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Peru

This information was updated on 1st June 2021. 

Current Situation

Currently the vaccination process began in Peru and in the meantime, the Peruvian Government is announcing periodically new restrictions according to the number of cases in each region.

Travellers entering the country must fill out a sworn statement and also provide the following before boarding the plane: a negative molecular test (PCR), a negative antigen test or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge. PCR or antigen test results must be obtained no later than 72 hours prior to check-in.

The entrance of non-resident passengers from India, South Africa and/or Brazil, or who have made a stopover in such countries in the last 14 days, is suspended until June 20th.

Quarantine is not required for travellers entering the country, except for Peruvians and foreign residents from South Africa, Brazil and/or India or who have made a layover in those countries, they must mandatorily quarantine at their home, accommodation or other temporary isolation center for a period of fourteen 14 days from the date of arrival in Peru.

Many hotels are offering testing facilities for guests for their return to their countries or whenever they need it. This will be afforded by the guests and the hotels will give all the information and advisory for their safe testing in local laboratories or in their facilities.

Flights within the country (domestic) do not require prior molecular tests. You will only be asked to sign an affidavit stating that you do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

Commercial airlines are operating between Peru and other countries up to 12 hours flying time away. If travelling via another country, it is essential you check the travel advice for that country.

Peru is still fighting against COVID-19 with regulations aimed to control the contagions in all regions of the country. Currently the State of National Emergency is in force until September 2nd 2021.

The updated regulations that will run until June 20st are:

  • Peru has been divided in a four-tier system. (Moderate, Very High, High and Extreme) with further restrictions depending on the level of risk.
  • Closure of all beaches in the Extreme tier regions.
  • Social and family gatherings and visits are prohibited
  • Everyone must wear face masks in public. In fact, the Ministry of Health of Peru recommends double masking as a preventive measure
  • In addition to wearing a face mask, everyone must wear facial protectors (usually a clear plastic full-face covering) when on public transport and to shopping malls, galleries, department stores, markets, supermarkets, stores and drugstores throughout the country.

Extreme Tier:

  • The curfew runs from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. from Monday to Saturday.
  • A full lockdown applies on Sundays
  • Interprovincial land transport: allowed with a capacity of 50%.

Very High Tier: 

  • Restriction of private vehicles: Sundays all day.
  • The curfew runs from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. from Monday to Saturday.
  • Interprovincial land transport: allowed with a capacity of 50%

High Tier: 

  • Restriction of private vehicles: Sundays all day.
  • Curfew: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Interprovincial land transportation: freely allowed.

Moderate Tier: 

  • No restriction of private vehicles
  • Curfew: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Interprovincial land transportation: freely allowed.

See the details of the regions according to their tiers here.

Any changes to curfew rules and the emergency state will be announced by the government.

Please contact our IPeru offices Whatsapp +51 944492314 for updated information prior to your trip to Peru.

The use of a mask is mandatory throughout the country, and people are constantly reminded of the importance of hand washing and maintaining social distance.

For detailed and updated information about Peru please visit Peru.travel and contact our Information Offices (Iperu) Whatsapp +51 944492314. Check also your local travel advice before planning your trip to Peru.

Plans to reopen to international tourism

For now, international tourism is slowly opening and new measures are taken regularly to avoid a further spread of COVID-19 and its variants throughout the country.

Like many other countries affected by COVID-19, Peru is facing an unprecedented situation and the relevant authorities such as the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Tourism, among others, will determine when and which long-haul flights will be permitted, assuring safety and all the right measures for a pleasant visit to Peru.

Flights from the UK

Before the border closure these were regular flights:

British Airways – Direct flight between London Gatwick and Lima (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) from March to October 2021 (to be confirmed).

KLM / Air France – Connections in Paris and Amsterdam daily.

Iberia / Latam – Connections in Madrid and Barcelona

 

It is expected that the same flights and frequencies will operate once the pandemic is over.

Plans for reopening other entry points

The same restrictions are applied for other entry points.

