Spanish tourist detained by Tourist Police while playing music on Luzuriaga

A female Spanish tourist was detained on Monday by the Tourist Police while she was playing her charango (small Andean stringed instrument) on the main street Luzuriaga in Huaraz. According to Peruvian Migration Law, tourists are not allowed to work, or to make any kind of money unless they count with a permit granted by the Superintendencia Nacional de Migraciones.

The Spanish tourist refused to reveal her identity to the police and said not to carry her passport. She stated to live in Los Olivos and that her passport was to be found at her house and that her stay in Peru would be legal, having a permit until the 22nd of September of 2017. She also revealed that her partner would be able to bring the passport, but due to the fact that she did not carry a cell phone, he would be unable to reach.

Due to her unwillingness to reveal her identity or show her passport, she was taken to the Tourist Police Office across the Plaza de Armas for further investigation. Tourists (and also Peruvian citizens) should always carry a passport as the police in Peru are allowed to check someone´s immigration status. Tourists may stay in Peru up to 183 days and are fined with one dollar per day if they prolong their time. Like stated before, tourists are not allowed to work, not allowed begging on streets, not allowed to realise street performances for money not to sell handicrafts.

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