LIMA – Attorney General Jose Pelaez said he planned to ask the government to require tourists from Mexico entering Peru to have visas due to the rise in arrests of citizens from that country on drug charges.
“We are going to propose (a visa requirement) via the Foreign Ministry. The country has to take measures and defend itself against the aggression it has been subjected to by the illegal trafficking of drugs,” Pelaez said during a program Sunday on Television Nacional del Peru, or TNP.
Operations conducted by the security forces and prosecutors have turned up “a recurring situation” of Mexicans arrested for allegedly being involved in drug trafficking, Pelaez said.
The visa requirement is not designed to harm “distinguished, honest and honorable Mexicans” who plan to visit Peru, the attorney general said, adding that the “immense majority” of visitors from Mexico fell in this category.
President Alan Garcia’s 2006-2011 administration decided to end the visa requirement for Mexican tourists in July 2009, but it continued to require visas for businessmen, students, the clergy and artists.
Mexico requires all Peruvians who want to enter the country to obtain a visa. EFE