COVID-19 Information

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  For more information, see the Department’s Global Health Advisory.

The information on this page was updated on August 10, 2020.

The latest U.S. Embassy Lima news and important alerts for U.S. citizens can be found here:  https://pe.usembassy.gov/category/news/.  To receive these alert messages directly in your email inbox, please register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://step.state.gov and add your current trip to Peru. Please note that enrolling in STEP will not register your interest in a repatriation flight from Peru; it will add you to our mailing list for Health and Security Alerts.

FOR AMERICANS SEEKING TO DEPART PERU 

Repatriation Flights:  All repatriation flights are intended ​only for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to return to the United States from Peru.  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 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.  International borders remain closed for the near future.  If you remain in Peru, please continue to follow Peruvian government health and safety guidelines and quarantine restrictions.

The following repatriation flights are scheduled at this time:

Solange Reps Travel Agency:

  • The Friday, August 14 and Friday, August 21, flights from Lima to Miami (MIA) facilitated by tour operator Solange Reps are sold out.

The U.S. Embassy is continuing to diligently work with the Peruvian government and multiple travel providers to confirm additional repatriation flight options.  All U.S. citizens who wish to depart Peru should 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 our email alerts.  The Jorge Chávez International Airport remains closed for international commercial flights for the near future.

August 14 Repatriation Flight Update:  The Peruvian government notified the U.S. Embassy that the August 14 repatriation flight organized by Solange Reps Travel Agency will be rescheduled to a new date.  ​The U.S. Embassy will announce the new date for the flight via these email alerts as soon as it is confirmed.  Passengers are advised to be prepared to extend lodging and change local travel arrangements accordingly.

Future Repatriation Flights to Depart from Jorge Chávez International Airport:  The Peruvian government indicated that future repatriation flights will move from the Grupo 8 Peruvian Air Force Base to Jorge Chavez International Airport, but did not provide a specific date for this change.

The repatriation flight organized by Solange Reps Travel Agency scheduled for August 21 is pending Peruvian government approval.  Repatriation flights organized by other countries have also been rescheduled.  U.S. citizens and LPRs traveling on flights with destinations or layovers in other countries should contact travel providers directly for more information.  The U.S. Embassy will inform any further updates via these email alerts.  The Jorge Chávez International Airport remains closed for international commercial flights.

The U.S. Embassy continues to work with the Peruvian government and multiple travel providers to offer additional repatriation flights for August and September.  We will continue to announce all viable travel options in our email alerts.  Please continue to follow all Peruvian government health and safety guidelines and quarantine restrictions.

What the State Department Can and Cannot Do in a Crisis:  The actions the State Department takes depend on the nature of the crisis.  Our primary role is to keep the U.S. citizen community informed of safety and security developments and travel options.  Regularly scheduled commercial transportation is always the best option when local communications and transportation infrastructure are intact and operating normally.  If there are no commercial options available, if we have consular officers at the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate, and if the conditions permit, we may help U.S. citizens identify possible transportation options.  In some situations, we may encourage you to stay at a safe location and depart as soon as you can do so safely, using transportation you are able to find on your own.  For comprehensive information on what the State Department can and cannot do in a crisis, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/what-state-dept-can-cant-do-crisis.html.

Emergency Passport Services for Repatriation Passengers: U.S. citizens in need of an emergency passport to return home on a repatriation flight may schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy.  Appointments are reserved ONLY for U.S. citizens traveling on a scheduled repatriation flight.  Routine passport services are still closed.  To schedule an emergency appointment, email LimaACS@state.gov.

Repatriation Assistance: The U.S. Embassy is committed to repatriating all U.S. citizens who express a desire to return to the United States.  To ensure that we are aware of your interest in repatriation, and only if you have not already done so, please register at https://bit.ly/3bx5ons. DO NOT register multiple times. Rather, make sure a form has been submitted for each family member, including children.  Please provide complete and correct contact information (local and/or U.S. cell phone and email) in case we need to contact you.

