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Jorge Chavez International Airport

The Lima International Airport Jorge Chávez

Aeropuerto Internacional de Lima Jorge Chávez

Address
Av. Elmer Faucett
District
  • Callao
City (Peru)
Callao
Phone Number
(+511) 517-3100

Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport is located in Callao about 12km (7.5 miles) from Lima's city center. The airport is named after the Peruvian aviation icon Jorge Chávez Dartnell and is one of the most modern airports in Latin America.

General Information

Jorge Chávez International Airport was inaugurated in December 1965, replacing Lima’s old airport in San Isidro, named Limatambo. It was privatized in 2001 when the Peruvian government granted Lima Airport Partners (LAP) - today a joint venture of the Fraport AG (70.01%), the International Finance Corporation IFC, a member of the World Bank Group (19.99%), and the Fund for Investment in Infrastructure, Public Services and Natural Resources managed by AC Capitales SAFI (10%) - a 30-year concession for the construction, improvement, operation, and expansion of the airport.

Jorge Chavez International Airport in Peru
Jorge Chavez International Airport 2021

Since then, continuous expansions, improvements and modernizations made Lima’s airport one of the most modern, best organized and easy to navigate airports in Latin America, which can easily stand up to international comparison. The hard work of management and staff is regularly honored with awards such as the "Best Airport in South America” award by Skytrax World Airports Awards or the "South American Leading Airport” award by the World Travel Awards; and deservedly so.

Today, the airport is Peru’s gateway to the world. It operates on an area of 2.51 million square meters, which since the beginning of April 2023 comprises of two runways, an apron of 402,600 m2, 60 aircraft parking positions, one passenger terminal with an area of 90,150 m2, 44 departure lounges, 19 loading bridges and 142 passenger check-in counters.

New control tower Jorge Chavez International Airport
As part of a huge expansion project, a new control tower and a second runway was inaugurated at Jorge Chavez International Airport in April 2023

Additionally, a huge expansion project is under way tripling the current size of the airport. The second runway and a new control tower was already inaugurated at the beginning of April 2023; a second terminal with a total area of 260,000 m2, about 120 new check-in counters and more than 60 boarding gates is in construction and should be ready by 2025.

The expansion project as well includes the development of the Lima Airport City, the first airport city in South America. The hole project is connected to improvements in Lima’s infrastructure for better connectivity and accessibility: finally, the airport and the new airport city are planned to be connected properly by a mass transportation system (metro and busses) and an improved road network with Lima.

International and national flight destinations Jorge Chavez Airport
International and national destinations Jorge Chavez Airport; source: LAP

In 2021, Lima’s airport served as a hub for 20 airlines with 29 international and 19 domestic destinations (as of 2021) and as a logistical hub for cargo in South America.

Passenger numbers plummeted in 2020 because of Corona and a 6-month shut-down of the complete country and could only recover slightly in 2021 with strict Covid measures still in place. In 2022, total passenger numbers increased nearly 80% compared to the previous year, but are still only on the level of 2016. And while the number of international travelers more than doubled from 2021 to 2022, Peru still sees only as many international passengers as in 2013.

 Passenger numbers Jorge Chavez International Airport from 2007 to 2022
Passenger numbers handled at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport in Callao from 2007 to 2022; data source: LAP
 

Layout of Lima’s airport

Jorge Chávez International Airport is located in Callao, about 12km (7.5 miles) west of Lima's city center and roughly 17km (10.5 miles) north of Miraflores. The entrance to the airport is on Av. Elmer Faucett.

In comparison to some large and confusing airports in North America and Europe, Lima’s airport, with its one terminal that serves both, national and international flights, could be considered small, and additionally is extremely passenger-friendly designed and well organized. All signs are in Spanish and English, most of the airport personal is bilingual. So, you surely won’t get lost and can easily find your way.

On the ground floor in the center, you find the check-in counters; to the right the domestic arrivals; to the left the international arrivals. Using the (moving) stairs, elevators or, if you are a guest of the airport hotel, the covered bridge, you reach the second floor. Here are the offices of the airlines, Peru Plaza with numerous shops and the food court, and the security check for all passengers.

Once you passed the security check, the gates for international departures are to your left. Here, after passing immigrations, you find as well duty-free shops and a limited number of food and drink options. Be aware that some gates are located on the ground floor, so you have to take the stairs or elevators to get down again.

The gates for national departures are after the security check to your right; be aware that some gates are located on the ground floor, so you have to take the stairs or elevators to get down again.

The maps below give you a visual overview of where Jorge Chavez International Airport is located in the Lima Metropolitan area and about the layout of the terminal. This should make navigating the airport, which in general is very well organized and clearly structured, even more easy. We as well added a map of the planned airport expansion.

 

Services at Lima's airport

As you can expect at an awarded international airport, Lima’s airport offers all you need when travelling.

Wifi

Since April 2021, Jorge Chavez International Airport offers free Wifi, which is not restricted by any time limits anymore. Just connect your mobile device to .FreeAeropuertoGTD and you are ready to go.

Additionally, some shops at the food court, such as Starbucks or Britt, offer free Wifi when you purchase something.

Money exchange at the airport

You can exchange money at the small exchange booth in the international arrivals area on the ground floor or at the Interbank branch at Peru Plaza on the second level. As the exchange rate at the airport is more than miserable, we recommend better using one of the many ATMs spread around the airport to withdraw local cash.

Here you find some tips when using ATMs in Peru

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If you prefer to exchange at the airport, only change the absolute minimum to get to town. There rates are much better.

