Alert: July 31 Solange Reps Flight and Grupo 8 Airbase Restrictions and Limitations, Peru (July 29, 2020)

Location: Peru (countrywide)

July 31 Repatriation Flight:  The Solange Reps Travel Agency flight from Lima to Miami (MIA) this Friday, July 31, is confirmed.  This is not a U.S. Embassy flight.  Ticketed passengers should meet at the JW Marriott Hotel at Larcomar in Miraflores (Malecón de la Reserva 615, Miraflores, Lima 15074) by 7:00 AM on Friday, July 31, for flight check-in.  The flight departs from the Grupo 8 Peruvian Air Force Base in Callao​, NOT the Jorge Chávez International Airport.  Th​ere is no transportation available from the commercial airport to the Grupo 8 Airbase.  Transportation to Grupo 8 will be provided to ticketed passengers from the JW Marriott Hotel.

Grupo 8 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, it 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 ​or coat, ​comfortable shoes,​ ​sunscreen, as well as any other items to ensure you are comfortable while waiting to board the repatriation flight.  ​ ​There is no seating at the meeting point and seating in waiting areas is ​in plastic chairs and limited.  ​The meeting point and the airbase are windy, cold, and you may be unprotected by the elements at certain times.
  • Bring ​your own food and water.  Food facilities are not available at the Grupo 8 Airbase, and flights have limited food options due to COVID-19 mitigation measures by the airlines.
  • The 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.
  • 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 ​and battery charging stations are not available at the airbase.  Cell phone service may be limited.
  • 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 ​the airbase.  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 airbase is unlike the commercial airport process.  Expect to wait several hours prior to boarding your plane.
  • Flight departure times are estimates and the actual departure time may be delayed.  You may arrive late at night in Miami.  Plan your onward travel accordingly.
  • The Miami International Airport has hotel facilities inside and near the airport as well as car rental agencies.  For more information visit: http://www.miami-airport.com/.
  • Facemasks are required while waiting, boarding, and traveling on the airplane per Peruvian and U.S. government regulations.

All repatriation flights are intended for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to return to the United States from Peru.  All U.S. citizens who wish to depart Peru should purchase a ticket NOW.   DO NOT WAIT TO BE CONTACTED BY THE U.S. EMBASSY.   If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may be subject to additional questioning ​by Peruvian government authorities to exit the country.  Visa and ESTA holders, including those accompanying U.S. citizens, should be prepared to provide supporting documentation to Peruvian Immigration regarding your emergency need to depart Peru.

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