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Covid Travel Restrictions in Perú- Updated to 2021

The World Health Organization has established that there is a pandemic derived from the COVID-19 disease. Various countries have imposed health controls and travel restrictions.

However, what are the Covid Travel Restrictions in Perú 2021?

From January 31 to February 28, 2021, check in which cases you can travel on national and international flights according to what is established by the Government:

General Pandemic Announcements

  • Quarantine has officially been extended until February 28th, with a curfew in designated Extreme zones extended from 6 pm to 6 am starting February 15th-28th.
  • The State of Sanitary Emergency has been extended until September 2021, when Peru is expected to receive the bulk of its vaccines. Keep in mind that this “State of Emergency” does not close the country to tourism, but gives power to the state to take the necessary health measures during the pandemic to protect the population when necessary.
  • Machu Picchu and all major touristic sites remain closed until the end of February, which the state will either extend the closure or move to open them at minimum capacity depending on the number of cases of Covid-19.
  • After the first shipment of Sinopharm Vaccines that arrived on February 8th, we now have a confirmed arrival for 1.5 million Pfizer vaccines set for March. Peru has begun to vaccinate its front-line worker, i.e.; doctors, nurses, & civil servant.
  • Currently, all ICU beds are full in both the private and public sectors, and there’s a waiting list for oxygen tank refills.

Covid Restrictions for International Flights

  • Passenger flights from Europe, South Africa and Brazil, or who have made a stopover in these places in the last 14 days are suspended until February 28.
  • International air travel to 36 authorized destinations in 17 countries remains under current recommendations.
  • The health protocol for the care of travelers on commercial international flights must be respected.

Requirements to enter Peru – Travel restrictions to Peru 2021

At the time of entering the country, all people must present the traveler’s electronic health affidavit in a mandatory manner in order to prevent the entry of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can download the Sworn Statement here 👉 https://e-notificacion.migraciones.gob.pe/dj-salud/

If you visited a country with cases of local transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), remember that you must isolate yourself at home for 14 days as a preventive measure as indicated by Supreme Decree 008-2020-SA.

Likewise, if you are at the airport and you have symptoms before or after an international trip, go to the International Air Health (SAI) area, where you will receive medical attention.

Covid Restrictions for Flights inside Perú

Regions with extreme, high and very high alert: interprovincial air transport is allowed, taking into account the recommendations to guarantee the safety of citizens.

To board flights from Lima to the permitted destinations, passengers must have a molecular or antigen test with a negative result, a maximum of seventy-two hours after obtaining the result.

Covid Travel Restrictions:

We encourage all citizens to comply with the quarantine measures of the Peruvian Government and to follow the instructions of the Peruvian authorities.

Measures that the passenger must comply with

If you are going to travel by air, you should take into account these recommendations:

  • Passengers traveling from Lima must present a negative molecular or antigen test for COVID-19, the result of which is obtained up to 72 hours before the flight.
  • If you are in Lima, you can arrive at the airport up to 3 hours before the scheduled flight departure time. For the rest of airports nationwide, you can do it up to 2 hours in advance.
  • You must maintain a physical distance of at least one meter from other people.
  • You must use a mask at all times and, for the flight, you must also use a face shield.
  • Check the signage for waiting areas, queues and other indications from the airport authority.
  • Before entering the airport, your temperature will be taken.
  • You will be asked to fill out a Health Status Affidavit.
  • Children under 14 years of age may only travel with at least one of their parents or their duly accredited guardian. They must fill out and deliver an affidavit for the transport of passengers under 14 years of age.
  • People over 65 must also fill out and submit an affidavit for the transport of passengers over 65.

Air travel within Peru:

Air travel within Peru is limited to domestic flights. Peru’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MTC) and the Ministry of Health (MINSA) have established new health and safety guidelines for air travel. Travelers are encouraged to follow the guidelines outlined below. For more information, see the security protocols published by the MTC

  • Check-in (Register): Passengers departing from Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima must arrive three (3) hours prior to departure for check-in. Travelers departing from regional airports must arrive two (2) hours prior to departure.
  • Face Coverings: Face masks are required in addition to face shields.
  • Health assessment: all passengers will have their temperature taken before entering the airport. People with a fever or temperature higher than 38ºC (100.4ºF) will not be able to enter the passenger terminal.
  • Ticket Passengers: Only ticketed passengers are allowed in the airport terminals. Individuals requiring special assistance may have one (1) person accompany them at the airport to assist with check-in.
  • Children: children under 14 can only travel with a parent or guardian. Children cannot travel unaccompanied.
  • Affidavits: All passengers (including minors) must sign an affidavit prior to boarding, stating that they have no symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

On the plane

  • Passengers who are going to take flights of more than two hours must wear several masks to constantly replace them.
  • Once on the aircraft, people must keep the seat assigned to them and wear the mask at all times. For flights of less than two hours, the toilets may not be used, except in exceptional cases and there will be no service on board.
  • On longer trips, food will be distributed by letter, so that there are no passengers in the same row eating at the same time. Entertainment stations must be disinfected before and after each trip.

Other Covid Travel Restrictions

  • Among other measures is that the authorities must avoid the crowds of passengers in the baggage, immigration control and customs areas.
  • In these areas, passengers of up to two flights may stay simultaneously with a minimum physical separation of two meters, clearly established with signs. No more than one person will be allowed for each signal, unless they are under 12 years old or people who need accompaniment. Antibacterial gel or glycerinated alcohol must be available at all times.
  • At the immigration window there must be a meter of distance between the officers and the passengers. In these areas, needless to say, the consumption of food or beverages will be prohibited.
  • The use of baggage carousels should be maximized to limit the concentration of passengers and, where possible, specific zones should be assigned for flights from high-risk locations.