Mobile phones & Sim cards at the airport

For years you could either rent a cellphone with a local Sim card / number at Rent a Cell (rather expensive), buy a local prepaid Sim card at the Claro shop for a few Dollars and use it in your own, unlocked mobile, or buy a cheap cellphone at the airport. These times seem to be over. In September 2022, Claro at the international arrivals only offered overpriced tourist packages for around US$ 50. However, you could as well check out the local cellphone providers at Peru Plaza on the second floor.

If you want a local phone number, we highly recommend skipping the airport option and better get the Sim card / number for around S/ 10 at a Claro shop in town and there choose a package that fits your needs.

Covid test at the airport

As most countries around the globe don't require a Covid test to enter anymore, the Covid test facility at the airport is history. However, if you need a test, Unilabs still offer antigen tests and PCR tests at their branches in Miraflores, Jesus Maria and La Molina. The antigen test is S/ 100, the PCR test S/ 185; results are ready in one hour (antigen) or 24 hours (PCR). The lab asks to please make an appointment here.

Luggage storage & lockers at Lima's airport

The “Left Luggage” (luggage storage) at the Lima airport is located in the public international arrivals area on the ground floor. It is open 24/7 and costs S/ 6.50 per hour and piece of luggage or S/ 39 per day (24 hours) and piece of luggage. Over-sized items (such as surf boards) are charged depending on size and weight.

Lockers and luggage storage at Lima's airport
Prices for luggage storage and lockers at the airport in Lima

You as well have the option to store smaller luggage items in private lockers. A locker is S/ 56 per day (24 hours) or S/ 12 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).

Please note: Discounts for the storage of lots of luggage or for an extended period of time can be negotiated.

Terms & Conditions of using the “Left Luggage” include:

  • Show passport or ID when leaving your luggage
  • No valuables, food, flammables, drugs, and weapons are accepted
  • Payment when picking up your luggage
  • Only cash payments either in Peruvian Soles or US Dollars are accepted; payment with credit card is not possible
  • Area is monitored by video, so be aware that you are recorded

Lost and Found

If you forgot or lost something in the airport building, you can contact the "Oficina de Hallazgos" (Lost and Found office) only by mail under hallazgos [at] lima-airport.com.

Lost and found at the Jorge Chavez International Airport
Lost and found at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima

Be aware that in case you lost or forgot something in the airplane you should contact the airline.

Peru Plaza - shopping area and food court

Peru Plaza, the public shopping area and food court at Lima’s airport, is on the second floor of the terminal. It offers numerous shops where you can buy a wide range of typical Peruvian and international products and get something to eat or drink before passing the security check and being limited in your choice.

Shoppers can find all sorts of souvenirs and other products characteristic for Peru: from silver and gold jewelry to alpaca clothing, leather products and Peruvian-style printed shirts, to a wide choice of Peruvian handicrafts and popular goodies (Peruvian coffee, Peruvian chocolate, Peruvian sweets, etc.). Also, international products such as perfumes, fine jewelry, women's accessories, and useful items for travelers are on offer.

Once you pass the security check, shopping options are limited to the duty-free shops and basic supplies (cafe, sandwiches...); so, if you have plenty of time before your flight, Peru Plaza might be the better place to kill an hour or two.

VIP lounges at the airport

Lima’s airport has three VIP lounges:

  • Hanaq VIP Lounge: exclusive lounge for international passengers; includes free Wifi, buffet, bar, business center with conference rooms, printers, copiers, TV, resting area, showers and more; open 24 hours; after the security check between gate 17 and 18 turn left
  • Sumaq VIP Lounge: exclusive lounge for international passengers; includes free Wifi, buffet, bar, business center, TV, resting area, showers and more; open 24 hours; ; after the security check between gate 17 and 18 turn left
  • El Salón by Newrest National VIP Lounge: exclusive lounge for national passengers; includes free Wifi, buffet, bar, business center, TV, resting area, showers and more; open 01.30am to 11.00pm; after the security check turn right

Duty-Free shopping

As at any other international airport, duty-free shopping is limited to international travelers. After the security check you will find a wide selection of shops offering the typical duty-free products such as perfumes, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and tobacco products, coffee and chocolate, but also a smaller variety of gold and silver jewelry as well as clothing and souvenirs characteristic for Peru.

Postal service at the airport

A branch of Serpost, Peru's postal service, is on the second floor between Peru Plaza and the airline offices.

Medical attention at Lima's airport

Emergency medical attention is available 24/7. The infirmary is in the national arrivals area. Further information is available at the Information counter in the international arrivals area on the ground floor, and also at Peru Plaza, on the second level.

Luggage wrapping at the airport

Just in front of the check-in counters you find Safe Bag, a service offering to plastic-wrap your luggage.

Lactation room at the airport

Some breastfeeding moms will be happy to find a private space at Lima’s airport where they can either nurse their babies or use a breast pump in a relaxed and inviting environment. The Lactation Room as well offers newborn care and breastfeeding counselling. Located at Peru Plaza (facing the parking lot) and open 24/7.

Airport hotel

The Costa del Sol hotel is located directly opposite the terminal and even is connected with the second floor of the terminal by a covered bridge. The hotel offers spacious, modern and comfortable rooms, a 24/7 restaurant, a bar, a great spa and conference / event facilities.

