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A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer.  A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries.  All U.S. citizens, including dual nationals, must enter the United States on a U.S. passport.  Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant issue or verify U.S. passports.

To apply for a U.S. passport all applicants, including children, must appear in person for an interview at the American Citizen Services unit of the U.S. Embassy in Lima.  You must appear with your passport application complete with photographs 15 minutes before your appointment.  The average time for processing a new passport is approximately 10-15 working days from the time of the application.  Every applicant must provide original and copies of documents requested. 

Passport services are done by appointment only.  We are open for appointments Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The American Citizen Services unit is closed to the public on U.S. and Peruvian Holidays, as well as the second and last Wednesday of every month.

Please use the links below to determine which type of passport service you need, and follow the instructions carefully.

Every passport service except extra passport pages requires a photo.  A photo vendor is available at the Embassy visa waiting area, after passing through security, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except American and Peruvial holidays.  You may use this service on the day of your appointment.  For information on passport photo requirements, please click here.

The average time for processing a passport is approximately 10-15 working days, from the time of the application.  A passport pickup date and time will be provided after the interview.  Please do not contact the Embassy before the pick-up date.

Emergency Services

If you are traveling within the next 72 hours, you may be seen on a walk-in basis, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  This service is for U.S. citizens requiring emergency passports (limited validity).   

For most cases, passport pickup is either at 3:30 p.m. the same-day, or next day from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  In some cases, however, we may be required to refer to the Department of State; therefore, these cases may take longer.  Application requirements, including fees, for emergency passports are the same as those for full-validity passports.  Please see the Lost or Stolen Passports section for exact requirements.

Transfer of Immigration Stamps

In cases of passports that have been lost or stolen, the passenger will not have the entry stamp with which they entered Peru.  Peruvian Immigration requires that each traveler have a valid entry stamp in their passport; therefore travelers must “transfer” the entry stamp to their new passport before they are allowed to exit the country.

Once an amergency passport has been issued from the Embassy, travelers must take their passport to Peruvian Immigration headquarters at Av. España 730, Breña, Lima, in order to pay for and process the transfer of the stamp.  The immigration office is generally open weekdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., but hours can change and lines can be long.  Travelers needing a transfer stamp are advised to arrive at the office as early as possible to ensure same-day service.  The current fee to transfer is approximately US$10.00, or less, depending on current exchange rates.  Travelers should also be aware at that Peruvian Immigration authorities do not permit departure from Peru until all immigration matters, including fines and overstays, have been resolved.


  • The Department of State has announced pending changes to some fees before the end of 2015. Final updates will be posted here. For additional discussion of the pending changes, go here.