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Peru travel restrictions & Corona-19 updates

All you need to know to travel safe in 2022

The news from Peru is always worth mentioning, and this time it’s for all the right reasons. Not only does their country have an incredible natural landscape but they recently received recognition as one of “the safe destinations” when traveling internationally – namely Machu Picchu!

Travel restrictions to Peru
Peru has issued a state of emergency to ensure the safety and security during your trip. The information below provides guidelines for visitors who are travelling in or around Peru:

Last updated: 28 February 2022

Below, you can find the most up-to date information on Corona restrictions and travel rules in Peru.  The current rules apply from 28 February until 31 March 2022. The Peruvian government will reevaluate the rules every 14 days so it is important to check back with us for updates!

Latest changes to the restrictions

  • All travelers who are 12 years old or older will only be allowed on board if they have been fully vaccinated for all domestic flights.
  • All travelers who are 12 years old or older will be able to travel by land between provinces only if they are fully vaccinated.
  • All travelers aged 40 years old or older need to have the booster shot to board domestic flights. Otherwise, they must present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours!
  • The Land borders are now open to all!
  • The use of face shields is no longer required in public transportation. However, the train ride to/from Machu Picchu continues as before

The travel restrictions and Covid-19 rules that applied before February 28, 2022 may be found below.

*The following rules below, from before 28 February 2022 which do not relate to the new changes described above will continue into effect!


Updated on January 6th, 2022.

Before

Preparing a trip in times of COVID requires special care, so here are some recommendations for your visit to Peru. Remember that, without these first requirements, your trip will be affected

Plan your entry to Peru

  • Complete the electronic health sworn statement here.
  • Before boarding the plane, all travelers 12 years of age or older must show a vaccination card with the required doses completed up to 14 days before the flight. Otherwise, those travelers must show a negative PCR test issued up to 72 hours before boarding.
  • Children under 12 years old must not present noticeable symptoms of COVID – 19 to take the flight.
  • Non-resident foreigners coming from or having made a stopover (the last 14 calendar days) from South Africa or Botswana will not be allowed to enter the country (the rule is in force until January 16, 2022). Exceptions dictated by the Government apply.
  • Peruvians or resident foreigners coming from or having made a stopover in South Africa or Botswana will undergo mandatory quarantine in their domicile, lodging, or isolation center for 14 days (counting from their arrival).
  • The land borders will be temporarily closed, and international passenger transportation will be suspended. Peruvians and resident foreigners may enter Peru by land as long as they comply with the protocols imposed by the health authority. Exceptions dictated by the Government apply.

During

Welcome to Peru! Now that you are in our country, we recommend you to follow all the protocols and respect the sanitary measures to make your transit easier and ensure the welfare of everyone.

All united against COVID-19!

  • The use of a KN95 mask or, alternatively, a 3-fold surgical mask with a fabric mask, is mandatory for being on public roads and in enclosed spaces.
  • In case of symptoms, the control personnel will ask for your data and will refer you to health employees.
  • People over 18 years old will not be allowed to enter the premises without their physical or virtual ID card that proves they have completed, in Peru or abroad, their vaccination schedule against COVID-19.
  • As part of the preventive measures for COVID – 19, the Peruvian Government has implemented a curfew according to the alert level of each locality; in most of them, the immobilization is in force from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.; therefore, during this time, no vehicles or foot traffic will be allowed.
  • Immobilization schedules vary according to the region, depending on its alert level. In order to know the alert level of the place where you are, click here(the measures will be in effect until January 16, 2022).

After

Thank you for your visit! We hope your stay was better than you expected. Before leaving, please plan your departure with all the necessary precautions and considerations:

Leaving the country

  • For your departure, you must take into account the following considerations:
  • You must not present symptoms of COVID-19, if so, you will not be able to make the trip.
  • You must not be in isolation period.
  • Comply with the requirements of the country of destination.
  • At the airport, you must maintain social distance in the facilities and wear two masks.

Discover Peru in a safe way

Your safety is essential. For this reason, we leave you with the destinations that have the Safe Travels label, a certification that guarantees the necessary health measures and is endorsed by the World Travel & Tourism Council.

