COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 09/24/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level Travel Health Notice for Peru due to COVID-19. The State Department has also issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Peru. Read the Health Notice and Travel Advisory.
  • The Peruvian Government extended national quarantine measures through September 30, 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, there is a curfew in effect and some regions remain under quarantine. See “Movement Restrictions” section below for quarantined regions and measures.
  • Peru is in “Phase 3” of its economic recovery plan. Accordingly, stores are at 50% of customer capacity, restaurants and similar institutions (excluding bars) are open at 40% of customer capacity, and hotels and travel agencies are authorized to reopen. The reactivation does not apply to the regions where the quarantine is still in effect.
  • The wearing of facemasks in public places is mandatory and social distancing measures must be respected.
  • Schools and other public and religious events remain suspended. There is a limited resumption of in-person teaching at primary and secondary schools located in rural areas with limited means of communication, internet connectivity, and zero COVID-19 infections.
  • For COVID-19 health related information and official statistics, please visit the Peruvian Ministry of Health’s website (in Spanish).

Entry and Exit Requirements:

    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
      • The international borders continue to be closed and international flights continue to be grounded, with exception of cargo and humanitarian repatriation flights.
      • Travel Restrictions:  At this time, there are no specific limitations on U.S citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents. 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.
      • 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.
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
      • 72 hours in advance of flights, all passengers arriving to Peru must sign a sworn statement agreeing to comply with the mandatory 14-day quarantine and attest that they are symptom free of COVID-19 upon entry. You can find the electronic sworn declaration here: https://e-notificacion.migraciones.gob.pe/dj-salud/. Passengers arriving to support Peru’s COVID-19 response effort must present negative molecular COVID-19 test to allow entry.
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
      • Health screenings are in place at Jorge Chavez International Airport.
      • Those traveling to Lima from quarantined areas by land, must possess a negative COVID-19 molecular test. Those traveling by air from quarantined areas are not required to take a COVID-19 test nor undergo a health screening. However, the traveler must have in their possession a signed Sworn Health Declaration. You can find the declaration in Spanish here: Sworn Health Declaration for Ground Transport.
    • Visa Requirements for Foreigners: 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.
    • 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: LPRs 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 need travel documentation to return to the United States on a repatriation flight, can file a Form I-131A with the U.S. Embassy in Lima.  Appointments are reserved ONLY for LPRs traveling on a scheduled repatriation flight. To schedule an emergency appointment, email LimaIV@state.gov.  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
    • As of September 20, 2020, there is a quarantine and a mandatory daily curfew from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am curfew from Monday to Saturday and all-day quarantine on Sunday, in the following areas:
    • Amazonas (Chachapoyas, Condorcanqui, and Utcubamba);
    • Ancash (Santa, Casma, Huaraz and Huarmey);
    • Apurimac (Abancay);
    • Arequipa (Cailloma, Camaná, Castilla, Islay);
    • Ayacucho (Huamanga,Huanta, Lucanas, and Parinacochas);
    • Cajamarca (Cajamarca);
    • Cusco (entire region);
    • Huancavelica (Huancavelica);
    • Huánuco (Huánuco, Leoncio Prado, and Humalíes);
    • Ica (Ica and Pisco);
    • Junin (Huancayo and Satipo);
    • Lima (Huaral);
    • Madre de Dios (Tambopata);
    • Moquegua (entire region);
    • Pasco (Pasco and Oxapampa);
    • Puno (entire region); and
    • Tacna (entire region).
    • Trujillo in La Libertad has been removed from the quarantine list, but the Sunday all-day quarantine measure remains in place.
  • Measures For Regions Under Quarantine: In the above quarantine areas:
    • There is a mandatory daily curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday, an all-day Sunday quarantine, and a prohibition of private vehicles circulating on Sunday.
  • Measures For Regions NOT Under Quarantine:
    • There is mandatory daily curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday, there is NO all-day Sunday quarantine, but the prohibition of private vehicles circulating is in effect.
  • Measures for ALL Regions:  
    • Only one person per family will be allowed to leave the home during non- quarantine hours.
    • Meeting Restrictions:  Under the new decree, all social gatherings, including those held in homes and with family, are prohibited.
    • 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 years old are permitted to be outside of their residence for 30 minutes per day but must be accompanied by an adult and must remain within 500 meters of their residence. At all other times, children must remain indoors with the exception of an emergency. Adults over 65-year old and high-risk individuals must remain in quarantine and cannot leave their residence with the exception of going to the grocery store, bank or pharmacy.
    • The use of a face masks is always required while in public, and individuals must maintain social distance of at least one meter.
    • We encourage all U.S. citizens to comply with the Peruvian government’s quarantine measures and to follow the instructions of Peruvian authorities.  Limit your time outside, carry your identification and phone, and remember that the use of a facemask is required in public. For more information (in Spanish) on the quarantine modification, please see Supreme Decree151-2020-PCM, which can be found here in Spanish: https://www.gob.pe/institucion/pcm/normas-legales/1199971-151-2020-pcm. For previously enacted quarantine measures, please see (in Spanish) Supreme Decree 146-2020-PCM which can be found here: https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-modifica-el-decreto-supremo-n-116-2020-decreto-supremo-n-146-2020-pcm-1880528-1/.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  Yes
      • There are restrictions of travel to/from and through quarantined areas. Restrictions vary from region to region. For specific information on specific regions, please email PeruRepatriations@state.gov to receive an update on restrictions.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Passengers arriving on limited humanitarian flights are expected to comply with a self-quarantine of 14 days. Quarantine requirements within Peru vary from region to region. Please see above section “Movement Restrictions.”

