Travel in Peru - Corona Update

Posted by Marianne Salmans (status September/ October 2021)

“Are you considering a holiday to Peru? We are here and ready to give you advice.”

Many of our guests are wondering: what is the current situation with COVID-19 in Peru and when can we visit this stunning destination again? In this blog we will keep you informed about the latest information from Peru.

Developments up to now

On March 8th, the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Lima of a traveller who had returned from a visit to Europe and on March 13th, Peru announced that it would close its borders; the country went into a strict lockdown 3 days later.

On October 15th, several tourist sites around Cuzco were re-opened for domestic tourism. Also Machu Picchu opened its gates mid-November, by now allowing 1.116 daily visitors. This is only a fraction of the average from the past, with 2.500 visitors a day and sometimes even peaks up to 5.000 in high season.

At the moment, the country is also open again to receive international travellers. You are free to travel by car or plane, and shops and restaurants are largely open. However, there are still restrictions, for example in the form of a curfew. The measures differ per province, depending on the local situation. Find local updates here (Spanish only)

Peru has launched the COVID-19 vaccination program. Current level of vaccination can be found here.

Exploring the country now

Return from Peru to the Netherlands

The travel advice for Peru is “essential travel only”. As of September 4th, 2021, the following applies when returning to the Netherlands:

If you travel back to the Netherlands, you will need a “corona certificate”. This means that you must be able to show 1 of the following 3 proofs:

  • A vaccination certificate showing that you have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the EMA (European Medicines Agency) or WHO (World Health Organization). Or;
  • A proof of negative test. Your negative PCR/NAAT test must not be older than 48 hours before departure to the Netherlands. Your negative antigen test must not be older than 24 hours before departure to the Netherlands. Or;
  • Are you traveling with a recovery certificate? Then your recovery certificate must have been issued by an EU member state. Your positive PCR/NAAT test must have been taken no less than 11 days before travel and no more than 180 days before travel.
  • Children under the age of 12 can travel back to the Netherlands without these documents.
  • You do not need to quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands.
  • In addition to the vaccination certificate or test mentioned above, you must also complete a health declaration. Click here.
  • Always check the website of the Dutch government for the most up-to-date information on entry to the Netherlands, click here.

Travelers with a vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate are strongly advised to do a self-test before meeting others or returning to work/school. Travelers without a vaccination certificate or recovery certificate are strongly advised to get tested on days 2 and 5 after arrival. This can be done with a self-test or at the GGD. If you have symptoms that could be related to Covid or if a self-test is positive, always have yourself tested at the GGD.

Travel to Peru

As mentioned above, the travel advice for Peru is “essential travel only”. For current travel advice, click here. Please note that the Peruvian government accepts tourism travel since May 2021, and that the current indication on the Dutch government website, which claims travel for tourism is not allowed, is outdated and incorrect! Accurate information from the government of Peru can be found here.

On October 5th, Peru opened its airports to international air traffic, initially starting with flights from 7 destinations within South America. Since December 15th, flights from Europe were also reinstated with KLM scheduled to fly almost daily to Lima. Please refer to the actual flight status here.

The following regulations currently apply:

  • All arrivals from abroad must provide either proof of a negative test or vaccination certificate.
  • Negative test: travelers entering Peru must provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding the aircraft to Peru; this proof must be presented before boarding the aircraft at the country of origin. As long as visitors don’t present symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival, they do not need to fulfill a mandatory preventive quarantine period.
  • Vaccination: Instead of the negative test, travelers may also present a COVID-19 complete vaccination certificate with two weeks of validity. In case of a valid certificate, the PCR test is no longer necessary for entry into Peru.
  • Also, an affidavit must be completed here.
  • The use of a mask in public is mandatory, and the importance of hand washing and maintaining social distance is reminded constantly.
  • Peru has been divided into regions with different levels of severity and measures. The differences can be found on this government website (in Spanish)
  • Travellers who have any questions, may contact the iPeru service: iperu@promperu.gob.pe.

A new ‘pre-registration migration’ app (Android, click here and IOS, click here) has been launched by the government allowing for contact-free customs and migrations upon arrival.

What is it like to travel in Peru?

Peru was the 3rd country in Latin America to secure the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) ‘Safe Travels’ stamp (more information can be found here). The intriguing country has the advantage that it is originally a destination for travellers with an interest in culture, archaeology and nature, with small-scale lodges and hotels in the great outdoors. The country has beautiful vast nature reserves where you can stay in total peace. Tourist attractions will limit the number of visitors in order to be able to maintain sufficient distance. Further measures are not yet known, but we will of course keep you informed in this blog as soon as there is more clarity. .

Are you considering a holiday to Peru? We are here and ready to give you advice. Our friendly partners in Peru, guides, drivers and receptionists are eager to receive you with open arms and a big smile. Even if this will be at an appropriate distance.

Support Peru as long as you do not wish to travel yet

In 1999, Petit Miribel and her husband started an educational project for local children in the Sacred Valley that has evolved into the Sol y Luna Intercultural School.

To support these educational initiatives, they built the beautiful boutique hotel Sol y Luna – a heart-warming place which many of our guests had the pleasure to enjoy. At this time, Peru has entered into lock-down and the Sol y Luna Home is facing the immense challenge of how to remain open. The principal source of funding, the Sol y Luna Hotel, is temporarily closed. The children of the Sol y Luna Home are currently being cared for by tutors and volunteers, but their future is uncertain, as is that of the 200 children who are educated and cared for by the Sol y Luna Foundation.

Whilst we are all facing disruptive and unsettling times, we ask you to please remember those who are deeply suffering with no access to basic necessities, such as food, clean water and education. More is needed to help the children of the Sacred Valley. Any donation, even the smallest amount, will help provide a future for these deeply deserving children. For donations to Sol y Luna, please click here.

Aves Travels aims to keep this page up-to-date with the latest information and requirements, but changes can occur at any time. For the most recent information, always check with your airline, the Ecuadorian consulate or the Dutch embassy based in Peru.

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