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Peruvian entry requirements and travel restrictions in Covid times 2021

Covid entry requirements and travel regulations for Peru

How to travel safely to and in Peru during Covid

After having closed all borders and having suspended all international and national travel by air, land, sea and river at the beginning of the pandemic in mid-March 2020, in October of last year travel restriction were gradually eased a bit in the last months and today traveling by air to and in Peru by air and land is possible again however with strict entry requirements and constantly changing travel regulations.

Additionally, the Peruvian travel and tourism sector has adopted strict health and hygiene global standardized protocols and for that was awarded by the World Travel & Tourism Council with the WTTC “Safe Travels” label recognizing tourist destinations such as Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Ayacucho, Miraflores and some beaches in Piura (Mancora, Cabo Blanco, Vichayito, Los Organos and others located in this region) for safety and hygiene against COVID-19.

However, travelers should know the Corona situation in Peru is still considered serious even though case numbers drop and the vaccination process is well under way. Nevertheless, the Peruvian government extended the state of emergency and the national health emergency until the March 1, 2022 and from September 20, 2021 tightened entry requirements a bit. Additionally, depending on case numbers and hospital utilization, different alert levels - ranging from moderate to high to very high and extreme - with corresponding public health measures and movement restrictions - are in place on regional level and are reevaluated every two to three weeks.

 

Covid entry requirements for Peru

As crossing the Peruvian land borders is still restricted to Peruvians and residents of Peru, entering the country for all other travelers is only possible by air. For international passengers on commercial flights, Peru requires the following (September 2021):

  • Since September 20, 2021: Peru requires a negative real-time COVID-19 molecular (RT-PCR) test result that is not older than 72 hours after being issued and before boarding the plane. Even though the latest Supreme Decree 152-2021-PCM (see point 8.7) published in the official gazette El Peruano on September 17, 2021, states that additionally an official vaccination certificate proving that you are fully vaccinated is required, after protests and many confusing press releases the Peruvian Ministry of Health finally confirmed at the end of September that everyone (including children and vaccinated) entering Peru only needs a negative PCR test; a vaccination certificate is not obligatory, but vaccinated passengers can (!) additionally present it.
  • Please note: since September 20, 2021 children have to present a negative PCR test result (a medical certificate is no longer accepted); since the beginning of September 2021, a negative antigen test isn't accepted anymore and already since July 2021, a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge isn't accepted anymore!
  • Pre-registration on the immigration app prior to arrival - here an explanation how it's done.
  • All passengers must also complete an affidavit of health before boarding the plane.
  • Passengers from South Africa and those having visited or transited through South Africa in the past 14 days have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Peru.
  • All passengers have to wear double masks when entering the country and inside the airport; face shields aren't obligatory anymore.

Above requirements may change, so we highly recommend contacting your airline a few days before your flight to Peru. Additionally, check the airport website for the latest information.

 

International flights arriving in Peru

Because of the restrictions (compared to the times before Corona) only a very limited number of airlines service Jorge Chavez Internal Airport in Callao, Lima. So, if you are looking for a flight to Peru, check out the following airlines and departure airports:

  • US: from Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami with American Airlines, United Airlines or Delta Airlines; or from New York or Orlando with LATAM
  • Europe: from Madrid (Spain) with Iberia; from Paris (France) with Air France; or from Amsterdam (Netherlands) with KLM
  • Latin America: from Santiago (Chile) with LATAM; from Buenos Aires (Argentina) with LATAM; from Asuncion (Paraguay) with LATAM; from Bogota or Medellin (Colombia) with LATAM or Viva Air; from Panama City (Panama) with Copa Airlines; from Mexico City and Cancun (Mexico) with Aeromexico or LATAM;

If above mentioned departure airports / countries aren’t the point where you start your travels, please check entry and transit restrictions for your nationality and country of origin before booking a flight.

 

Traveling in Peru

Peru surely is one of the most amazing countries to visit: amazing landscapes, diverse and partly untouched nature, ancient cultures with all the impressive monuments they left us, lovely and inviting people and an incomparable gastronomy.