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Peru is able to test for COVID-19 in country. There are both private hospitals and laboratories performing tests as well as test administered by the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA). 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.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?  No
    • International Air Travel: The international borders remain closed. However, The Ministry of Transportation approved the opening of Peruvian airports, including the Jorge Chávez International Airport, for commercial domestic travel only beginning on July 15, 2020. U.S. citizens and LPRs traveling on flights with destinations or layovers in other countries should contact travel providers directly for more information.
    • Upcoming Repatriation Flights: Repatriation flight departing today September 18, 2020 with GSV Travel, Lima to Miami (MIA) operated by Delta Airlines is sold out. There are no additional flights schedule for September. The U.S. Embassy continues to work with the Peruvian government and multiple travel providers to offer additional repatriation flights in October. We will continue to announce all viable travel options through these email alerts.U.S. citizens who wish to depart Peru, should purchase a ticket as soon as they become available.  DO NOT WAIT FOR THE U.S. EMBASSY TO CONTACT YOU.  If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may be subject to additional questioning or denied boarding by Peruvian government authorities prior to exiting the country.  Visa and ESTA holders, including those accompanying U.S. citizens, should be prepared to provide supporting documentation to Peruvian Immigration  confirming your emergency need to depart Peru.
      • 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: Your U.S. credit card company may be willing to temporarily raise your credit limit; Family or friends could help purchase airline tickets and/or accommodations; or Family or friends could send you money. More information about options is available at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/while-abroad/sending-money-abroad.html.
    • Repatriation Flights: Travelers are reminded that all repatriation flights now depart from the Jorge Chávez International Airport.  Please keep the following in mind as you are making travel arrangements, and plan accordingly:
      • Be prepared to wait for extended periods of time. The return to  commercial airport is likely to produce delays as new measures are implemented for the first time.
      • Only ticketed passengers will be allowed entry to the airport.  Family and friends should stay home in order to follow all social distancing measures and Ministry of Health protocols.
      • All passengers are subject to security screening.
      • All passengers are subject to health screening before boarding. Passengers should expect to have their temperature taken and should be prepared to answer health-related questions.  Passengers suspected of having COVID-19 will not be allowed to board. 
      • Limited snacks and other food are available at the airport.  Repatriation flights have limited food options.
      • Bring your own sanitizer and wipes , but note that liquids may be restricted due to airport security regulations.
      • Face masks AND face shields are required at all times at Jorge Chávez International Airport.  Face masks are required while traveling on the airplane to comply with Peruvian and U.S. government regulations.
      • No smoking is allowed.
      • Check with your travel provider in advance to arrange appropriate accessibility measures prior to arriving at the airport.  Wheelchair availability may be 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.
    • Domestic Air and Bus Travel Resumes for Certain Regions: Per the most recent supreme decree quarantine restrictions have been lifted for certain cities within Peru. See “Movement Restrictions” section above. The following regional airports are currently conducting flights (to/from) Lima: Talara, Tumbes, Piura, Chiclayo, Lima, Arequipa, Iquitos, Tarapoto, Pucallpa. Some commercial bus routes are operating to and from the aforementioned unrestricted areas. Restricted or closed for the next two weeks: Tacna, Moquegua, Cusco, Madre de Dios, Juliaca (Puno), Apurimac, Huancavelica, Junin, Huanuco, Cajamarca, and Ancash.
    • Domestic Air Travel: Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) and the Ministry of Health (MINSA) have established new health and safety guidelines for air travel. Travelers are encouraged to follow the guidelines summarized below. For more information refer to the MTC’s published safety protocols (in Spanish) available here: Domestic Travel Health and Safety Guidelines.
      • All passengers must present a sworn health declaration which includes personal health data.  The declaration, which should be executed in Spanish, can be found here: Sworn Declaration for Domestic Air Travel.
    • Overland Travel within Peru:   Travelers on interprovincial buses must also follow MTC and MINSA safety protocols.  The guidelines are summarized below.  For more information on interprovincial (regional) travel, refer to the MTC’s published safety protocols (in Spanish) available here: Domestic Travel Health and Safety Guidelines.
      • Those traveling on commercial buses to/from or through areas no longer under quarantine should expect to undergo social distancing measures, be subject to health and safety screenings, wear face masks and face shields during travel, and be in possession of a sworn declaration for ground travel, which should be executed in Spanish, can be found here: Sworn Declaration for Domestic Ground Travel. Travelers from unrestricted areas are not required to possess a negative result for a COVID-19 test.
      • Those traveling via private vehicle, from (or through) regions under quarantine, to Lima to board a repatriation flight must be in possession of a Personal Transport Letter (“Salvoconducto’) issued by the U.S. Embassy AND be in possession of a negative result for a COVID-19 test administered no more than two days before travel. In certain regions, such as Cusco, a special driving permit issued by the Peruvian National Police is required before traveling.  Please email PeruRepatriations@state.gov to request up-to-date information on your region and to request a Personal Transport Letter. Please see “Movement Restriction Section” above for updates on quarantined areas.
  • 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.

