This information was updated on 12th October 2020.
Currently the borders of Peru are open for some countries of the region. The first flights resumed on October 5th included those to and from
- Guayaquil and Quito (Ecuador)
- La Paz and Santa Cruz (Bolivia)
- Bogota, Cali, and Medellin (Colombia)
- Panama (Panama)
- Asuncion (Paraguay)
- Montevideo (Uruguay)
- Santiago (Chile)
Other regions will be allowed to fly to Peru as the Covid 19 pandemic situation is controlled globally.
The National Emergency status will run until October 31st, 2020.
Also, domestic flights are operating to some regions and with strict protocols for hotels, airports, restaurants, tour operators, guides, among others. No quarantine is needed for travellers.
If you travel to Peru on a commercial flight, you will need to show proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR (molecular) test taken 72 hours before your flight.
For detailed and updated information about Peru please visit Peru.travel and contact our Information Offices (Iperu) Whatsapp +511 944492314. Check also your local travel advices before planning your trip to Peru.
Plans to reopen to international tourism
For now, international tourism is restricted and only humanitarian or repatriation flights are allowed from the UK.
Like many other countries affected by Covid -19, Peru is facing a unprecedent situation and the relevant authorities such as the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Tourism, among others, will determine when will the long-haul flights 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 unless a humanitarian or repatriation case is involved.
What Covid 19-related safety measures can travellers expect?
While the current restrictions on foreign travel are still active, the Peruvian government is developing all the measures that will be taken once the borders are open again for a safe visit to Peru.
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 and airports have been approved in the last months.
Among other, 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 (50% maximum) and with strict sanitary measures. Delivery services are available too.
Machu Picchu is still temporarily closed. However, protocols have been implemented during these past months to assure a safe visit to the citadel. Only 675 persons Will be allowed per day, in groups of eight (7 visitors + 1 guide); the entry is every hour and they should keep a 20mts distance between groups, also, 4 circuits have been habilitated to avoid agglomerations. Before entering the temperature of the visitors will be checked and in case it is 38° or more the entry will not be permitted.
What other Covid 19-related safety measures would you like to highlight to the trade?
The health protocol to be implemented for passenger traffic has the following actions to be considered:
- Temperature control will be performed upon admission, users and passengers with symptoms of fever will be referred for the respective control by the health authorities.
- 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.
- If lines are formed, social distancing will be mandatory.
- Electronic check-in is recommended before attending the airport.
- In case the passenger needs to check-in in an airline counter, they will need to keep social distance.
- If the passenger has a luggage, they must personally deliver it.
- The passengers will approach the X-ray control door and will form a line to enter, respecting the social distance.
- The control will be carried out, respecting the distance between the passenger and the officers.
- The passenger will enter the departure lounge and wait in the seats, respecting the social distance.
- When boarding, the passengers will too respect the social distance.
- The passenger will board and continue the procedure of the airline.
- Sworn Declarations: All passengers (including minors) are required to sign a sworn declaration prior to boarding stating that they are not presenting COVID-19 symptoms and that they have not been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 14 days. See annexes four and five of the Ministry Resolution for example air travel declarations.
NOTE: all the staff will have biosafety personal protection equipment and visual signs will be implemented to guide this new process. In addition, alcohol gel dispensers will be available to facilitate the disinfection of the passengers’ hands.
The approved protocol establishes the responsibilities and the mandatory preventive health measures that the hotel staff must comply with.
It establishes the 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.
Hotels that resume their services must implement their COVID-19 surveillance, prevention and control plan at work.
Restaurants need to comply with a series of sanitary measures to avoid contagion between workers and customers.
The reopening corresponds to phase 3 of the country economic reactivation program. If in phase 2 the delivery service was already enabled, the restaurants will now be opened to offer meals in situ. However, they cannot exceed 50% of the legal occupation of each business.
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.
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.
Some regions are still excluded from the implementation of the third and fourth phase of economic reactivation, please contact the IPeru official tourism information platform for updated data in order to confirm and adjust your plans.
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) has established the guidelines for visits when tourist activity is restored.
A capacity reduction was ordered (less than% 50), the sale of entrance tickets will be by electronic means and in advance. Likewise, visitors must submit an affidavit of health prior to ticket control.
Sanitary protocol in museums
Museums and institutions established the reduction of their capacity to less than 50% 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 2020?
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.