Under certain limited circumstances, the Embassy can make emergency loans to assist destitute U.S. citizens to return to the United States. Destitution is an extreme situation in which a person has little or no visible means of support or liquid assets, and no one (family, friends, neighbors, employers, charitable groups, etc.) willing and able to provide adequate financial assistance.
A promissory note must be signed before such a loan is made, the passport will be restricted for return to the U.S, and the repatriated U.S. citizen will not be issued a new passport until the loan is repaid. Plane tickets purchased by the Embassy for direct return to the United States may be more expensive than a ticket purchased by a traveler. The Embassy strongly advises travelers to obtain funds and purchase tickets themselves whenever possible.
If you believe you qualify for an emergency repatriation loan, you may contact us at LimaACS@state.gov or call us at (01) 618-2000 in Peru.