The Consular Section offers a variety of services to the citizens of the United States and other countries, by means of its three sections. The citizens of most of the countries, including Peruvians, who wish to enter the United States must obtain a visa ahead of time.
- The American Citizens Services Section unit issues passports and consular reports of births abroad; and provides emergency services to American citizens living and traveling in Peru.
- The Visa Section provides immigrant and non-immigrant visa services to Peruvian citizens and citizens of other countries who are in Peru, while protecting the secure borders of the United States.
The Economic Section (ECON)
The Economic Section manages the bilateral economic agenda, promoting trade and investment between the U.S. and Peru, and advocating for Peruvian adherence to sound economic policies. We report on Peruvian economic issues for Washington agencies, covering macroeconomic indicators, trade, energy, telecommunications, civil aviation, and productive sectors. We also work to expand cooperation in the areas of environment, science, health, anti-money laundering, and intellectual property protection.
Direct Line Peru – Recommended Websites
- AMCHAM – American Chamber of Commerce in Peru
- Proinversion – Peru’s Private Investment Promotion Agency
- Peru’s Ministry of Economics and Finance
- Peru’s Ministry of Commerce and Tourism
- Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Relations
- Peru’s Taxation Authority (SUNAT)
- Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines
- Peru’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications
- Peru Country Commercial Guide
- U.S. Commercial Service in Peru
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL)
The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL) supports the Government of Peru’s efforts to carry out a comprehensive counternarcotics strategy that includes eradication of illicit coca, interdiction of narcotics, control of precursor chemicals, combating organized crime, investigation and prosecution of money laundering and financial crimes, and the administration of justice. To support the development of institutional capacity, INL provides training and technical assistance to Peruvian law enforcement agencies such as the Peruvian National Police (PNP), customs and tax agency (SUNAT), as well as justice sector institutions such as the Public Ministry and the Judiciary.
INL programs also support the Peruvian government’s policy to expand its presence in coca growing and drug producing areas east of the Andes through eradication and alternative development, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Political Section (POL)
The Political Section monitors and reports on Peruvian and regional political developments and promotes democracy and human rights, rule of law, and political-military coordination, and contributes to strong bilateral relations. The Section produces annual reports on Human Rights Practices, Religious Freedom, Trafficking in Persons, Counter-Terrorism and Child Labor. It also coordinates Post’s human rights vetting for foreign security forces, and works with the Regional Security Office, Department of Justice, Military Assistance Group, and the Narcotics Affairs Section to ensure compliance with the Leahy Amendment.
Public Affairs Section (PAS)
The Public Affairs Officer Silvio Gonzalez heads the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Mission in Peru. PAS coordinates relations with national and foreign media, as well as cultural relations between Peru and the United States. PAS advises the Mission on issues of public diplomacy and promotes the values and culture of American society. It coordinates with other sections of the Embassy and works closely with the Government of Peru to strengthen bilateral relations. It also carries out a series of joint activities with private sector institutions and the civil society.
PAS promotes and advocates U.S. policy, focusing on the areas of democracy and human rights, economic growth and free trade, sustainable environmental management, and counternarcotics strategies. PAS also coordinates a wide range of bilateral programs on these and other topics, bringing U.S. lecturers, organizing Digital Videoconferences, supporting conferences and educational and cultural exchanges. PAS works in coordination with the Bureau of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs of the Department of State in Washington, D.C.
Under the direction of the Information Officer, Merlyn Schultz, the Press Office works with local and foreign media informing them of U.S. Government policies and explaining bilateral issues. The Information Officer acts as the Embassy spokesman. The Press Office provides a variety of information services including distribution of press releases, policy papers and speeches, publication of articles and thematic bulletins, edition of the Embassy web site, organization of press conferences and coordination of ambassadorial interviews, among other activities. On the occasion of visits by high level U.S. officials, the Press Office organizes press conferences and interviews and provides support for international press accompanying official delegations.
The Press Office is responsible for preparing, editing and translating outreach documents and materials, and promotes informational and cultural events.
The Information Office promotes the use of technology and digital journalism nationwide. The U.S. Embassy Lima social pages are managed from the Information Office which partners with various organizations to promote digital projects on a wide array of topics.
