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Latino Daily News

Monday February 27, 2012

U.S. Tourists Warned of Potential Kidnapping Threat in Iquitos, Peru

U.S. Tourists Warned of Potential Kidnapping Threat in Iquitos, Peru

Photo: Iquitos, Peru Travel Warning Issued

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The U.S. Embassy warns U.S. citizens of a potential kidnapping threat in the Iquitos area.  The Embassy has received information that members of criminal organizations may be planning to kidnap foreigners in the Iquitos region.  Possible targets, time frames, and methods are not known.  The region has not been put off limits for U.S. Embassy personnel; however employees are being reminded to take this threat into consideration and practice good personal security while working in or traveling to Iquitos.

The U.S. Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens take security measures while overseas to lower their profile and susceptibility to criminal assaults, carjackings, kidnappings or other attacks.  By maintaining a high level of vigilance of your surroundings to detect potential surveillance and frequently changing your departure times and routes of travel, you can make it difficult for would-be kidnappers to target you. 

Please see the Department of State’s Tips for Traveling Abroad for more tips on how to stay safe while overseas.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy Lima website.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or by calling the regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. 

U.S. citizens residing and traveling abroad should review the Department’s Worldwide Caution and other travel information when making decisions concerning their travel plans and activities while abroad.