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 July 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 

We urge U.S. citizens in Peru who wish to return to the United States to take advantage of all viable travel options as soon as possible. YOU DO NOT NEED TO WAIT TO BE CONTACTED BY THE U.S. EMBASSY TO BOOK A TICKET ON A REPATRIATION FLIGHT.  If you choose not to depart at this time, you should be prepared to remain in-country until the Government of Peru ends its nationwide travel restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The following repatriation flights are scheduled at this time:

Solange Reps Travel Agency: Private tour operator Solange Reps is planning a flight from Lima to Miami (MIA) on Wednesday, July 15.  The flight is open to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).  Interested travelers should complete this form: https://solangereps.typeform.com/to/VqHhopwJ.  This is not a U.S. Embassy flight. For additional information, contact Solange Reps directly by calling or sending a WhatsApp message to +1 (786) 387-0000 or +51-952-396-417 or visiting their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Solangereps.Mayoristapreferida.

Grupo 8 Airbase Restrictions and Limitations:  Travelers are reminded that all repatriation flights depart from the Grupo 8 Peruvian Air Force Base in Callao.  This is not a conventional airport and, as a result, has restrictions and limitations.  Please keep the following in mind as you are making travel arrangements, and plan accordingly:

  • Check-in, security screenings, and waiting areas are located outdoors.  Passengers should bring a jacket, ​comfortable shoes, as well as any other items to ensure you are comfortable while waiting to board the repatriation flight.  Seating in waiting areas is ​in plastic chairs and limited.
  • The Grupo 8 Airbase is a controlled-access facility and movement is restricted.  Passengers are not allowed to move outside the designated areas while waiting to board their flight.
  • Bring ​your own food and water.  Food facilities are not available at the Grupo 8 Airbase, and repatriation flights may have limited food options.
  • Bathrooms are limited. ​ Bring your own sanitizer and wipes. ​
  • All passengers are required to carry their own carry-on luggage onto the plane.
  • Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) service is not available at the Airbase or on the flights.
  • No smoking is allowed.
  • All passengers board planes via stairs from the tarmac.  Jet bridge services are not available, and accessibility is limited.
  • Check with your travel provider to arrange appropriate accessibility measures prior to arriving at Grupo 8.  Wheelchair availability is limited.  ​Airline staff can assist in very limited circumstances.  If you need additional assistance, you may need to travel with a companion who can assist.
  • Be prepared to wait​ for extended periods of time.  The check-in and boarding process at the Grupo 8 Airbase is unlike the commercial airport process.  Expect to wait several hours prior to boarding your plane.
  • Facemasks are required while waiting, boarding, and traveling on the airplane per Peruvian and U.S. government regulations.

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:  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.

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.

Travel within Peru:  All U.S. citizens are urged to comply with Peru’s quarantine measures and security personnel instructions, including restrictions on long-distance travel.  All travelers are responsible for identifying safe and reliable methods to arrive at the designated meeting point on time.  Transit letters are issued only to individuals who have a confirmed seat on a U.S. Embassy-coordinated flight to aid in traveling to the meeting location.  The U.S. Embassy cannot facilitate private travel for individuals.

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 to receive a transit letter. Travelers coming from outside Lima 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 websitehttps://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, June 26, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra signed a supreme decree extending Peru’s national state of emergency through Friday, July 31, with significant modifications.  Beginning Wednesday, July 1, quarantine measures will be lifted for most of the country.  The all-day curfew on Sundays will be eliminated.  Hours for the mandatory nightly curfew have been reduced and will now be in effect from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM.  Exceptions are in place for the regions of Áncash, Arequipa, Ica, Junín, Huánuco, Madre de Dios, and San Martín, where quarantine measures (including the all-day Sunday curfew) continue with a mandatory nightly curfew from 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM.  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.  International borders remain closed for passengers, 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:

  • 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.
  • 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/.
  • Shopping centers and department stores are permitted to resume operations throughout most of the country.  However, due to public health concerns, large commercial centers will remain closed in the regions of Arequipa, Huánuco, Ica, La Libertad, and San Martín, as well as in the Casma, Huaraz, and Santa provinces of Áncash.  Barbershops, hair salons, and beauty treatment businesses may now operate, though by appointment only.  Businesses cannot exceed 50% capacity, and customers are required to wear facemasks and maintain social distancing.  For more information (in Spanish) on the expansion of economic activities, refer to the latest supreme decree found here: https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-dispone-la-ampliacion-de-actividades-eco-decreto-supremo-n-110-2020-pcm-1868279-1.
  • 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