Under the Cultural Attaché Rebecca Danis Webb and the Assistant Cultural Attaché Edward Cox, the Cultural Office is responsible for promoting cultural and educational ties between the United States and Peru. The Cultural Attaché works closely with Peruvian institutions organizing digital videoconferences, lectures, art exhibitions, and a variety of other presentations by U.S. government officials and important U.S. academic and cultural specialists. Activities under the Cultural Office’s purview include coordination of the International Visitors Program, educational and academic exchange programs offering both Peruvian and U.S. experts the opportunity to exchange experiences in a variety of subjects of mutual interest.
Under the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the governments of Peru and the United States, the Cultural Office works with the Government of Peru in the area of Cultural Patrimony Protection. The Cultural Office’s activities are carried out in close collaboration with the Fulbright Commission and Binational Centers in Peru, and in coordination with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State.
Regional English Language Office (RELO)
Under the direction of the Regional English Language Officer, the Regional English Language Office for the Andean Countries supports public diplomacy outreach through English language teaching and training in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. It cooperates with Ministries of Education, Bi-National Centers, professional teachers’ associations, Fulbright, Peace Corps, public and private universities and other higher education institutes, among other partners, in order to build a stronger understanding between the peoples of the Andean region of Latin America and the U.S.
Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of Defense Team
The Department of Defense (DOD) Team at US Embassy Lima, engages the Ministry of Defense (MoD), Peruvian Military Joint Command and its components and services to serve the U.S. national defense interests. We engage professionally via national and theater directed programs and assets in support of maintaining and strengthening the Peruvian/U.S. partnership to efficiently promote both bilateral security and regional stability. We support U.S. Southern Command’s mission to deter aggression, defeat threats, rapidly respond to crises, and build regional capacity, working with our allies, partner nations, and U.S. government (USG) team members to enhance security and defend the U.S. homeland and our national interests. We one team composed of the Defense Attaché Office (DAO), the Security Cooperation Office which is also called the Military Assistance and Advisory Group (MAAG), the Force Protection Detachment (FPD), the Tactical Analysis Team (TAT), and the Special Operations Liaison Officer (SOLO).
The DOD Team serves as the primary liaison with Peruvian Ministry of Defense and Military in Peru.
Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché Office
Regional English Language Office (RELO)
The Regional English Language Office was established in 2005 in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru to support public diplomacy outreach through English language teaching and training in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. It cooperates with Ministries of Education, Binational Centers, professional teachers’ associations, Fulbright, Peace Corps, public and private universities and other higher education institutes, among other partners, in order to build a stronger understanding between the peoples of the Andean region of Latin America and the U.S.
Regional Security Office
Diplomatic Security special agents, assigned to U.S. diplomatic missions overseas as regional security officers (RSOs), serve as the personal advisor to the ambassador or chief of mission on all security issues and coordinate all aspects of a mission’s security program. They develop and implement effective security programs to protect our employees from terrorist, criminal, and technical attack both at work and at home. RSOs receive valuable assistance in this effort from other Diplomatic Security personnel, Marine Security Guards, U.S. Navy Seabees, local and cleared American guards, local investigators, and security engineering officers, and host government officials. In addition, RSOs provide unclassified security briefings and other professional security advice to U.S. business executives overseas through the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).
RSOs serve as the primary liaison with foreign police and security services overseas in an effort to obtain support for U.S. law enforcement initiatives and investigations.
Regional Security Office
Mark Brown is one of about 40 Peace Corps Environment Volunteers in Peru. He grew up on a farm in Wyoming, graduated with a degree in Botany from the University of Wyoming, and spent the five years before Peace Corps in the U.S. Army, including a 15 month deployment in Iraq, as a medic and in hospital management. He ended his military service in Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas in May 2009. He started Peace Corps training just three months later in September 2009. In style and substance, Peace Corps training was very different from the military training Mark knew. He swore in almost one year ago in November 2009. He was assigned to a small village of 350-400 people about six hours from Lima and over 3,400 meters high (over 10,500 feet) in the district of Yauyos, department of Lima.
