According to the US Embassy in Lima, Peru, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA) has 145 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Peru, with 13 hospitalized.
For Americans stranded in Peru, the embassy provided a link to Avianca Airlines’ sign up page for travelers interested in departing Lima. It looks like there are flights for March 19 and 23, 2020 from Cusco to Lima, and Lima to Miami, as well as to other non-US destinations. Avianca’s sign-up page says that the airline is trying to program new flights based on the request of embassies with nationals in the country. Travelers are asked to complete a short form to confirm their interest in purchasing a flight. “In case there are enough passengers confirming interest in flying, we will notify you so that you can purchase it through the different Avianca channels. In case the flight does not operate, we will also contact you” (rough translation).
As of March 19, one social media account tracking the number of those stranded in country estimates there are over 1,660 U.S. citizens in the country from 48 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Below via US Embassy Lima:
Avianca Airlines notified the U.S. Embassy it has created an online signup page here for travelers to express interest in flights departing from Lima and Cusco to destinations including the United States. If you are interested in this offer, please respond immediately through the link. You are encouraged to keep contacting your airline for reservation and flight updates. To contact major airlines with flights from Peru to the United States, below are their customer service telephone numbers:
- The Peruvian government declared a national state of emergency on March 15, 2020, at 8:00 PM Peru local time. Under the state of emergency, Peru enacted 15 days of mandatory quarantine, starting at 00:00 on March 16, 2020. At 23:59 PM on March 16, 2020, the Peruvian Government closed all international borders (land, air, and maritime) and suspended all interprovincial travel within Peru (land, air, and river). American Citizens who remain in Peru should arrange lodging for the duration of the quarantine period and plan to limit their movements. Limited quarantine exemptions include movement to obtain food and medical care. Travelers currently in country should consult iPeru for the latest guidance for tourists. The Embassy will provide a daily update on this page as this situation develops.
- As of March 17, Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima is closed to the public. Please contact your airline carrier for updates on flight information.
- The Peruvian government issued a decree on March 14 suspending the docking of all cruise ships in Peruvian ports for 30 days.
- American Airlines announced via its website on March 14 that it will suspend service from Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami to Lima, Peru effective end of day March 16, after flying all legs scheduled through the end of that day. This suspension will last through May 6.
- On March 13 the Peruvian government issued a decree to suspend all flights to and from Europe and Asia, beginning on March 16, for 30 days.
- On March 12 President Martín Vizcarra announced the suspension of classes at university and vocational educational institutions, following his March 11 announcement suspending primary and secondary school classes through March 30.
The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section in Lima and Consular Agency in Cusco are working around the clock to answer hundreds of inquiries per day and to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens. [2/4]
— Embajada EEUU Perú (@USEMBASSYPERU) March 19, 2020
In Peru, where President Martin Vizcarra issued a 15-day nationwide state of emergency and border closure Sunday, US travelers say hundreds are stuck in the country without a means of departure https://t.co/02Kahe2DQn
— CNN (@CNN) March 18, 2020
— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) March 19, 2020
"I represent a group of 24 tourists from the United States given less than 24 hours to vacate the country of Peru."
— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) March 20, 2020
Our office is in contact with the @StateDept & US Embassies & we’re working on a solution to ensure that Floridians in Honduras & Peru can get home.
The State Dept. has informed us that they're working with airlines on options. Please be patient. We haven’t forgotten about you!
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) March 20, 2020