Local family stuck in Peru searching for a way back home

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - A local family who went on vacation in South America is now searching for answers on how to get back home.

Roberto Pliego

This is the new normal for the Pliego family of Laredo... for 5 days they've been in lockdown in Peru.

A strict curfew.

"About two days ago they put a curfew, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. they don't want anyone out."

And strict protocol.

"They just reported that they don't want anyone going to the grocery store without gloves or masks."

It all started March 16th when Peru's president declared a 15 day nationwide state of emergency and border closure over the coronavirus spread.

Just a few hours before that declaration, Roberto Pliego, his wife ,14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son had just landed in Lima to enjoy a week-long vacation.

After news of the shutdown the family was told by locals that they had only a few hours to get out of the country before the airports shutdown.

But flights were canceled almost immediately, leaving the Pliego family and hundreds of other americans stranded.

"They are receiving their money back, but are asked to rebook their flight for like 3,000 dollars a person to get back to the U.S. if they do stop the lockdown around April 15 or 21st."

The Pliego family then traveled to Cusco to stay at the Airbnb they had reserved.

Pliego says he has tried to reach out to the American Embassy and Congressman Cuellar's office to find answers.

KGNS reached out to Congressman Cuellar, he says he is aware about travelers who are stranded in other countries and is working to get them back home.

He says what makes it even more complicated are the rules the Peruvian government have implemented there.

Pliego says the Airbnb will allow him to stay, but he still must pay for however long he stays.

As of now Pliego says he worried about the shutdown in Peru being extended, the price gauging and his responsibilities back in Laredo.

"I still have bills, a mortgage payment and i'll probably have to pay my way out too."

For those who are stuck abroad or have concerns about loved ones overseas, you can contact:

Office of Overseas Citizen Services
Overseas Toll Line: +1 (202) 501-4444
U.S. & Canadian Toll Line: 1 (888) 407-4747

You can also visit the U.S. Department of State website for travel emergencies here.