Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports (May 25, 2021)

Location: Lima, Peru

Event: U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports

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 until December 31, 2021.

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.

You do not qualify for this exception if:

  • You wish to depart from the United States to an international destination.
  • You are currently abroad seeking to travel to a foreign country for any length of stay longer than an airport connection en route to the United States or to a United States territory.
  • Your expired passport was limited in validity.
  • Your expired passport is a special issuance passport (such as a diplomatic, official, service, or no-fee regular passport).
  • Your expired passport is damaged.
  • Your expired passport is altered.
  • Your expired passport is not in your possession.

Please be advised that currently, if you apply in the United States, routine passport processing can take 10-12 weeks.  In the United States, if you need a passport in less than 10-12 weeks due to international travel plans, you can pay an additional $60 fee to expedite your passport, which will shorten the processing time to 4-6 weeks.

If you apply for a U.S. passport in Peru, the process will take approximately 2-3 weeks.   The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our ability to resume routine consular services.  The U.S. Embassy is adding additional passport appointments for upcoming months while considering the safety of our applicants and staff.

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://pe.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/.

Please note that all travelers, including U.S. citizens, are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days prior to arrival in the United States.  Please see: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html for more information.   All travelers to Peru are also required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, but are no longer required to self-quarantine for 14 days per the urgent decree issued on May 8, 2021 (in Spanish).

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