Travel in Peru - Corona Update

Posted by Marianne Salmans (status June 2021)

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

With spring arriving, so does our travel bug. 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)

Exploring the country now

Peru is listed as “essential travel only” by the Dutch government (“Reisadvies Peru“). Dutch residents coming back from Peru have to go into 10-days quarantine immediately 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. Please refer to the actual flight status here.

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.
  • When the result of the rapid test upon arrival is negative, guests do not have to go into mandatory quarantine.
  • 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.

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

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. 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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