U.S. Citizen Services
Consular services, including visa issuance, are not suspended. We continue to receive applicants, although in many cases returning passports with visas is taking longer than normal.
"The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon."
U.S. Citizen Services
The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the Consular Section provides a wide range of services to American citizens visiting or residing in Peru. Please refer to the links on the left of this page for detailed information about specific services, including:
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
We urge you to sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) -formerly known as "Travel Registration" or "Registration with Embassies"- if you will be traveling to or living in Peru, so we can better serve you, especially in case of an emergency or disaster. The ACS Unit posts all emergency, security, routine, and demonstration messages on our Travel Information and Messages page.
If you are a U.S. citizen with a life or death emergency, please call our hotline at:  (51-1) 618-2000.
How to Make an Appointment
To better serve our U.S. citizen community in Peru, the U.S. Embassy's American Citizen Services Unit requires that all U.S. citizens schedule an appointment. Please check the menu on the left for requirements and information on how to schedule an appointment for each type of service.
For Federal Benefits / Social Security applicants, please review carefully the section on Federal Benefits, before making an appointment.
Please note that:
- Entry will not be permitted to the ACS Unit without an appointment.
- Non-renewal of your passport in a timely manner does not constitute an emergency.
- If you are more than 15 minutes late to your appointment, you will not be admitted and will have to make a new appointment.
- If you are a U.S. Citizen currently traveling abroad, we urge you to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
Smart Traveler App (free)
The Department of State has released a new iPhone App, Smart Traveler, that invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. Click here to get it!
SCAM - Arrested in Peru
If you have been contacted to send money to a loved one in Peru, please see the link below first! Criminals commonly attempt to scam money from travelers' family members by posing as the traveler and claiming to be in trouble. To learn more about this scam, please see the Department of State Fraud Warning.
Information for Overseas Taxpayers
The Form 8938 (Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets) and FinCEN Form 114 (FBAR) should be filed by taxpayers with specific types and amounts of foreign financial assets or foreign accounts. It is important for taxpayers to determine whether they are subject to this requirement, because the law imposes significant penalties for failing to comply.
Specific information about who is required to file these forms, and how to file, is on the IRS website. Filing one form does not necessary preclude the need to file the other; for more information, please consult a Comparison of Form 8938 and FBAR Requirements, also on the IRS website.