COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: November 16, 2021

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.  U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight.  U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.  Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Updated Requirements for Air Travelers to the United States

On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Effective November 8, 2021, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with limited exceptions.

Fully vaccinated air travelers will continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within three days of travel to the United States before boarding. That includes all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals. U.S. citizens and LPRs who are unable to show that they are fully vaccinated will have to show documentation of a negative viral test taken no more than one day before departure. For more information please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/covid-19-faqs-for-travel-to-the-us-information.html.

What are the testing requirements for children?

  • Children between the ages of 2 and 17 are required to take a pre-departure test.
  • If a child is not fully vaccinated and traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, they can show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within three days before departure (consistent with the timeline for fully vaccinated adults).
  • If an unvaccinated child is traveling alone or with unvaccinated adults, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure.
  • While children under 2 years of age are excepted from the testing requirement, CDC recommends a pre-departure test for these children whenever possible.

The CDC recommends that individuals do not travel international unless they are fully vaccinated. The CDC has determined that for purposes of travel to the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listed (EUL) vaccines.  For more information please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html.

Country-Specific Information

  • ​​On November 14, 2021, the Government of Peru extended the COVID-19 health emergency through March 1, 2022.
  • The Government of Peru announced the extension of the current regional alert levels and movement restrictions through November 28, 2021.  The Government of Peru indicated it will reevaluate and adjust these public health measures every two weeks.  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, 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 72 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 November 15, 2021, all passengers older than 45 years of age using commercial transportation to travel between provinces by land must present proof of vaccination to travel.
  • From December 15, 2021, in all provinces of Peru, adults over the age of 18 must show proof of vaccination to enter closed spaces.  They may show their physical or virtual vaccination card demonstrating they have completed their COVID-19 vaccination.  In the case of restaurants, masks can only be removed when eating or drinking.
  • Foreigners with temporary migratory status (tourists) should take into account that since August 20th, 2021, Peruvian Immigration has begun imposing the 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.  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.

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 South Africa (or travelers who have transited there in the last 14 days) November 28, 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).
    • 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 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
    • 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 72 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.
  • 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.

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.
    • On March 13, 2021, the Government of Peru suspended COVID-19 testing requirements for domestic air travel.

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.
    • Effective through November 28,  2021, Peruvian citizens (including U.S. dual nationals) and permanent residents of Peru who have traveled from or transited through South Africa must quarantine in their home, lodging, or isolated space for a period of 14 days.  For more information, please see the decree, online here (in Spanish).
    • Effective through November 28,  2021, all non-Peruvian citizens and non-permanent residents who are traveling from, or transiting through South Africa are barred from entering Peru.  For more information, please see the decree, online here (in Spanish).
    • 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 72 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.
    • Travelers are responsible for funding their own COVID-19 testing and quarantine costs.

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

  • 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 at this time.
  • 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 at this time.  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 limited 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 on the U.S. Visa Appointment Service website with the previously paid fee.  In-person appointments for first-time, nonemergency 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 most 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 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 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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