Updated on November 15th, 2021.

Peru has been making the news for all of its right reasons. Not only does it boast some incredible natural scenery, but Peru also recently became part of what is considered one small group that makes up “safe destinations” when traveling internationally – Machu Picchu!

Peru Travel Restrictions at a glance

Restrictions on Travel

  • Entry for Vaccinated Travelers: Legal
  • Testing: For all of the country, a negative PCR test is necessary
  • Quarantine Required: Depends
  • Details on Quarantine: Passengers with a negative COVID-19 test are no longer needed to undergo mandatory quarantine. Only Peru nationals and residents arriving from South Africa are subject to mandatory quarantine.

Local Restrictions

  • Events: Partially Permitted
  • Shopping: Open
  • Lockdown in Place: Partial
  • Transportation: It’s running.

Warning Issued

  • Flights from South Africa are banned until November 30, 2021.
  • Passengers must have:

A COVID-19 vaccine certification otherwise a NAAT test result that is negative at least 72 hours prior to departure from the initial boarding point

  • Visitors need to be quarantined for up until two weeks if they have possible symptoms.

Specifics of the Lockdown

  • Cities with high alert level: Chincha (Ica), Virú (La Libertad), Huaura (Lima), Mariscal Nieto (Moquegua), Morropón y Sullana (Piura), Moyobamba (San Martín). Curfew 11 am – 4 am
  • Cities with moderate alert level: All except those listed below Curfew from 2 am to 4 am All except those listed below

Detailed travel information

General

  • You’ll need proof that you’re fully vaccinated or show evidence of a COVID-19 PCR negative test issued within 72 hours of flight departure in order enter Peru. If you’re traveling with children, make sure they are asymptomatic before boarding an incoming flight in Peru.
  • If you show symptoms when entering Peru must complete a mandatory 14 days isolation period.
  • The Peruvian authorities have announced that they will once again be temporarily suspending the entry of non-resident foreigners from South Africa or those who made a stopover in said country as part of their response to Covid-19 to November 30, 2021.

Machu Picchu

  • The first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp, known as “Safe Travels,” has been awarded to Machu Picchu. This award was launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council earlier this year for its efforts in ensuring that visitors have a safe
  • Machu Picchu is Peru’s most famous monument and possibly South America’s most unique historical site. It’s the end of the legendary Inca Trail, perched 7,972 feet (2,429 meters) above the flowing Urubamba River in the Andes.
  • The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu is back at full capacity. Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Montaña have been reopened, so now you can hike up these mountains for incredible views of the city below!
  • Even though recognized as a “Safe travels” you will still need to follow the Peru travel restrictions. Wear a mask, sanitize your hands, and so on.

For other activities and destinations

Adventure tours in Peru are another popular choice and a different way to explore the country top destinations. There are over 25 000 km worth of trails that span across massive mountains, rivers, canyons, jungles and more giving you plenty of space for adventures with friends or family members! Outdoors’s trips are one of the safest activities to explore Peru and we recommend traveling in small groups.

Other destinations such as Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, Nazca, Paracas are operating normally.

From the September 30, the Peruvian government has also announced that the use of beaches will be allowed in all coastal provinces, as they’re at a moderate alert level.

However all visitors and Peruvian population must follow regulations issued by Ministerio de Salud to prevent spread of covid-19.

The Bottom Line

Peru is home to a variety of fascinating and attractive locations. The current regional alert levels and travel restrictions in Peru have been extended until November 2021, according to the Peru government. You must follow the covid sops in a current Peru pandemic situation.

At numerous locations (shopping malls, galleries, corporations, department stores, supermarkets, marketplaces, shops, and pharmacies), two masks (one of which can be a cotton face mask) are required, and the Peru government also recommends wearing a face shield. You can visit fabulous places in Peru while following to covid restrictions.

About the Author
I am Boris Rojas is one of River Explorers owners and author of all the texts you find on the website and on social media. With my blog posts, I hope that you will learn more about Peru and be inspired to SELF to start arranging YOUR OWN unforgettable journey to the ancient kingdom of the Incas! See you on the blog, on Facebook, and maybe even "in real life".

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