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Peruvian entry requirements and travel restrictions in Covid times 2021

Covid entry requirements and regulations for Peru

Most important regulations for traveling to Peru and living and traveling in Peru

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, since October 2020 traveling to Peru by air and in Peru by air and land, and since mid-February 2022 crossing land border is possible again, however with strict entry requirements and constantly changing travel regulations.

Despite a high vaccination rate (nationwide 88.6% of Peruvians have received at least one dose, nearly 81.5% are fully vaccinated with 2 doses and 53.9% already had their booster shot (source: Peruvian Ministry of Health, numbers from April 25, 2022), extremely low case numbers and nearly non-existent Covid related deaths, the Peruvian government issued updated Covid regulations on April 23, 2022 extending the state of emergency and the national health emergency for another month until the end of May 2022. It was once more confirmed that prevention and control measures to stop the spread of Covid will remain in place at least until the end of August 2022.

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 the regional level and are re-evaluated every two to three weeks.

Furthermore, Corona restrictions for unvaccinated persons are tightened with every new announcement and living and traveling in Peru without a physical or digital vaccination certificate proving you had at least two doses, since April 1, 2022, three doses of a vaccine against Covid is nearly impossible. (see below under "Traveling in Peru")

 

Covid entry requirements for Peru

For international passengers on commercial flights, Peru requires the following (February 2022):

  • From May 1, 2022: Peru requires an official vaccination certificate from everyone older than 12 years - Peruvian, foreign resident of Peru and non-resident foreigner (visitor) - entering the country, proving they had the first and second dose of a vaccination against Covid-19. Residents of Peru older than 18 years must present a certificate of a third shot (though not in the current regulations, I assume that soon everyone, so as well foreigners not living in Peru, need a booster shot). Failing to provide proof of 2 / 3 shots (so, if you are not vaccinated according to your age group), a negative real-time COVID-19 molecular (RT-PCR) test result that is not older than 48 hours after being issued and before boarding the plane has to be presented (see latest Supreme Decree 041-2022-PCM, article 4.4).
  • The Supreme Decree additionally states that children under the age of 12 years just have to be healthy (asymptomatic) - we highly recommend checking if the airline requests any document / test result to prove that the child is healthy.
  • If you show Covid symptoms upon arrival, you will be put into quarantine, no matter your vaccination status.
  • 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.
  • All passengers have to wear either double masks or a single KN95/FFP2 mask when entering the country and inside the airport; face shields aren't obligatory anymore.

Above requirements may change at any time, so we highly recommend contacting your airline a few days before your flight to Peru.

After being closed for nearly two years, land borders were re-opened in mid-February 2022. To cross into Peru at a land border, everyone older than 12 years has to present an official vaccination certificate, proving you had the first and second dose of a vaccination against Covid-19. Residents of Peru older than 18 years must present a certificate of a third shot. Even though not yet in the current Covid regulations Supreme Decree 041-2022-PCM, I assume that in a future version foreigners not living in Peru and just visiting might be required to show a booster shot as well. If you are not vaccinated, a negative real-time COVID-19 molecular (RT-PCR) test result that is not older than 48 hours after being issued and before entering the country has to be presented.

 

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 and despite partly extreme strict measures to get the pandemic under control, many people got infected and lots died over the past two years. And despite high vaccination rates, it seems that the Peruvian government tightens the regulations with every new official announcement. Today (April 25, 2022), it is (nearly) impossible to travel to and in Peru if you hadn't had your first and second dose of a Covid vaccine. And, even though not yet legally required for tourists, just for Peruvian residents (this might change soon) if you are older than 18 years, you better had your booster shot, as otherwise you will have a hard time getting around, visiting attractions or getting anything done.

So, if you are planning to visit Peru, here some general information about the most important regulations and some recommendations:

  • Using masks is mandatory in all public places. While for months double masks (cloth mask above a 3 layer medical masks) were required, since November 2021 wearing a single KN95 / FFP2 mask is as well allowed. From May 1, 2022, the mask mandate in open public spaces (so, on the street, in public parks, on the beach, etc.) is lifted in areas where at least 80% of the population over 60 years received 3 shots of a vaccine against Covid and 80% of the population above 12 years 2 doses(see Supreme Decree 041-2022-PCM, article 4.1). Right now (April 25, 2022), this is the case in Lima, Callao, Ica and Ancash.
  • According to the official regulations, face shields aren't obligatory anymore, however, private companies (such as Peru Rail for example) might still ask their passengers to wear them.
  • 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 (see our glossary under TAM and our article "How many days did I get").
  • 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.
  • On national flights, all passengers - Peruvians, foreign residents of Peru and foreigners visiting the country - over the age of 12 years must be fully vaccinated (2 shots). Residents of Peru over 18 years must have their booster shot (foreigners just visiting aren't mentioned, but it can be assumed that the 3 shot rule is applied to them as well; so better be prepared). If you haven't received the 2/3 doses according to your age group, a negative real-time COVID-19 molecular (RT-PCR) test result that is not older than 48 hours after being issued and before boarding the plane has to be presented (see Supreme Decree 041-2022-PCM, article 4.5). Children under the age of 12 years just have to be healthy (asymptomatic). Masks are obligatory.
  • On intercity / interprovincial busses, all passengers - Peruvians, foreign residents of Peru and foreigners visiting the country - above the age of 12 years must be fully vaccinated (2 shots). Residents of Peru over 18 years must have their booster shot (foreigners just visiting aren't mentioned, but it can be assumed that the 3 shot rule is applied to them as well; so better be prepared). If you haven't received the 2/3 doses according to your age group, a negative real-time COVID-19 molecular (RT-PCR) test result that is not older than 48 hours after being issued and before boarding the bus has to be presented (see Supreme Decree 041-2022-PCM, article 4.6). Children under the age of 12 years just have to be healthy (asymptomatic). Masks are obligatory.
  • Residents of Peru over the age of 18 years wanting to enter closed spaces must permanently wear a mask and must prove that they had their first, second and third shot. "Closed spaces" include: Supermarkets, markets, shopping malls, all shops, stores and other service providers, banks, notaries, government offices, public and private institutions, churches, theaters, cinemas, museums, cultural centers, art galleries, libraries, gyms, spas, restaurants, casinos, etc. (see Supreme Decree 041-2022-PCM, article 4.8). Foreigners just visiting aren't mentioned, but it can be assumed that at most places the 3 shot rule is applied to them as well; so better be prepared.
  • In most other places, including, for example, archaeological sites, parks, beaches, rivers, lagoons, swimming pools, sport stadiums, etc. everyone over 12 years (in sports stadiums even over 5 years) must present their vaccination certificate proving 2 shots, everyone older than 18 years 3 shots.
  • 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.
  • 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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    Anna · 10/05/2022
    Dear Eva, thanks a lot for a detailed post!
    I have a question about the format of covid-19 vaccination card that is accepted in Peru. I have the UK vaccine certificate, which is in digital format with QR codes. Are they able to scan the QR codes in Peru? Or is it better to have it printed instead where it says about the vaccine dates and type etc?
    Thanks!
    Anna 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/05/2022
      @Anna Hello Anna,

      even though most places should be able to read your QR code, personally I would have a printed version with your name, vaccine type and date with me; just in case "the system doesn't work" (which happens or sometimes seems to be a good excuse) or someone at the entrance is stressed out or whatever.

      Have a nice trip to Peru

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Anna · 12/05/2022
      @Sunflower Thank you so much! :) 
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    Rita · 05/05/2022
    Hi Eva, 
    Thank you so much for a very helpful post. I am travelling to Peru in 2 days and while I have my 2 vaccines + booster, my husband just has 2 vaccines and no booster (and does not want to get one if not necessary). We are from Canada and our government only mandates 2 doses. I called all of our transport/tour operators/hotels etc and got mixed reviews on what is required:
    -Peru rail - 2 doses
    -Cusco hotel - 3 doses
    -Milaflores hotel initially said 3 doses, then they called the airport who said only 2 doses are required so they are accepting our stay with 2 doses
    -Viva Air Peru domestic flight said 3 doses but why did the airport say otherwise to our hotel?
    -Taxidatum said 3 doses for restaurants, domestic flights etc.

    My questions are the following:
    1) Has the situation for foreign travellers changed at all since your post? If the Supreme Decree does not require dose 3 for foreign travellers, how are they even implementing it. 
    2) Do you know if domestic flights are enforcing the 3 dose rule for foreign travellers?
    3) Are all restaurants enforcing 3 doses, or is it up to each restaurant's discretion?
    4) Does the Consettur bus to Machu Picchu and entry into Machu Picchu require 3 doses?

