Embassy Personnel Travel Restrictions (February 18, 2015)

U.S. Embassy Lima informs U.S. citizens traveling or living in the capitol that Embassy personnel are prohibited from visiting Sophie Bistro, located at Calle Juan Moore 176, Miraflores, until further notice due to recent armed robberies at the café.

While this particular location has been an unfortunate target, U.S. citizens are reminded that any location or area frequented by tourists has potential as a target for this type of crime, as well as petty theft or pick-pockets. Please maintain awareness of your surroundings and belongings at all times, minimize the amount of cash you carry whenever possible, and keep separate copies of passports and credit card information that will be available to you in the rare instance that you may become a victim of crime.

In such a case, be sure report the crime to local police immediately, and retain a copy of the report for immigration authorities – especially in cases where a passport was stolen. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy generally can replace lost or stolen passports within one working day; however, the immigration entry stamp from your previous passport will also have to be transferred to your new passport prior to your departure from Peru. Additional details on this and other matters can be found in the “Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements” section of our Country Specific Information for Peru on travel.state.gov.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy Lima website or by following the Facebook page for American Citizen Services in Lima. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, by calling the regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the embassy/consulates to contact them in case of emergency.  Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen; telephone 51-1-618-2000 during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or for after-hours emergencies; website. The Consular Section is open for emergency services, including registration, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays. Non-emergency services are provided by appointment only.

For information on “What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis,” please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Emergencies and Crisis link at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies/crisis-support.html