Peru to tighten entry requirements for Venezuelans as migration surges

17 Aug, 2018 10:08 am

LIMA (Reuters) – The government of Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra is going to start barring Venezuelan migrants from entering the country unless they have passports, two government sources said , following a similar decision in neighbouring Ecuador.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the measure aims to curb a surge in immigration from crisis-stricken Venezuela that has driven hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Brazil.

Ecuador and Peru now allow Venezuelans to enter with only their national ID cards. That has been a significant advantage for Venezuelan migrants, who struggle to obtain passports amid chronic shortages.


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