Parking at Lima’s airport

The spacious airport parking lot, operated by Los Portales, is located just opposite the terminal. Short-term parking for cars up to 2.20m height is S/ 5.20 for up to 45 minutes, S/ 7.00 from 46 to 60 minutes and S/ 7.00 per hour for anything over 61 minutes. Payments are made in cash Soles or US$ before leaving at the payment machines in front of the terminal.

Long-term parking costs S/ 49 for every 24 hours. Next to cash payments, Visa, Master and Diners cards are accepted.

Airport bus

Since April 2017, the airport finally has an official bus service. The service was ceased from March 2020 till the end of October 2022 due to Covid, but they are back in business starting November 5, 2022.

The Airport Express Lima is a safe, reliable, punctual, and cost-effective way to get from the Jorge Chavez Airport to Lima’s districts of San Isidro and Miraflores and vice versa. The modern buses, which are well maintained and spotless, are equipped with free Wi-Fi, USB ports and TVs, ensuring a safe, comfortable and pleasant ride.

Before Covid, they had 9 bus stops in Miraflores and another 3 in San Isidro. After restarting the operation in November 2022, they offer only two stops, Larcomar and Parque Kennedy both in Miraflores. Hopefully, as soon as visitor numbers in Peru pick up again, the service might be extended.

For trips from and to the airport, you can book a ticket on the Airport Express Lima website, where you additionally find detailed information about bus stops and prices. If you buy a ticket online, you can use it for any bus, and online ticket holders always take first preference if the bus is full.

Additionally, if you want to use the service from the airport to Miraflores, you can also buy your ticket at the Airport Express Lima counters at the airport (international arrivals just after customs or national arrivals waiting area). Payments can be made in cash (Soles, US$ or Euro) or with credit card (Visa or Mastercard). If you are going from Miraflores to the airport next to booking online, you can as well pay on board; however, make sure to have the exact change.

The buses run from Miraflores to the airport from 07.00 am to 09.00 pm every hour daily and from the airport to Miraflores from 07.00 am to 10.00 pm every hour daily.

Taxi services

The counters of the three official taxi service companies can be found at the international arrivals just after customs or at the national arrivals waiting area. All airport taxi companies have implemented strict Covid-19 hygiene protocols to ensure your safety during the ride.

  • Taxi 365: for 20 years registered as official airport taxi; bilingual staff, modern and safe vehicles, trust-worthy and on-time, nice drivers; you can choose between a car for 2 persons, a minivan for 6 and a large van for up to 10 people. You can book at the airport and on their website.
  • Taxi Green: as well for 20 years registered as official airport taxi, reliable, punctual, modern and well-maintained vehicles, nice drivers. You can choose between cars, SUVs or vans.
  • Taxi Directo: the newcomer at the airport with modern and safe vehicles including cars, SUVs and vans which are clean and well-maintained. You can book at the airport counter or through their app.

Car rentals

At the international arrivals just after customs or at the national arrivals waiting area you find the counters of three rental car companies.

  • Budget: worldwide operating car rental company
  • Hertz: represented in Peru by Inka’s Rent a Car for over 20 years
  • Grupo ANC: operating in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru as franchisee of Alamo Rent a Car, National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent a Car

Before renting a car at the airport, please read the chapter “Getting from the airport to town” below.

 

Arriving at Lima's International Airport

With changes in immigration procedures and progressive digitalization over the past years, today entering Peru is usually a simple and mostly organized process, however depending on the number of flights arriving sometimes a bit time-consuming.

Covid regulations

After a complete shutdown, Peru re-opened the country for international air travel in October 2020, however with strict and ever changing entry and travel requirements.

Finally, on November 1, 2022, the State of Emergency in Peru was lifted and all Covid entry requirements as well as all other regulations and restrictions that were in place to avoid the spreading of Covid were repealed.

So, entering Peru is back to "normal" again. You just need your passport with at least 2 free pages in the visa section that is valid for at least another 6 months upon arrival and, if you have to apply for a tourist visa before coming to Peru, your visa stamp.

Immigration

Once you left the plane, you automatically end up at the immigration control. For now, the automatic passport machines for a quick and contactless entry are in a trial period and reserved for Peruvians only. So foreigners, tourists and foreign residents of Peru, have to proceed to an immigration counter and clear immigration conventionally.

While during the height of the Corona pandemic Peru eliminated the stamping of passports when entering the country, in May 2022 the entry stamp was re-introduced just to be eliminated again at the end of May 2023 for those entering Peru on international flights; and, unfortunately, this time it seems for good.

Today, your entry (and when you leave your departure) is only automatically registered and the so-called TAM virtual created. A few years back this Tarjeta Andina de Migración was a physical white card that you had to fill in, was stamped at the point of entry and had to be given back when leaving the country. Today it’s just an entry in the Migraciones database registering your personal data, the date of entry (and later departure), the point of entry (and later departure) and if you entered as a tourist or business traveler the number of days you are allowed to stay in Peru.

Be aware that you can't extend your stay as a tourist / business traveler in Peru once you entered the country. So, at the immigration counter make sure you get at least the number of days you are planning to stay in the country (for most nationalities, 90 days is the max).

As you don't get an entry stamp anymore, your only options to find out how long you can be in Peru as a tourist or business traveler is to ask the immigration officer and, if you want to have a confirmation "in writing" or need proof when you entered or left the country, to check online. Our article "How many days did I get when entering Peru" explains in detail your options to check your allowed length of stay in Peru.

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Customs

Once you cleared immigrations, your next stop is picking up your luggage. If you have nothing to declare, just follow the green markings to the exit of the airport.

