The Jorge Chávez International Airport is located in Callao about 10 km (6 miles) from Lima's City Center. The airport is named after the Peruvian aviation icon Jorge Chávez Dartnell and definitely one of the most modern ones in Latin America. It was privatized in 2001 and is now managed by Lima Airport Partners (LAP), a joint venture of Alterra Lima Holdings Ltd. and Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide.
The airport replaced 1960 the old airport in San Isidro called Limatambo.
In the year 2001, the Peruvian Government has granted LAP a 30 year concession for the operation and expansion of the airport. Since then major construction and modernization works have brought the airport to a complete new level. After 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Jorge Chávez International Airport was awarded for the sixth time in a row with the title "Best Airport in South America 2014" by Skytrax World Airports Awards. Additionally the airport was awarded by Skytrax with the "Best South American Airport Staff 2013" Award and received the World Travel Award "South American Leading Airport 2013".
Now it serves as a hub for many aviation companies with 38 international and 19 domestic destinations. The Lima Airport managed 6,901,988 national and 6,428,302 international arriving/departing passengers in the year 2012. The cargo section handled 293,675.01 metric tons of airfreight in 2012.
The below plans and maps of the Lima International Airport should give you a good idea about the available infrastructure at the Airport Terminal.
The below available flight information for national and international flights is offered as prepared and provided by the airlines. It is recommended to confirm flight arrival and departure information directly with the airlines in a timely manner as it might vary at any time. Please click on the images to open a window with the actual flight information.
Compared to the big and sometimes confusing airports in North America and Europe, Jorge Chavez Airport is quite small, neatly arranged and well organized. Already shortly before landing the stewardesses on your plain will hand you two forms to fill out. The first one is the "Tarjeta Andina de Migracion" (TAM). This Andean Migration Card is available in Spanish and English. Fill out your personal data and after disembarking hand it together with your passport to the immigration officer at the immigration control. If you are not obliged to apply for a visa at a Peruvian consulate in your home country before entering Peru, make sure you get the amount of days on your tourist visa at immigration you need.
Since July 2008 it's no longer possible to extent your tourist visa once you are in Peru. Detailed information on Peruvian visa and regulations can be found here
The upper part of the TAM stays with immigrations, the low part is handed back to you. Take good care of the card as you need it when leaving the country. If you loose our TAM Peru's Immigration Office in Breña can issue a duplicate.
The second form is the Baggage Declaration Form (Declaracion Jurada de Equipaje). The form is in Spanish and English. Only one form per family has to be filled out. After immigration and picking up your luggage you have to hand it over to the custom officals. All items you can bring into Peru duty-free can be found here. The last hurdle to leave the customs area is the luggage control. After your luggage has passed through the scanner without any observations you can leave.
Taxis at the Lima International Airport (Prices, Pick-up & Security)
When coming out of the customs area, you get greeted by a large mass of people. Many taxi drivers will immediately see you as potential fares. The whole experience can be very disturbing, especially after a long flight. The airport authorities and we as well highly recommend using one of the taxi service companies registered at the airport like Taxi CMV (Taxi Remisse Ejecutivo), Taxi Mitsu Remisse and Taxis Verdes (Green Taxi). These companies have little desks in the exit area; when leaving the customs area behind the door turn direclty to the right.
Pre-arrange a pick-up with the Hotel or Hostel you're staying at! They will be waiting for you at the arrival directly at the exit of the customs area.
The price for one of these registered taxis is about US$ 20 (to Miraflores). The good thing, these taxis have fixed prices and you find them printed on a big board next to the desk. Prices for their service vary depending on the district you want to go and the size of the vehicle (car or van). So no bargaining about the price with the driver, just have a look at the board and you know what you have to pay. Of course the fee for a registered airport taxi is higher than one would normally pay for a ride in Peru. When leaving the airport areal you are able to get a cab for around S/. 15 to S/. 25, less than half the price, but this is not advisable, especially not at night and with lots of luggage! In our opinion it might be better to pay the high price (for Peruvian standards...), get out of the airport hassle free and safe to your accomodation. If you are on a low budget, it is worth checking another option outside the airport: A bus ride – one of the big green ones – will take you to Miraflores for less than 50 Cents (US$). Use your common sense to make the suitable decision for yourself.
