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COVID-19 Information
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May 3, 2022

Last updated: June 13, 2022

***  Effective June 12, 2022, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rescinded the order requiring persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States.  Vaccination requirements are still in effect.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • ​​On January 18, 2022, the Government of Peru extended the COVID-19 health emergency through August 28, 2022.
  • The Government of Peru announced the extension of the current regional alert levels and movement restrictions through June 30, 2022.  Under these measures, all regions of Peru are categorized as Moderate, High, Very High, or Extreme, with corresponding levels of restrictions.  U.S. Citizens are advised to follow all Peruvian lockdown measures.
  • Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners 12 years of age or older must present proof of being fully vaccinated 14 days prior to boarding at their point of origin. Peruvians 18 and older who reside in Peru are required to show proof of three doses of COVID-19 vaccine to enter the country.  Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners 12 years of age or older who are not fully vaccinated must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours) prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru, in accordance with current health regulations.  Children under 12 years of age must only be asymptomatic prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru.
  • From February 28, 2022, all passengers older than 12 years of age using commercial transportation to travel between provinces by land must present proof of vaccination to travel (as of January 27, 2022, individuals 40 and older must have received their booster).  If they are not fully vaccinated, they must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours) prior to boarding their commercial transport.
  • From February 28, 2022, all passengers older than 12 years of age using commercial transportation to travel domestically via air must present proof of vaccination to travel.  If they are not fully vaccinated, they must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours) prior to boarding their domestic flight (as of January 27, 2022, individuals 40 and older must have received their booster).
  • From December 10, 2021, in all provinces of Peru, adults over the age of 18 must show proof of vaccination to enter enclosed spaces (locations consisting of economic activity and/or places of worship).  They may show their physical or virtual vaccination card demonstrating they have completed their COVID-19 vaccination travel (as of January 27, 2022, individuals 40 and older must have received their booster).  In the case of restaurants, masks can only be removed when eating or drinking.
  • To enter coliseums and sports stadiums, those over 12 years of age must present their physical or virtual card that certifies that they have completed, in Peru and/or abroad, their vaccination schedule against COVID-19, requiring additionally the booster dose for those over 18 years of age.
  • Foreigners with temporary migratory status (tourists) should take into account that since August 20, 2021, Peruvian Immigration has begun imposing a penalty fee of S/4.40 a day, for overstaying in the country.
  • For the latest updates on current public health measures, please refer to the Embassy health alerts here.
  • The Jorge Chavez International Airport is open and international flights to the United States are available.​  ​Please see the Lima Airport website for more information on airport operations.
  • On March 13, 2021, the Government of Peru suspended COVID-19 testing requirements for domestic air travel.
  • KN95 masks are required indoors throughout the country.  If you do not have a KN95, double masking is mandatory, with one of the masks being a surgical mask (the other can either be cloth or surgical as well).
  • As of May 1, 2022, wearing a mask while outdoors is optional in areas with at least 80 percent of the over-60 years of age population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with three doses, and at least 80 percent of the over-12 years of age population vaccinated with two doses. According to Peruvian health authorities, the areas that currently meet these criteria are:
    • Ancash
    • Callao
    • Ica
    • Metropolitan Lima
    • Lima Provinces

