Information for visa applicants regarding the novel coronavirus
On February 10, 2021, the government of Peru announced the extension of emergency self-quarantine and movement restrictions due to high levels of COVID-19 spread for an additional 14 days until February 28, 2021 in 32 provinces of 17 regions of Peru. The U.S. Embassy will reschedule all routine and non-emergency nonimmigrant visa appointments previously scheduled during this period. Applicants whose appointments are rescheduled will receive an automatic email from the U.S. Visa Appointment Service confirming the new day and time.
- Visa Fee Validity: The visa application (MRV) fee remains valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Lima through September 30, 2022.
- Rescheduling Due to Illness: Should you experience coronavirus symptoms, you must reschedule your appointment. Any applicant for any reason may reschedule his or her appointment at the day and time of their convenience on the U.S. Visa Appointment Service website. Rescheduling your appointment does not impact the adjudication of your visa.
- Emergency Travel: Applicants with a verified emergency need to travel to the United States should access their account on the U.S. Visa Appointment Service website, then select the emergency appointment option and provide a justification for their request. Emergency need includes urgent travel related to a life and death or other medical emergency of the applicant and/or close family member. Travel for tourism is not considered an emergency need. Please contact your airline if you need to reschedule an upcoming international flight. Approval of an emergency appointment request is never guaranteed.
- Visa Renewal Without Interview: Applicants renewing visas (B1/B2, C1/D, F1, H2A, some J1 programs, and M1) that expired within the previous 24 months are encouraged to apply, and in most cases will not require an in-person interview.
- First-time Visa Applicants: In-person appointments for first-time, nonemergency applicants are unavailable until further notice to ensure the health and safety of applicants and consular staff alike. Currently there is no estimate of when we will be able to conduct these interviews at the Embassy.
- Health, Safety, and Appointments: All future appointments, even for emergencies,
are contingent upon favorable health and safety conditions at the time of the confirmed appointment. The U.S. Embassy in Lima appreciates in advance your patience with any unexpected scheduling changes that may result from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
We appreciate your continued interest in traveling to the United States, and we hope to see you soon.