Health and Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
Event: Updated Vaccination Requirements, Transportation Strike, and Extension of Use of Certain Expired U.S. Passports for the Direct Return of U.S. Citizens to the United States (March 29, 2022)
On March 28, the Government of Peru released Supreme Decree N° 016-2022-PCM extending the health emergency in Peru through April 30, 2022 and updating vaccination requirements for entry into Peru. As of April 1, persons 18 and older who reside in Peru are required to show proof of three doses of COVID-19 vaccine to enter the country. All travelers, regardless of residency, aged 12 and older must show proof of two doses. Children under the age of 12 must be asymptomatic, and any passenger unable to show proof of vaccination must provide a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 48 hours of boarding an inbound flight.
Beginning March 28, a nationwide transportation strike is expected throughout many parts of the country. Some roads may be closed during this time. The strike was expected to last one day, but it is unknown when roads will clear. Travelers should expect heavy traffic delays throughout the country and may wish to postpone travel through affected areas.
Extension of Use of Certain Expired U.S. Passports for the Direct Return of U.S. Citizens to the United States
For U.S. citizens currently in Peru, if your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States through June 30, 2022.
You qualify for this exception if all the following are true:
- You are a U.S. citizen.
- You are currently abroad seeking direct return to the United States.
- You are flying directly to the United States, a United States territory, or have only short-term transit (“connecting flights”) through a foreign country on your direct return to the United States or to a United States Territory.
- Your expired passport was originally valid for 10 years. Or, if you were 15 years of age or younger when the passport was issued, your expired passport was valid for 5 years.
- Your expired passport is undamaged.
- Your expired passport is unaltered.
- Your expired passport is in your possession.
If you apply for a U.S. passport in Peru, the process will take approximately 2-3 weeks.
If your U.S. passport expired on or before December 31, 2019, or you will travel to a location other than the United States, please see our website to make an appointment to renew your passport before traveling: https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=LMA&appcode=1.
Actions to Take:
- Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
- Review your U.S. passport expiration date.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Peru.
- Refer to our website for the latest Alerts and Messages for U.S. citizens: https://pe.usembassy.gov/
- U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
Avenida La Encalada 1615
Santiago de Surco 15023, Lima
- State Department – Consular Affairs
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
- Peru Country Information
- U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 Webpage
- To receive alerts, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Need help? Email: CASTEP@state.gov.
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