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Peru? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
  • Peru is able to test for COVID-19 in country. Private hospitals and laboratories as well as the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA) are administering tests.
  • 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.  For more information on requesting a COVID-19 test through MINSA please visit this website (Spanish only): https://www.minsa.gob.pe/procesos_covid/.
  • U.S. citizens are responsible for their own COVID-19 testing costs.
  • The following labs offer COVID-19 testing services in Peru (please note that the Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following list).  Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government.  Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no significance.  The information on the list is provided directly by local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information:
    1. ROE LAB – Telephone: 513-6666
      Appointments need to be coordinated through their web page: www.labroe.com
    2. SUIZA LAB – Telephone: 612-6666
      This company also conducts home visits for an extra fee (40–50 soles)
    3. UNILABS – Telephone: 222-0550
      Appointments need to be coordinated through their webpage: unilabs.joinnus.com
  • For information on protecting yourself from COVID-19 while traveling, visit the CDC website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Direct flights to Peru from the U.S. are available.  Travelers should check https://travel.state.gov/ for country-specific travel information before traveling.
    • Migraciones Suspension of Passport Stamps:  The Peruvian Immigration Authority (Migraciones) has suspended the stamping of passports upon arrival to and departure from Jorge Chávez International Airport as part of ongoing efforts to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. If you are traveling, be aware that while your passport will not be stamped, a digital record of your arrival or departure will still be created.  More information can be found here (in Spanish).
    • 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 the parent(s) listed on the birth certificate.  Travel with one parent when two are listed on the birth certificate requires the notarized consent of the non-traveling parent.  This notarized letter must be presented to immigration officials prior to boarding a flight.  For more information on minor travel authorizations,  visit the Embassy site (in English) here.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, if not vaccinated
    • Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners 12 years of age or older must present proof of being fully vaccinated 14 days prior to boarding at their point of origin. Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners 12 years of age or older who are not fully vaccinated must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours) prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru, in accordance with current health regulations. Children under 12 years of age must only be asymptomatic prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru.  All passengers must also complete an affidavit of health (found here: https://e-notificacion.migraciones.gob.pe/dj-salud/).  These requirements may change, so we advise you to contact your airline days prior your flight to gather the proper documentation and regularly consult the airport website for the latest guidance: https://www.lima-airport.com/eng/for-passengers/covid-19-protocol/arrival-protocol.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • 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.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) and the Ministry of Health (MINSA) have established health and safety guidelines for air travel. Travelers are encouraged to follow the guidelines summarized below.  For more information refer to: https://www.lima-airport.com/eng/for-passengers/covid-19-protocol/before-you-travel.
    • Domestic Air Travel: Domestic flights are available.  However, please confirm with your airline or travel agency before traveling.
    • On March 13, 2021, the Government of Peru suspended COVID-19 testing requirements for domestic air travel.
    • From December 15, 2021, all passengers older than 18 years of age using commercial transportation to travel domestically via air must present proof of vaccination to travel.  If they are not fully vaccinated, they must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours) prior to boarding their domestic flight (as of January 27, 2022, individuals 40 and older must have received their booster).
    • From November 15, 2021, all passengers older than 18 years of age using commercial transportation, such as buses, to travel between provinces by land must present proof of vaccination to travel (as of January 27, 2022, individuals 40 and older must have received their booster).  If they are not fully vaccinated, they must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours) prior to boarding their commercial transport.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • U.S. citizens traveling to Peru from the United States are not required to quarantine upon arrival to Peru and may proceed to their final destination upon arrival.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Rules regarding local transportation vary by jurisdiction. Masks are generally required for all passengers and in some jurisdictions the number of passengers permitted on buses is limited to increase social distancing.
    • Taxi services are available.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Peruvian authorities will enforce regulations related to COVID-19, and U.S. citizens could be subject to detentions, fines, or arrest if out of compliance.

Consular Operations

  • U.S. Embassy in Lima:The American Citizen Services Unit is offering routine passport and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) appointments.  If you require passport or CRBA services, visit our website for more information and to schedule an appointment: https://pe.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/.  Walk-in services are not available.
  • Cusco Consular Agency: The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Agency in Cusco is open for routine services.  To schedule an appointment, send an email to CuscoACS@state.gov.  Walk-in services are not available.  Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • All visitors to the U.S. Embassy in Lima and the Cusco Consular Agency are required to wear face coverings at all times. Applicants who are experiencing flu-like or gastrointestinal symptoms within two weeks prior to their scheduled appointment should stay home for the safety of fellow applicants and our staff.  If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you may reschedule your appointment by contacting LimaACS@state.gov and will be given priority as soon as your period of illness is over.
  • Visa Services: The United States Embassy in Lima, Peru has resumed in-person visa appointments in addition to emergency appointments, but continues to have a significant backlog of applications.  Payment for nonimmigrant visa applications (known as the MRV fee) is valid through December 31, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment last year an opportunity to schedule a visa appointment on the U.S. Visa Appointment Service website with the previously paid fee.  In-person appointments for first-time, nonemergency B1/B2 nonimmigrant visa applicants are unavailable until further notice to ensure the health and safety of applicants and consular staff alike.   Currently there is no estimate of when we will be able to conduct these interviews at the Embassy.
  • If you are renewing a B1, B2, B1/B2, C1/D, F1, F2, J1, J2, M1, or M2 visa, in some cases you do not require an in-person interview at the Embassy if your visa expired within the last 48 months and your passport has at six months of validity remaining.  Applicants renewing H2A visas who have been issued one prior visa of this type in most cases will likely not require an in-person interview if their prior visa expired within the last 48 months and the passport has at least six months of validity remaining.
  • If you have an urgent medical or life-or-death emergency and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided on the U.S. Visa Appointment Service website to schedule a regular appointment, then request an emergency appointment.
  • All applicants, including children over the age of two, are required to wear face masks.  Applicants who are experiencing flu-like or gastrointestinal symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their scheduled appointment are prohibited from coming to the Embassy, for the safety of fellow applicants and our staff.  If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please email LimaNIV@state.gov to notify us and then reschedule your appointment by following the instructions on the U.S. Visa Appointment Service website.  You will receive priority scheduling once your period of illness ends.

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