COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 03/03/2021

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • ​​On February 19, 2021, the Government of Peru extended the COVID-19 health emergency for another 180 days, from March 7 to September 2, 2021.
  • On January 26, 2021, the President of Peru announced heightened restrictions which have been extended through March 14, 2021. The government of Peru indicates it will reevaluate and adjust these public health measures every 15 days.  Under these measures, all regions of Peru are categorized as High, Very High, or Extreme, with corresponding levels of restrictions.  ​U.S. Citizens are advised to follow all Peruvian lockdown measures.
    • Extreme: Metropolitan Lima, Callao, ​Huaura, Barranca, Huarochiri and Huaral and some regions within Áncash (Huaraz), Ayacucho (Huamanga), Cusco (Canchis), Huancavelica (Huancavelica and Tayacaja), Huánuco (Huánuco), Ica (Ica and Chincha), Junín (Huancayo, Tarma, Chanchamayo, Satipo, Chupaca), Loreto (Maynas), Moquegua (Ilo), Pasco (Oxapampa), Puno (Puno), and Tacna (Tacna).
      • Major provisions of the Extreme level have been updated to include:
        • Curfew from 9:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. Strict mandatory social immobilization on Sundays.
        • Private vehicles are prohibited on Sundays.
        • Only one family member at a time may go to the grocery store, bank, pharmacy, obtain medical care, and exercise.  These businesses operate at 40% capacity.
        • Restaurants are open at 30% capacity.  Delivery is permitted from 4:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
        • Public spaces, including shopping centers, cinemas, tourist areas, places of worship, casinos, gyms, and clubs are open at a limited capacity.
        • Interprovincial air and land travel is open at 50-100% capacity.
    • Very High: Áncash, Pasco, Huánuco, Junín, Huancavelica, Ica, Apurimac, Tumbes, Amazonas, Cajamarca, Ayacucho, Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Moquegua, Tacna
      • Major provisions of the Very High level include:
        • Curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. daily.
        • Public spaces, including shopping centers, cinemas, places of worship, casinos, gyms, and clubs, operate at reduced capacity. Delivery is allowed.
        • Tourist areas, including archeological sites, museums and cultural centers, are closed. Please check with your travel agency or tour group for more information.
        • Interprovincial travel operates at 50-100% capacity.
        • Private vehicles are prohibited on Sundays.
    • High: Piura, Loreto, Lambayeque, La Libertad, San Martín, Ucayali, Madre de Dios
      • Major provisions of the High level include:
        • Curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. daily
        • Public spaces including shopping centers, cinemas, tourist areas, places of worship, casinos, gyms, and clubs operate at reduced capacity. Delivery is allowed.
        • Private vehicles are prohibited on Sundays
    • The official decrees are available in Spanish here: https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/prorroga-del-estado-de-emergencia-en-distritos-de-las-provin-decreto-supremo-n-024-2021-pcm-1927791-1/ ​and https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-aprueba-el-nivel-de-alerta-por-provincia-decreto-supremo-n-023-2021-pcm-1927784-1/.
  • The Jorge Chavez International Airport is open and international flights to the United States are available.​  ​For more information on airport operations, please see https://www.lima-airport.com/eng.
  • On February 14, 2021, the Government of Peru declared the extension of the suspension of all international flights originating in Brazil, and of all international flights longer than 8 hours duration. Find more information here (in Spanish): https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/declaran-finalizada-la-suspension-de-operaciones-aereas-desd-resolucion-ministerial-n-112-2021-mtc01-1927793-1/.
  • All passengers boarding Peruvian domestic flights in regions on Extreme Alert must provide to the airline proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of departure. Children under 12 years old do not need to show negative test results but must present a certificate of good health from a medical provider. Masks and face shields must be worn at all times inside airports and airplanes. Find more information here (in Spanish): https://elperuano.pe/noticia/115313-pasajeros-de-lineas-aereas-deberan-presentar-prueba-molecular-o-antigeno.
  • The use of a face masks and maintaining physical distance is required while in public and when using public transportation.
  • The Ministry of Education (MINED) announced the 2021 school year will begin virtually on March 15, 2021 for all schools in Peru. For more information, please visit the MINED website (Spanish only): https://www.gob.pe/minedu.

