Travel in Peru - Corona Update

Posted by Marianne Salmans (status March/April 2021)

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

On 13 October, EU Member States adopted a Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to find a common ground to travel measures within the EU, to the EU and travel outside the EU. With this comes the big question for many of our travellers: when can we return to Latin America? In this blog we will keep you informed about the current situation in Peru.

Developments up to now

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

Peruvians have since been allowed to go outside their homes only to a limited extent to do their essential shopping (supermarkets, pharmacies, banks). Initially this was regulated by gender: women were able to leave home on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Men were able to leave their home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Neither men nor women were allowed out on Sundays. Eventually this spread was changed to allowing one member of the family, regardless of gender.

In addition, Peru initiated a 4-phase roadmap at the beginning of May, in which the economy was gradually reactivated. Peru began phase 4 of economic reactivation on October 1, including the resumption of international flights. Stores may now operate at 60% capacity and restaurants at 50%; travel agencies and tour operators may resume operations, while bars and cinemas remain closed.

Exploring the country now

Important: since January 23, guests arriving from South America will no longer be allowed entry into the Netherlands. This restriction applies until the Dutch governement can introduce a mandatory quarantine for travelers upon arrival in the Netherlands. Below you will find the local rules for Peru.

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 daily to Lima. However, with the recently discovered new strand of the Coronavirus in the United Kingdom, all flights from the European Union have been suspended at this time. Please refer to the actual flight status here.

On October 15th, several tourist sites around Cuzco were 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.

The following regulations currently apply:

  • Foreign travelers are permitted to enter Peru only if they have a negative molecular test (PCR). This test must be done a maximum of 72 hours before travelling to Peru. Also, an affidavit must be completed here.
  • Upon arrival in Peru, at airport Jorge Chavez in Lima, it is mandatory to take a Covid-19 rapid test.
  • Due to the new variant of SARS-CoV-2, all long-haul flights that are over eight hours are suspended until January 31, 2021.
  • 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 only, click here) has been launched by the government allowing for contact-free customs and migrations upon arrival.

Related to vaccination, Peru expects vaccines to arrive in the first quarter of 2021 before general elections on April 11, and vaccines will likely be administered in voting centers.

Exploring the country later

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 we cannot 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.

The donation page has already reached more than £48.000, a tribute to this fabulous cause and the warm bond between sustainable tourism and support of local communities. 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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