If you have something to declare, since June 2022 you must download the APP "Bienvenido al Perú" which is available on iOS and Android. It details in short, in English or Spanish, the most important regulations and gives you the option to declare items or money. So, just follow the instructions and fill in the required fields within 48h prior to your arrival in Peru and once in Peru proceed to the customs counters.

Customs urges travelers informing themselves about the regulations and comply with Peruvian laws; and we agree, if caught with dutiable goods or currency without having declared them, fines are hefty. You can find detailed information about Peruvian customs regulations in our article "What you can & can't bring into Peru".

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Then just follow the flow to the luggage scanners. Once your baggage passed through without observations, you made it.

Welcome to Peru!

Arriving with pets

When bringing animals into Peru, be aware that only dogs and cats are considered pets. In charge of monitoring and checking the “import” of pets is Senasa, the National Agrarian Health Service of Peru. Per person, only one pet can be brought into Peru as accompanied luggage (in cabin or as checked baggage) or as air cargo.

The easiest and less painful way to get your pet into Peru surely is having it on the same flight you are traveling with to Peru, either in the cabin or as accompanied luggage. To bring your pet into Peru without quarantine, you have to present the following documents upon arrival:

  • Certificate of Good Health issued by an official veterinarian in the home country within 14 days before entering Peru
  • Proof of vaccinations against:
    • Rabies for both dogs and cats - vaccinated between 21 days and 12 months prior to entering the country. Peru does not recognize 2- or 3-year rabies vaccines.
    • Additionally, for dogs: vaccination against Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, and Leptospirosis
    • Additionally, for cats: vaccination against Panleukopenia (FVRCP), Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus
  • Recent proof of veterinary treatment against internal and external parasites

Above requirements also apply to emotional support and service dogs and cats.

Peru doesn’t require a special import permit for dogs and cats (exception: puppies and kittens less than 12 weeks of age and unvaccinated) nor a pet microchip or rabies titer test to enter the country and doesn’t have a banned breeds list.

Upon arrival at the airport (if your pet traveled in the cargo hold of the plane, you usually get it back at the baggage claim carousel), pet owners have to proceed with their pet to the Senasa office. Here you first have to pay two different fees:

  • an examination fee equivalent to 1.973% of 1 UIT; in 2023 this equals S/ 98
  • a fee for issuing the pet’s permit to enter the country equivalent to 0.729% of 1 UIT = S/ 36 (2023).

Then the health certificate, vaccination certificates and parasite treatment certificate are checked, and the dog or cat quickly looked over. If the documents and the pet’s health are to the satisfaction of the Senasa inspector, the pet can enter.

If the documents aren’t in order or the pet doesn’t seem to be in good health, further examination by a licensed Peruvian veterinarian can be requested at the dog owners’ expense. In the end, the Senasa inspector decides if the animal can enter or needs, for example, a parasite treatment or a vaccination or is quarantined before being allowed to enter or has to be returned to the country of origin.

When shipping your dog or cat to Peru as cargo (so not with you in the cabin or as accompanied luggage), expect a stressful, time-consuming process with lots of paperwork, running around and paying hefty fees before you can finally welcome your dog or cat in Peru.

Other animals that might be considered pets in other countries such as birds, rodents, and rabbits, fish, reptiles, and so forth need an export sanitary certificate from the country of origin and a special import permit from Senasa which must be applied for before coming to Peru. Additional permits are required to bring animals that are under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) into Peru.

Above mentioned recommendations are given to our best knowledge reflecting the current Peruvian regulations. As these sometimes change quickly and without prior notice, we highly recommend checking the veterinary regulations shortly before your travel with the nearest Peruvian consulate and / or Senasa.

Getting from the airport to town

As soon as you made it through customs, you end up in the international arrivals area where in pre-Covid times you were greeted by masses of people wanting to pickup other passengers or all sorts of vendors who tried to get you into a special taxi, to sell you tours or anything else. For some people, a very disturbing and annoying experience, especially after a long flight and when visiting Peru for the first time.

Today, even after the strict Corona measures were canceled and the public is allowed back into the airport building, the international arrivals area is still sort of quiet and much better organized than before Covid. However, the former chaos inside the airport was just relocated to the area behind the exit doors in the parking lot. So, it's still highly recommended to plan ahead how you get from the airport to town.

Be aware that Lima has no mass transportation system, and the airport is not connected to a metro or for visitors recommendable bus network. Except for the Metropolitano and the Tren Electrico, Lima’s metro which is very slowly in the process of being expanded, the public transport is handled by a chaotic system of privately owned and operated, often rundown busses, micros, and combis with drivers who seem to have suicidal tendencies.

Best options to get from the airport to town

Surely the best option to get from the airport to town is to pre-arrange a pickup with the hotel or hostel you're staying at or book a private pickup service. As soon as you leave the terminal, someone is waiting for you, helps with luggage, escorts you to the car and brings you hassle free and safe to town.

An equally great option, especially if you are on a budget, is using the official airport bus, which brings you safely and cost-effectively in modern and comfortable busses from the airport to Lima’s district of Miraflores.

Taking a taxi at the airport

If you plan to just grab a cab at the airport, we highly recommend to only use one of the official airport taxi services. As listed above, you have the choice between Taxi 365, Taxi Green or Taxi Directo. You can book their service either on their website / app in advance or after arriving at the airport at their counters in the international arrivals area (after customs turn right) or the national arrivals area. The drivers are checked and the cars are modern and well-maintained. Additionally, these taxi companies have fixed prices - so no bargaining or feeling ripped off - which you can find printed on a big board next to the desk. Prices vary depending on the district you want to go to and the size of the vehicle (car or van).

