Travel in Peru - Corona Update

Posted by Marianne Salmans (status since April 20, 2022)

“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? The answer is “yes”! In this blog we will keep you informed about the latest information from Peru.

Developments up to now

The country has been open to receive international travellers for quite some time now. You are free to travel by car or plane, and shops and restaurants are largely open. However, in some cases there might still be 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

The travel advice for Peru is the same as before COVID-19: “Yellow: open for tourism travel – Beware there might be risks”, click here. You may also refer to information from the government of Peru, which can be found here.

Return from Peru to the Netherlands

As of April 20 2022, the following applies when returning to the EU/Schengen area from any country outside this region in case you are an EU citizen (and therefore also when returning to the Netherlands from Peru):

  • Proof of a negative PCR- or Antigen Test is no longer needed
  • You do not need to quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands.
  • Always check the website of the Dutch government for the most up-to-date information, click here.

Travelers are strongly advised to do a self-test upon return in the Netherlands before meeting others or returning to work/school. If you have symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 or if a self-test is positive, always have yourself tested at the GGD.

Travel to Peru

On October 5th, 2020, Peru opened its airports to international air traffic, initially starting with flights from 7 destinations within South America. Since December 15th, 2020, 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:

  • Travelers from 18 years old must show proof of three doses of vaccination against COVID-19 upon arrival, likewise, travelers between 12 and 17 years old must show proof of two doses of vaccination.
  • Travelers without the required vaccination scheme must present a negative PCR-test result issued no more than 48 hours before boarding.
  • It is no longer necessary to go into a 14-day quarantine upon arrival and there is no longer a curfew in Peru.
  • Infants below the age of 12 do not need a negative test nor vaccination certificate. They have to be free of symptoms.
  • Also, an affidavit must be completed within 72 hours of departure, which can be found here.
  • It is compulsory for everyone over the age of 18 years to present proof of complete vaccination (two doses) to enter any closed public space (restaurants, museums, galleries, etc.).
  • It is compulsory for everyone over the age of 12 years to present proof of complete vaccination (two doses) to board interprovincial transportation and domestic flights. In case the vaccination scheme is not complete, a negative result to a PCR test (no older than 48 hours before boarding) will also be accepted. This rule also applies to train journeys between Cusco or Poroy to Machu Picchu (since these journeys qualify as interprovincial transport).
  • Capacity restrictions have been eliminated for airports, restaurants, museums, and touristic attractions.
  • Face masks are optional in all open spaces in cities with a vaccination rate (3 doses) of higher than 80%. This includes Lima, Ica, Áncash and Callao. The use of a face mask is still mandatory in public spaces in cities where the vaccination rate (3 doses) has not reached 80 % yet. You may make use of either a double mask or a single KN-95 mask in closed places, such as airports, shopping centers, banks, supermarkets, among others.
  • 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 ‘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

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 have the pleasure to enjoy. Whilst Peru was in lock-down, the Sol y Luna Home faced the immense challenge of how to remain open. The principal source of funding, the Sol y Luna Hotel, was temporarily closed and the children of the Sol y Luna Home were being cared for by tutors and volunteers.

Tourism has now returned, but of course the long period of lockdown has severely exhausted financial means. Whilst we all faced disruptive and unsettling times, we ask you to please remember those who were 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 Peruvian consulate or the Dutch embassy based in Peru.

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