HomeNewsBriefPeru to Place Visa Restrictions on Mexicans to Stem Criminal Flow

Peru to Place Visa Restrictions on Mexicans to Stem Criminal Flow


Peru's attorney general announced that all Mexicans entering the country will now need a visa, after nearly 100 Mexican nationals were investigated by Peru for links to organized crime in the last two years.

Attorney General Jose Antonio Pelaez Bardales revealed that 98 Mexicans had been investigated in the two-year period for alleged links to criminal organizations. As a result, he believes it necessary to introduce visa requirements to stem the flow of criminals entering the country.

Pelaez stressed that the measure would be taken "without prejudice to the decency and honesty shown by many of the Mexican citizens who come to Peru," reported El Comercio.

The 98 Mexicans represent 10 percent of the total number of people investigated for links to drug trafficking and organized crime during that period.

InSight Crime Analysis

Mexican criminal groups are likely building up an increased presence in Peru, which overtook Colombia in 2011 to become the biggest producer of cocaine in the world. Mexico's largest cartels are increasingly transnational and seek to move further down the supply chain to the source of drugs in order to gain a greater share of the profits.

There have been recent claims of an alliance between the Peruvian rebel group the Shining Path and Mexico's largest criminal organization, the Sinaloa Cartel, and reports of the Sinaloa's presence in the Andean nation stretch as far back as 2003.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.


What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.


Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.


Related Content

PERU / 9 DEC 2015

In response to heightened criminal activity, a state of emergency has been declared in Callao, Peru's main port and a…


Peru plans to dedicate $300 million to anti-drug efforts in 2014, showing the country's commitment to diminishing its role in…


Cocaine processing has taken root on European soil, Mexican and Dutch synthetic drug traffickers have partnered up, and a new…

About InSight Crime


Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…


Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…


InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…


Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…


Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…