    Any other insight would really be appreciated. Thanks so much in advance!

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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/05/2022
      @Rita Hello Rita,

      Before I answer your questions, you must understand that on the one hand, we have the official Covid regulations (current Supreme Decree 041-2022-PCM) and on the other hand we have public and private establishments that should follow these rules, but can, of course, enforce even stricter ones.

      The current Supreme Decree 041-2022-PCM clearly states that the 3 shot rule mainly only applies to Peruvians and foreigners living in Peru, not tourists. See the following articles:

      Article 4.4 (regulations for entering the country)
      “la tercera dosis los mayores de 18 años que residan en el país” (the third dose for those older than 18 years who reside in the country)

      Article 4.5 (for national flights; PCR test is an option as well)
      same as above “la tercera dosis los mayores de 18 años que residan en el país” (the third dose for those older than 18 years who reside in the country)

      Article 4.6 (for long-distance bus trips; PCR test is an option as well)
      same as above “la tercera dosis los mayores de 18 años que residan en el país” (the third dose for those older than 18 years who reside in the country)

      Article 4.8 (for “closed spaces”, supermarkets, malls, museums, restaurants, hotels ….)
      Los residentes mayores de 18 años … tienen que presentar su carné físico o virtual que acredite haber recibido, en el Perú y/o el extranjero, las tres (3) dosis de vacunación contra la COVID-19”. (Residents older than 18 years have to present a physical or virtual certifying that they received 3 doses of a vaccination against Covid-19).

      But this doesn’t mean that everyone exactly knows that the 3 shot rule actually only applies to Peruvians and foreign residents, not to tourists. Especially, the guys at the entrance, who check the vaccine certificates, most probably don’t know. They just get the order, you only let people in who can prove that they had 3 shots. Or companies don’t know as well or just decide they only want clients that had their 3 shots. Nothing you can do about it.

      Anyway, answer question 1:

      This article was updated on April 25, 2022, shortly after the current Supreme Decree 041-2022-PCM was published. As of today, nothing changed. Be aware that the Covid situation is re-evaluated every 3 or 4 weeks, so we can expect a new Covid related Supreme Decree at the end of May.

      Answer question 2:

      They shouldn’t. See above article 4.5. In case they do, you can always present a negative PCR test.

      Answer question 3:


      Sorry, I really don’t know if all restaurants in Peru want to see 3 shots. In Lima, I think the majority does.

      Answer question 4:

      As far as I know (information is about a month old, so I hope nothing changed) you can get on the bus to Machu Picchu and enter Machu Picchu with only 2 shots.

      You asked for any other insight, so I allow myself to be frank and honest. While you - as things stand today - won’t have a problem to enter Peru being double vaccinated, whatever else you plan to do in the country might be not that easy. Expect to be denied entry to restaurants, hotels, museum, sites, supermarkets, even a bank or police station. You could, of course, start arguing and refer to the official Covid regulations; if this is successful that’s another story. And honestly, I don’t think that this is how you want to spend your vacation.

      If your husband doesn’t want to get a booster shot, which is more than understandable taking the enormous side-effects and the unknown long-term health effects into account and which should be respected, then, as sad as it makes me to say, Peru might not be the right country to visit at the moment.

      Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Sunflower
    • LimaEasy
    · 05/05/2022
    Hello Phil,

    You are not alone with being confused. Peruvian regulations unfortunately are often half-baked and the reality on the streets is another story. So, I fear I can’t give you a satisfactory, 100% accurate answer.

    Until the end of March 2022 the Peruvian Covid regulations indicated that you must have “completed your vaccination scheme”, so be fully vaccinated; meaning that those with one shot of the J&J vaccine as well were or, as this never really worked in Peru, should have been considered fully vaccinated.

    This changed at the beginning of April 2022 with an update of the Covid regulations (Supreme Decree 030-2022-PCM) and was confirmed just recently with the new Supreme 041-2022-PCM that is in effect since May 1, 2022. In both regulations the “vaccination scheme” is gone.. Instead, you now find in the regulations that you must have received your first and second dose of a vaccine against Covid (“primera y segunda dosis de vacunación contra la COVID-19”) regardless which vaccine brand was used (see Supreme Decree 041-2022-PCM, article 4.4).

    So, one shot J&J seems to be just one shot and having received one shot and a booster is only 2 shots. At least, that’s how I interpret the rules and some private companies in Peru as well.

