The Travel Health and Vaccine Specialists

2019 Pan American Games in Peru

Level 1

Practise usual precautions

Released: May 28, 2019

Current Situation

The 2019 Pan American Games are being hosted by Peru from July 26 until August 11, 2019. The Parapan American Games are being held from August 23 until September 1, 2019. Competitions will be held in 14 districts of Lima and Callao, in various venues.

Large crowds are expected, which can increase the risk of accidental injury and the spread of infectious diseases including colds, flumeaslestravellers’ diarrhea and others.


Before your trip

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel.

  • Make sure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date.
  • Discuss other vaccinations and medications you may need for your travel.

Visit the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories page for the most up-to-date information on health risks in Peru.

Pack a travel health kit and purchase travel health insurance.

During your trip

Be aware of your surroundings

  • The risk of accidental injury increases in large crowds.
  • Locate the exit routes and medical facilities.
  • Avoid densely congested areas with limited emergency exits.

Protect yourself and others from the spread of germs and flu-like illnesses

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Keep a bottle with you when you travel.
  • If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with your arm. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.

Practise safe food and water precautions

  • If you eat or drink contaminated food or water in Peru, there is a risk of:

Dress appropriately for the weather

Protect yourself from insect bites during the day and night

Avoid contact with animals

  • Depending on your planned activities, a health care professional might recommend getting vaccinated against rabiesbefore you travel.
  • If bitten or scratched, immediately clean the wound. Contact a health care provider or go to a hospital right away if you think you have been exposed to rabies

Understand local laws

Drive with caution

  • The leading cause of death among international travellers is traffic accidents.
  • Expect traffic congestion and road closures.
  • Avoid driving on unfamiliar and/or rural roads, especially at night.
  • Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Visit the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories page for the most up-to-date information on laws and culture in Peru.

Monitor your health

If you feel sick during your trip, stay in your hotel and avoid large gatherings.

See a health care professional if you feel very unwell, especially if you have a fever. For more information on medical care while abroad see the sickness or injury page.

If you are or become unwell on your return flight to Canada, tell the flight attendant before you land or the border services officer as you enter the country. They will notify a quarantine officer who can assess your symptoms.

Registration of Canadians Abroad

Sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or an emergency at home.Related links

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