Be aware that prices for the official airport taxis are much higher than what you would normally pay for a taxi in Lima or Peru. However, these extra Soles are well spent to ensure that you arrive at your destination safely, comfortably and stress free.

And just for the sake of completeness, you as well have the option to leave the airport and grab a taxi on Av. Elmer Faucett which probably is half the price of an airport taxi or take one of the big green busses which will take you to Miraflores. For your own safety and security, these two options are not recommended, especially not with luggage, you clearly being a foreigner and without knowing Lima and the local situation, and an absolutely no-go at night! We strongly advice against taking a cab from the street or a local bus from the airport to town. Use your common sense to make the right decision.

Renting a car at the airport

As described above there are three rental car companies at the airport: Budget, a worldwide operating car rental, Hertz which is represented in Peru for over 20 years by Inka’s Rent a Car, and Grupo ANC which operates in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Peru as franchisee of Alamo Rent a Car, National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent a Car. You can, of course, make the reservation for a rental car on the website of the companies or other internet platforms in advance or directly at their counters in the airport.

However, if you are not familiar with Lima and not accustomed to the traffic in the Peruvian capital with its own “rules” we strongly advise against renting a car. Driving in Peru and especially in Lima differs greatly 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 who seem to not 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.

If you still feel you need a car, please first read our article “Car Rentals in Lima” and our humorous approach on "Driving in Lima". If you still want to rent a car and drive yourself, at least get a taxi from the airport to your hotel or arrange a pickup and once in town and rested, either pick up your rental car at a branch in town or have it brought to your hotel.

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Departing from the Lima International Airport 

As already described in detailed above, Lima’s Jorge Chavez Airport with its one terminal is compared to large airports in North America and Europe, relatively small, neatly arranged and well organized. All signs are in Spanish and English and most of the airport personal is bilingual. So, you surely won’t get lost and can easily find your way.

Check-in, security check and gates

The check-in area for national and international flights is on the ground floor in the middle of the terminal. 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. To enter the check-in area, you have to present your passport and ticket.

After the check-in, best spend your remaining time on 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.

Once you passed the security check, the gates for international departures are to your left. Here, after passing immigrations, you find as well duty-free shops and a limited number of food and drink options. Be aware that some gates are located on the ground floor, so you have to take the stairs or elevators to get down again. The gates for national departures are after the security check to your right; be aware that some gates are located on the ground floor, so you have to take the stairs or elevators to get down again.

Airport tax - TUUA

Since 2010, the airport tax (TUUA), which covers different services provided by the airport to passengers at the Jorge Chavez International Airport, is included in your airline ticket price.

Restricted items

As on nearly all flights around the globe, certain items are prohibited in your checked baggage and / or in your hand luggage. These include lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries (including electronic devices with installed lithium batteries such as tablets, laptops, e-cigs), drugs, flammables and firearm-related objects in your checked bags, and liquids, gels, and aerosols over 100 ml, firearms or any imitation of firearms, cutting or piercing instruments of any type and size, drugs and any item considered dangerous for the flight in the aircraft cabin in your carry-on.

On the website of the airport, you find a detailed list of items which are prohibited and permitted to be carried by passengers on international flights and on national flights.

Narcotics

Visitors thinking of making some quick and easy money by smuggling drugs out of Peru should better think twice. The anti-narcotics unit of the PNP at the airport is quite professional and well-equipped and protocols on a high international standard. At least once or twice a week, local newspapers report about drug seizures and arrests of foreigners at the airport in Lima. Prison sentences for drug trafficking are long in Peru, often without being granted remission or extradition to your home country; and a Peruvian prison isn’t a place you want to be. So, don’t go there; it’s not worth it.

And even if you don’t intend to take part in drug trafficking, be extremely cautious when someone asks you to take a package or some seemingly inconspicuous items such bottles of shampoo, Peruvian specialties, clothes or similar for his or her relative with you overseas. Drugs might be hidden in them, and you are used as a mule.

Last but not least, you should also be aware that products made of coca leaves such as mate de coca (coca tea), coca flour, coca energy drinks, coca energy bars, coca sweats and coca chewing gums, which are legal in Peru, may violate the laws of your destination country and be prohibited. Trying to bring them into the country might result in hefty fines or even imprisonment for drug possession / smuggling.

Departing with pets

If you want to travel with your pet from Peru abroad, you have to plan ahead; not because it’s difficult to leave Peru, but probably to enter your destination country. Quite a number of countries require next to vaccination and health certificates as well a pet microchip and a negative rabies titer test result issued by an approved rabies serology laboratory. As there is none in Peru, the sample has to be sent to Chile, which takes time.

An excellent source of information regarding accurate entry requirements for your pet in your destination country is the airline you are flying with and, of course, the authority in charge of pet imports. So, to get all necessary documents together by the time your flight leaves, start early.

On the Peruvian side, Senasa, the National Agrarian Health Service of Peru in charge of monitoring and checking the "import" and “export” of pets, only requires the following documents when leaving with a pet:

  • Certificate of Good Health (in the format of the Veterinary Medical College of Peru) issued by a registered Peruvian veterinarian
  • Current rabies vaccination certificate (in the format of the Veterinary Medical College of Peru) issued by a registered Peruvian veterinarian
  • Recent proof of veterinary treatment against internal and external parasites
  • If you travel with a Peruvian Hairless Dog: export permit issued by the Peruvian Hairless Dog National Protection Committee

As already mentioned above, these are only the required documents for leaving Peru; your destination country might require additional documents.

