Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants queued in front of the police headquarters in the Surquillo district of Lima, in the early hours of Thursday, to regularise their immigration status before the entry requirements harden.
Beginning June 15, Peru will ask Venezuelan migrants for a humanitarian visa to enter the country, in addition applicants must show their Venezuelan passport.
The images show migrants spending the night in the streets in front of the police headquarters to wait their turn and be able to obtain the international police record certificate, a document that will allow them to process their immigration card.
One of the migrants who queued long enough to regularise his situation defined the migration crisis as a "humanitarian state of emergency”
"It's a very dramatic situation, call it a state of shock, call it a harsh situation, I call it a catastrophe, really a humanitarian state of emergency," said Luis Enrique Perez, a Venezuelan migrant. According to the Office of Migration, to date 800,000 Venezuelan citizens have entered Peru.