Last update: 01/22/2022
Peru reopened its borders to international flights on October 5, 2020. Currently, travelers from all countries, except Brazil, India, and South Africa, can visit Peru.
Peru’s entry requirements are fairly straightforward. All travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of boarding or a negative antigen test from within 24 hours prior to boarding. They must also complete an online Sworn Statement of Health.
There is no requirement for travelers to quarantine on arrival in Peru, apart from travelers from Brazil, India, and South Africa, who must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival.
Can I travel to Peru right now?
You can travel to Peru from almost every country right now. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Peru at the moment.
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Travelers from all countries except Brazil, South Africa, and India can currently visit Peru.
- South Africa
Only Peruvian residents are allowed to travel from these countries.
Peru COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements
Peru has two main entry requirements for travelers.
First, all travelers aged 12 and older must have a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours prior to boarding or a negative antigen test result from within 24 hours prior to boarding. They will have to show their test result to their airline in order to be able to board their flight to Peru.
Second, all travelers must complete an online Sworn Statement of Health.
Travelers who have been in Brazil, India, or South Africa in the last 14 days must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in Peru.
Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Peru?
All travelers aged 12 and older must have proof of a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours prior to boarding or a negative antigen test result from within 24 hours prior to departure.
Travelers must show their test results to the airline in order to board their flight to Peru. Children under the age of 12 can present a medical certificate of good health instead of a negative test result.
Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Peru?
There is no mandatory quarantine for most travelers on arrival in Peru.
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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Peru
Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution is advanced in most countries around the world, the government of Peru has not yet confirmed whether it will be mandatory to present a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) to enter Peru.
If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to Peru, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case Peru changes its travel restrictions.
Other travel restrictions for Peru during COVID-19
Peru has a few other travel restrictions in place:
- All travelers must submit an online Sworn Statement of Health.
- All travelers should expect to undergo health screenings upon arrival.
- Face masks are required in all public areas.
- Social distancing rules must be observed.
- You may need a tourist visa to visit Peru. Check if you need one below.
What’s open in Peru
Peru has classified its regions according to four different levels of alert. These four levels are “moderate,” “high,” “very high,” and “extreme” (no region is currently classified as “extreme”). Restrictions for each alert level vary; “moderate level” regions have the loosest restrictions, while “extreme level” regions have the strictest regulations. You can find a list of regions’ alert levels here (in English).
Hotels that are open in Peru
Hotels in Peru are open, so visitors should be able to find great places to stay. If you’re looking for ideas for accommodation, these are our favorite hotels in Peru:
- Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa
- Palacio del Inka Hotel
- JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
- Casa Andina Premium Cusco
Guests must wear masks in all public areas and keep a distance of at least 2 meters away from others who are not in their household. They will have their temperatures taken at check-in. Common areas will be subject to frequent disinfection.
More details on hotel regulations can be found here (in Spanish).
Beaches that are open in Peru
Some beaches in Peru are currently open, but it depends on regions’ levels of alert.
Beaches in “extreme alert” regions are closed. Beaches in “moderate alert,” “high alert,” and “very high alert” regions are currently open.
More information on beach regulations is available here (in Spanish).
Attractions that are open and tours that are operating in Peru
There are so many incredible things to see and do in Peru: you can hike the Inca Trail, visit Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, or even fly over the Nazca Lines. Luckily, many attractions in Peru are open, including Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, and tours are operating. We highly recommend taking these tours:
- Machu Picchu Lost Citadel Official Ticket
- Machu Picchu Lost Citadel and Mountain Official Ticket
- Machu Picchu: Round-Trip Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes
- Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain
- Cusco: Humantay Lake All-inclusive Full-day Tour
- Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour with Lunch
- Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Weavers Half-Day Tour
- Lima: Ballestas Island & Huacachina Oasis Private Tour
- Nazca: 35-Minute Flight Over Nazca Lines
In “moderate alert” regions, indoor attractions can operate at 60% capacity, while outdoor attractions like monuments and archaeological sites can operate without capacity restrictions. In “high alert” regions, indoor attractions can operate at 50% capacity, while outdoor attractions have no capacity limits. In “very high alert” regions, attractions’ indoor capacity is restricted to 40%, but there is no capacity restriction for outdoor attractions. Indoor attractions can operate at 30% capacity in “extreme alert” regions, while outdoor attractions have no capacity restrictions.
