COVID-19: Peru Travel Updates

Cusco centre, Peru

Updated 12th June 2021.


LATEST PERU COVID-19 NEWS: 

  • From 6th May 2021, the Peruvian government is allowing flights in from the UK, Spain, The Netherlands and France. Flights from India, South Africa and Brazil are still suspended. Nationals who are returning from any of these three countries must self-isolate for 14-days on their arrival in Peru. Source

See here for South America Travel COVID-19 overview. 


Peru Travel Restrictions (June 2021)

Can you travel to Peru right now? SUMMARY:

Yes in most cases. However, if you have travelled from India, Brazil or 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 any of those countries in the last 14 days.  

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:

  • Take a 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.  
  • Passengers also need to fill out a ‘sworn statement‘ form.

Quarantine Period: 

The requirement for a negative PCR test result 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 a Peruvian national who plans to enter the country from South Africa, India or Brazil or you’ve stopped over in any of these countries, 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: 

  • To enter Peru, 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 June 2021. Peru is currently operating a three tier-based system that determines local regulations and restrictions. This is planned to be in place until at least 20th June.

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. 

Curfews:

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. 

In Cusco, archaeological sites are closed on Sunday.

The Inca Trail (multi-day) remains closed. However, the one-day version of this trek to Machu Picchu and some of the alternative hikes (e.g. Salkantay, Lares etc) are open for travellers. 

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Sheree is the awkward British wanderluster behind wingingtheworld.com, a travel blog designed to show that even the most useless of us can travel. Follow Sheree’s adventures as she blunders around the globe, falling into squat toilets, getting into cars with machete men and running away from angry peacocks.

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