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MESSAGES FOR U.S. CITIZENS

  • April 2: Tsunami alert after earthquake in Chile

    The earthquake off the coast of Chile this evening (April 1) has produced tsunami alerts for coastal areas of Peru. As a result, Peruvian authorities have closed to the public the Costa Verde coastal area in Lima, as well as many other public beaches and ports along the coast. While severe damage is not expected in Peru, any U.S. citizens resident or traveling in coastal areas should take precautions for their personal safety and take seriously any warnings issued by the Peruvian authorities.  

  • June 14: Inti Raymi Festival in Cusco – June 24

    The Inti Raymi festival will be held in Cusco on June 24, and large crowds are expected. This festival celebrates the Winter Solstice, and most of the main plazas and streets leading to them will be closed in the week leading up to the event for dance performances and reenactments of the traditional Inca ceremony.  Read more... »

  • June 4: Mosquito-Borne Illnesses and Mercury Contamination in Peru

    Mosquito-borne illnesses are a serious problem in certain areas of Peru, mostly the jungle areas east of the Andes cordillera. Often, the only protection against these diseases is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that carry them. If you go into mosquito-infested areas, use mosquito repellent and wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves, long pants, socks, and closed shoes.  Read more... »

  • May 29, 2013: Please Ignore Message Titled "Peruvian National Census Sunday, October 21"

    Some U.S. citizens may have received a message dated October 12, 2007 with the title "Peruvian National Census Sunday, October 21." Please ignore this message. It seems to be related to a technical glitch which we are investigating. We apologize for this inconvenience.  Read more... »

  • May 23, 2013: Federal Benefits Claim

    The Treasury Department’s deadline for phasing out paper checks for Federal Benefit payments was March 1, 2013. If you were receiving a paper check for your Social Security or other federal benefit payments, you were required by law to switch to an electronic payment method by March 1. To read more about this requirement, go to http://www.godirect.org/. If you did not choose an electronic  Read more... »

  • May 22, 2013: Festivals in Cusco May 2013

    There are two festivities coming up in Cusco in late May, where large crowds are anticipated. 1. Qoyllur Rit’i (near Cuzco) – May 25-29. This is a 3-day pilgrimage involving tens of thousands of celebrants. 2. Corpus Christi – May 29-30. Icons of saints and virgins from each of Cuzco’s district churches are carried in procession to the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas. Even though the  Read more... »

  • March 15, 2013: Consular Services in Pucallpa March 21, 2013

    A Consular Officer will be traveling to Pucallpa on Thursday, March 21, 2013. We will be providing the following services on site: - First time Applicants over 16 - Passports for minors under 16 - Passport renewals - Applications for additional visa pages - Applications for Report of Birth Abroad   Read more... »

  • February 26, 2013: Consular Services in Piura February 28, 2013

    A Consular Officer will be traveling to Piura on Thursday, February 28, 2013. We will be providing the following services on site: -First time Applicants over 16 -Passports for minors under 16 -Passport renewals -Applications for additional visa pages -Applications for Report of Birth Abroad  Read more... »

  • January 8, 2013: Election 2013: Register to Vote!

    The U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, would like to remind all eligible voters that: - Even if you just voted absentee in last November's presidential election, you should register anew if planning to vote from overseas. -Now is the time to register to vote absentee by completing the online application through the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP.gov). - States are no longer...  Read more... »

  • January 3, 2013: Road Closures for Panamericana Sur Highway on Selected Days

    This year’s summer plan came into effect December 30, 2012 to facilitate the flow of traffic between Lima and beaches located south of the city. All cars on the Panamericana Sur Highway will move in a single direction between the Atocongo bridge (San Juan de Miraflores district) and the Pucusana bridge (approximately 46 km south of Atocongo) during scheduled times of the summer months.  Read more... »

  • December 28, 2012: New Year’s and Vacation Security Awareness

    During the New Year’s holiday and into summer vacation, the U.S. Embassy wishes to advise U.S. citizens of a few security issues in Peru, as well as recommendations to help keep you and your family safe. Criminals tend to be more active during the holiday and vacation season.   Read more... »

  • December 11, 2012: U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco is Open for Full Services

    The U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco, Peru is now open for full services Monday through Friday, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Read more... »

  • November 30, 2012: Consular Services in Arequipa

    A Consular Officer will be traveling to Arequipa next week. Consular services will be conducted on December 7, 2012 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please RSVP by noon on Wednesday, December 5 to LimaACS@state.gov with your full name, date of birth, current passport number and type of service requested. You will be assigned an appointment time and location when you RSVP  Read more... »