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 72 hours? Yes
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.  Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email LimaACS@state.gov.
  • 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.
  • The Peruvian Health Ministry (MINSA) maintains a list of facilities that provide COVID-19 testing here.
  • Viral testing results at certain locations would be available within 72 hours of a flight departure. Keep in mind that a surge in cases may increase demand and affect these result times.
  • 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the Government of Peru approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • For more information on the Peruvian Government’s national vaccination plan, which includes a national rollout plan, please visit the Peruvian Health Ministry (MINSA) dedicated page here.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Direct flights to Peru from certain locations in the U.S. have resumed. Travelers should check https://travel.state.gov/ for country-specific travel information before traveling.
    • The Government of Peru suspended the entrance of non-resident passengers traveling from Europe or South Africa (or travelers who have transited there in the last 14 days) until January, 31 2021.
    • Migraciones Suspending Use of Passport Stamps: The Peruvian Immigration Authority (Migraciones) announced that it 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. The measure applies to both commercial and repatriation flights and is effective immediately. More information can be found here (in Spanish): https://www.gob.pe/institucion/migraciones/normas-legales/1239779-00000202-2020-migraciones. 
    • 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) here.
  • 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.
  • Travel Requirements: Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) who have been outside of the U.S. for less than 365 days are generally considered to be “in status” and do not need a returning resident visa. LPRs who have been outside of the U.S. for more than 365 days, will need to apply for a returning resident visa (SB-1). Please visit the Returning Resident Visa section of our website for more information. For additional information regarding your LPR status, contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at www.uscis.gov or by calling +1-212-620-3418 (from overseas).
  • Emergency Travel Documents for LPRs:  LPRs who have lost their I-551 Permanent Resident cards (Green Card) and/or re-entry permits, and have an immediate need to return to the United States, can request an emergency appointment by emailing LimaIV@state.gov.  Due to limited staffing, appointment availability is extremely limited.  Please visit the Temporary Replacement of a Lost/Stolen Green Card section of our website for more information.

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • As of January 4, 2021, all travelers arriving to Peru must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.  This quarantine is mandatory for all foreigners, nationals or residents who enter Peru.  Travelers who planned to visit Peru for fewer than 14 days must complete the full quarantine and should contact their airlines to change their tickets. You can find more information in the decree, online here (in Spanish): https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-establece-precisiones-y-modifica-el-decr-decreto-supremo-n-004-2021-pcm-1919992-1/.
    • Travelers who plan to visit Peru for fewer than 14 days may take a new molecular (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test after the sixth day of quarantine at an approved Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA) lab ​to be released and issued an Alta Epidemeológica (AE) from MINSA. The approved MINSA labs can be found here: http://www.digemid.minsa.gob.pe/main.asp?Seccion=967.
    • Travelers may complete quarantine in a location of their choice if they state the address in their affidavit and it is approved by Peruvian health officials on arrival.
    • Travelers are responsible for funding their own quarantine costs.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
    • Review curfew measures outlined above under the Country-Specific Information section.
  • 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.
    • All passengers boarding Peruvian domestic flights in regions on Extreme Alert must provide to the airline proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of departure.  Children under 12 years old do not need to show negative test results but must present a certificate of good health from a medical provider.  Masks and face shields must be worn at all times inside airports and airplanes.  Find more information here (in Spanish): https://elperuano.pe/noticia/115313-pasajeros-de-lineas-aereas-deberan-presentar-prueba-molecular-o-antigeno.

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 and may allow only two passengers.

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

  • Due to the heightened restrictions announced by the Government of Peru on January 26, 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Lima will not be open for passport and visa services from February 1 to March 14, 2021.  Applicants with scheduled appointments during this period will be contacted to reschedule their appointment.  If you are a U.S. citizen with an urgent emergency and need to travel to the United States, please write to LimaACS@state.gov and include your current passport information, explanation and evidence of the emergency, and a contact phone number.
  • U.S. Embassy in Lima: the American Citizen Services Unit is offering limited routine passport and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) appointments. Notarial services remain suspended until further notice. 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 at this time.
  • Cusco Consular Agency: The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Agency in Cusco resumed limited routine services on Wednesday, December 2. To schedule an appointment, send an email to CuscoACS@state.gov. Walk-in services are not available at this time. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00am-2:00pm.
  • 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 limited routine in-person visa appointments in addition to emergency appointments.  (Appointment capacity remains extremely limited due to the ongoing pandemic.)  We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible.  Payment for nonimmigrant visa applications (known as the MRV fee) is valid through September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment last year an opportunity to schedule a visa appointment with the previously paid fee.
  • If you are renewing a B1, B2, B1/B2, C1/D, F1, F2, J1, J2, M1, or M2 visa, in most cases you do not require an in-person interview at the Embassy if your visa expired within the last 24 months and your passport has at six months of validity remaining.  Applicants renewing H2A visas who have been issued two prior visas 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 matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-pe/niv 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 scheduling site: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-pe/niv.  You will receive priority scheduling once your period of illness ends.

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