When Mark left training, his language was low for the reason of being reluctant to make mistakes. He thought, “I may not be able to speak, but I can work” and so he went out to the fields on a regular basis with farmers and he joined in all the faenas, or community work days. This gained him respect very fast and helped him to integrate and, applying himself, he now speaks Spanish fluently. Mark seldom leaves site and what is notable is just how engaged he is with the community . After one year at site, his current activities include:
- comprehensive environment education three days weekly with primaria students and two days weekly with secundaria students, using the curriculum “Mi Ambiente Andino”;
- work on solid waste management, obtaining donated trash receptacles from the NGO Valle Grande and work to build a small landfill;
- help to four families on the cultivation of bees and honey to sell;
- re-forestation with the farmer’s association planting thousands of pine trees and native queñual trees;
- work with the new local office of the federal environment protection agency known as SERNANP to implement the Master Plan to protect and promote the Yauyos protected area; and
- work with other Volunteers and the municipality on promoting tourism to the area, among the most beautiful in Peru, with attention to promoting tourism to the hilltop, pre-Inca ruins above the village.
Mark sets a great example of service to his community and to other Volunteers. He is active and engaged, dedicated, and completely integrated into his community. He loves Peace Corps, his village, and sharing both the U.S. and Peruvian cultures.
Please visit the Peace Corps’ Webpage!
Peru’s transformation over the past two decades represents a remarkable success story, though significant challenges and risks remain. Peru has emerged as a strong, stable player in South America and a vital ally to the United States in a region where the growing corruption scandals and the crisis in Venezuela have created new foreign policy challenges. Since emerging in 2001 from a long battle against domestic terrorism and a decade of authoritarian rule, Peru has seen five peaceful democratic transitions. Poverty has fallen by over half nationally, to nearly 20 percent today. Trade with the U.S. has more than doubled under the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement, which entered into force in 2009. Peru is a rising leader on regional and global issues, assuming significant roles in regional and international organizations.
Nonetheless, even as Peru emerges economically and politically, progress has masked persistent structural challenges, as evidenced by the harsh impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Peru is one of the hardest hit countries globally, both on the economic and health fronts. Beyond the need of surmounting the economic recession, Peru is at risk of the “middle income trap,” where weak and inefficient state institutions fail to provide the environment for continued economic growth and threaten to undermine the gains of the last decades. Corruption has eroded citizens’ confidence in democracy, and affected the country’s political stability. Transnational criminal organizations also operate in Peru, jeopardizing legal commerce and devastating communities through illegal trafficking of people and illicit goods. These problems are most acute in Peru’s ungoverned spaces, especially in poor, rural, remote regions of the Amazon Basin. Curtailing these multi-billion dollar illegal industries is now one of the most important U.S. foreign policy goals in Peru.
After 59 years in Peru, USAID has evolved from providing assistance for basic service delivery and economic growth, to supporting a strategic partnership that advances shared U.S. and Peruvian interests. USAID’s programs strengthen Peruvian institutions to: 1) promote licit livelihoods in coca-growing areas through alternative rural development; 2) improve sustainable natural resource management and capacity to fight environmental crimes; and 3) strengthen governance to reduce corruption and improve the effectiveness of public investment. These efforts are aligned with U.S. national security and foreign policy goals to promote security and rule of law in the Americas and sustain strong economic growth and trade.
Promote licit livelihoods in coca-growing regions
USAID is helping the GOP advance its National Counter-Drug Strategy by supporting alternatives to coca cultivation and strengthening its capacity to confront drug cartels. The GOP negotiates with communities to give up coca and join the licit economy. USAID then helps farmers to plant cacao and coffee and connects them to farmer producer associations. Producers associations ensure that farmers are linked to markets, allowing farmers to draw higher prices for their crops. These efforts have made the rural economy more dynamic in targeted areas and sparked an uptick in private investment in these isolated regions. USAID has signed agreements to leverage more than $70 million in private sector investment in rural regions. This successful model has lifted thousands of rural Peruvian families out of poverty and enabled them to move away from coca cultivation. Over the last five years, families participating in USAID programs have seen their incomes increase by 53 percent; in USAID target regions, extreme poverty dropped from 55 to 30 percent.
