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Peru is officially open for tourism. All arrivals must have either proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular (RT-PCR) or antigen test result, or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge taken within 72 hours before departure. Visitors must also undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
On January 15 the Peruvian Government banned the entrance of non-resident passengers coming from Europe, South Africa and now Brazil.
A review date for Peru to lift this new restriction has not been announced yet.
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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.
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.”
Effective on December 15, the international airport, Jorge Chavez, has resumed operations with most countries in Latin America plus Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and London.
In order to be granted access, visitors must produce to the facility a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours before arrival and fill out an Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization.
Air borders with Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Costa Rica, El Salvador may be reopened over the weeks to come.
Travel within Peru
The country began to gradually reopen in June and July. On July 1st, stores, hotels, and restaurants were allowed to reopen at limited capacity.
In an attempt to help the economy, the government reopened Jorge Chavez airport in Lima for domestic flights on July 15, and reopened bus routes.
In particular, travel from Lima to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, was reestablished. This was in hopes of once again allowing tourists to visit Mach Picchu.
The first case of the coronavirus was discovered on March 6. The government acted promptly. Within a week, it had imposed a quarantine and halted all business activities.
Yet there have been recent surges in both new cases as well as fatalities. The Ex-President, Martin Vizcarra, stated that the lax attitude of the public, shown through recent crowds at sporting events and other social gatherings, was the culprit.
In response, on August 12, family gatherings were banned and new lockdowns were enforced.
Why Visit Peru?
For those seeking adventure in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, Peru is the ideal destination. Here you can hike, raft, surf, dive, paraglide, or take a hot air balloon ride while enjoying the amazing scenery.
You’ll 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, if you have time Lima is worth a visit as well.