Pan American and ParaPan American Games 2019 – Visitor Information

The Department of State provides U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Peru the following information regarding the Pan American ParaPan American Games to be held in Peru. 


Before you go

Print out our Traveler’s Checklist card and be sure to:

  • GET INFORMATION: Visit the State Department’s country information page for Peru. It provides up-to-date information about safety and security, and other issues related to traveling in Peru. 
  • ENROLL IN STEP: Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This will enable the U.S. Embassy to keep you up-to-date with important safety and security announcements, and help us reach you in an emergency.
  • PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS: Your passport should still be valid for at least six months beyond your planned visit. Visit the State Department’s country information page for Peru for detailed Entry, Exit, and Visa Requirements, and be sure to check your passport’s expiration date today!
  • MINOR CHILDREN: Minor children with Peruvian citizenship who are not accompanied by their legal parent/guardian (or by only one parent/guardian, who does not have sole legal custody) are required to have official authorization from the non-traveling parent(s)/guardian(s). Visit the State Department’s country information page for Peru for details!

Safety and Security:

Major events are a prime opportunity for crime. It is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times to avoid becoming a victim:

  • In the event of an emergency, call the police at 105 or call the Tourist Police at 0800-22221. Once you have contacted the police, contact the U.S. Embassy in Lima.
  • There is a high level of crime in Lima, but it varies by district.
  • Travelers should keep valuables out of sight and be aware of their surroundings.
  • Avoid isolated areas when on foot, especially after dark.
  • Using a trusted taxi or an app-based taxi service is usually safer than hailing an unknown taxi on the street.
  • Armed assailants usually target victims for their smartphones, wallets, or purses. If confronted by someone with a weapon, it is best not to resist. Most assailants will not target their victims in busy areas or inside establishments. For example, when waiting for a taxi, stand inside the restaurant or hotel door instead of curbside.
  • Travelers have been drugged while drinking in bars or clubs and assaulted afterwards. To avoid this, travelers should never leave their drinks unattended.

For more information about Safety & Security, visit the State Department’s country information page for Peru.

Remember: You are subject to all Peruvian laws, which may differ from those in the United States. If you violate these laws even unknowingly, you may be arrested, fined, expelled, and banned from re-entering Peru. Expect increased police presence and enhanced security measures in and around sports venues. 


Stay Informed

Information about services to U.S. citizens, security, and fraud warnings, and other topics.

U.S. Embassy Lima
Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
Surco, Lima 33, Peru
 +(51)(1) 618-2000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000
Fax: +(51)(1) 618-2724

U.S. Consular Agency - Cusco
Av. El Sol 449, Suite #201
Cusco, Peru
 +(51)(84) 231-474
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(51) 984-621-369
Fax: +(51)(84) 245-102

American Citizens Services
American Citizens Services (ACS) units at the U.S. Embassy in Peru will provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in need, throughout the Pan American and ParaPan American Games. 

Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Website
Latest Travel Advisory, international travel tips, information regarding the STEP enrollment process, etc.

Twitter Accounts: Follow @TravelGov and @USEmbassyPeru for up-to-date safety and security information about the Pan American and ParaPan American Games.

For information in Spanish, follow these Peruvian government Twitter accounts:

  • @PromPeru –The Peruvian Commerce and Tourism Promotion Commission
  • @COENPeru – The Peruvian National Emergency Operations Center
  • @INDECIPeru – The Peruvian National Civil Defense Institute

Access to the Pan American and ParaPan American Games Lima 2019:

  • The Pan American and ParaPan American Games will be held in various locations in Lima.
  • For additional information about the Pan American Games, please see here.
  • For additional information about the ParaPan American Games, please see here.
  • Register for the games/opening ceremony here.

Transportation and Accommodations:

  • You can use internet/app-based taxi services to travel within the city.
  • Embassy employees are discouraged from riding the combis, which are the painted vans and small buses you will see around the city, due to safety concerns.
  • Taxis in Peru do not use meters, so agree on a fare before getting into the taxi.

You will likely do a lot of walking because it will be difficult for traffic to near event venues during the Pan American and ParaPan American Games. Sidewalks are often poorly-maintained or nonexistent, so exercise caution while walking within the city.

Special Considerations:

Women travelers should understand the cultural norms of the country they will be visiting. Pay attention to local laws and customs because they can be quite different from the United States, especially if you intend to travel alone. For more information, see our Women Travelers page.

