Peru Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Peru – updated 29 October, 2020

Travel to Peru

From 5 October, international flights are permitted to operate between Peru and other Latin American countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Panama, Uruguay and Mexico. Flights with other countries will resume at an unspecified later date.

To enter Peru, eligible passengers must do the following:

  • Upon departure, submit a negative molecular test result which has been performed a maximum of 72 hours before departure (from the first embarkation point)
  • Sign a Declaracion Jurada de Salud which includes a sworn statement that agrees to comply with the mandatory 14-day quarantine, and that you are symptom free of COVID-19 upon entry.

These travel alerts are general in nature. Contact your airline or travel provider for information on the availability of flights, and check with your airline on their requirements before boarding in case different measures apply.

What to expect in Peru

A state of emergency was declared on 15 March, and remains in place until 31 October.

Machu Picchu will reopen from Sunday 1 November, 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.

  • Nationwide curfew from Monday to Saturday from 11pm to 4am
  • An all day curfew on Sundays until 4 am on Monday
  • Curfew hours are longer in some regions, from 8pm to 4am
  • People must wear face masks while outside
  • A facial protector (a clear plastic full-face covering) is required on public transport
  • IPERU is a great tourist information and assistance resource.

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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.

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