Promissory Notes Repayment:  Passengers who traveled on U.S. government repatriation charter flights and signed a promissory note can visit this U.S. Department of State website for cost and repayment information.  Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of State is experiencing delays in processing the promissory notes and sending the respective bills.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Flight Costs:  Although the U.S. Embassy coordinates with private sector partners, ultimately, private companies set their own prices. Ticket prices are commercial decisions that factor in the costs associated with operating non-standard flights without the infrastructure and support of an open commercial airport.  The U.S. Embassy does not determine the price.

For passengers purchasing airline tickets directly from commercial airlines or travel agencies, please note that the cost of these flights is generally higher than the pre-COVID-19 market prices.  If you need financial assistance, please consider the following options:

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions:  At this time, there are no specific limitations on 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.

Domestic Travel Restrictions:  Domestic travel within Peru began on July 15, however, travel by air and by land is prohibited to and from the following quarantine areas.  U.S. citizens traveling from or through these restricted areas for a repatriation flight should email PeruRepatriations@state.gov ​at least 24 hours prior to traveling to Lima for more information.  We encourage all U.S. citizens to comply with the Peruvian government’s quarantine measures and to follow the instructions of Peruvian authorities.

  • Amazonas (only the provinces of Bagua, Condorcanqui, and Utcubamba)
  • Áncash (only the provinces of Casma, Huaraz, and Santa)
  • Apurímac (only the provinces of Abancay and Andahuaylas)
  • Arequipa (entire region)
  • Cajamarca (only the provinces of Cajamarca, Jaén, and San Ignacio)
  • Cusco (only the provinces of Cusco and La Convención)
  • Huancavelica (only the province of Huancavelica)
  • Huánuco (entire region)
  • Ica (entire region)
  • Junín (entire region)
  • Madre de Dios (only the province of Tambopata)
  • Moquegua (only the provinces of Ilo and Mariscal Nieto)
  • Puno (only the provinces of Puno and San Román)
  • San Martín (entire region)
  • Tacna (only the province of Tacna)

Air Travel within Peru:  Air travel within Peru is limited to domestic flights.  Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) and the Ministry of Health (MINSA) have established new health and safety guidelines for air travel.   Travelers are encouraged to follow the guidelines summarized below.  For more information refer to the MTC’s published safety protocols (in Spanish) available at https://www.gob.pe/institucion/mtc/noticias/206498-conozca-los-lineamientos-de-transporte-aereo-de-pasajeros-para-la-prevencion-del-covid-19-publicado-por-el-mtc.

  • Check-in:  Passengers departing from the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima should arrive three (3) hours prior to departure for check-in.  Travelers departing from regional airports should arrive two (2) hours prior to departure.
  • Face Coverings:  Facemasks in addition to face shields are required.
  • Health Screening:  All passengers will have their temperature taken prior to entering the airport.  Individuals with a fever or a temperature over 38ºC (100.4ºF) will not be allowed to enter the passenger terminal.
  • Ticketed Passengers Only:  Only ticketed passengers are permitted in airport terminals.  Individuals requiring special assistance may have one (1) person accompany them in the airport to assist with check-in.
  • Children:  Minors under 14 may only travel with a parent or guardian.  Children may not travel unaccompanied.
  • Sworn Declarations:  All passengers (including minors) are required to sign a sworn declaration prior to boarding stating that they are not presenting COVID-19 symptoms and that they have not been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 14 days.  See annexes four and five of the Ministry Resolution for example air travel declarations.

Ground Travel within Peru:  Ground travel within Peru is limited to domestic travel.  Travelers on interprovincial buses must also follow MTC and MINSA safety protocols.  The guidelines are summarized below.  For more information on interprovincial (regional) travel, refer to the MTC’s published safety protocols (in Spanish) available at https://www.gob.pe/institucion/mtc/noticias/206490-transporte-interprovincial-protocolo-sanitario-del-mtc-establece-los-requisitos-que-debes-tener-en-cuenta-antes-de-abordar-un-vehiculo.