    But a few days ago, I followed a quite interesting discussion of some travelers and foreigners living in Peru about the acceptance of the J&J vaccine. Everyone in this round had the one shot J&J and a booster and nobody had any problem entering Peru.

    The experiences in Peru, however, were varied. Most said that no matter where they went or what they wanted to do they were first always denied entry and had to explicitly point out that the one shot J&J should be considered as 2 shots and the booster as their third shot. A few then were allowed to enter, others still denied; sometimes a supervisor was called and then after some discussions either allowed or denied entry. One person stated that he has a vaccination card where the field for the first vaccination is crossed out, his one shot J&J was written in the second vaccination field and his booster in the third vaccination field. He claimed that he never has any problems. So, having the one shot and a booster is a mess in Peru and hit or miss.

    In case your son is older than 12 years and younger than 18 years, he only needs two shots anyway; so, 1 shot J&J and booster is fine. If your son is older than 18 years, you have, if necessary, two options to argue: 1 shot J&J should be considered as 2 shots and the booster is the third. Or if this doesn’t work, then just get the Supreme Decree out and tell them to read it. As things stand today, the 3 shot rule mostly only applies to Peruvians and foreigners living in Peru, not to tourists. This should end any further debate.

    You don’t necessarily need a vaccination certificate. You just need something proving you had your shots. That can be a simple piece of paper (at the beginning of the vaccination campaign many just received a simple paper), a vaccination card or a vaccination passport / booklet or a digital version of it.

    Greetings
    Eva
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      Phil C · 10/05/2022
      @Sunflower Eva,

      Thanks for the information again.  I had to get the Pharmacy to re-issue my son's vax card because his was all kinds of messed up.  After explaining the situation to the pharmacy for upcoming travel to Peru, the pharmacist just put the J&J shot under the first two lines for the first two shots with the same date since the J&J is a single dose which counts as two and she put the booster in the third line.  Hopefully this alleviates any issues.  Once again, I appreciate you help.

      V/R,
      Phil C
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/05/2022
      @Phil C Perfect.

      Hope everything works smoothly and you don't have any problems.

      Have a great time in Peru and enjoy your trip.

      Eva
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    Phil C · 05/05/2022
    Eva,

    Thanks for all the great info.  However, I am still a bit confused.  By this new decree, which I read but am still baffled, do we as foreigners need to show proof of two vaccinations or three.  My wife and I have two Pfizers and the booster so we are good but my son has the one J&J and the booster.  And what is considered a certificate of vaccination?  It that the vaccination card or do we need some type of certificate from a doctor?  Thanks in advance for your assistance.


    Phil C
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    tsonquiri · 28/04/2022
    with over 40 years of work and visits to Peru i wish to return again. For the last 10 years i have raised funds to assist communities in the rainforest with piped clean freshwater. Previously one could drink from small rivers but concentration of villages around schools, and well intentioned solar energy initiatives have led to polluted water. Cost per individual was about £14 per person.....no funding bodies, no charities, no agencies. Now i cannot facilitate this help as i am not stupid enough to get experimental jabs or wear health damaging masks. An attack on the people of Peru and on unaffilliated individuals such as myself.
       A pcr test has no true validity (see Kary Mullis, the inventor), and to take one as directed is an unnecessary encroachment on membranes next to the brain. I am sad to see so many ypunger people conforming to these insane measures. Every person complying is facilitating our loss of human rights. So deeply sad.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 28/04/2022
      @tsonquiri Hello tsonquiri,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      While I respect your argumentation and can understand your reasoning, I want to make clear that LimaEasy isn’t the place for discussions about the sense or nonsense, the effectiveness or uselessness of Covid measures, vaccinations, or tests. Usually, we do not publish such comments neither from supporters nor from critics, not because we don’t value freedom of speech - quite the contrary is the case - but because it misses the point of LimaEasy and, in your case, of this page about entry requirements and Covid regulations in Peru. LimaEasy is about sharing our knowledge, offering visitors and foreign residents the most accurate and up-to-date information about traveling and living in Lima and Peru, and giving everyone the option to ask questions, reply and share their own experiences.

      The main reason I still published your seemingly out-of-place comment is that you brought up an interesting topic many people most probably haven’t got on their radar.

