Humanitarian Assistance in Peru
USAID is providing humanitarian assistance in Peru for Venezuelans fleeing crisis in their country
Pan American Health Organization

Key Developments

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) are responding to a complex emergency stemming from an influx of people fleeing an economic and political crisis in Venezuela to neighboring countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

With approximately $6.2 million and $6.3 million in FY 2019 USAID/FFP and USAID/OFDA funding, respectively, USAID is supporting critical food and nutrition programs, as well as multipurpose cash, shelter, protection, and water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance, for populations affected by the Venezuela regional crisis in Peru. The USAID-supported cash assistance, provided via pre-paid debit cards, enables households to allocate resources to meet their most urgent needs, such as food, housing, or hygiene items. The assistance also includes the distribution of kitchen supplies and water, sanitation, and hygiene support for community kitchens serving vulnerable populations in Peru. In addition, USAID supports nutrition messaging programs to complement cash transfers, as well as the distribution of hot meals to vulnerable populations.

As of June 15, Venezuelans are required to present a passport and visa—such as a business, humanitarian, migration, or tourist visa—to enter Peru, according to the Government of Peru (GoP). Most Venezuelans must obtain the humanitarian visa at GoP consulates in Venezuela prior to entering Peru; however, Venezuelans may obtain the visa from GoP consulates in Colombia and Ecuador in exceptional circumstances, the GoP reports. Venezuelans were previously permitted to enter Peru with either an identification document or passport.


In addition to being impacted by the Venezuela Regional Crisis, Peru is vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards, including earthquakes, flooding, and landslides. USAID/OFDA works with international, regional, and non-governmental organizations to address humanitarian needs in support of government relief efforts. In addition to direct humanitarian assistance, USAID/OFDA supports ongoing disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities in Peru and the wider Latin America and Caribbean region. USAID/OFDA-supported DRR activities include building local capacity by enhancing emergency awareness, coordination, and preparedness among local organizations, and promoting the role of women in DRR policy processes, among other programs. USAID/OFDA also promotes the adoption of DRR-aligned policies and procedures in urban neighborhoods, and works with humanitarian partners to identify and upgrade hazard-prone infrastructure.

USAID/OFDA is supporting the Venezuela complex emergency regional response. Please visit our web page for additional information.

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Last updated: October 07, 2019

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