Updated December 1st, 2021 (Check frequently for Peru Travel Covid 19 info. Peru’s government is reevaluating and adjusting public health measures every two weeks.)
Travel to Peru has reopened. No more mandatory quarantines for arriving passengers. And all cities are currently on a “moderate level of alert” for Covid-19.
As international travel to Peru gradually increases, we are doing everything we can to ensure our trips are as safe as possible for everyone — for our travelers, our guides and drivers, our staff, and all the people we come in contact with along the way.
Renowned and breathtaking destinations in Lima, Arequipa, and Cusco are all once again open to visitors!
But be aware: Strict health protocols and travel restrictions, including a nightly curfew from 2 am to 4 am, remain in place. So be sure to have your accommodations planned in advance.
Wearing a mask and getting vaccinated is mandatory in Peru
Masks are compulsory throughout Peru when you’re out and about. Adults over the age of 18 must show proof of vaccination to enter indoor public spaces. They may show their physical or virtual vaccination card demonstrating they have completed their COVID-19 vaccination. In the case of restaurants, masks can only be removed when eating or drinking. A double mask (a 3-ply surgical mask underneath and a cloth mask over it) or a single KN95 is required for entry to enclosed public places, such as airports, bus terminals, supermarkets, shopping centers and banks. In some cases, people are required to wear a face shield, as well.
Double masking is required to board all flights within Peru.
Covid-19 Vaccinations to enter Peru
To enter Peru, travelers must show proof upon arrival that they have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations at least 14 days before boarding the flight to Lima. Travelers who have not completed their Covid-19 vaccinations within 14 days must present a negative PCR-test result issued no more than 72 hours before their flight. Children under 12 years of age are not subject to the vaccination or PCR test requirements, but must be symptom-free in order to board the plane to Lima.
All travelers must complete the online “Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization” within 72 hours of their flight to Peru.
Once submitted, you will receive a form containing a QR code that you can either print or store on your Smartphone. You will need to show it to immigration officials upon arrival to Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport to enter the country.
Peru’s Covid 19 protocols for bus journeys
A mask must be worn at all times during the ride.
For interprovincial bus travel, a printed version of the following health declarations must be printed, completed and submitted (they are all in Spanish, but your Fertur agent can provide assistance filling them out):
Currently, all interprovincial bus passengers 45 years and older MUST show proof of their completed Covid-19 vaccinations to board.
Do not worry about the curfew if your itinerary requires overnight travel. The curfew does not apply to tourists traveling in properly permitted vehicles with approved professional drivers.
Social Distancing in Peru
Restaurants, supermarkets, grocery stores and banks are open at 80% occupancy. Other establishments, including salons, spas, gyms, and churches are open at 50% occupancy. You will likely see a percentage of empty seats if an interprovincial bus trip is part of your itinerary.
PeruRail’s service to Machu Picchu is running at 100 percent capacity because its wagons — the Vistadome and Expedition trains — are equipped with state-of-the-art HEPA air sterilizing filter systems.
Covid-19 Safety Protocols on the train to Machu Picchu
All passengers must wear a double mask and face shield for train service between Cusco and Machu Picchu. PeruRail also requires passengers to complete a Symptomatology Form confirming that they are not suffering COVID-19 symptoms. Here are links to PeruRail’s Sworn declaration, which must be completed and signed no more than 24 hours prior to departure.
Visit our page Machu Picchu Guide 2021 for more information on health and safety measures at Machu Picchu and on the Inca Trail.
With locations in Lima. Appointments need to be coordinated through their web site.
Offering tests with no appointment necessary, with locations in Lima, Chiclayo, Piura, Tarapoto and Arequipa. For more information, visit their Web site. This company also provides house calls to residences or hotels for an extra fee (40–50 soles).
With various locations around Lima and in Piura, Unilabs also provides services at Jorge Chávez International Airport seven days a week, with appointments available every 10 minutes, 5:00 am to 11:00 pm. Antigen test results take approximately 1 hour and molecular tests 12 hours. For more information, check their Web site.
Clínica Peruano Suiza
A reputable and reliable testing service by appointment in Cusco, it provides molecular Covid-19 test results accepted by international airlines. For more information, check their Web site.
Traveling beyond the pandemic
The situation and preventive measures related to COVID-19 are still fluid and subject to rapid modifications to keep pace with the pandemic. We will do our best to provide accurate, up-to-date information. We hope and pray that you take all precautions to stay safe and healthy, and that we can turn the page on Covid-19.
We are so excited to get back to what we love, showing off the remarkable culture, history and immense beauty of Peru. We remain committed providing amazing experiences, so that visitors go home counting Peru as the greatest and most memorable travel experience possible.
We look forward to a brighter future, and serving you.
You’re going to love Peru!