  • November 28, 2012: Road Closures during UNASUR Event in Lima

    As a consequence of the South American Nations Union Event (UNASUR), some streets will be closed in the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro from Thursday, November 29 through Saturday, December 1, 2012...  Read more... »

  • November 15, 2012: Invitation to U.S. Citizen Town Hall in Arequipa

    Ambassador Rose Likins invites U.S. citizens residing in Arequipa to attend a Town Hall Meeting on November 29, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. The Town Hall will be held in the ground-floor art gallery space at the Centro Cultural Peruano Noreamericano at Melgar 109 Centro. Ambassador Likins will discuss U.S. citizen services and take questions from attendees. You must R.S.V.P. by   Read more... »

  • November 8, 2012: Invitation to U.S. Citizen Town Hall

    Ambassador Rose Likins invites U.S. citizens residing in Peru to attend a Town Hall Meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Lima on Wednesday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m. Ambassador Likins will discuss U.S. citizen services and take questions from attendees. You must R.S.V.P. by November 28, 2012  Read more... »

  • October 29, 2012: Temporary Closure of U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco

    The U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco will be temporarily closed from November 7 through December 3, 2012. In the event of a life or death emergency, please call (51-1) 618-2000. An Embassy duty officer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   Read more... »

  • October 24, 2012: Completing and Returning Absentee Ballots

    Send in your absentee ballot as soon as possible! All U.S. citizens who will be outside of the United States on the general election date, and who are eligible to vote, should complete and send their ballots as soon as possible.  Read more... »

  • October 11, 2012: Consular Services in Trujillo

    A Consular Officer will be traveling to Trujillo on Wednesday, October 24. We will be providing the following services on site: -First time Applicants over 16; -Passports for minors under 16; -Passport renewals; -Applications for additional visa pages; -Applications for Report of Birth Abroad, -Absentee voter ballot drop-off. Please note these services are by appointment only.  Read more... »

  • October 3, 2012: Completing and Returning Absentee Ballots

    Absentee ballots have already been delivered to overseas voters. Every U.S. citizen who requested an absentee ballot and selected the fax or email delivery option should have it by now. Please vote and take steps to return your voted ballot promptly so your vote will count. See instructions below. Returning your ballot by mail. Place your voted ballot in a U.S. postage-paid envelope  Read more... »

Upcoming events in October

September 17, 2012 | U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru

We have a number of upcoming events for U.S. citizens living, working, and traveling in Peru. Please save the dates and further information will be forthcoming.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ballot Bash 2012!

Absentee Ballot Box

We will be hosting a ballot drop-off party for all U.S. citizens on October 2, from 2-4 p.m. The party will be held at the U.S. Embassy, located in Monterrico, Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to come and drop off their voter registrations or ballots, ask questions about absentee voting, and enjoy fun music and camaraderie with their fellow U.S. citizens. You do not need to RSVP for this event, but you will need to present a U.S. passport to be able to enter.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Consular Services in Iquitos, Peru

On October 3, 2012, a Consular officer from the U.S. Embassy will visit Iquitos to conduct citizen services and voter outreach. Services will include processing passport applications, Reports of Birth Abroad, and receiving voter registrations and ballots to send back the U.S. at no cost. We request that U.S. citizens in Iquitos make an appointment for these services.  More information will be sent shortly, with information on how to make an appointment.

Thursday-Friday, October 4-5, 2012

Consular Services in Cajamarca, Peru

On October 4-5, 2012, a Consular officer from the U.S. Embassy will visit Cajamarca to conduct citizen services and voter outreach. Services will include processing passport applications, Reports of Birth Abroad, and receiving voter registrations and ballots to send back the U.S. at no cost. We request that U.S. citizens in Cajamarca make an appointment for these services.  More information will be sent shortly, with information on how to make an appointment.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy Lima website or Lima ACS Facebook page.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, by calling the regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  If you are an American Citizen in Peru with an emergency, you can call our hotline at (511) 618-2000.

The U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco, Peru, can be found at Avenida Pardo 845, Cusco.  The office can be reached by phone at (51) 984-621-369 or (5184) 231-474, and is open Monday through Friday, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen; telephone 51-1-618-2000 during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or for after-hours emergencies; website at http://lima.usembassy.gov/ .  The Consular Section is open for emergency services, including registration, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays.  Non-emergency services are provided by appointment only.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the embassy/consulates to contact them in case of emergency.  Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.  Download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

For information on "What the Department of State Can and Can't Do in a Crisis," please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs' Emergencies and Crisis link here.

