Peru Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Peru – updated 6 October 2021

Travel to Peru

Peru's national State of Emergency has been extended until at least 31 October 2021. The country has been divided into a three-tier system of Very High, High and Moderate. There is a daily curfew from 10pm to 4am daily. The entry of foreign nationals who travel from India, South Africa and/or Brazil or who have stopped over in India, South Africa and/or Brazil in the last 14 calendar days and do not reside in Peru, is banned until 3 October 2021. 

From 5 October 2021, international flights are permitted to operate between Peru and other Latin American countries.

From 1 November 2021, this includes Mexico, some countries in the Caribbean, and some flights from the United States. Upon examining the biosecurity protocols, Peru has decided flights up to 8 hours of flying time is considered “safe”.

Check with your airline, as the resumption of flights may be slow in the beginning.

To enter Peru, passengers must meet the following requirements:

  • Obtain a negative molecular test result which has been performed a maximum of 72 hours before departure (from the first embarkation point), and upload results to this portal
  • Complete an Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization, which becomes available 72 hours before departure
  • Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival must self-isolate for 14 days
  • Passengers arriving at airports must wear face masks and face protectors and practice social distancing.

These travel alerts are general in nature. Check with your airline for their requirements before boarding in case different measures apply.

What to expect in Peru

Machu Picchu reopened on 1 November 2020, with a limited 30% admission capacity of 675 people per day. Visitors will have their temperatures taken and will be required to wear masks and stand at least 6.5ft (2m) apart.

  • A nationwide curfew between the hours of 11pm to 4am
  • Restrictions may differ between regions of Peru – check local government websites before you travel
  • People must wear face masks while outside, and a facial protector (a clear plastic full-face covering) is required on public transport
  • IPERU is great tourist information and assistance resource.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

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Safety tips for travelers in Peru

  • Use the services of one of the official taxi companies located at desks directly outside the International and Domestic Arrival halls at the airport
  • Avoid using taxis that operate on streets. Also, check for lights on top of the taxi, and proper signage on the car to make sure your cab is legitimate
  • If you have luggage, you should not take a station wagon cab where your luggage can be seen, as it attracts robbers, who use mobile phones to advise accomplices to hold up the cab and rob you further along the road
  • Never leave your luggage in the cab with the driver behind the wheel. There have been incidents where passengers have got out with their luggage still either in the cab or boot and the driver has driven off
  • Be aware of the risk of "express kidnappings" - short-term, opportunistic abductions. Victims are selected at random and forced to empty their bank accounts. The incidence of this in Peru has lessened in recent years, but still occurs occasionally
  • Women should take care at bus terminals, when hiring or getting into taxis, and avoid isolated areas particularly after dark
  • Be alert to the availability and possible use of "date rape" and other drugs
  • Tourists should be cautious if visiting the Sacsahuayman ruins outside Cuzco at dawn, dusk, or nighttime since roving gangs have in the past preyed on unsuspecting tourists.

Read more safety tips for Peru here.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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