What Covid 19-related safety measures can travellers expect?

The use of a mask is mandatory throughout the country, and people are constantly reminded of the importance of hand washing and maintaining social distance.

These measures, as well as the private ones that have been worked by operators, hotels and tourism representatives in general, which includes safety actions and good practices in order to keep high quality services during Covid 19, once domestic and foreign tourism is active again.

Mandatory protocols for restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators, guides, adventure tourism, museums, archaeological sites and airports have been approved in the last months.

Among others, the use of a face mask is mandatory in public and there is a limited access to malls and shops. Restaurants are open with strict sanitary measures but with limited capacity, delivery services and take out options.

What other Covid 19-related safety measures would you like to highlight to the trade?

Mandatory protocols for restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators, guides, adventure tourism and airports have been approved and put into practice in the last months.

Among others, the use of a face mask is mandatory in public and there is a limited access to malls and shops. Restaurants are open with a limited space occupation and with strict sanitary measures. Delivery and take-out services are available too.

Many hotels are offering testing facilities for guests for their return to their countries or whenever they need it. This will be afforded by the guests and the hotels will give all the information and advisory for their safe testing in local laboratories or in their facilities. 

What are the COVID-19 related safety measures in Airports, restaurants, etc?

Airports:

  • Temperature control
  • Only admission with a mask will be allowed.
  • Only passengers will be allowed to enter to the airports. If they require additional help, they may enter with a companion.
  • The disinfection of footwear will be provided before entering the airports.
  • Social distancing will be mandatory.
  • Electronic check-in is recommended before attending the airport.
  • If the passenger has a luggage, they must personally deliver it.
  • Sworn Declaration
  • Testing laboratory located in Lima´s International Airport for travellers who need an Antigen or Molecular test

Hotels:

Sanitary processes for interaction with customers in areas such as reception, common areas, food service that is only for guests. Also, the cleaning and disinfection procedures for each area of the hotel: security, reception, lobby, elevators, stairs, passageways, housekeeping, laundry, warehouses and the areas of use of administrative personnel.

Many hotels are offering testing facilities for guests for their return to their countries or whenever they need it. This will be afforded by the guests and the hotels will give all the information and advisory for their safe testing in local laboratories or in their facilities.

Restaurants:

Restaurants need to comply with a series of sanitary measures to avoid contagion between workers and customers.

Delivery and take out services are already allowed everywhere but restaurants will now be opened to offer meals in situ with limited capacity. This will depend on the tier they are located. 

It is mandatory to maintain a safe distance between tables. In addition, workers must wear a mask during their shifts.

Travel agencies, hostels and tourist guides:

It establishes hygiene and sanitation provisions; use of protective equipment; protocols in care, administrative and operational areas; appointment of personnel for symptom identification activities; among others.

Adventure Tourism:

The protocols of adventure tourism, canoeing and hiking indicates that hygiene and sanitation provisions are mandatory; the use of protective equipment, protocols in service areas, administrative areas and operational areas, designation of personnel for symptom identification activities, among other considerations.

Sanitary protocol in protected natural areas:

Nature tourism will also be one of the first to resume due to its development in open spaces. For this reason, the Service of Protected Natural Areas of Peru (SERNANP) established the guidelines for visits when tourist activity is restored.

Sanitary protocol in museums:

Museums and institutions established the reduction of their capacity to maintain more than one meter of distance between the visitors. In addition, the use of masks, disinfection of hands and shoes are mandatory. It is important to mention that to make the visit you must make a prior reservation virtually or by phone.

Is there anything else you would like to highlight to UK agents about travel to your destination in 2021?

The public and private sector are working jointly in order to adjust the implementation of the mandatory protocols in the different tourism segments.

Our peruagent.com website is a friendly tool where you can find useful information and updated statements about Covid-19.

Contact details

Jennifer Pizarro

UK & North American Markets Coordinator

jpizarro@promperu.gob.pe