      Depending on the view of each one who is reading this, Covid or the extremely strict Covid measures heavily impacted the over the past years positive development of the country and dramatically increased poverty, extreme poverty, unemployment and informal employment, malnutrition and the lack of necessities. The progress and advances in these areas which over the past 2 decades were achieved, seem to have evaporated into thin air. Those interested might want to have a look at our Economy page under Peru’s Economy today and following.

      The months-long complete shutdown and lockdown of the country followed by strict measures that unfortunately didn’t solve the Covid crisis quickly brought, for example, many social projects to their knees and nearly destroyed, for example, the whole tourism sector which very slowly is recovering. But instead of boosting this for Peru and Peruvians important areas responsibly, unpredictable, ever-changing Covid regulations, compulsory vaccinations, mask mandates even outdoors and the seemingly never-ending state of emergency, but as well fear of getting infected and then being stuck in Peru without excellent health care, if necessary, deter many foreigners from coming, be it to travel, volunteer, visit friends and family or move to Peru.

      It's a shame and extremely sad. So, we can only hope that the situation is getting back to normal soon.

      I wish you and the project you are supporting all the best.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Tsonquiri · 30/04/2022
      @Sunflower Hi Eva
        I thank you for your reply and do appreciate my comment was not totally aligned with your excellent information feed.
         You have clearly detected my reasons for writing, specifically the destructiveness worldwide of policies issuing from levels above govt. The intention appears nihilistic in extreme and sadly we can find historical parallels.
      It is tragic that true grass roots schemes are being sidelined. I have had covid, it is unpleasant but then so is flu. I am in the so called vulnerable group...but no I didn't die.The ramifications of unelected bodies dictating policy is not in anyone's best interest.
         Now a constructed war in Ukraine to cause more death and profit, just like the vaccines.
          Good luck in your work. Thanks for publishing the first and your excellent reply. I accept this will not be published. Ultimately our rights to express ourselves will disappear just as masks have eliminated smiles. Rule by fear is an abomination.
          With much sympathy
              Mike (tsonquiri is hummingbird dear sunflower)
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    Rupa · 27/04/2022
    Hello,
    We are traveling to Peru next week on United airlines. Travel ready on the United air website says -Vaccination documentation
    Completely administered 14 days before your arrival.
    AstraZeneca, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Moderna/Spikevax, Pfizer-BioNTech, BIBP/Sinopharm, AZD1222/Vaxzevria, Sinovac/CoronaVac, Sputnik V, Comirnaty, Fiocruz, Covaxin

    Jand j is just one vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated. Did anyone have problem with this vaccine not considered as one complete vaccine.
    Thanks!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 28/04/2022
      @Rupa Hello Rupa,

      You must differentiate between airline regulations and current entry requirements / Covid regulations in Peru. The airline might have their own policies which you have to follow to use their service and might offer information about the rules in the destination country, that might be accurate and up-to-date or not. I can only comment on the current regulations in Peru as published by the Peruvian government.

      Until the end of March 2022 the Peruvian Covid regulations indicated that you must have “completed your vaccination scheme”, so be fully vaccinated; meaning that those with one shot of the J&J vaccine as well were or, as this never really worked in Peru, should have been considered fully vaccinated.

      This changed at the beginning of April 2022 with an update of the Covid regulations (Supreme Decree 030-2022-PCM) and was confirmed just recently with the new Supreme 041-2022-PCM that is valid from May 1, 2022. In both regulations the “vaccination scheme” is gone, so there is no “fully vaccinated” anymore. Instead, you now find in the regulations that you must have received your first and second dose of a vaccine against Covid (“primera y segunda dosis de vacunación contra la COVID-19”) regardless which vaccine brand was used (see Supreme Decree 041-2022-PCM, article 4.4). So, one shot J&J isn’t what you consider “fully vaccinated”; it’s just one shot.

      And even if you can fly to Peru with your one-shot vaccination and might be lucky to be allowed to enter without an additional PCR test, you surely will have a hard time doing anything in Peru as now nearly everywhere proof of 3 shots is required. You find detailed information about the situation in the article above. And even if you decide to quickly get a second jab before you travel, which might be considered boosted in the US, in Peru you just had 2 shots. So be prepared to have lots of discussions at entrances or being denied entry somewhere.

      Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Dan S · 27/04/2022
    Hi,

    We are sad to hear about the new rules implemented in April considering we booked our trip 2 months ago and thought we would have no issues visiting the country and traveling place to place. Especially considering how vague the rules are as to which apply to foreigners and which apply to Peruvians. My girlfriend is fully vaccinated w/ booster but I only got my booster yesterday (after reading your article and learning about the new rules). Does my booster shot need to be at least 14 days old to be considered fully vaccinated? My flight to Lima is next week which is fine since I only need 2 shots to fly into Peru but my first domestic flight within Peru from Lima to Cusco is also less than 2 weeks away so do you think I will need a PCR test for that domestic flight? Is it easy to get a PCR test in Lima with quick results (48 hour rule)? Luckily, once we make it to Cusco, my booster will reach 14 days old and I should be fine the rest of the trip. I'm hoping places we visit in Lima will just see 3 lines on my card and not scrutinize the dates but if we get turned away from certain tours or restaurants then sadly it is what it is.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 27/04/2022
      @Dan S Hello Dan,

      I can only agree with you. The whole Covid regulation circus in Peru makes me sad and sometimes even mad. The rules are crazy and, in my opinion, badly thought out, and additionally, private companies do as they please. But I'm just the messenger here trying to explain the ever changing regulations and the situation on the ground as accurate as possible.

      Anyway, the new Supreme Decree just speaks of a first, second and third dose. Nowhere, is mentioned that the third shot is only accepted after 14 days. So, personally I think you are fine and shouldn't encounter any problems.

      Hope, you have a great trip.Enjoy your time in my beloved Peru.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Lori · 24/04/2022
    Hello,
    Thanks for this very helpful article and for the other helpful information on your website. I just want to confirm that people who are not Peruvian citizens or residents still only require two doses? 

    Thanks!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 24/04/2022
      @Lori Hello Lori,

      the Peruvian government usually publishes an update of the Covid regulations every three or four weeks. The last one, Supreme Decree 030-2022-PCM, went into effect at the beginning of April, so we are due for a new one soon. So, please keep in mind that everything I say, is based on the current Supreme Decree 030-2022-PCM and might (or not) change soon. I will update this article as soon as I get my hands on the new regulations.

      According to the current (!) Covid regulations, the “3 shot rule” mostly only applies to Peruvians and foreign residents. We received many reports that foreign visitors hadn’t had a problem with only being vaccinated twice when entering the country. Nevertheless, I highly recommend checking with your airline if they are fine with only two shots or if they require a negative test result or a third shot (they are usually the first ones who have the latest info).

      But, while other foreigners could enter Peru with proof of two doses, in other areas - as so often in Peru - the current regulations excluding foreign visitors from the 3 shot rule and the reality are far apart. Over the past few weeks, we have seen and heard from foreign travelers that many private companies (including supermarkets, malls, restaurants, hotels, tour operators…) and some public entities (access to archaeological sites) as well asked tourists for proof of three doses even though according to the current regulations in most cases the 3 shot rule for those over 18 years didn’t apply to them. But as they couldn’t show proof of a third shot, they were denied entry.

      So, while you might not have a problem coming to Peru being vaccinated twice, once in Peru I fear you have a hard time doing anything without a third shot.

      So, to avoid any problems, hassles, and disappointments, and enjoy your travels in Peru, I highly recommend having proof of three doses of a vaccine against Covid.

      Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Steve S · 23/04/2022
    Wow Eva, Thank you so very much for your brilliant and informative posts. I have been spending days and weeks planning my dream trip to Peru for August 2022. I was not even aware about the state of emergency. I am eternally grateful i read your blog. I am even now considering cancelling my trip to Peru. the tour company has worked really hard with me on my dream itinerary, but maybe with the rise in Covid cases and the possibility of lockdowns etc, i may sadly have to hold off for the time being.
    Thanks Again for the detailed info. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 23/04/2022
      @Steve S Hello Steve,

      Thank you so much for your praise. You made my day! On the other hand, it is a shame that the information I provided made you reconsider you travel plans.

      Yes, Peru is still in a state of (health) emergency which was just extended for another month until the end of May. And some sort of Covid restrictions will be in place at least until the end of August. But cases numbers, severe cases and deaths dropped immensely over the past few weeks and are now at an all-time low (see graph attached below, source WHO). Additionally, just a few days ago, it was announced that finally the requirement to wear masks outside is eliminated in areas with a high vaccination rate. So, there are improvements that hopefully will continue.

      Anyway, I don’t know what August will bring, which restrictions will be in place, however, if you don’t have a problem with being vaccinated and this 3 times (I hope not 4 times by then), the next months are a great time to visit. Only few people find their way to Peru at the moment, sights are, compared to before Covid, empty, tour operators and others involved in tourism are happy for every client and you can really enjoy your time and make your dream come true.

