Two of my family just arrived at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru (from the U.S.) for a vacation (tourism), but one of them has a passport that expires in two months. Peru follows the six month rule for passport validity, something we were not aware of until now.

Now immigration (in Peru) is not letting them enter the country. From what I've read online, there's no bypassing the rule, and often people are not allowed to board their flights. What is the best way to handle this situation (hopefully to continue the vacation as planned)?

(If it makes any difference, they first departed from JFK (NYC) to Bogota, Columbia, and then Bogota to Lima.)

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    He should contact his consulate in Peru, and let them negotiate with the Peruvian government. Maybe they can issue him an emergency passport? – gstorto Mar 16 '19 at 22:36
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    How long were they planning to stay in Peru? The US Consulate may be able to help pe.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/… – Traveller Mar 16 '19 at 22:41
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    @JonathanLam you mean, the one eligible to enter applies for the passport for the one ineligible to enter? That won't work for many reasons. – Moo Mar 17 '19 at 0:29
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    @JonathanLam two main issues I can think of: firstly, an embassy or consulate is unlikely to provide emergency travel documents for someone to a third party unless the situation is extremely special, and secondly, the Peruvian immigration have no obligation to wait. It's unlikely the embassy or consulate will go out of their way to help a tourist who simply didn't follow well published requirements for entry into the country, as that person is in no danger and will simply be returned to the US. – Moo Mar 17 '19 at 2:47
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    Strange, the airline should have refused to allow them to fly with passports close to expiration. Timatic has the six-month rule clearly showing for this nationality and destination. Peru can issue the airline quite a large fine for that. If they had been denied boarding at JFK they could possibly have gotten same-day replacement passports and rebooked the trip. But there is very little your family members can do at the airport in Peru except for leave on the next flight out of the country. – Michael Hampton Mar 17 '19 at 6:49

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