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 June 6, 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.

Solange Reps:  Solange Reps Travel Agency is planning a charter flight from Lima to Miami (MIA) on Friday, June 19.  Interested travelers should complete this form: https://solangereps.typeform.com/to/uwBG8P.  Solange flights are open to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).  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, and online via 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.   
  • All adults are required to wear a facemask while waiting, boarding, and traveling on the airplane per Peruvian and U.S. government regulations.  

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.  For more information on emergency passport services, visit https://pe.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/.

Emergency Travel Documents for Lawful Permanent Residents:  Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who have lost their LPR 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.  Routine services are still closed.  To schedule an emergency appointment, email LimaIV@state.gov.  For more information, visit https://pe.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/temporary-replacement-of-a-lost-stolen-green-card/.

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 or quarantine requirements for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents entering the United States from Peru.  Restrictions are in place for individuals returning from Brazil, China, Iran, and most European countries, which have all 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.

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions:  At this time, there are no specific limitations or quarantine requirements for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents entering the United States from Peru.  Restrictions are in place for individuals returning from Brazil, China, Iran, and most European countries, which have all 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.

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 April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation temporarily suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants.  The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23 and expires in 60 days.  U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the Proclamation, are still allowed to enter the United States.  The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website at: https://bit.ly/2Vvvwdi.

COVID-19 Scams:  The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to COVID-19. Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19 related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media solicitations, texts, or calls related to COVID-19. 

The first and best source of authoritative information on COVID-19 is www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, where visitors will find information on the virus itself, situation updates, and tailored information for audiences including communities, schools, and businesses.

PERU’S NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY 

The U.S. Embassy recommends U.S. citizens adhere to all quarantine measures due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Peru’s national state of emergency and quarantine measures are extended through Tuesday, June 30.  Mandatory nightly curfew hours in Lima (and most of the country) begin at 9:00 pm and end at 4:00 am.  Curfew hours in the regions of Ancash (the coastal provinces of Santa, Canta, and Huarmey, only), Ica, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Loreto, Piura, Tumbes, and Ucayali are from 6:00 pm to 4:00 am.  The all-day Sunday curfew will continue throughout Peru during the extended state of emergency period.  Limit your time outside, carry your identification and phone, and remember that the use of a facemask is required in public.  We encourage all U.S. citizens in Peru to comply with the Peruvian government’s quarantine measures and to follow the instructions of Peruvian authorities.

Children under 14 are allowed to take a short 30-minute walk outside with an adult each day.  Remember to stay within 500 meters of your residence, wear a facemask, and maintain social distancing (at least two meters or six feet) between you and others.  This special exception is allowed only once per day and only during non-curfew hours.  Children in areas with a high number of COVID-19 cases and/or a high transmission rate are advised to not go outside.  For a complete list of affected areas in Lima’s districts and countrywide, please refer to the MINSA alert: https://cdn.www.gob.pe/uploads/document/file/716882/alerta-epidemiologica-ae-017-2020.pdf.

Quarantine measures due to the outbreak of COVID-19 are enforced by Peru’s Ministry of Health (MINSA), and exceptions are not made for international tourists.  The U.S. Embassy engages with Peruvian government officials at the highest levels on any cases where U.S. citizens are placed under quarantine to ensure U.S. citizens’ welfare and access to essential supplies.

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.
  • 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 June 1, the Ministry of Health (MINSA) approved a directive allowing physical activity and recreation in public spaces to resume in three stages.  As part of the first stage, starting today, Wednesday, June 3, individuals are allowed to walk, jog, and/or engage in fitness activities including calisthenics, pilates, tai chi, and yoga ​outside, as long as they: 1) exercise alone, 2) wear a facemask at all times, 3) stay within a three-kilometer (1.86 mile) radius of their residence, and 4) exercise for no more than 60 minutes each day.   Outdoor ​fitness activities may take place from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with no activities permitted on Sunday.  This directive may not apply to districts with large number of COVID-19 infections according to the MINSA epidemiological alert such as: S​an J​uan de L​urigancho, Lima Cercado, S​an Martín de Porres, Ate, El Agustino, Comas, La Victoria, San Juan de Miraflores , Santa Anita, Rímac, Puente Piedra, Los Olivos, Chorrillos, Independencia, Carabayllo, San Miguel, Breña, and Surquillo.  For the official directive, please visit: https://www.elperuano.pe/noticia-covid19-minsa-aprueba-directiva-para-retorno-a-actividad-fisica-y-recreativa-espacios-publicos-96795.aspx Many Peruvian media outlets are providing more clarification of the rules.
  • On May 25, limited economic activities deemed essential — including dentistry, ophthalmology, rehabilitation services, and veterinary medicine — will be allowed to resume.  In addition, certain professional services such as plumbing, gardening, domestic appliance maintenance and repair, hairdressing, and cosmetology will be allowed as long as these services are provided at a residence.  People may also use private vehicles to procure food, medicine, and financial services within their districts of residence.  Only one person per vehicle is allowed.  Private vehicles may now also be used to transport people with urgent medical needs, as well as to perform any of the activities included in the Supreme Decree annex upon receipt of prior authorization from the Ministry of Defense or Ministry of Interior.  For a full list of authorized services (in Spanish), see annex here: https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-establece-las-medidas-que-debe-observar-decreto-supremo-n-094-2020-pcm-1866708-1.
  • 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).
  • On March 14, the Peruvian government issued a decree suspending the docking of all cruise ships in Peruvian ports for 30 days.
  • On March 14, American Airlines announced (https://bit.ly/3awsZVe) the suspension of its Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami to Lima services until May 6.
  • On March 13, the Peruvian government issued a decree to suspend all flights to and from Europe and Asia, beginning on March 16, for 30 days.

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