      The last two years have shown us how quickly things can change turning our lives upside down. As we all don’t know what happens tomorrow, or next week, month, year, I think if you have the chance to fulfil one of your dreams go for it otherwise you might regret it later or never have the chance again.

      I wish you all the best.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Courtney A · 22/04/2022
    Hi Eva! Thanks so much for the helpful guides. I am planning to travel to Peru with my boyfriend in May and am a bit scared over the new requirements. We both have one shot of the J&J vaccine as well as a booster. Do you think we will have trouble entering the country, taking trains, and entering grocery stores or restaurants? We are not Peruvians, so I believe the "third dose" is not required for us if I'm understanding the rules correctly, but we're still scared we're going to run into trouble. Please let me know if you have any insight! Thank you!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 22/04/2022
      @Courtney A Hello Courtney,

      It’s absolutely understandable that you are worried, in my opinion justifiably so.

      The Peruvian government usually publishes an update of the Covid regulations every three or four weeks. The last one, Supreme Decree 030-2022-PCM, went into effect at the beginning of April, so we are due for a new one soon. So, please keep in mind that everything I say, is based on the current Supreme Decree 030-2022-PCM and might or not have changed by the time you travel.

      Until the end of March 2022 the Covid regulations indicated that you must have “completed your vaccination scheme” to be considered fully vaccinated; meaning that those with one shot of the J&J vaccine as well were or, as this never really worked in Peru, should have been considered fully vaccinated.

      Since the beginning of April 2022, the new Supreme Decree 030-2022-PCM is in effect. There the “vaccination scheme” is gone and instead you now find that you are only considered fully vaccinated after you have received your first and second dose of a vaccine against Covid regardless which vaccine brand was used. So, one shot J&J is not considered fully vaccinated in Peru anymore (it’s just one shot) and one shot J&J and a booster isn’t considered boosted or having proof of three shots; you just had two.

      You are absolutely right, according to the current (!) Covid regulations, the “3 shot rule” only applies to Peruvians and foreign residents. We received many reports that foreign visitors hadn’t had a problem with only being vaccinated twice when entering the country. However, over the past few weeks we have seen and heard from foreign travelers that many private companies (including supermarkets, malls, restaurants, hotels, tour operators…) ask even tourists for proof of three shots even though the rules don’t apply to them. If they couldn’t show their third shot, they were denied entry.

      So, yes, personally I think you will have a hard time only being vaccinated twice. To enjoy your trip to Peru and have access to everything with no hindrance a third shot unfortunately indispensable.

      Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Courtney A · 15/05/2022
      @Sunflower Hi Eva! I just wanted to take a second to update you in case it's helpful to you or anyone on this thread. I just finished my trip to Peru and I had no issues with my COVID vaccinations whatsoever. I am glad I received the booster, but it was totally fine to just have "two shots". Everyone I spoke to said that J&J qualifies travelers as "fully vaccinated". We only had our COVID cards checked at maybe 3 or 4 malls and food halls during our stay and it wasn't an issue at all. They weren't even checked for our train travel. We had a wonderful stay!
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      • LimaEasy
      · 15/05/2022
      @Courtney A Hello Courtney,

      thank you so much for sharing your experience.

      I'm so happy that you had a great time and seemingly no problems. It's good to hear such positive feedback, especially after I heard so many people having trouble with the J&J vaccine. Seems that slowly but surely the situation relaxes.

      Have a nice week

      Eva
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    Roberta · 21/04/2022
    We just flew to Lima and Cusco in March to visit Machu Picchu. Up to date vax with Moderna was all we needed. We weren't eligible to get a booster yet and it was not necessary for entry or travel in Peru for us.  Our Vax card was checked at every airport and was fine. You should have both Moderna shots on your card and not be overdue for a booster or you will have to have a PCR test. KN95 masks were required most everywhere and sometimes a face shield like on the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Celebrity Cruises handled all required testing and provided masks and shields, when needed. We did Celebrity's Galapagos and Machu Picchu Package. They made sure everything went smoothly without problems. It was Great!!! No problems with travel. parks, hotels, or restaurants.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 21/04/2022
      @Roberta Hello Roberta,

      thanks for sharing your experience. Good to hear that you had a great time in Peru.