Improve sustainable resource management
Alluvial gold mining devastates Peru’s Amazon communities, forests and water supplies. Illegal logging is deforesting the Amazon, fueling transnational crime and undercutting international timber markets. USAID works with the GOP, local communities, Peruvian research organizations, and U.S. universities to help address these critical threats to the Amazon. Efforts focus on helping communities resolve social conflicts, promote sustainable economic development, and rehabilitate deforested and degraded land. Programs also focus on helping communities implement measures to improve water security, which is under increasing pressure due to climate variability. In 2017, USAID support enabled Peru’s National Forestry Wildlife System to launch a new electronic timber tracking and control system to monitor Peru’s timber supply chain in real-time and detect and stop illegal timber shipments.
Strengthen governance to reduce corruption
Effective government institutions that represent the interests of all citizens are essential for economic growth and prosperity. Throughout Peru, and especially in remote rural areas, government organizations often lack the capacity and resources to be effective. High levels of corruption further limit the government’s ability to fulfill its mandate and undermines public confidence in democracy itself. To address these issues, USAID has partnered with the Government of Peru, local and regional governments, and civil society to improve the quality of public services, prevent corruption and promote transparent governance. Initiatives include tackling illicit money in campaign finance, supporting citizen oversight mechanisms for major infrastructure projects and combating trafficking in persons. USAID works with GOP institutions to improve the integrity and quality of public procurement and to promote transparency in the management of public funds. USAID also supports the GOP’s efforts to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Resources to reduce and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in Peru
Independent of the strategic approach explained above, in the last year, the U.S. Government has allocated over $30 million to assist Peru in its emergency response to COVID-19. This assistance has been provided by USAID/Peru, USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, the Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program, and the Department of State’s Bureaus for Bureaus for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Assistance has included support for: disease surveillance, testing, case management, contact tracing, mental health services, oxygen, ventilators, field hospitals, personal protection equipment (PPE), government procurement of medical supplies, economic reactivation, and cash assistance for vulnerable populations, including Venezuelan migrants.
South America Regional programs
USAID’s bilateral program in Peru is complemented by two South America Regional programs: Support for Venezuelan Migrants and the Amazon Regional Environment Program.
Venezuelan Migration Regional program
USAID seeks to improve the socio-economic integration of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in targeted cities of Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. This is accomplished through a mix of activities focused on enabling Venezuelans to secure a sustainable livelihood in their host country. Major lines of activity include: improved access to financial services, particularly savings and credit products; facilitating access to the labor market through training, job placement support and outreach to the private sector; and, training and support for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, including access to seed capital. Primary measures of success include increased incomes, secure and decent employment opportunities, and financial inclusion.
Amazon Regional Environment Program
As the Amazon region’s fourth largest conservation donor, USAID plays an important role collaborating with the governments of the region, global and local environmental organizations, civil society groups, and corporations.
The vision of a healthy Amazon depends on achieving four goals: 1) decreasing deforestation, forest degradation, and greenhouse gas emissions; 2) fostering an environmentally friendly economy; 3) protecting key landscapes and species; and, 4) securing the rights, resources and health of forest-dependent communities.
To achieve this vision, USAID promotes sustainable natural forest management, including the creation and improved management of protected areas and indigenous territories. We also help strengthen local, national and cross-border governance systems to support conservation and sustainable development, combat conservation crime, and to generate the scientific evidence base needed to understand and address environmental challenges.
To reduce threats to the Amazon’s forests, waters, and peoples, USAID’s Amazon Regional Environment Program (AREP) implements activities across Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname to complement bilateral work in these countries.
Find out more about USAID in the following here.
Naval Medical Research Detachment
NAMRU-6-‘s mission is to conduct biomedical research in the field of infectious diseases and global health that is responsive to U.S. Navy requeriments and delivers life saving products including knowledge, technology, and medical materiel that sustain the effectiveness of the uniformed service members through respectful cooperation with our collaborators.
- Bacteriology: Among several projects, the major thrust of the bacterial disease research effort is on diarrheal disease pathogens, including field studies to determine the causes and impacts on diarrhea in military and traveler populations, characterization of virulence factors to aid vaccine development pipelines, and collaborative preclinical evaluations of candidate vaccines against Campylobacter, Entero-toxigenic E. coli, and Shigella. Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern and a priority of our research activity to determine the types of bacteria associated with resistance in hospitals and infections, common resistance profiles, and molecular mechanisms that determine resistance and able to be spread among bacterial pathogens. Our department is also involved in assessing the burden of sexually tramsitted infections among high-risk populations and investigating the bacterial causes of febrile diseases.