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. However, even if the area you are located at continues to be quarantined, you are permitted to travel to Lima to take a repatriation flight so long as you comply with the travel regulations. See “Transportation Options” section above.

Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Embassy has reduced our consular operations to emergency services only. Any routine, non-emergency appointments are canceled until further notice, including passports, consular reports of birth abroad, notarial services, as well as immigrant and non-immigrant visas. For instructions on obtaining an emergency U.S. passport, contact us via email at LimaACS@state.gov. Please continue to monitor our website and social media platforms for important updates and announcements regarding the resumption of routine operations.
  • Temporary Closure of the Cusco Consular Agency: The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Agency in Cusco will be closed beginning Monday, July 20, and is scheduled to reopen by mid-November 2020.  U.S. citizens in need of routine or emergency consular services may contact the U.S. Embassy in Lima via email at LimaACS@state.gov or by calling +51 (01) 618-2000.
  • 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/3bx5onsDO 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 Repayment:  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.  Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of State is experiencing delays in processing the promissory notes and sending the respective bills.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visa Services: The United States Embassy in Lima, Peru, remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.  Visa fees are valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.  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 request an emergency appointment.  Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L, and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.  For more information, please call +51 1 7097950 or +51 1 7097951 (from Peru), or +1 703 249 4660 (from the United States), to speak with a customer service representative.

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