Visit the State Department’s country information page for Peru for detailed Safety and Security information.

There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Peru. See our LGBTI Travel Information page for further details.


Frequently Asked Questions

My passport is going to expire before March 2020. Can I still use it for my trip?

On the day you arrive in Peru, your passport should still be valid for at least six months beyond your planned visit. If not, it’s likely that the airline will not allow you to board. If the airline does allow you to board, Peruvian Immigration will not grant you entry, and the U.S. Embassy will not be able to assist. View our Peru Country Information page for detailed Entry, Exit, and Visa Requirements, and be sure to check your passport’s expiration date today!

What if I am a minor or my minor child is traveling to Peru?

Minor children with Peruvian citizenship who are not accompanied by their legal parent/guardian (or by only one parent/guardian, who does not have sole legal custody) are required to have official authorization from the non-traveling parent(s)/guardian(s). This policy also applies to children with dual U.S./Peruvian citizenship. It does not apply to minors with only U.S. citizenship.

In the United States, authorizations for minor travel can be notarized at the nearest Peruvian Consulate by requesting a “Permiso Notarial de Viaje.” Please be aware that these authorizations are valid for 30 days and one trip only. If the minor child has only one legal parent or guardian, the traveling parent/guardian must have evidence of sole custody.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

What happens if I lose my passport in Peru?

Since your Peru entry stamp will be in your passport, you will need a police report for the lost or stolen passport in order to leave. You can contact the Tourist Police at 0800-22221 for instructions on filing a police report. You will also need to come into the embassy to get a new passport. You should call (01)618-2000 (if dialing from Peru) and follow the prompts for U.S. citizen emergencies in order to schedule your emergency passport appointment. Visit U.S. Embassy Lima’s Passport Services page for more detailed information.

What happens if I lose my green card in Peru?

You will not be allowed to board a flight back to the U.S. without obtaining a boarding foil in your passport. Please contact U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services to obtain more information on the boarding foil.

How can I travel outside the city?

Several airlines fly from Lima to popular destinations, including Cuzco for visits to Machu Picchu and Iquitos and Madres de Dios for visits to the rainforest.

Driving conditions in Peru are very different from those found in the United States and can be considerably more dangerous. Visitors are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with local law and driving customs before attempting to operate vehicles.

Roads are often poorly maintained and may lack crash barriers, guard rails, signs, and streetlights. Fog is common on coastal and mountain highways making conditions more treacherous. Slow-moving buses and trucks frequently stop in the middle of the road unexpectedly. Convoy travel is preferable to solo travel. Spare tires, parts, and fuel are needed when traveling in remote areas, where distances between service areas are long.

Road travel at night is particularly hazardous. Due to safety concerns, U.S. Embassy personnel are prohibited from traveling on mountainous roads at night.

Intercity bus travel can be dangerous. Bus accidents resulting in multiple deaths and injuries are common due to routes along narrow, winding roads without a shoulder and steep drop-offs. Accidents are frequently attributed to excessive speed, poor bus maintenance, poor road conditions, and driver fatigue. Travelers using buses should use the more expensive bus companies that have higher standards of safety and security.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information. You may also wish to consult Peru’s Ministry of Transportation site (Spanish and English), which has more detailed information on road safety, regulations, and standards.

If you are traveling to remote areas in the mountains or rainforest of Peru, be aware that you may not have access to phone or internet for days at a time. Leave detailed written plans and timetables with a friend or family member before traveling to remote areas.

I take medications regularly. What should I do?

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Peru to ensure the medication is legal in Peru. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. You should bring enough medication to last your trip, but if for some reason you do not or you lose them, a pharmacy should be able to fill your basic prescriptions. Be sure to bring your prescription with you and ask your doctor or pharmacist to write the generic—not brand name—of the drug.

What about other drugs?

Ayahuasca tourism is increasingly popular in Peru, but poorly regulated. Be aware of the risks involved. While popular media highlights its use as a spiritually liberating or a medically beneficial agent, many users have reported severe/negative physical and psychological effects from using this powerful hallucinogen. Participants in ayahuasca tours have reported being physically or sexually assaulted, or robbed.

Marijuana is illegal in Peru, and possession may result in imprisonment. Peru does not make exceptions for medical marijuana.

Last Updated: July 3, 2019