COVID-19 Information

The 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.

April 4 Update:

As of Friday, April 3, approximately 4680 Americans have departed Peru.  We have successfully brought U.S. Citizens from Lima, Cusco, Iquitos, Arequipa, Pucallpa, Trujillo, Huaraz, Tarapoto, Chiclayo, Puerto Maldonado and throughout the Ica region.  Additional transports are being facilitated for the Ica region, Arequipa, Puno, Iquitos, Cajamarca and Chimbote.  The last scheduled repatriation flight from Cusco departed yesterday, April 3.  Additional daily flights to the United States are scheduled through Monday, April 6.  We will continue to facilitate daily travel and coordinate flights to repatriate Americans from all corners of Peru, however, if you plan to return to the United States we urge you to do so as soon as possible, as we cannot guarantee that repatriation flights will continue indefinitely.

We are aware of cases in which U.S. citizens were placed under quarantine in facilities where they are staying.  Quarantine measures due to the outbreak of COVID-19 are enforced by Peru’s Ministry of Health (MINSA), and exceptions are not made for international tourists.  The U.S. Embassy continues to engage with Peruvian government officials at the highest levels to address the issue.  We are working to ensure that travelers placed under quarantine have access to appropriate food and healthy living conditions.

The government of Peru extended curfew hours, masks are now mandatory in public, and has instituted a gender-based alternating schedule for routine business such as grocery shopping.  Additional details below.  Quarantine measures and border closures will continue.  The U.S. Embassy recommends U.S. citizens in Peru adhere to all quarantine measures due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

If you still seek our assistance in returning to the United States, even if you have contacted us before via email, we ask that you please fill out this online flight registration immediately for EACH member of your party so that we can continue to assist you.  Only complete the form ONCE.  If you have already completed the form, we have your information.

U.S. Embassy Lima – Repatriation Flight Registration

(https://bit.ly/3bx5ons)

Once our team has identified you for a flight, you will receive a follow-up email with instructions and flight information, including the date and time of your flight and the meeting point for travelers.  Check your email regularly and read instructions carefully.  Please note that we cannot arrange connecting flights in the United States. Once you have been repatriated, it is your responsibility to arrange your travels from your repatriation point to your final destination.  You should shelter in place until you receive flight information and transportation details from the Embassy.

Occasionally, not all members of the same group or family are manifested on the same flight.  If someone in your family did not receive a travel notification, you should all proceed to the designated meeting location.  Non-manifested family members will be placed on a standby list.  If we are unable to accommodate your group on the given flight, our team will make sure that you all are manifested together on a future flight.  We are making every effort to fly families together and to ensure that all available seats are filled.

Please note, flights are not free, however, you will not be asked to pay upfront.  See here for more details on costs and the promissory note process.  The amount billed to evacuees is based on the cost of a full-fare economy flight to the designated destination(s) that would have been charged immediately prior to the events giving rise to the evacuation.

Beware of scams. Up-to-date and credible information can be found on the U.S. Embassy’s website and social media platforms.

In general, we do not provide evacuation assistance to non-U.S. citizens.  Exceptions may be made to accommodate special family circumstances, such the spouse or other close relative of a U.S. citizen traveling with the U.S. citizen family member.  Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) accompanying unaccompanied minors, or those with medical conditions, as well as medical and health professionals working on the COVID19 worldwide response, such as doctors and health professionals, may be eligible for the charter flights.

We are working hard to bring #AmericansHome.

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of 1:00 PM Peru local time on Friday, April 3, 2020, the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA) (https://www.gob.pe/coronavirus) has 1595 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Peru, with 61 reported deaths.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

The Peruvian government declared a national state of emergency (https://bit.ly/33Y4WvR) on March 15, 2020, at 8:00 PM Peru local time.  Under the state of emergency, Peru enacted 15 days of mandatory quarantine, starting at 00:00 on March 16, 2020.  Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra announced at 12:22 p.m. on March 26 that Peru will extend its state of national emergency for 13 more days until April 12, 2020.  The Government of Peru has closed all international travel in and out of the country and restricted internal domestic travel.  Quarantine measures and border closures will continue.  The U.S. Embassy recommends U.S. citizens in Peru adhere to all quarantine measures due to the outbreak of COVID-19.  We will continue to schedule flights for U.S. citizens to return home to the United States.

  • On March 17, Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima closed to the public.
  • The Peruvian government issued a decree on March 14 suspending the docking of all cruise ships in Peruvian ports for 30 days.
  • American Airlines announced via its website (https://bit.ly/3awsZVe) on March 14 that it will suspend service from Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami to Lima, Peru effective end of day March 16, after flying all legs scheduled through the end of that day.  This suspension will last through May 6.
  • On March 13, the Peruvian government issued a decree to suspend all flights to and from Europe and Asia, beginning on March 16, for 30 days.
  • On March 12, President Martín Vizcarra announced the suspension of classes at university and vocational educational institutions, following his March 11 announcement suspending primary and secondary school classes through March 30.

Quarantine Information:

  • The U.S. embassy recommends U.S. citizens in Peru to adhere to all quarantine measures due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
    • Quarantine measures do apply to everyone. The Embassy is working with Peruvian authorities to ensure smooth transit for confirmed passengers within quarantine protocols.  Once confirmed on a flight manifest, you will be provided additional instructions.
  • The Quarantine policy severely restricts all movement except for traveling to the supermarket, bank, gas stations, pharmacy or to emergency medical clinics, to provide assistance to the elderly or small children or to the hospital for emergencies.  Additional rules and movement restrictions as part of its national quarantine strategy:
    • A mandatory daily curfew from 6:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. for most of Peru (including Lima and Cusco), and
    • A mandatory daily curfew from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. for Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Loreto regions.
    • Use of privately registered vehicles will be restricted.
    • Use of facemasks in public is mandatory.
    • New gender-based alternating schedule on visits to grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and other routine business.  Only one person per family is allowed to leave their residence for routine business.  Men are allowed to leave their homes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Women are allowed to leave on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. No one is allowed to conduct routine business on Sundays.   Security forces have been instructed to respect the rights of transgender and non-gender binary individuals.  
  • Patients 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.

Resources:

Travelers currently in-country should consult iPeru for the latest guidance for tourists.  iPeru has a WhatsApp number that will respond to questions in English: (+51) 944 492 314.