Alert: July 10 Repatriation Flight, COVID-19 Travel Restrictions, and Emergency Passport Services, Peru (July 8, 2020)

Location: Peru (countrywide)

July 10 Repatriation Flight:  Tickets are still available for the Solange Reps private tour operator flight from Lima to Los Angeles (LAX), confirmed for this Friday, July 10.  This is not a U.S. Embassy flight.  To purchase tickets, contact Solange Reps Travel Agency directly by calling or sending a WhatsApp message to +1 (786) 387-0000 or +51-952-396-417 or visiting their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Solangereps.Mayoristapreferida.  Passengers on the July 10 flight should meet at the JW Marriott Hotel at Larcomar in Miraflores (Lima) by 6:00 AM on Friday morning for flight check-in.  The flight departs from the Grupo 8 Peruvian Air Force Base in Callao.  This is not a commercial airport and has none of the normal amenities of an airport.  Passengers are encouraged to carefully review the information about Grupo 8 Airbase, below.  Solange flights are open to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). 

Grupo Airbase Restrictions and Limitations:  Travelers are reminded that all repatriation flights depart from the Grupo 8 Peruvian Air Force Base in Callao.  This is not a conventional airport and, as a result, has restrictions and limitations.  Please keep the following in mind as you are making travel arrangements, and plan accordingly:

  • Check-in, security screenings, and waiting areas are located outdoors.  Passengers should bring a jacket, ​comfortable shoes, as well as any other items to ensure you are comfortable while waiting to board the repatriation flight.  Seating in waiting areas is ​in plastic chairs and limited.
  • The Grupo 8 Airbase is a controlled-access facility and movement is restricted.  Passengers are not allowed to move outside the designated areas while waiting to board their flight.
  • Bring ​your own food and water.  Food facilities are not available at the Grupo 8 Airbase, and repatriation flights may have limited food options.
  • Bathrooms are limited. ​ Bring your own sanitizer and wipes. ​
  • All passengers are required to carry their own carry-on luggage onto the plane.
  • Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) service is not available at the Airbase or on the flights.
  • No smoking is allowed.
  • All passengers board planes via stairs from the tarmac.  Jet bridge services are not available, and accessibility is limited.
  • Check with your travel provider to arrange appropriate accessibility measures prior to arriving at Grupo 8.  Wheelchair availability is limited.  ​Airline staff can assist in very limited circumstances.  If you need additional assistance, you may need to travel with a companion who can assist.
  • Be prepared to wait​ for extended periods of time.  The check-in and boarding process at the Grupo 8 Airbase is unlike the commercial airport process.  Expect to wait several hours prior to boarding your plane.
  • Facemasks are required while waiting, boarding, and traveling on the airplane per Peruvian and U.S. government regulations.

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions:  At this time, no specific limitations apply to U.S citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and their immediate families traveling to the United States from Peru.   Restrictions are in place for foreign nationals returning from Brazil, China, Iran, and many European countries that have been highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   For more information and the latest updates, please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s COVID-19 website at https://www.dhs.gov/coronavirus/protecting-air-travelers-and-american-public.

Due to precautions and limited resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, routine processing of passports and visas by the U.S. Embassy remains suspended.  On June 22, President Trump signed a Proclamation that suspends the entry of certain additional foreign nationals to the United States through December 31, 2020.  Exceptions exist for spouses, children, and prospective adoptive children of U.S. citizens.  A full list of exceptions is available on the White House websitehttps://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.

Emergency Passport Services for Repatriation Passengers:  U.S. citizens in need of an emergency passport to purchase a ticket on a repatriation flight should email LimaACS@state.gov with relevant details.  Appointments are reserved ONLY for U.S. citizens traveling on a scheduled repatriation flight.  Routine passport services are still closed. 

The U.S. Embassy urges all U.S. citizens who wish to depart Peru to contact one of our travel partners directly to purchase a ticket on a repatriation flight.  We continue to announce viable scheduled flights through travel partners in email alerts.  DO NOT WAIT TO BE CONTACTED BY THE U.S. EMBASSY.  The Jorge Chávez International Airport remains closed for the near future.

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