      You were lucky that you visited in March before the new Covid regulations went into effect. Now, many visitors seem to have problems if they don't have their booster.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Roberta · 24/04/2022
      @Sunflower It seems we were able to be there at the right time. Things briefly opened up. We were very lucky the trip didn't turn out to be a disaster. It was a great time.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 24/04/2022
      @Roberta So happy to hear that. Thank you!
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    Alina · 20/04/2022
    Hi! I’m looking for some help if possible! I’m flying to Peru in May, and I personally have Moderna fully vaxxed and the booster, but my boyfriend has one shot of Johnson & Johnson. I know that is considered fully vaccinated and he was already hesitant about getting the second booster for the trip … are you saying you think he needs 3 shots total even though it’s Johnson and Johnson? We plan on going to Lima and flying to cusco . Thanks so much! 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 20/04/2022
      @Alina Hello Alina,

      Until the end of March 2022 the Covid regulations indicated that you must have “completed your vaccination scheme” to be considered fully vaccinated; meaning that those with one shot of the J&J vaccine should as well be considered fully vaccinated (however, at most places this never really worked).

      Anyway, since the beginning of April 2022, the new Supreme Decree 030-2022-PCM is in effect and there you now find that you are only considered fully vaccinated after you have received your first and second dose of a vaccine against Covid. So, one shot J&J is not considered fully vaccinated in Peru anymore. Additionally, as described above a third dose is now required in most places regardless which vaccine brand was used.

      So, not me but the Peruvian Covid regulations say that yes, no matter, if you or your boyfriend received Moderna, Pfizer, J&J, you need 3 shots to travel without hassle to and in Peru. If your boyfriend is hesitant to get his third shot, which is more than understandable taking the enormous side effects of the vaccines into account and must be respected, traveling to Peru probably isn’t the best choice at the moment.

      Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Kenny · 18/04/2022
    Eva,

    Since the 1 day shutdown and protests in Lima how have things been in Lima, especially the city center?  Is it safe to visit the city and Plaza de Armas?

    What about other areas such as Huaca Pucllana and Miraflores?  Is it safe to walk around in the day and evening?

    Kenny
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 18/04/2022
      @Kenny Hello Kenny,

      At the moment lootings, protests and demonstrations in Lima have died down, and life continues as normal. The Peruvian president, who is anything but popular, promised to keep rising prices in check and a few bills passed congress cutting for example fuel taxes. But, after two years of stricter than strict Corona measures with all economic implications and now rising cost of living, in general the situation in Peru is tense, people are fed up and some just desperate or angry. So, while today everything seems fine, tomorrow the situation can change. Just last week there was a huge strike in the Cusco region that, however, ended for Peruvian standards peacefully and roadblocks especially on main highways in the country are nothing uncommon.

      If you are just in Lima, personally, I wouldn’t worry too much about possible protests or demonstrations. Usually, you can easily avoid them or in case you run into one just turn around immediately and get the heck out of the area.

      So, I wouldn't have a problem with visiting the city center or Miraflores, or San Isidro or even Callao.

      My concern would be the overall security situation in the Peruvian capital that might be quite different from what you are used at home. So, I recommend reading through our extensive “Safety, Security & Travel Advice” series which is divided into 12 separate articles to get a feeling for the local situation, to get to know the do’s and don’ts and to find lots of helpful information ensuring your safety.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Andreas · 14/04/2022
    I have a valid Recovery Certificate (Swiss), can I enter and circulate within the country (or at least Lima) with this?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 14/04/2022
      @Andreas Hello Andreas,

      No!

      Peru doesn't have a recovery status. So, recovery certificates aren't recognized and won't be accepted.

      As things stand today (this might change in the near future) to enter you have to be fully vaccinated (2 shots) or present a negative PCR test result not older than 48 hours. In Peru, you need at least a vaccination certificate proving 2 shots, however, at most places now 3 shots are required.

      Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Deepti · 06/04/2022
    I have been keeping an eye on restrictions for a while. I am triple jabbed but the idea of having to double mask or FFP2 outdoors, when hiking, is extremely offputting. I don't think it would make for a fun holiday. It is such a shame. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 06/04/2022
      @Deepti Hello Deepti,

      yes, I unfortunately can only agree and I think many other foreigners feel the same. What a shame for my beloved Peru and their people.

      I can only hope that decision-makers soon come to their senses.

      All the best
      Eva

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