Rental Cars at the Lima International Airport
Three major car rental companies have their counters in the airport and will provide a known standard (Budget, Hertz and Dollar Rent a Car). We strongly advice against renting a car and drive it, at least when you're not familiar with the traffic in Lima and its own rules. Driving in Peru and especially in Lima is quite different from what you are used to. You can get around Lima easily and cheaply by taxi without having to stand your ground and compete against other reckless drivers that seem not to follow any of the traffic rules you know from home. After a long and tiring flight, probably without knowing where exactly you have to go, Lima's traffic is more than a challenge even for experienced drivers.
Jorge Chavez Airport is compared to other big airports in North America and Europe quite small, neatly arranged and well organized. You only have one terminal and ways are relatively short. All signs are in Spanish and English, most of the airport personal is bilingual. For international flights the Airport authority recommends arriving 3 hours ahead of departure time, for national flights it's advised to check in 2 hours before your flight leaves. The check-in area for national and international flights is in the middle of the terminal. To enter the area you have to have your passport and ticket on hand. After check-in best spend your remaining time in the second level at Peru Plaza where you find all amenities, because as soon as you passed the security check (as well on the second floor) diversion is limited.
Airport Tax - Departure Tax at the Lima Airport 2012 (TUUA Fee)
All bookings made from the beginning of the 1st of October 2010 and all departures from the 1st of January 2011 already include the Airport Departure Tax (TUUA) for international and national flights. Some visitors unfortunately reported that the one or other local travel agency "forgot" to include the TUUA when booking national flights. In this rare case you still can pay at the airport before the security check. The tariffs for 2012 are US$ 30.74 for international and US$ 8.72 for domestic flights.
The fight against narcotics in Peru has resulted in an extraordinary 70% reduction since 1995 in the area of illegal cultivation. The impact of this illicit industry to the national economy is difficult to measure, but estimates range from $300 - $600 million. An estimated 200,000 Peruvians are engaged in the production, refining or distribution of narcotics. Many foreigners who tried to make quick money with trafficking drugs are currently experiencing Peru from a complete different perspective (sentences are very high and no special treatment if you are from abroad). The security and safety standards of the airport are very high, so just don't bother trying it. On a weekly base the local newspapers report about seizures and arrests of foreigners at the airport in Lima.
Cultural Goods - Verification
It's obvios that you are not allowed to leave Peru with any original artefacts. If you bought replicas, specialized personnel of the Ministry of Culture are responsible for issuing the appropriate certificates for replicas of Peruvian cultural items.
A certificate is very important to authenticate the item as a replica when it passes through other airports. If an item is deemed authentic, seizure will be ordered.
Traveling with Pets
The National Agricultural Health Service (SENASA) is the state entity in charge of authorizing "imports" and "exports" of pets from or to other countries. Passengers should get in contact with the nearest Peruvian embassy or consulate to inquire all necessary requirements to enter Peru with an animal. The easiest way to get your pet into Peru surely is sending it with you as accompanied luggage. When using the cargo option expect a time consuming process with lots of paper work and running around involved. To leave the country with pets, it is necessary to make a payment at the Banco de la Nación (National Bank), to present vaccination and health certificates, and to complete an inspection at the SENASA offices, located at the northern side of the airport terminal. Please inquire the latest requirements at SENASA.
The National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) is a public organization of the Ministry of Agriculture responsible for the use of renewable natural resources and the sustainable management of rural environments and wildlife bio diversity. INRENA is also the entity in charge of issuing authorizations, including export, re-export, import permits and permits for the internal transport of wild fauna.
As on every airport nowadays passengers are not allowed to carry the following items in their carry-on baggage: Cutting instruments of any type and size, Firearms or any imitation of firearms or any item considered dangerous for flight in the aircraft cabin, in compliance with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Left Luggage (Luggage Storage, Lockers & Facilities)
The left luggage (luggage storage) at the Lima International Airport is located in the domestic arrivals area. It is opened 24 hours and costs S/. 24.00 (Peruvian Soles) per day (24 hours) and S/. 4.00 per hour and piece of luggage. Big items (like surf boards) set you back with S/. 8.00 per hour. The service has to be paid in cash (no credit cards are accepted for this service), but payment can be made in US$ or Peruvian Soles.
Left Luggage Price per piece: S/. 4.00 per hour - S/. 24.00 per day
Additionally you have the option to store smaller luggage pieces in lockers. A locker costs S/. 38 per day (24 hours) or S/. 8 per hour for all you can fit in. The dimensions of the lockers are 45 cm (wide) x 60 cm (long) x 75 cm (high).
Left Luggage Price in a locker: S/. 8.00 per hour - S/. 38.00 per day
Please note that discounts are offered for the storage of lots of luggage or for the storage for an expanded period of time. For more information please ask at the counter of the Left Luggage directly at the airport, call under (+511) 517 - 3217 or send an e-mail to .
You can change money at the small booth of Interbank located in the international arrivals area on the first floor. A branch of Interbank can be found on the second level. As the exchange rate at the airport is more than miserable we recommend better using one of the numerous ATMs spread around the airport to withdraw local cash. If you prefer to exchange at the airport only change the absolute minimun to get to town. There rates are much better.
At all ATMs at the airport and most in town you can change the language from Spanish to English, sometimes even German and French. So you won't need help from anyone. Consider the universally known precautions when using an ATM.
Duty Free Shopping
The Lima Airport has as any other international airport duty free shopping possibilities to make tax-free purchases, before or after traveling. Shoppers will find a wide selection of perfumes, toys, liquors, cigarettes, alpaca clothing, leather, gold and silver jewelry.
Peru Plaza Shopping Area
The shopping area called Peru Plaza in the second floor of the Lima Airport, just before the security check, offers you the possibility to purchase a wide selection of domestic and international products or to get something to eat at one of the well-known fast food vendors. Shoppers can find here many popular items made in the country: silver and gold jewelry, alpaca clothing, leather, T-shirts in modern printed fabrics with Peruvian motifs, a variety of Peruvian handicrafts, popular goodies (truffles, toffees, chocolates, cream custard, caramel, Peruvian coffee, among others). Also international products like: perfumes, fine jewelry, women's accessories and useful items for travelers. This area is open to the public. Once you have passed the security check, shopping possibilities are limited to the duty free and basic supplies (cafe, sandwiches...).
A branch of Serpost, Peru's postal service, is located on the second floor between Peru Plaza and the airline offices.
Emergency medical services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The infirmary is located in the national arrivals area. Further information is available at the Customer Care counters in the international arrivals area on the first level, and also at Peru Plaza, on the second level.
At the airport you have the possibility to either rent a local cellphone which is rather expensive, buy a local chip for around US$ 6 or 7 when your own cell is unlocked or buy a cheap cellphone for more or less US$ 25. You can find the local cellphone companies at the international arrival or at Peru Plaza both on the second level.
Parking at the Lima Airport
The airport parking lot is operated by Los Portales Estacionamientos SAC and is located across the main building of the airport. Long-term parking is located to the right of the parking lot entrance and costs 35.00 Nuevos Soles for every 24 hours (VISA, MasterCard and Diners are only accepted as payment for long-term parking). The short term parking cost is 4.50 Nuevos Soles per hour (2012).
Below two short videos about the procedures when arriving and departing from the Lima International Airport. Note: There has been a change in the arrival procedure - You do not have to press the button for the luggage control anymore as all pieces are passing through the scanner.