Attractions will have their own restrictions for visitors. (For example, Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail have their own restrictions, which can be found here and here [both in Spanish].) Generally, visitors should always wear masks and social distance while at attractions and on tours. They should also sanitize and/or wash their hands frequently and expect to potentially undergo temperature checks.
Restaurants that are open in Peru
Hungry for some amazing Peruvian food? Restaurants in Peru are open, although restrictions vary based on regions’ levels of alert.
In “high alert” regions, restaurants with indoor dining can operate at 50% capacity, while restaurants with outdoor dining are allowed to operate at full capacity. In “very high alert” regions, restaurants with indoor dining are allowed to operate at 40% capacity, and restaurants with outdoor dining can operate at full capacity. In “extreme alert” regions, indoor dining (with ventilation) is limited to 30% capacity and diners must have a prior booking. Outdoor dining can be open at full capacity and delivery is allowed until 11 PM.
Customers should follow general health and safety guidelines: they should wear masks at all times, except when eating or drinking, and sanitize their hands frequently. They should also abide by social distancing rules.
Airports that are open in Peru
Peru’s two main airports, Jorge Chàvez International Airport in Lima and Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco, are open and international flights are operating.
Travelers must wear face masks at all times and abide by social distancing protocols. They should expect to have their temperatures taken on arrival.
Curfew in Peru
There is a curfew across all of Peru, but the hours depend on the regions’ levels of alert.
“Moderate alert” regions have a nightly curfew from 12 AM to 4 AM. “High alert” regions have a nightly curfew from 12 AM to 4 AM. “Very high alert” regions have a nightly curfew from 10 PM to 4 AM, with vehicle restrictions on Sundays.
Where to get a PCR test in Peru – COVID-19 testing in Peru
Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in Peru, here is a list of places you can get tested.
Peru reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.
Check out these FAQs related to Peru reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.
Yes, you can travel to Peru right now as long as you are not coming from Brazil, India, or South Africa.
Yes, travelers from Brazil, índia, and South Africa who are not Peruvian residents cannot currently enter Peru.
Yes, travelers from Brazil, India, and South Africa must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in Peru.
Yes, you must have proof of a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of boarding or a negative antigen test result from within 24 hours of boarding.
Yes, there is a curfew in place, but the hours depend on regions’ levels of alert. The curfew in “moderate alert” regions is from 12 AM to 4 AM daily. In “ high alert” regions, curfew is from 12 AM to 4 AM daily. In “very high alert” regions, curfew is from 10 PM to 4 AM daily, with vehicle restrictions on Sundays.
Yes, there are restrictions for domestic air travel. More information on these restrictions is available here.
No, land borders are closed for international travel.
Yes, Peru’s hotels are open.
Yes, Peru’s two main airports in Lima and Cusco are open and commercial flights are operating.
Yes, restaurants in Peru are open, but regulations for them differ based on regions’ levels of alert.
Yes, tours and excursions are currently operating.
Yes, attractions are open, but capacity limits vary based on regions’ levels of alert.
Yes, Machu Picchu is open.
Yes, the Inca Trail is open.
Yes, American tourists can travel to Peru.
Yes, Canadians can visit Peru.
We will update this guide on Peru’s reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Peru, you can check these official sources:
- US Embassy Updates on COVID-19 in Peru
- CDC Travel Recommendations for Peru
- General Peru Travel Advisory
- Current Entry Requirements and Restrictions in English
- Lima Airport Arrival Protocols in English
- Lima Airport COVID-19 FAQs
- PROMPERU: COVID-19 Information for Travelers in English
- Government of Peru: Coronavirus Information for Travelers in Spanish
- Sworn Statement of Health
- Region Classifications and Regulations in Spanish
- List of Places to Get a PCR Test in Peru