- Biomedical Informatics Department (BID) works in the intersection of information and communication technology and military health. The technical assistance provided by BID includes development, testing, monitoring, adoption, and evaluation of hardware and software solutions for the prevention of health threats of military relevance. The wider utility of its products allows BID’s multidisciplinary staff to collaborate with subject-matter experts from partner militaries and civilian communities interested in leveraging their capacity for bio-surveillance, early disease outbreak detection, and disease prevention using informatics and computational tools.
- Virology: Laboratory and field studies are conducted on HIV, dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, Mayaro fever, oropouche fever, Venezuelan equine encephalitis and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome to understand better their epidemiology, pathogenesis, immunology and virology. Research endeavors include efforts for the development of diagnosis tests. A more recent project was initiated to evaluate candidate dengue virus DNA vaccines.
- Entomology: Laboratory and field studies are focused on discovering and testing technologies that project military personnel in deployed settings. We do this through studying the biology, taxonomy and population dynamics of mosquitoes, sand flies and other insect vectors and their role in pathogen transmission. We maintain a colony of Anopheles darlingi, the most important malaria vector in Amazon for use in malaria vaccine development and testing of novel control measures.
- Parasitology: The Department of Parasitology at NAMRU-6 conducts research in malaria, leishmaniasis, and intestinal parasites in the Americas. With a multidisciplinary approach, Parasitology conducts studies on the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and control of parasitic diseases, combining basic and applied research cutting across multiple different disciplines. Research ranges from molecular biology and genetics through epidemiological field studies and vaccine and treatment trials. Department research and collaborations extend across Peru and our neighbor countries, maintaining a strong focus on endemic regions in the Amazon Basin. The parasitology research program is entirely supported by competitive funding, primarily from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among other funding sources. Parasitology has field teams in four sites in Peru: Lima; Bellavista in Piura; Padre Cocha in Iquitos, Loreto; and Delta 1 in Madre de Dios. The Department of Parasitology has multiple laboratories, field stations and study sites across Peru and also collaborations in other locations including Ecuador and Brazil.
The Commercial Service is a global business unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce. We are a network of trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and 80 countries dedicated to helping U.S. companies find the right contacts overseas.
Find out more about the Commercial Service in the following link
Foreign Agricultural Affairs Office (FAS)
- The Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) office represents the United States Department of Agriculture in Peru. USDA/FAS links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security
- FAS provides assistance to individual U.S. food and beverage exporters targeting the Peruvian market by working collaboratively with state/regional trade groups and other 70 USDA cooperator organizations, conducting promotional activities, and by publishing reports on export opportunities
- Trade shows in the United States and abroad can help U.S. companies — especially those new to the export market — expand their reach to potential customers around the globe
- FAS leads USDA’s efforts to improve Peru’s agricultural systems and build its trade capacity. Look for Peru’s priorities by country on Borlaug Fellowship Program that promotes food security and economic growth by providing training and collaborative research opportunities. Information for applicants policies & procedures can be found HERE
Please feel free to contact us for further information at AGLima@usda.gov
Regional Environment Hub Office for South America (REO)
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The South America Regional Environment, Science, Technology and Health Office (REO Hub) advances U.S. policies that strengthen U.S. national security and economic prosperity. The REO Hub, one of twelve in the world, coordinates environment, science, technology, and health (ESTH) activities among the U.S. embassies in South America and the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES). The REO Hub works closely with other U.S. government agencies and complements the work carried out by ESTH officers stationed in embassies throughout the region.
Priority areas of engagement include: strengthening environmental governance; combatting environmental crimes; promoting scientific and technological cooperation, and building health capacity. The REO Hub partners with regional governments, multilateral institutions, NGOs, and the private sector to advance these objectives.
The Embassy’s IP attaché office strives to improve intellectual property (IP) systems internationally for the benefit of U.S. stakeholders by addressing IP issues arising in Peru.
The IP attaché office is dedicated to helping U.S. businesses understand and address IP challenges and issues they may face in foreign markets. IP attaché office services are designed to provide them with the information they need to:
- navigate foreign IP laws and regulations,
- work with foreign courts and governments on IP matters, and
- develop strategies and solutions for protecting and enforcing IP abroad.
For more information, please contact USPTOAndeanRegion@trade.gov