Change in Peruvian Immigration Procedures for Emergency Passports

September 6, 2012 | U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru

Peru’s Dirección General de Migraciones y Naturalización (DIGEMIN) has changed the procedure for travelers exiting Peru with an emergency passport.  In cases of passports that have been lost or stolen, the passenger will not have the entry stamp with which they entered Peru.  Therefore they must “transfer” the entry stamp to their new passport before they are allowed to pass through immigration.  Previously, travelers were able to complete this process at the Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima. Now, travelers must take their new emergency passport to DIGEMIN headquarters at Av. España 730, Breña, Lima, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in order to pay for and process the transfer.  

We recommend that travelers with a lost or stolen passport arrive at the Embassy at 8:00 a.m. in order to receive their emergency passport as soon as possible.  After travelers receive their emergency passport, they will have to travel to DIGEMIN headquarters to complete the stamp transfer process.  Because of the restricted time frame at DIGEMIN headquarters, travelers may not be able to travel on the same day as the issuance of their emergency passport.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at LimaACS@state.gov

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy Lima website or Lima ACS Facebook page.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, by calling the regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  If you are an American Citizen in Peru with an emergency, you can call our hotline at (511) 618-2000. 

The U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco, Peru, can be found at Avenida Pardo 845, Cusco.  The office can be reached by phone at (51) 984-621-369 or (5184) 231-474, and is open Monday through Friday, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen; telephone 51-1-618-2000 during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or for after-hours emergencies; website at http://lima.usembassy.gov/ .  The Consular Section is open for emergency services, including registration, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays.  Non-emergency services are provided by appointment only. 

U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the embassy/consulates to contact them in case of emergency.  Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.  Download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips. 

For information on "What the Department of State Can and Can't Do in a Crisis," please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs' Emergencies and Crisis link here

Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

August 27, 2012 | U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru

Interested in Being a U.S. Diplomat?  Take the Foreign Service Officer Test

The next opportunity to join the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer (diplomat) will be in October 2012!  The Foreign Service Officer exam will be offered in Lima on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

For detailed information on pursuing a career in the Foreign Service and to explore in detail the steps of the Foreign Service hiring process, please visit http://www.careers.state.gov

If you decide that the Foreign Service is right for you, the first step is to take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT).  In order to register for the FSOT in Lima, you must complete the following steps:

1. Complete a registration packet at:http://www.careers.state.gov/officer/register.html

  • After registering, you will receive notification from the testing service (ACT) that you are eligible to schedule your test seat.   The registration deadline for overseas test centers is Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (at 9:00 AM CST).

2. Next, you must schedule your overseas test seat.  Following the information you receive in your confirmation email, schedule your test seat in Lima.  Test seats for overseas exams must be scheduled by Friday, September 21, 2012 (at 9:00 AM CST). 

Don’t delay in registering and scheduling your test seat!  If all test seats are filled, you will have to wait to take the exam next time it’s offered, currently only three times a year.

A July 4th Voting Reminder

Happy 4th of July!

U.S. citizens around the globe are marking the 236th anniversary of our Nation’s Independence Day with family and community gatherings, food, and fireworks.  For U.S. citizens living outside the United States, the 4th of July is an opportunity for all of us, regardless of political affiliation, to celebrate our shared values as citizens of the United States of America. 

Have a say in our country’s future.  One of our most treasured values is the right and the privilege to vote – to participate actively in our country’s democratic process.  This November, U.S. citizens will elect a President, a Vice President, one-third of the Senate, and the entire House of Representatives.  The U.S. Embassy Lima encourages all U.S. citizens to participate in this year’s elections, and stands ready to help you vote.  

Almost all overseas U.S. citizens can vote.  Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia now allow adult children who have never resided in the United States to vote using their parents' state of voting residence.  Details are available on the FVAP website, at: http://www.fvap.gov/citizen-voter/reside.

Register and request a ballot.  To vote, new laws require you to complete and submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) this calendar year.  The FPCA allows you to register to vote and request an absentee ballot.  If you haven’t yet done so, we urge you to do so now.  The easiest way to complete it is online at www.FVAP.gov.  Depending on your State’s rules, you then send it to your local election officials electronically or by mail.

Mailing guidance.  Print out the completed FPCA and the (U.S.) postage-paid envelope containing the address of your local election officials.  You can drop off the postage-paid envelope (containing your FPCA) at the Embassy, and we will mail it back home for you without the need to pay international postage.  If it’s easier for you to use Peru's postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery. 

