Venezuelan migrants arrived at Peru's northern border town of Tumbes on Friday, June 14, to seek entry into Peru before the country implements stricter immigration requirements at 00:01 (local time) on Saturday, June 15. From June 15, all Venezuelan migrants seeking entry into Peru will be required to hold valid visas and passports.
Venezuelan migrants are expected to continue to seek passage across Peru's northern border over the near term.
Venezuela is experiencing an ongoing crisis spurred by President Nicolás Maduro's inauguration to a second term as president on January 10 following last year's contested election, prompting the National Assembly to declare a national emergency. At least 50 foreign governments, including the US, Canada, and Brazil, among others, have since recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the interim head of state.
Individuals in Peru and Venezuela are advised to monitor developments, avoid related public gatherings and border crossings frequented by migrant caravans, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security situation in Venezuela remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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