Overland travel:

Overland travel within Peru is limited to domestic travel. Travelers on interprovincial buses must also follow MTC and MINSA security protocols. The guidelines are summarized below. For more information on interprovincial (regional) travel, see the safety protocols published by the MTC.

  • Check-in: ticketed passengers must arrive early.
  • Face Coverings: Face masks are required in addition to face shields.
  • Health evaluation: the temperature of all passengers will be taken.
  • Seats: passengers are prohibited from standing on buses; all passengers must be seated.
  • Affidavits: All passengers (including minors) must sign an affidavit prior to boarding, stating that they have no symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Tours in Perú:

Touring Peru is discovering endless mysterious places, with hidden stories in corners that you may have never seen before stepping on this country. We recommend you to visit another impressive destinations in Cusco like the tour to rainbow mountain peru or the humantay lake tour from cusco, which only takes one day. But if you are gonna to stay more days in Perú, other archaeological places you can know will be the choquequirao trek peru, the salkantay trek to machu picchu, and the classic inca trail 4 days 3 nights.

Recommendations for travelers:

  • The use of masks does not prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your forearm or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of tissues in a closed container.
  • Wash your hands properly for 20 seconds with soap and water. Don’t forget to lather.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, without having previously washed your hands.
  • Avoid sharing food, utensils, and your personal items (comb, towel, clothing, etc.).
  • Have alcohol gel on hand in case you don’t have access to soap and water.
  • Avoid direct contact with people with respiratory problems.
  • Don’t self-medicate.
  • If during your trip to the country with cases of local transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) you had contact with a person who has been diagnosed with the disease and / or has symptoms of acute respiratory infection such as:
  • Fever of 38 ° C or higher.
  • Cough.
  • Throat pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Nasal congestion.
  • Call the toll-free number 113, send a WhatsApp message to 952842623 or write to the email infosalud@minsa.gob.pe so that the health personnel can guide you.

Important!

From February 15 to 28, 2021, the mandatory social immobilization that you must respect will be according to the alert level of the place where you live. Review the measures to face the pandemic according to your alert level and province.

Protect the lives of our siblings with risk factors: children, the elderly, patients with chronic diseases, cancer or immunosuppression.

Quarantine Safety Measures in every Region

With the extension of the quarantine, they’ve decided to focus on the provinces with “Extreme” levels of Covid-19 within each region to avoid unnecessary lockdown. The country is divided into 3 different levels of alert which are: High, Very High, & Extreme. Below I’ve listed each level of alert below with its corresponding region & Province with the restrictions that went into effect starting January 31st and revised for February 15th-28th.

Extreme: Ancash (Santa), Apurimca (Abancay), Lima (Metro, Callao, Huaura, Canete, Huaral y Barranca), Ica (Ica, Chincha, & Pisco), Huancavelica (Huancavelica), Huanuco (Huanuco), Junin (Huancayo, Tarma, Yauli, y Chanchamayo), Amazonas (Utcubamba), Arequipa (Arequipa, Caman, Islay & Caylloma), Ayacucho (Huamanga), Cajamarca (Cutervo), Cusco (Canchis y La Covencion), Tacna (Tacna), Puno (Puno), Pasco (Pasco), Loreto (Maynas & Ramon Castilla), Moquegua (Ilo).

  • The restrictions are as follows:
    • All gyms, casinos & theaters are closed.
    • All stores selling basic food products are permitted 40% occupancy.
    • All malls and commercial centers are closed.
    • All restaurants are closed except for delivery.
    • All private vehicles are restricted but can be used with the proper work permit available on the Peru government site.
    • The use of public transportation is limited to workers in sectors deemed “essential”.
    • Interprovincial travel by bus has been stopped however there are still domestic flights running through Lima (see above for all specifications). Any passengers boarding flights in an area marked “Extreme” are required to show negative Covid-19 test results from either an antigen or molecular test, with results no older than 72 hours.
    • 1 person per family, is allowed to leave for 1 hour per day, to go shopping for basic supplies or exercise outside.
    • Enforced curfew from 6 pm-6 am. Anyone breaking the curfew runs the risk of being taken to jail or heavily fined.

Very High: Amazonas, Arequipa, Cajamarca, Ayacucho, Cusco, Moquegua, Puno, Tumbes, Tacna

  • The restrictions are as follows:
    • All gyms, theaters & casinos are all closed.
    • All stores selling basic food products are permitted 50% occupancy.
    • All malls and commercial centers are permitted 20% occupancy.
    • All restaurants are permitted 30% occupancy & delivery.
    • Private vehicles are restricted for use Saturday & Sunday.
    • Enforced curfew from 8 pm-4 am.

High: La Libertad, Lambayeque, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martin, Piura, Ucayali

  • The restrictions are as follows:
    • All gyms, theaters & casinos are all to run at 30% occupancy.
    • All stores selling basic food products are permitted 50% occupancy.
    • All malls and commercial centers are permitted 40% occupancy.
    • All restaurants are permitted 50% occupancy & delivery.
    • Private vehicles are restricted for use on Sunday.
    • Enforced curfew from 9 pm-4 am.
    • Travel is allowed in these zones with buses at 50% occupancy.

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