Completed and sealed ballots may be brought to the mail reception booth at the U.S. Embassy in Surco, Lima, from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to be mailed to your state’s election office at no charge.  Please allow at least two weeks for your registration and/or ballot to reach your state.

Make your vote count!  Follow your State’s absentee voting procedures carefully.  Send in your FPCA before the registration deadline.   When you get your ballot, vote and mail it promptly so it reaches local election officials by your State’s absentee ballot receipt deadline.

Questions?  If you have any questions about registering to vote, please contact the Embassy's Voting Assistance Officer at LimaACS@state.gov.  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  New absentee voting laws are in effect for the 2012 elections.  You may no longer automatically receive ballots based on a previous absentee ballot request.  All U.S. citizens outside the United States who want to vote by absentee ballot in U.S. elections should complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) every year.  States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before an election.  No matter what State you vote in, you can now ask your local election officials to provide your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your State).  You can now also confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.  Be sure to include your email address on the form to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  This is the fastest and most reliable way to receive your ballot on time, and we strongly recommend every voter take advantage of it.  Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov.

American Citizen Services now on Facebook!

June 26, 2012 | U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru

The American Citizen Services (ACS) section of the U.S. Embassy in Lima is now on Facebook!  Follow us at: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanCitizenServicesLima 

In this community forum, we’ll share information about our services, keep you updated about emergencies and emergency preparedness, promote connections between American citizens in Peru, and receive feedback from you. 

During our first few weeks, we’re having a photo contest!  We want you to post photos of how you celebrated the 4th of July in Peru.  The winner will be displayed as our cover photo.

Come join us!

Temporary Closure of U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco

May 31, 2012 | U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru

As of May 31, 2012, the U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco will be temporarily closed. 

In the event of a life or death emergency, please call (51-1) 618-2000. An Embassy duty officer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Telephone inquiry hours for non-emergency American Citizen Service questions are from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except U.S. and Peruvian holidays. Telephone: [011] (51-1) 618-2000. 

All passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) services will be processed by the U.S. Embassy in Lima. Please make an online appointment to schedule routine services on our website at http://lima.usembassy.gov/. Please note that passports can only be replaced at the U.S. Embassy in Lima during office hours. 

For all other inquiries, please contact the American Citizen Services section at LimaACS@state.gov

U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the embassy/consulates to contact them in case of emergency.  Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips. 

For information on "What the Department of State Can and Can't Do in a Crisis," please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs' Emergencies and Crisis link at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1212.html 

In order to provide more rapid information on demonstrations in Peru, the Embassy posts notices of demonstrations directly on our website without sending a separate emergency message to U.S. citizens.   Demonstration notices are posted on the U.S. Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy Lima website, which you can find here.

Demonstration Notices Now on the Embassy Website

February 13, 2012 | U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru

In order to provide more rapid information on demonstrations in Peru, the Embassy will now post notices of demonstrations directly on our website without sending a separate emergency message to U.S. citizens.  This will allow rapid access to the information by U.S. citizens both within and without Peru.  It will also permit the Embassy to post notices on demonstrations that might not require an emergency message, but would be useful information for U.S. citizens for planning or other purposes. 

Demonstration notices will be listed on the U.S. Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy Lima website, which you can find here.

Demonstrations in Peru are often peaceful, but can quickly escalate into violent confrontations.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid large crowds and demonstrations and are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, maintain awareness of local events and their surroundings, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.   It is illegal in Peru for foreigners to participate in demonstrations.  U.S. citizens who have been caught up in political demonstrations in Peru have been detained and expelled from the country. 

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy Lima website.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, by calling the regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00am to 8:00pm Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens residing and traveling abroad should review the Department’s Worldwide Caution and other travel information when making decisions concerning their travel plans and activities while abroad.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the embassy/consulates to contact them in case of emergency.

Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.

The U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco, Peru, can be found at Avenida Pardo 845, Cusco.  The office can be reached by phone at (51) 984-621-369 or (51) 84-231-474, and is open Monday through Friday, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays, 8:00am to 2:00pm.  For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen; telephone 51-1-618-2000 during business hours (8:00am to 5:00pm) or for after-hours emergencies; website at http://lima.usembassy.gov/ .  The Consular Section is open for emergency services, including registration, from 8:00am to 11:30am weekdays, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays.  Non-emergency services are provided by appointment only.