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Is Peru Open for Tourists? – Latest Peru Travel Restrictions

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Last update: 7/24/2021

Peru reopened its borders to international flights on October 5, 2020. Currently, travelers from all countries, except Brazil, South Africa, and the UK, can visit Peru.

Peru’s entry requirements are fairly straightforward. All travelers must have proof of a negative RT-PCR test result or negative antigen test from within 72 hours of departure or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge. They must also complete an online Sworn Statement of Health within 72 hours of departure.

On arrival in Peru, all travelers must quarantine for 14 days, unless they take an antigen test on arrival and receive a negative result, in which case they will not have to quarantine.

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 the UK can currently visit Peru.

  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom

Only Peruvian residents are allowed to travel from these countries.

Peru COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

Peru has three main entry requirements for travelers.

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Peru COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

First, all travelers age 12 and older must have a negative RT-PCR test result or negative antigen test result from within 72 hours of departure, or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge. They will have to show their test result or medical certificate 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 within 72 hours of departure. Finally, all travelers must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in Peru. However, travelers can avoid the 14-day quarantine altogether if they take an antigen test at their own expense on arrival in Peru and receive a negative result.

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Peru?

All travelers age 12 and older must have proof of a negative RT-PCR test result or negative antigen test result from within 72 hours of departure, or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge.

Travelers must show their test results or medical certificate to the airline in order to board their flight to Peru. Children under the age of 12 just need to have a medical certificate of good health.

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Peru?

All travelers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Peru.

Countries allowed to visit Peru

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Peru?

However, travelers can avoid the 14-day quarantine period if they take an antigen test at their own expense on arrival in Peru and receive a negative result. If they receive a positive result, they will still have to complete the 14-day quarantine period.

The antigen test may be taken at the airport, a local hospital, or any authorized laboratory. A list of authorized laboratories is available here (in Spanish).

Travelers who have to quarantine may quarantine at the Pan-American Village or at a location of their choice as long as it is approved by the health authorities.

Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Peru

It is not an entry requirement to have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to enter Peru. However, if you plan on traveling at all right now, you really should have some kind of insurance coverage.

Heymondo is an awesome option for travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage. Their policies offer extensive coverage, particularly for COVID-19 testing and treatment abroad, so you can rest assured that you’ll be covered no matter what happens. You also don’t have to pay any out-of-pocket expenses and wait for reimbursement, since they pay for everything upfront.

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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Peru

Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun 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.

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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to 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 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” (no region is currently classified as “moderate”), “high,” “very high,” and “extreme.” Restrictions for each alert level vary; “high 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:

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.

Is Peru open for tourism

Beaches that are open in Peru

Beaches in “extreme alert” and “very high alert” regions are closed. Beaches in “high alert” regions are currently open.

More information on beach regulations is available here.

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:

In “high alert” regions, attractions like museums, monuments, and archaeological sites are open at 50% capacity. In “very high alert” regions, attractions’ capacity is restricted to 40%. Attractions can operate at 30% capacity in “extreme alert” regions.

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.

You can find more information on regulations for different regions’ levels of alert here (in Spanish) and here (in English).

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.

Peru reopens borders for tourists

Restaurants that are open in Peru

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.

More details on restaurant regulations can be found here (in Spanish) and here (in English).

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 regions’ levels of alert.

“High alert” regions have a daily curfew from 10 PM to 4 AM. “Very high alert” regions have a daily curfew from 9 PM to 4 AM. “Extreme alert” regions have a curfew from 9 PM to 4 AM Mondays through Saturdays and all day 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, South Africa, or the UK.

There are currently 48,000+ active cases and 60,000+ deaths due to COVID-19 in Peru as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Peru as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to Peru. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you should reconsider travel to Peru.

Yes, travelers from Brazil, South Africa, and the UK who are not Peruvian residents cannot currently enter Peru.

Yes, all travelers to Peru must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival. However, they can avoid quarantine altogether if they take an antigen test at their own expense on arrival in Peru and receive a negative result.

Yes, you must have proof of a negative RT-PCR test result or negative antigen test result from within 72 hours of departure, or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge if you are age 12 or older.

Yes, there is a curfew in place, but the hours depend on regions’ levels of alert. The curfew in “high alert” regions is from 10 PM to 4 AM daily. In “very high alert” regions, curfew is from 9 PM to 4 AM daily. In “extreme alert” regions, curfew is from 9 PM to 4 AM Mondays through Saturdays and all day 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, beaches in Peru are open in “high alert” regions.

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.

Sources

We will update this guide on Peru reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Peru, you can check these official sources:

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Hi, I'm Ascen, a globetrotter based in Philadelphia, USA. I enjoy exploring new landscapes and creating in-depth travel guides for Capture the Atlas.

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