Alert: International Borders Remains Closed, Flight Updates, and Domestic Travel Guidelines, Peru (September 9, 2020)

Location: Peru (countrywide)

International Borders Remains Closed: International borders remain closed for the near future and Jorge Chavez International Airport remains closed for international commercial flights. Travelers wanting to return to the United States must purchase a ticket on an upcoming repatriation flight.

Upcoming Repatriation Flights:  The U.S. Embassy continues to work with the Peruvian government and multiple travel providers to offer additional repatriation flights for September. We will continue to announce all viable travel options through these email alerts.  As of todayall repatriations flights for September are sold out, with the exception of the following flight:

  • Solange Reps-Lima to Miami (MIA) on Thursday, September 17 operated by Delta Airlines. Interested travelers should complete this form: https://solangereps.typeform.com/to/cRAAqMIK. This flight is open to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). For additional information on the above flights, contact private tour operator  Solange Reps directly by calling or sending a WhatsApp message to +1-786-387-0000, +51-952-396-417  or +51 987 565171 or visiting their Facebook page:  Solange Reps Tu Mayorista.

U.S. citizens who wish to depart Peru, should purchase a ticket NOW.  DO NOT WAIT FOR THE U.S. EMBASSY TO CONTACT YOU.  If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may be subject to additional questioning or denied boarding by Peruvian government authorities prior to exiting the country. Visa and ESTA holders, including those accompanying U.S. citizens, should be prepared to provide supporting documentation to Peruvian Immigration ​confirming your emergency need to depart Peru.

Overland Travel Guidelines

  • Those traveling on commercial buses to/from or through areas no longer under quarantine should expect to undergo social distancing measures, be subject to health and safety screenings, wear face masks and face shields during travel, and be in possession of a sworn declaration for ground travel, which should be executed in Spanish. The format can be found here: Sworn Declaration Format for Domestic Overland Travel. Travelers from unrestricted areas areas are not required to possess a negative result for a COVID-19 test.
  • Those traveling via private vehicle, from (or through) regions under quarantine, to Lima to board a repatriation flight must be in possession of a Personal Transport Letter (“Salvoconducto’) issued by the U.S. Embassy and have a negative result for a COVID-19 test administered no more than two days before travel. In certain regions, such as Cusco, a special driving permit issued by the Peruvian National Police is required before traveling.  Please email PeruRepatriations@state.gov to request up-to-date information on your region and to request a Personal Transport Letter. Please visit our COVID-19 Information webpage for updates on actively quarantined areas.

Domestic Air Travel Guidelines: The Ministry of Transport and Communications has published guidelines for domestic air travel. Those traveling on Peruvian domestic flights, must comply with the following requirements:

  • Be prepared to wait for extended periods of time and to undergo social distancing measures.
  • Only ticketed passengers will be allowed entry into the airport. However, passengers needing assistance to board may be accompanied by another person.
  • If flying domestically from Jorge Chavez International Airport, travelers must arrive three hours prior to departure. If traveling from any other regional airport, you must arrive two hours before departure. However, given the implementation of safety measures arriving three hours prior at regional airports is recommended.
  • All passengers are subject to a health and safety screening. Passengers should expect to have their temperature taken and undergo a disinfection procedure of their hands and the soles of their shoes before entering the terminal.
  • Face masks and face shields are required at all time within domestic airports and while traveling on the aircraft.
  • All passengers must present a sworn health declaration which includes personal health data. The declaration will include the location of the passenger on the aircraft, which will facilitate the Peruvian government’s ability to give the passenger notice should there be information that the passenger was seated near someone who is later discovered to have had COVID-19 during the flight. The declaration, which should be executed in Spanish, can be found here: Sworn Declaration Format for Domestic Air Travel.

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