Peru Reopening borders

Peru is Open for Tourism but Imposing New Strict Local Restrictions

Peru is open for tourists from most countries without quarantine but all arrivals must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular (RT-PCR) or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge taken within 72 hours before departure.

Visitors also need to agree to take an antigen test on arrival at Jorge Chávez International Airport at their own expense. If they test positive, they must undergo a 14-day quarantine.

The Peruvian Government has banned the entrance of non-resident passengers coming from the U.K., South Africa and Brazil until further notice. This ban will be enforced, at least, until May 9.

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Peru reopening tourism – LATEST UPDATES

Peru airport

April 26 – Mandatory double-making at all public spaces in Peru

Every 5 minutes a person dies in Peru to COVID-19. Despite the fact Peru has enforced all types of measures to mitigate the pandemic such as very strict curfews, border closures, tough entry restrictions, and now mandatory use of 2 masks, nothing seems to stop the advance of the virus that is killing more people than it did in its worst outbreak last year.

Thus, from today until May 9, all nationals and tourists must wear two masks at the streets, public transport, supermarkets and every single place that gathers a considerable number of people. 

On the other hand, in big cities such as Lima and el Callao, there won’t be restrictions for people to do outdoor activities or attend public shows.

April 6 

Some days ago, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism aka -MINCETUR- and the Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Export and Tourism -PROMPERÚ- decided to lift the 14-day quarantine that international tourists had to undergo. 

International visitors who can produce a negative PCR COVID-19 test result will be exempt of this requirement. Also they will need to pay for an antigen test on arrival and sign an affidavit stating they have no Covid-19 related symptoms. 

“The Government of Peru, through MINCETUR, ratifies its permanent commitment to the tourism industry, recognizing its contribution in making our millenary culture recognized in the context of the Independence bicentenary.” the statement reads. 

March 23

The Peruvian government has extended the COVID-19 health emergency until September 2, 2021.

The biosecurity measures have also been extended until, at least, March 28. Thus, as of today the country is divided among high, very high, or extreme risk. 

Each area must follow the restrictions according to its rate of infection. 

As of March 23, the following cities and areas are ranked at extreme risk:

  • Lima (Huaura, Barranca, and Huaral) and some provinces within Áncash (Huaraz), Ayacucho (Huamanga, Cangallo and La Mar), Cajamarca (Cajamarca and Cajabamba), Callao (Callao), Cusco (Cusco and La Convención), Ica (Pisco and Chincha), Junín (Chanchamayo, Jauja, Chupaca), Loreto (Maynas), Lambayeque (Lambayeque), Madre de Dios (Tambopata), Moquegua (Mariscal Nieto), Tacna (Tacna), and Ucayali (Coronel Portillo).

They must observe a curfew from 9:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. and strict mandatory social immobilization on Sundays.

Cities and areas are ranked at very high risk:

  • Lima (Metropolitan Lima, Cajatambo, Canta, Cañete, Huarochirí, Oyón y Yauyos), and various provinces within Áncash, Pasco, Huánuco, Junín, Huancavelica, Ica, Apurimac, Tumbes, Amazonas, Cajamarca, Ayacucho, Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Moquegua, Tacna, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martin, and Ucayali.

Most public spaces such as tourist areas, cinemas, churches, gyms, and clubs can open at a reduced capacity. 

Cities and areas are ranked at high risk:

  • Piura (Piura, Ayabaca, Huancabamba, Morropón, Paita, Sullana, Talara y Sechura), Huánuco (Huánuco, Ambo, Dos de Mayo, Huacaybamba, Huamalies, Leoncio Prado, Marañón, Pachitea, Puerto Inca, Lauricocha y Yarowilca).

At these areas beaches are open and interstate, air and land travel is allowed. 

March 3 

After being closed for 8 months, Peru’s internationally celebrated tourist site Machu Picchu reopened last week. The historic place is part of the exclusive club of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World and will be open to 897 tourists per day (40% capacity). 

February 8

The Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Claudia Cornejo, has recently affirmed that regardless of the new set of restrictions, the international airport Jorge Chávez continues to be open for international tourism except for flights coming from Europe, South Africa and Brazil.

Vaccination rollout

Peru reportedly received a first shipment of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines on Feb. 7. According to the Peruvian President Francisco Sagasti, the country will start the vaccination rollout right away. The first phase will cover people working at “intensive care units, emergency units, surgical centers and all those who are in the front line of defense against the effects of the pandemic.” 

Peru receives the first batch of vaccines – February 7.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Is Peru open for Americans?

Yes, it is. Commercial flights to Peru have resumed operations from certain states in the U.S. All arrivals from the United States will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine. They also will need to submit proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result at the airport.

COVID-19 situation in Peru

COVID-19 cases in Peru

Covid-19 has taken a toll on Peru with 1,761,575 total reported cases and 59,724 deaths.

The government is making great efforts to provide Peruvians with oxygen supplies at the moment. 

Why Visit Peru?

Highlands, Cusco, Peru

For those seeking adventure in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, Peru is the ideal destination. Here visitors can hike, raft, surf, dive, paraglide, or take a hot air balloon ride while enjoying the amazing scenery.

Travelers will find the high Andes, green plateaus, lush jungles, and gorgeous beaches. The biodiversity is also amazing.

Then there are the legendary sites – fabled lost cities of ancient lineage filled with artifacts and rich with history. Of all the countries in Latin America, Peru is the most fascinating in terms of its prehistoric treasures.

It’s also known for having some of the best food on the continent. Part of this is due to the variety of cultures that call this country their home.

There are both indigenous and foreign influences, including everything from Spanish, French and Japanese traditions.

For travelers new to the region, Peru is probably the best place to visit first, as it has some of the best travel infrastructures.

There is a wide range of accommodations available and the locals are friendly and helpful. Yet even some of the more luxurious options are often affordable.

There are also bargains to be found at some of the local markets, which offer interesting local products including samples of traditional weaving.

While most visitors head to Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley, Lima is worth a visit as well.