  • Check-in: Ticketed passengers should arrive early.
  • Face Coverings:  Facemasks in addition to face shields are required.
  • Health Screening:  All passengers will have their temperature taken.
  • Seats: Passengers are prohibited from standing on buses – all passengers must be seated.
  • Sworn Declarations:  All passengers (including minors) are required to sign a sworn declaration prior to boarding stating that they are not presenting COVID-19 symptoms and that they have not been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 14 days. See annexes three and four of the Ministry Resolution for example ground travel declarations.

Transit Letters for Ticket Holders:  The U.S. Embassy provides transit letters to the organizing airline or travel agency for use by ticket holders in the Lima area. Ticketed passengers in Lima should contact the airline or travel provider directly to receive a transit letter. Travelers coming from outside Lima from or through quarantine areas should email PeruRepatriations@state.gov after purchasing a ticket on a repatriation flight. Please submit your request at least 24 hours prior to traveling to Lima.

Notarized Travel Authorizations for Minors:  Peruvian regulations require that minors present in Peru for more than 180 days must have a notarized travel letter to depart the country if they are not traveling with both parents.  This notarized letter must be presented to immigration officials prior to boarding a repatriation flight.  For more information on minor travel authorizations,  visit the Embassy site (in English):  https://pe.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/travel-information or the Peruvian Immigration site (in Spanish): https://www.gob.pe/144-autorizacion-de-viaje-para-menores-de-edad.

Peruvian Tourist Visa Extension:  The Government of Peru issued a decree on April 3 automatically extending the date of a permissible stay for all foreigners until the end of the state of emergency.  Once the Peruvian government lifts its quarantine and travel restrictions, all international tourists will have 45 calendar days to depart the country.  Currently, Peru is not processing visa extensions or charging fines for those who overstay their visa as a result of COVID-19.

Repatriation Eligibility:  In general, the U.S. Embassy provides repatriation assistance only to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents.  Exceptions may be made to accommodate special family circumstances, such as the spouse or other close relative of a U.S. citizen traveling with a U.S. citizen family member.  In addition, medical and health professionals working on the COVID-19 worldwide response, such as doctors and health professionals, may be eligible for the charter flights.

Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Physical Presence Requirements:  Permanent residents are free to travel outside the United States, and temporary or brief travel usually does not affect your permanent resident status.  Residents who return to the United States within a year are generally considered to be in status. LPRs that have been outside of the United States for more than a year (365 days) will need to apply for a returning resident visa (SB-1) when the Embassy resumes routine visa services.  Click here for more information on the returning resident visa process.  There are no special exceptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For additional information regarding your lawful permanent resident status, contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at www.uscis.gov or by calling +1-212-620-3418 (from overseas).

President Trump’s Proclamation Temporary Suspending Entry of Immigrants:  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 website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.

COVID-19 Scams:  The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns you to watch out for scams related to COVID-19.  Criminals may send emails with attachments or hyperlinks to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.  Do not open attachments or click on links unless they are from an official source.  Look out for emails with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media solicitations, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.  Official information for U.S. citizens in Peru can be found on the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage at https://pe.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information.  For CISA security tips on how to protect yourself from phishing attacks, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-014.

PERU’S NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

Peru’s State of Emergency Extension:  On Friday, July 31, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra signed a supreme decree extending Peru’s national state of emergency through Monday, August 31.  Lima, and most regions of Peru, are designated as non-quarantine areas.  Personal movement is not restricted during non-curfew hours Monday through Sunday.  The mandatory nightly curfew will continue from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM.  Individuals may only leave their residence during curfew hours for a medical emergency.  Exceptions are in place for the following regions, where quarantine measures (including the all-day Sunday curfew) continue with a mandatory nightly curfew from 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM.  Individuals within quarantine areas may leave their residence during non-curfew hours to purchase food, pharmaceutical items, or visit the bank.  Shopping is limited to only one person per family.

