Man with facemask outside building of glass during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Here at Inca Expert Travel, your health and comfort is always our top priority. We understand that coronavirus in Peru and around the world has brought a lot of confusion to travelers. Please rest assured that we are always here for you to bring peace of mind while preserving every bit of the wonder that your upcoming trip beholds. If you need to speak with someone directly, remember we are just a call or email away to bring clarity and support.

Restrictions also often change on a day-to-day basis. For more immediate information, please refer to your country of origin’s Embassy in order to view the latest updates regarding new regulations. United States citizens can check the U.S. Embassy in Peru for the latest information.

*This article was last updated December 20, 2021. It was originally created on March 13, 2020.

If you have any specific questions or concerns about an upcoming trip, please contact your Travel Advisor directly. Any travelers currently in Peru should call our 24-hour emergency line. 

Our emergency numbers are listed in your Inca Expert Travel Program.

Your health and comfort are always our top priority. During this uncertain time, please remember that we are here for you – just a call or email away. 

Essential Information for Travelers

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Is it still safe to travel to Peru?

Yes, Peru is open for travel and mitigating risks for travelers by enforcing certain requirements. Travelers must either have proof of full vaccination or present a negative PCR test issued no more than 72 hours before departing to Peru. Furthermore, Indoor spaces require visitors to present a negative PCR test or show proof of vaccination before entering. Use of masks in Public is also prevalent, making open and closed spaces safer.

We are continuously monitoring the situation and updating our travelers as things return to normal. For questions regarding COVID testing in order to return to your country of origin, don’t hesitate to contact our Travel Advisors.

Is Peru open to tourism?

Yes, Peru is now open to tourists from the United States, however, there are certain safety and health protocols in place. Upon entry to Peru, all passengers must either present a negative PCR test issued no more than 72 hours before boarding, or proof of full vaccination.

Beloved sites like Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Colca Canyon and 17 other archaeological sites have reopened their ancient doors. Many restaurants, museums, shops and hotels have also resumed service, at limited capacity. Like anywhere else in the world, there are strict health protocols and increased cleaning standards in place to protect both visitors and locals.

Contact our expert travel advisors to book your fascinating (and safe) vacation to Peru.

Current COVID-19 Restrictions in Peru

Here are the current restrictions for visitors to Peru:

  • On Christmas Eve and New Years there is a mandatory curfew from 11 PM to 4 AM.
  • Beginning December 15th, Peru is requiring that everyone over the age of 18 present an original physical vaccination card if they wish to enter closed spaces. A closed space includes restaurants, museums, supermarkets, cathedrals (such as the Cusco Cathedral), and more.
  • Beginning December 15th, Peru is requiring that all passengers over the age of 18 boarding a domestic flight either provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination via an original physical vaccination card, OR a negative PCR-test with a result date of no more than 72 hours before boarding.
  • Beginning December 15th, Peru is requiring that all passengers over the age of 18 boarding domestic ground transport to either provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination via an original physical vaccination card, OR a negative PCR-test with a result date of no more than 72 hours before boarding.
  • As of December 15th, for Peru Rail and Inca Rail it will be required to present a vaccination card to board the train. Hotels will also require visitors to present a complete vaccination card in order to enter.
  • Quarantine. Travelers are not being asked to quarantine at this time.
  • Face protection. As of April 15th, 2021 all individuals may be asked to wear two (2) face masks and a face shield during all tours and when in public spaces (including supermarkets, hotel lobbies, and archaeological sites). Face shields and a face mask are required on public transportation such as the train to Machu Picchu and the shuttle bus to the Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Negative PCR test. All passengers arriving on international flights must present a negative PCR molecular test issued within 72 hours of departure time to Lima, or present proof of full vaccination.
  • Lima Airport COVID-19 Regulations. There are strict safety protocols in place at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport. This includes temperature check, mandatory social distancing, mandatory use of two (2) face masks, and more. Only ticketed passengers are permitted into the airport.
  • Machu Picchu and Inca Trail. Machu Picchu, classic 4-day Inca Trail and the 2-day Inca Trail are all open to visitors.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an infectious, newly discovered coronavirus that affects the upper respiratory tract. The first case was confirmed in China in December 2019 and has since spread across the globe. The virus is highly contagious, however, there is a low mortality rate. In fact, more than 80 percent of individuals have mild cases, with flu-like symptoms, while about 16 percent have more severe cases that require hospitalization. The majority of individuals with severe cases are elderly, immunosuppressed, or people with underlying health conditions.

Common symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Dry cough 
  • Temperature 
  • Fatigue 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Aches and pains
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

If you contract COVID in Peru

Any travelers traveling with Inca Expert Travel who think they may have contracted COVID-19 in Peru, are advised to call our 24-hour Emergency number to be immediately assisted.

Our emergency numbers are listed in your Inca Expert Travel Program.

Your health. If you have symptoms, dial Peru’s Ministry of Health toll-free number 113, send a WhatsApp message to (+51) 952-842-623, or email infosalud@minsa.gob.pe. Responses may be in Spanish only. You can also call your travel health insurance company for assistance. 

Minimizing risk guidelines

Though widespread, you can absolutely minimize your risk and prevent catching COVID-19. Here are further guidelines for minimizing risk from the Center for Disease Control’s website: 

  1. Social distance yourself. Stay 6 feet away from people in public and try to avoid large group gatherings. 
  2. Wash your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, for at least 20 seconds each time.
  3. Use hand sanitizer. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer that is 60 percent alcohol or higher. 
  4. Resist touching your face. Touching your eyes, nose, and mouth increases the risk of catching a contagious disease. 
  5. Disinfect surfaces. Clean door handles, workspaces, and your mobile phone multiple times a day with disinfectant wipes. 
  6. Cover your cough. If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow or with a tissue. 
  7. Touch-free greetings. Handwaving over handshaking is a good no-touch greeting option to prevent the spread of germs. It would be especially wise to not hug or kiss elderly people to minimize any possible exposure.
  8. Facemasks. If you are infected or potentially infected and must leave your home to go to the doctor, utilize a facemask. Instructions for proper use of a facemask here.

Disclaimer

Inca Expert Travel does not specialize in healthcare advice. The information we’ve compiled is based on guidelines and details from reputed institutes cited in this article. Some details may not be up-to-date despite our greatest efforts.


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