Arrest of a U.S. Citizen

When in Peru, you are subject to the jurisdiction of Peruvian law for offenses committed in Peru.

Upon notification by Peruvian authorities of the arrest of a U.S. citizen, a Consular Officer will visit any U.S. citizen arrested in Peru to:

  • Ascertain the arrestee’s physical well-being and conditions of arrest.
  • Provide information on legal procedures, including a list of attorneys (PDF 129 KB).
  • Subject to Privacy Act restrictions, notify family or friends.

For more information on what the Department of State, Embassies and Consulates can do for you, please visit the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs website.