  • Amazonas (only the provinces of Bagua, Condorcanqui, and Utcubamba)
  • Áncash (only the provinces of Casma, Huaraz, and Santa)
  • Apurímac (only the provinces of Abancay and Andahuaylas)
  • Arequipa (entire region)
  • Cajamarca (only the provinces of Cajamarca, Jaén, and San Ignacio)
  • Cusco (only the provinces of Cusco and La Convención)
  • Huancavelica (only the province of Huancavelica)
  • Huánuco (entire region)
  • Ica (entire region)
  • Junín (entire region)
  • Madre de Dios (only the province of Tambopata)
  • Moquegua (only the provinces of Ilo and Mariscal Nieto)
  • Puno (only the provinces of Puno and San Román)
  • San Martín (entire region)
  • Tacna (only the province of Tacna)

Throughout Peru, parades, parties, civic and religious activities, and all large gatherings remain suspended.  Commercial businesses that open must continue to operate at a maximum of 50% capacity and ensure the necessary sanitation and preventative measures are in place.  Peru’s international borders remain closed with the exception of repatriation flights.  Continue to limit your time outside, carry your identification and phone, maintain social distancing, and remember that the use of a facemask is required in public.

High-risk Groups:  Children under 14 years old, adults 65 and older, and those in high-risk groups are to remain in quarantine during the extended state of emergency.  Children under 14 may take a 60-minute walk outside with an adult each day, but must stay within 500 meters of their residence, wear a facemask, and maintain social distancing (at least two meters or six feet).  This special exception is allowed for only one walk per day and only during non-curfew hours.  Children under 14 are also not permitted in shopping centers and commercial areas.  Adults 65 and older, and other high-risk individuals, are advised to stay home.  For more information on the extended state of emergency, refer to the complete decree (in Spanish) found here: https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-establece-las-medidas-que-debe-observar-decreto-supremo-no-116-2020-pcm-1869114-1.

Persons presenting symptoms of COVID-19 should dial the toll-free number 113, send a WhatsApp to +51-952-842-623, or send an email to infosalud@minsa.gob.pe.  Responses may be in Spanish only.

If you are running low on your medications, Peru’s Ministry of Health maintains a web portal (https://bit.ly/3erY7HL) that allows users to search for prescription medication by name and verify the pharmacies in Peru that carry the medication. You can initiate a search by brand name or active ingredient.  The U.S. Embassy recommends calling in advance to confirm pharmacy hours and that the medication is in stock before going to the pharmacy.

For U.S. citizens that remain in Peru, here is a list of businesses that provide grocery deliveries and other services: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1a7gwrpPPxhpaO4IQ_bd7u6sXnxxPF9olzS_ee6mMdvo/edit?ts=5e850453#gid=0.

Temporary Foreign Resident Card: Americans residing in Peru can now request a temporary foreign resident card or “Carnet de Extranjería” Issuance Certificate online. The Issuance Certificate is recognized by Peruvian authorities as a temporary ID until individuals are able to obtain an official residency document from Peruvian Immigration. For more information, please visit https://sel.migraciones.gob.pe/servmig-valreg/constanciacecptp.

U.S. tourists currently in Peru may consult iPeru for the latest guidance for tourists.  iPeru has a WhatsApp number that will respond to questions in English: (+51) 944 492 314.

COUNTRY-SPECIFIC INFORMATION:

