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Security Alert: Peru-Ecuador Land Border Crossing Changes
U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru (January 22, 2024)
January 22, 2024




On January 8, the Government of Ecuador announced a 60-day state of emergency due to internal armed conflict and attacks by organized criminal gangs.  In conjunction, Ecuador’s Interior Ministry announced changes to required documentation for foreign nationals entering Ecuador by land from Colombia and Peru.  During the state of emergency, all foreign citizens entering Ecuador via land border crossings with Colombia or Peru will be required to present an apostilled certificate showing a lack of criminal record, issued by their country of origin, or if living abroad, their country of residence for the last five years.  Air travelers are not subject to these requirements at this time.

To obtain a criminal record check and apostille from the United States:  Please refer to https://travel.state.gov for information.  Ink fingerprints taken on a fingerprint card to send to the FBI in the United States can be taken at a local police station in Peru using form FD-258.  Not all local police stations in Peru offer this service; however, most may be willing to assist depending upon available resources.  Please refer to the FBI website for further information on how to process fingerprints.

To obtain a criminal record check (certificado electronico de antecedentes penales) and apostille from Peru, please refer to https://cape.pj.gob.pe/cape/.

Please note that the U.S. Embassy in Peru cannot assist U.S. citizens in obtaining these documents.  The U.S. Embassy in Peru does not take ink fingerprints, issue criminal record check certificates, or apostille documents.  Please be aware that all foreigners entering or re-entering Peru by land must pass through an official Peru immigration checkpoint and receive an entry stamp; failure to do so may seriously delay departure from Peru.

Actions to take:

  • Review safety and security information for Ecuador and Peru at Travel.State.Gov.
  • Enroll in STEP to receive alerts and messaging from the U.S. Missions in Ecuador and Peru.
  • Monitor official communications from the Government of Ecuador related to the State of Emergency.
  • Follow credible media sources for information on current threats and violent activity.

For Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
    Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
    Santiago de Surco 15023, Lima
  • U.S. Consular Agency Cusco
    Avenida El Sol 449
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
  • Peru Country Information
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