While officially you have to pay the Senasa office at the airport a visit to present above-mentioned documents, pay a fee of around S/ 100 and have the kennel and dog inspected, when we left Peru with our dog we directly proceeded to the check-in counter of our airline and the staff took care of the rest, checked the necessary documents and accompanied us to a room where the dog was checked and the kennel x-rayed and disinfected.

 

 

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    Ceilia Leavitt · 20/05/2024
    Hi there..my son and I are coming from the US-Lima we arrive at 5am. Our flight with LATAM leaves for Cusco at 805 am that same day ..did I give us enough time to go through customs pick our bag up and check in for the domestic flight to Cusco ? Im so nervous and wasn’t thinking when book flight to Cusco 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 20/05/2024
      @Ceilia Leavitt
      Hello Ceilia,

      the airport in Lima with its one terminal is compared to other airports small and usually early in the morning not too busy. 

      Getting through the immigration control, picking up your luggage and going through customs shouldn't take longer than 1 - 1.5 hours at this time of the day leaving you even with always possible delays (sometimes the luggage takes ages) enough time to check in to your domestic flight to Cusco (the airport recommends to check-in for domestic flights 1.5 to 2 hours before departure) and reaching your gate.

      So, don't worry too much, you should be able to get on the flight to Cusco.

      Greetings
      Eva

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    Chantal Huet · 13/02/2024
    Hi
    I'm flying with Transat from YUL to LIM. Arrival to LIM at 6:40 AM 
    Then I'm flying LATAM from LIM to SCL. Departure is 11:30 AM. 
    Do you think I've enough time to make the connection, get my luggage and check in again.
    Thanks so much
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 13/02/2024
      @Chantal Huet
      Hello Chantal,

      the airport in Lima with its one terminal is compared to other airports small and usually early in the morning not so busy. Getting through the immigration control, picking up your luggage and going through customs shouldn't take longer than 1 - 1.5 hours at this time of the day leaving you even with always possible delays (sometimes the luggage takes ages) more than enough time to check in to your flight to Chile, getting through the security check and reaching your gate.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Chantal Huet · 13/02/2024
      @Sunflower tks so much Eva
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    Jury Coetzee · 02/02/2024
    Hi,
    I am flying with LATAM to Cusco from South Africa with layovers in Sao Paulo and Lima. I am assured my luggage is booked through to Cusco but I want to confirm whether I can stay in the transit area in Lima or do I need to go through customs get my luggage and check in again in order to continue to Cusco. 
    Regards,
    Jury
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 02/02/2024
      @Jury Coetzee
      Hello Jury,

      I can't answer your question. As the Lima airport is the first point where you enter Peru usually you have to go through immigration, pick up your luggage and re-check-in for your flight to Cuzco.

      However, in same cases if you fly internationally and domestically with the same airline to Cuzco, which is a international airport as well, the luggage might be checked through.

      Best check with your airline which policies they follow. They are the only ones who can give you a 100% correct answer. Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    rodrigo cardozo · 10/10/2023
    Hello!
    I am travelling from Uruguay. I'll be arriving on Sunday 16. My destination is Cuzco, I am going to be spending a week there, afterwards, I'll fly to Trujillo. My concern is, how much does it cost to leave a surfbag for a week in the airport? and how much time it takes aprox. from picking it up and leaving it secured?. I don't have much time between flights and I am not familiar with the airport neither. Thanks for understanding.
    Greetings,
    Rodrigo.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/10/2023
      @rodrigo cardozo
      Hello Rodrigo,

      as over-sized items (such as surf boards) are charged depending on size and weight and the time you need to store it, I can't tell you how much you will be charged.

      So best get in contact with the Guardianía de Equipaje at the airport either by e-mail Guardianiaequipajes@gmail.com or by phone under +51 922 559 112 to get a quote.

      Then after your arrival at the airport, once you passed immigrations, picked up your luggage and passed customs (depending on the time you arrive it can take half an hour or two hours) you end up in the international arrivals area, where the Left Luggage area is located. Usually the staff is super friendly and efficient and, if there isn't a line, storing your surfboard shouldn't take longer than 15 minutes.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    David · 03/09/2023
    Hello, I just thought of another question.  How many hours in advance can we arrive at the airport for our LatAm flight from Lima to Cusco ?  We would like to arrive 4 or 5 hours in advance so that we don't travel to the airport during rush hour and so that we can try to get on an earlier flight.   Thank you.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 04/09/2023
      @David Hello again,

      You can arrive at the airport whenever you want. Recommended for domestic flights are two hours before your flight departs. And sorry, I don’t know when LatAm opens the check-in counters for your flight to Cusco and if you can change your flight to an earlier one.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    David · 03/09/2023
    Thank you for the fantastic information you put together for this article.  I had a couple questions.  We are flying from Atlanta, US.  1) We are supposed to meet our hotel taxi driver between doors 2 and 3.  Is it easy to find ?  And if our driver doesn't show, can we go back to the Express Shuttle Booth to book an Express Shuttle Bus to Miraflores ?  We don't want to leave the airport doors until our ride is secured.  2)  We have 2 suitcases and 2 small backpacks.  Everything goes in the trunk of the car, correct ?  Or should we keep the backpacks at our feet.  I just saw a Facebook post where someone was a victim of a smash and grab within a few minutes of the airport while traveling in an airport taxi. So we're a bit nervous of the rides to and from the Lima Airport.  Thank you.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 04/09/2023
      @David Hello David,

      Thank you for your nice words.

      To answer your questions:

      Yes, it’s super easy to find the doors. After clearing customs, you walk out into the international arrivals area. Just turn right and there are the doors 2 and 3. If nothing changed over the past few months, taxi drivers aren’t allowed into the arrivals area anymore and must wait outside the door; so you might want to walk at least to the sliding doors to open them and have a peak outside to see if your driver is waiting there for you. Usually, they have a sign with your name on it. And yes, no problem you can get to the booth of the Airport bus.

      First of all, I highly recommend reading through our 10-part Safety, Security & Travel Advice Series. There you find lots of useful information that hopefully not only helps you understand the situation in Lima and Peru but also gives you many tips for safe travel. Caution is advised, yes, but fear or panic is absolutely unnecessary and could be counterproductive. 

      With this being said, sit in the back of the car /taxi. The suitcases belong in the trunk. What is in the backpacks? If there is just normal stuff in it like in your suitcases, put them in the trunk as well. Money, passports, other valuables, and important stuff are best kept on you. Or if you have them in a bag / backpack, then place it on the floor in the middle of the car, not on the seat. If you want to be super careful, you can put one of the straps around your foot. So, if someone tries to grab the bag which will be difficult when it’s placed on the floor in the middle anyway, he won’t be able to quickly grab it and flee; there will be resistance giving you time to react. And open the window a tiny bit, which makes it more difficult to smash it.

      Don't be too nervous and enjoy your trip to Peru.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Machi · 14/08/2023
    Hi , The other day I was stopped by one security airport guys in front of the entrance 6 in the Lima jorge chavez airport. He stopped me as soon as I was getting ready to show my itinerary boarding pass to the security guards at entrance 6 door. He kept asking me in spanish where am I heading to and showed me his airport badge that he was security. He even was wearing the airport security uniform on. I showed him my boarding pass of my departure flight. Since my itinerary boarding pass was in english he started to talk to me in broken spanish that he needs to check my carry on luggage for drogas/drugs and to follow him to the tiny office that is in the intersection where the taxi are lined up. I told him why is that needed when they are already going to check my bags at the check in. He was insistant that he needs to check my bags and told me that I would have to pay an additional $10 for him to check and approve that my bags don't have drugs. I told him in spanish why would I need to do that after so many times coming here to visit family I've never had to go through this drug check and pay $10 additional to them in order to let me check in inside the airport. He responded shockingly that oh you speak spanish and finally let's me go inside the airport entrance to check in my flight. I am not sure if the guy was a con artist or what especially since this happened in front of the other security guards. It all seemed very skecth to me and am not sure if this is how security handles their procedures.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 14/08/2023
      @Machi
      Hello Machi,

      that is really disturbing news. Thanks for sharing. 

      I never heard of something like this before and the whole process surely is sketchy. The security guards at the entrance do not have the authority to ask you to accompany them somewhere, to check your luggage and especially to charge you for it. Are you sure they didn't want to sell you wrapping your luggage? Only police, immigration or customs officers can check and search your bags and they surely don't ask for money.

      Anyway, I really hope you got the name of this guy and immediately filed a complaint about the person or at least let the airport know about this truly strange behavior of one of their workers.

      Sorry that happened to you

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Eric Arteaga · 19/07/2023
    Hello. We are traveling from Miami to Lima 7-27-23. Upon arrival we have a 4 hour layover before hopping on another plane to Rio De Janeiro. We fly in on Delta from Miami and fly out to Rio on Latam. Can you walk me through the plan? I hear if you walk outside you get charged $31 to come back in. Where do I go after getting my luggage and going through customs? Do I have to go outside and "check in" again? Thanks! 
    Edit:We fly in on American Air lines and fly out on Latam to Rio de Janeiro.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 19/07/2023
      @Eric Arteaga
      Hello Eric,

      honestly I can't tell you where to go and what to do as it depends on if you can check in and get the boarding pass for both flights in Miami or if you must check in again for your Lima-Rio flight at the airport in Peru. Your airline should know the answer.

      Anyway, in case you can check in and get the boarding pass for both flights in Miami and they assure you that your luggage is checked through, then after leaving the plane in Lima you can stay in the transit area and just have to follow the way to the gate from where the Rio flight is leaving. 

      A while back I was told you can leave the transit area during a layover, but then you must go through immigration (so enter Peru) and on your way back you must go through the security check and immigration again (exit Peru). And honestly a four hour layover isn't a lot of time in Lima, immigration and security check / immigration plus being at least an hour early for boarding and usually having horrible traffic doesn't leave you any time to see anything interesting in Callao, where the airport is located, or even in Lima.