  • Peru Level 4 Travel Advisory:  On August 6, in close coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory.  The Global Advisory, initially put in place on March 19, 2020, advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to the previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions), in order to give travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions.  Peru remains at Level 4: Do Not Travel.  We are monitoring conditions closely and will adjust the Travel Advisory as needed to keep U.S. citizens informed as conditions evolve.  The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens abroad.
  • The Government of Peru provides coronavirus-related information at this website:  https://www.gob.pe/coronavirus.  The Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA) maintains current COVID-19 statistics at https://covid19.minsa.gob.pe/sala_situacional.asp.
  • The Ministry of Transportation approved the opening of Peruvian airports, including the Jorge Chávez International Airport, for domestic travel ONLY beginning on July 15, 2020.
  • As of July 1, Peru entered “Phase 3” of its economic recovery in most of the country. ​ Accordingly, stores can open at up to 50% of customer capacity.  Restaurants and similar institutions (excluding bars) can open at up to 40% of customer capacity.  Hotels and travel agencies are authorized to reopen.  Passengers using public transportation must use seats (are not allowed to travel standing up) and must wear  face protectors in addition to the mandatory facemasks.  Before reopening, businesses in many sectors, including restaurants, must present their public health plan to the Peruvian authorities and request approval.  They cannot open automatically before receiving official permission.  The reactivation does not apply to the regions of Arequipa, Huanuco, Ica, La Libertad, or San Martín, nor to the provinces of Santa, Casma, or Huaraz in Ancash. The full text of the legislative decree is available in Spanish at https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-aprueba-la-fase-3-de-la-reanudacion-de-a-decreto-supremo-n-117-2020-pcm-1869317-1/.
  • On Tuesday, June 16, Peru’s Ministry of Education published a resolution authorizing the limited resumption of in-person teaching at primary and secondary schools beginning on Wednesday, July 1.  This special exception is reserved for schools located in rural areas with limited means of communication, internet connectivity, and zero COVID-19 infections.  For the complete text (in Spanish), visit: https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/establecen-disposiciones-respecto-al-inicio-de-la-prestacion-resolucion-ministerial-n-229-2020-minedu-1868141-1.
  • On June 3, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra signed a supreme decree extending Peru’s Health State of Emergency for 90 days beginning Wednesday, June 10.  This is NOT an extension of the national quarantine, although social distancing and the use of facemasks will be required for the foreseeable future.  Peru’s Ministry of Health (MINSA), the National Institute of Health, and the EsSalud Social Health Insurance agency are charged with developing an action plan for the surveillance, containment, and care of new COVID-19 cases in Peru.  Peru’s government will continue to procure the necessary good and services needed to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Additional funding has been allocated to regional governments to hire medical personnel and to purchase the necessary equipment to contain and treat COVID-19.  More information (in Spanish) on the supreme decree can be found here: https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-prorroga-la-emergencia-sanitaria-declara-decreto-supremo-n-020-2020-sa-1867295-3.
  • On Sunday, May 3, the Government of Peru published a legislative decree that stipulates the gradual re-opening of the economy in four stages.  The first stage of the recovery, which starts this month, will enable certain restaurants to offer on-site pick-up and home delivery services.  Additionally, limited hotel and tourist transportation services will be allowed.  The full text of the legislative decree is available in Spanish at https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-aprueba-la-reanudacion-de-actividades-ec-decreto-supremo-n-080-2020-pcm-1865987-1/.
  • On April 20, Health Minister Víctor Zamora announced the executive approval of a legislative decree that gives the Ministry of Health greater control in directing COVID-19 patients to both public and private hospitals.  Please be aware that this decree is likely to limit your ability to choose where you receive medical treatment in Peru should you require treatment of any kind.
  • On April 18, President Martín Vizcarra announced that schools will remain closed for in-person classes beyond May 4 and will provide additional information at a later date.
  • On March 17, Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima closed to the public.
  • On March 16, the Government of Peru closed its borders, restricted all international and domestic travel.
  • On March 15, the Peruvian government declared a national state of emergency (local news article: https://bit.ly/33Y4WvR).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

U.S. Primary Elections Voting: Routine consular operations at the U.S. Embassy remain suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  At this time, we are not able to accept ballots for U.S. primary elections on behalf of U.S. citizens.  We will notify U.S. citizens via our e-mail alerts when we are able to accept ballots.  You may want to consider returning your ballot via an international mail service if the deadline for return of your ballot is near.  International mail services are currently operating in Peru.  Many states accept ballots via e-mail.  For comprehensive information on voting overseas, please visit fvap.gov.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES