U.S. Citizen Services

On February 19, 2021, the Government of Peru extended the COVID-19 health emergency for another 180 days, from March 7 to September 2, 2021.  The U.S. Embassy in Lima is open for emergency passport and visa appointments.

For Peru-specific COVID-19 entry/exit requirements, COVID-19 testing and vaccination, local restrictions, etc., please visit our COVID-19 Information web page.

Returning to the United States on an Expired U.S. Passport

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.  For more information, please visit this page.

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.  

The United States now requires proof of a negative COVID test results to enter.  Please visit the CDC website for more information.

Urgent information for passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad applicants regarding COVID-19

To schedule an appointment, please see our online appointment system as additional appointments will be made available periodically.

For the safety of our applicants and staff, applicants may be contacted to reschedule their appointment.  If your appointment is rescheduled, you will receive an email with a new date and time.

If you are a U.S. citizen with an urgent need to travel to the United States, please write to LimaACS@state.gov and include your current passport information, explanation, and evidence of your reason for travel, and a contact phone number.  Emergency appointments will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For American citizen emergencies, please email LimaACS@state.govor call 618-2000 (from Lima), +1-888-407-4747 (from United States and Canada), or +1-202-501-4444 (from other overseas locations). Please continue to check this website for updates.

For the latest information on COVID-19 and the embassy’s response, consult our Alerts & Messages page.

Please refer to the links below for detailed information about specific services.

Alerts and Messages

COVID-19 Information

See all Messages and Alerts for U.S. Visitors to Peru.