However, Covid hit Peru hard. Case numbers are still high, hospitals still can not cope with the situation and because of many factors can’t treat ill patients the way they need it, the economic and financial situation of the country and many people is disastrous, and we are in the middle of presidential elections with extreme polarizing candidates. If you still want to visit Peru, here some general information and recommendations:

  • Using masks is mandatory in all public places; at most airports, hospitals, public authorities and shops double masks are required; in most places face shields aren't obligatory anymore
  • Be aware that since October 2020, Migraciones at the airport has suspended the stamping of passports upon arrival and departure to minimize the risk of spreading Covid-19. So, while you won’t have a physical stamp in your passport anymore, your arrival and departure will still be digitally recorded.
  • Keep an eye on the alert levels of the region you are traveling in or to. While for example on “extreme alert” only essential activities are allowed with everything else from museums to archaeological sites, restaurants, churches, etc. closed and social immobilization / curfews implemented, on “very high alert”, “high alert” and “moderate alert” a decreasing number of businesses / tourist attractions is closed or an increasing number can operate with a limited capacity and restrictions for citizens and visitors are eased a bit by bit.
  • Follow official regulations and respect restrictions and curfews. Fines are costly.
  • Respect safety and security protocols and hygiene measures in places you visit and follow the instructions of tourism professionals, guides, drivers, hotel staff, etc.
  • Avoid crowded places, keep your distance, wash or sanitize your hands regularly, and sanitize your luggage and gear as well.
  • For now, national flights operate; a negative PCR test result is no longer necessary to board, just a sworn statement that you are healthy and don’t have any Covid symptoms. Some national bus companies operate as well.
  • Make sure that the attractions and sites you are planning to visit are open and have available spaces and other planned activities take place. Best schedule your visit in advance.
  • Best book as well in advance at restaurants or opt for delivery or takeout.
  • If you need a negative PCR or antigen test result for the return to your home country, many hotels and other accommodation providers in Peru either offer this service at their own implemented facilities or can advise and / or coordinate an appointment with a laboratory or clinic nearby. You can as well make the test at the Jorge Chavez International Airport (be aware that PCR test results usually take at least 12 – 24h).
  • Make sure you have a good travel insurance that provides medical coverage not only for injury and illness during your travel in Peru but also for the treatment of Covid and a possible repatriation.

Stay safe and healthy!

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Matt c · 20/10/2021
    Hi there.  Does the pre registration app work!? I can't get past the capture part.  Anyone else having this problem?  Cheers, matt
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 20/10/2021
      @Matt c
      When the app first was introduced, it actually worked great. I could pre-register quickly and with no problems. Last month, my husband flew into Peru and he wasn't able to get the app to work, the app didn't want to scan his passport. And he wasn't alone; more than half of the people on his flight couldn't pre-register. In the last couple of months we additionally got many mails from people having problems with the app. So, it's nothing unusual.

      Greetings
      Eva
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Matt c · 21/10/2021
      @Sunflower Thanks, Eva for your reply :)
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    John · 16/10/2021
    Hi, thank you for providing this information. I heard that from the 18 of november you have to be double vaxxed over the age of 45 to be able to fly and use public transport. Do you know if this is the case?
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 17/10/2021
      @John Hello John,

      A few days ago, quite a number of media outlets including El Comercio, RPP, Andina, Gestion, etc. reported that the Peruvian Minister of Health, Hernando Cevallos, said after the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers during a press conference that those older than 45 years need to have two doses of the vaccine to use interprovincial transport by land (bus). He confirmed that the Council of Ministers has decided this and that citizens have a month to get vaccinated before the regulation will be put into effect.

      However, before a new regulation can be implemented, first at least a resolution, or a (supreme) decree has to be officially published in El Peruano; as far as I know, until now this didn’t happen, but might soon. Additionally, no word about how this should work for foreigners or tourists. Then, even though we live in crazy times, I wonder if such a regulation is compatible with the Peruvian Constitution. And last but not least, on September 17, a new Supreme Decree was published stating that everyone entering Peru needs a negative test and a vaccine certificate. After protests from all sides, the Ministry of Health had to backpedal and a few days later confirmed a negative test result was sufficient to enter Peru. So even if we see a resolution or supreme decree on that matter, we will have to wait, if they are able to put it into practice or if probable resistance, especially of the tourism sector, will force the Ministry to re-evaluate their decision.

      Greetings
      Eva

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