      There is as well the possibility that you can only check in and get the boarding pass for your Miami-Lima flight in Miami and that your luggage can't be checked through. This means that after landing in Lima you must go through immigration, then pick-up your luggage and pass customs. Just follow the flow. If you are lucky this might take only half an hour or max an hour, but if it's busy at the airport it can take 1.5h or more. You are then in the international arrival area, which is at one end of the terminal. From there you just have to go straight to the middle of the terminal to the Latam check-in counter and check in to your flight to Rio. Be aware that for international flights the airport recommends to do the check-in 3 hours before departure. Once you are checked in, take the (moving) stairs (located to the left and right of the check-in counters) up to the second floor, follow the sign to the security check, pass immigration and look for your gate.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Monja Madan · 11/07/2023
    Hello, I'm flying to Lima at the end of July and looking for storage lockers. I read much contradictory information about airport storage service, so I'm not sure if it exists or not. Does anyone have some updates? Thanks in advance!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 11/07/2023
      @Monja Madan
      Hello Monja,

      The luggage storage and luggage lockers moved their location inside the airport a while back and weren't available during peak Covid times after Peru resumed international air travel. 

      But now you can either use the lockers or the storage option per piece as described above. The prices mentioned are for 2022, so might have changed (if so, would you please let me know, so I can update them? Thanks a lot).

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Monja Madan · 12/07/2023
      @Sunflower Hi Eva, many thanks. I will get in touch with them, and I will share price updates for sure.  
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 12/07/2023
      @Monja Madan Great. Thank you
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    Norman Lopez · 10/04/2023
    Hi. I'm flying with LATAM Airlines in July from Cusco to Cancun and connecting in Lima. I'm nervous that it's 1 hr 50 min connection. We only have carry-on luggage. Is this enough time to make our connection? Do we go straight to our international flight or have to go through immigration, customs, and security again? I'm afraid this would delay us further on an already tight connection.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/04/2023
      @Norman Lopez
      Hello Norman,

      honestly I would be nervous as well.

      Flights from Cusco to Lima are known to not be on time; mainly because the weather in the Andes is sometimes unpredictable and delays therefore are common.

      Additionally, no, at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima you don't go directly to your flight to Cancun. Once you landed in Lima  you first have to get out of the domestic area of the terminal, then check in to your flight to Cancun (for international flights the airport recommends to be at the check-in three hours before the flight leaves), then go to the second floor and pass security and immigrations.

      Depending on the time your flight to Cancun leaves, you might be able to make it, but, even though Jorge Chavez is a small airport, if many other international flights depart around the same time, there is a possibility that you won't make it.

      Greetings
      Eva

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    Suzette Edmondson · 03/01/2023
    Hi Eva, I'm so thankful for the information you have here, it's all very useful! I'm moving to Lima for work soon and I would like to bring both my dogs with me.  Do you know if I can bring more than one dog in pay duty for the extra pet? I'll be travelling alone.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 03/01/2023
      @Suzette Edmondson
      Hello Suzette,

      happy new year and thank you for your nice words. It's always great to hear that the info here on LimaEasy is helpful.

      Unfortunately, as far as I know, only one (1) pet per person can be brought into the country.

      So, not knowing where you are from flying into Peru two times might be an option. Then you could bring one dog with you when you enter for the first time and the second on another flight. Or you could try and find someone on the same flight as yours or on a later flight willing to bring your second dog.

      Or get in contact with Senasa, who is in charge in such cases, under viajacontumascota [at] senasa.gob.pe and ask if there is any option to bring two dogs with you on one flight.

      Hope everything works out,

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Cheryl Whalen · 25/11/2022
    What is the best way to get from the airport in Lima to the port where our cruise will be leaving from
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    Yessi · 11/11/2022
    Hi! I would like to know if Jorge Chavez airport still ask for Covid vaccination card or PCR test for turist entering to Peru, the airport webpage said that they still require that but as I read here the law changed on November 1st. Thank you 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 11/11/2022
      @Yessi Hello Yessi,

      Since November 1, 2022, the State of Emergency in Peru is finally lifted and all (!!!) Covid entry requirements as well as all other regulations and restrictions that were in place to avoid the spreading of Covid are repealed.

      So, you won't need a vaccination or PCR test anymore to enter Peru. I assume that the website of the airport wasn't updated.

      However, I highly recommend checking with the airline flying you into Peru if they have other policies in place.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Kathleen Pascoe · 12/10/2022
    I left my I pad in the security. I have a pin on it and it shows it is in the airport. When I came back thru to go home the lost and found was closed. I have tried the airport Facebook page- no luck.  I tired the email for lost and found- no luck. I tried calling the airport and no one speaks 
    english... anybody have a suggestion?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 12/10/2022
      @Kathleen Pascoe Hello Kathleen,

      yes, of course, people at the airport in Lima mostly only speak Spanish, especially those answering phones and mails.

      So the only things I can recommend either write in Spanish to hallazgos [@] lima-airport. com, or find someone speaking Spanish and ask to call for you or find someone in Lima, give him/her a power of attorney and send him/her to the lost and found in the airport.

      And don't wait too long. After a certain time (can't remember exactly anymore either once a month or every three months) all stuff in the lost and found is donated.

      Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Carl · 06/10/2022
    Hi, Is there a meet and greet provider at Lima Airport that will provide assistance for a celebrity through the airport? departing on KLM
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 06/10/2022
      @Carl Hello Carl,

      There are quite a few companies in Lima offering “normal” VIP Meet and Greet Services at the airport in Lima and probably a handful security providers offering special Meet and Greet Services for top celebrities and artists.

      As I don’t know what type of celebrity we are talking about and I’m not sure what kind of assistance you are looking for, it’s difficult to recommend any company. However, if you search for “meet and greet service lima airport” many providers for normal Meet and Greet Services pop up and you can check out the service they offer on their websites. And at least before Covid, a security company in Lima called 911, did lots of Meet and Greet Services for all the top artists coming to Peru.

      Greetings
      Eva

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