COVID-19: Peru Travel Updates

Cusco centre, Peru

Updated 2nd December 2021.


  • Peru’s state of emergency will remain in place until atleast 31st December 2021. Source.
  • Foriegn nationals from South Africa or those having recently visited South Africa cannot enter Peru until at least 12th December. Source.
  • From the 15th December 2021 anyone over 18 will be required to show proof of vaccination before entering enclosed public spaces. Source.
  • All tier based restrictions in Peru will remain in place until at least 12th December. Source.
  • From November 15th, all travellers over 45 using commercial transport to travel between provinces must provide proof of vaccination to travel. Source.
  • The director of Machu Picchu has said that some of the pandemic measures in place at the Incan citadel are likely to stay in place to preserve the site. Source.
  • Entry of foreign nationals who have travelled from (or stopped over in the last 14 days) South Africa, India or Brazil is banned until at least September 19th 2021. Source.
  • From July 15th, permits for Peru’s Inca Trail are available to buy for the rest of 2021. Source.
  • Peru has extended the state of emergency until at least the end of August. Source.

See here for South America Travel COVID-19 overview. 

Peru Travel Restrictions (December 2021)

Can you travel to Peru right now? SUMMARY:

Yes in most cases. However, if you have travelled from South Africa and are not a resident in Peru, you can not currently enter the country. This also applies if you have stopped over in the last 14 days (unless you are a Peruvian national or resident).  

Commercial travel to Peru restarted on 5th October 2020. However, there are mandatory requirements for travel into Peru which must be followed by passengers.

Before you enter Peru, you will need to:

  • All passengers need to fill out a ‘affidavit‘ form and wear two masks on the flight into Peru.

If you are unvaccinated…

  • Take a RT-PCR test (molecular or antigen) no more than 72 hours before your flight departs. You will need to provide proof of a negative result on your arrival.  

If you are fully vaccinated…

  • You do not need to present a test. Instead you will need to present proof of your full vaccination status (either a hard copy or electronic will qualify). This proof must include your ID details.

If you are partially vaccinated…

  • If you have only had one jab of an approved coronavirus vaccine, you will still need to present a negative test result.

Quarantine Period: 

The requirement for a negative PCR test result or full vaccination means that there is no longer a mandatory quarantine period for most travellers. If you test positive, you will need to self-isolate under the advice of the relevant local authority. 

If you are planning to enter the country from South Africa or you’ve stopped over ithere, you will need to self-isolate, either in your home or another accommodation option. The quarantine period is 14 days. 

Face Masks: 

Face masks are a mandatory requirement in public areas and outside spaces. If you are visiting a supermarket or market, you will be required to double mask and are recommended to use a face shield too. Source 1. Source 2. In addition to wearing a mask on public transport, you’ll also need to use a visor or other full-face covering.  

For recommendations on the best face masks for travel, check out this post.

COVID-19 Tests Required: 

  • If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you are required to take a PCR test (molecular or antigen) no more than 72 hours before your flight departs. 

Internal Travel Restrictions in Peru: 

The National State of Emergency which was announced in Peru on 15th March 2020, has been extended to at least the 30th September 2021. Peru is currently operating a three four-based system (extreme, very high, high and moderate) that determines local regulations and restrictions. This is planned to be in place until at least 19th September 2021.

Visa Extensions:

If your visa expired during the state of emergency and you are leaving the country, the overstay fine should be waived by Immigration. 


In areas under the strictest COVID-19 restrictions, there is currently a curfew in place from 9pm to 4am (Monday-Saturday) and all day on Sundays. Those areas in the remaining two tiers are operating a daily curfew from 9pm to 4am. 

Public places: 

Depending on the tier level of the area you are in, some beaches and parks may be closed. There may also be restrictions on local businesses, e.g. capacity, opening hours etc. 

The Inca Trail reopened with reduced capacity on 15th July 2021. Many of the alternative hikes to Machu Picchu (e.g. Salkantay, Lares etc) are open for travellers also. 


On the ground: Traveller Reports:

These reports have been taken from our South America Backpacker Facebook community. 

Traveller report 17th July 2021 – “Been travelling around Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia the last 6 months and everything is fine, just have to wear masks in public places and have negative PCR test before entering each country.” – Amrita.

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