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.

*This article was last updated March 17, 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. 

Cusco 24-Hour Emergency Line : (51) 936 725 586
Other Peru Destinations 24-hour Emergency Line: (51) 936 717 246

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

Statement : Former President Martin Vizcarra announced a state of emergency in Peru from March 15, 2020-June 30, 2020 to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please see below for more information. Though the state of emergency has ended, there are still travel restrictions and safety protocols in place.

Essential Information for Travelers

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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 2020 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

Are there cases of COVID-19 in Peru?

Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in Peru was reported in March 2020. According to the latest reporting by the World Health Organization, there are 1,418,974 cases in Peru, as of March 17, 2021. We continue to closely monitor the pandemic, and the government continues to advise and enforce appropriate safety measures.

Is it still safe to travel to Peru?

Yes, with restrictions. You must have a negative PCR test issued no more than 72 hours before your trip, plus complete a 14-day quarantine. The 14-day quarantine period can be lifted if a negative antigen test is issued upon arrival. The borders have reopened to select US cities in addition to cities in Canada and other Central and South American countries. See full list here.

State of Emergency. The state of emergency in Peru started on March 15 and ended on July 1, 2020, but safety protocols continue to be enforced country-wide.

Border Closure. On March 15, 2020, President Vizcarra announced a total closure of borders from March 17, 2020, suspending all incoming and outgoing international passenger travel. As of October 22nd, 2020 select international flight routes reopened.

For the United States, the borders began reopening on October 6, 2020, and now permit flights to and from Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando and Miami in the U.S.; Toronto, Canada; Santiago, Chile; San Jose, Costa Rica; and more. However, as mentioned above, a negative PCR test is required as well as a 14-day quarantine period that can be exempted with a negative antigen test done upon arrival to Lima.

For Europe, the President announced on March 13, 2021 that select flight routes to and from Europe will be reopened. Flight routes to the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa remain suspended. Passengers with connecting flights from the UK, Brazil, or South Africa that enter Peru will have to quarantine for two weeks.

We are continuously monitoring the situation and updating our travelers as borders reopen and services return to schedule.

Is Peru open to tourism?

Yes, Peru is now open to tourists from the United States, however, there are strict protocols in place. Upon entry to Peru, passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test issued no more than 72 hours before boarding. In addition to the negative test, they must quarantine for 14 days before their travels can commence or complete another negative antigen test upon arrival to Peru.

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.

Border closure and self quarantine in Peru

Peru is currently is in Phase 4 of reopening. Here are the current restrictions and allowances as outlined by Phase 4:

  • Quarantine. As of March 13, 2021, all travelers arriving internationally must either quarantine for 14 days upon arrival or complete a negative antigen test upon arrival to Peru.
  • International Air. The border has gradually begun its reopening process on October 6, 2020. Flights currently permitted in/out of Peru include Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando and Miami in the U.S.; Toronto, Canada; Mexico City, Mexico; Santiago, Chile; San Jose, Costa Rica; and more. See full list here. Flights from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa continue to be suspended until further notice.
  • Domestic Air. Domestic flights began phasing in on July 15, 2020. As of March 15, 2021 a negative test is no longer required for domestic travel within Peru. For the latest on domestic flights, visit U.S. Embassy in Peru website.
  • Negative COVID-19 test. All passengers arriving on international flights must present a negative COVID-19 molecular test issued within 72 hours of departure time to Lima.
  • Lima Airport COVID-19 Regulations. Also, there are strict safety protocols in place at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport. This includes temperature check, mandatory social distancing, mandatory use of masks, and more. Only ticketed passengers are permitted into the airport.
  • Public spaces. Restaurants (excluding bars and clubs) are now operating at 50 percent capacity. Malls, banks, supermarkets, libraries, museums, archaeological monuments, cultural centers, art galleries, zoos, national parks, and themed parks are operating at 60 percent capacity.
  • Machu Picchu and Inca Trail. Machu Picchu opened on November 1, 2020. The two day Inca Trail will reopened to the public on November 15, 2020. There is no word as to exactly when the classic four-day Inca Trail will recommence.
  • Curfew. All individuals must stay in their homes between the hours of 9 p.m. and 4 a.m., Monday-Sunday until further notice. Also, private vehicle circulation is forbidden all day on Sundays until 4 a.m. of the next day, nationwide.

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.

Inca Expert Travel 24-Hour Emergency Lines: 

Cusco 24-Hour Emergency Line : (51) 936 725 586
Other Peru Destinations 24-hour Emergency Line: (51) 936 717 246

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 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.

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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.