Travel Restrictions to enter Peru during Covid 19

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Coronavirus updates and travel restrictions to enter Peru

Updated on May 18th, 2022.

New restrictions to entering Peru “No curfews in Peru”. Usage of face masks in open spaces is optional in some regions like Lima.

  • Regardless of their country of origin, Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners over 12 years old must prove that they have completed the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Non-vaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours.
  • All travelers over 18 years need to have the booster shot (3 doses)
  • Children under the age of 12 can board the plane without a PCR test as long as they are asymptomatic.
  • People who show symptoms when entering the country will be monitored and if necessary subject to mandatory 14 days of isolation.
  • All travelers must complete the “Traveler’s Electronic Health Affidavit and Geolocation Authorization” within 72 hours before the trip.

Domestic Flights, Inside Peru:

  • Travelers over 12 years old will be able to board only if they are fully vaccinated on all domestic flights
  • Non-vaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours.
  • All travelers over 18 years old must have the booster shot to board domestic flights and land transportation. Otherwise, they must present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours.
  • All travelers must complete the “Traveler’s Electronic Health Affidavit and Geolocation Authorization

Border restrictions, Peru Border closure:

  • Land borders are open now, travelers must show proof of vaccination.

Wearing a mask is mandatory in all public areas:

  • Áncash, Ica, and Lima, the usage of face masks in open places is optional
  • In all other regions, using masks is mandatory in all public places; 1 KN95 mask or 1 disposable mask + 1 reusable fabric mask is required.
  • Face shields are not required anymore.

What is new when traveling to Machu Picchu?

Train companies are no longer requesting face shields.

  • Inca Rail; face shields are not required, also temperature checks are not necessary. You need to be fully vaccinated to board the trains.
  • Peru Rail, face shields are not required. You need to be fully vaccinated to board the trains.
  • Bus to Machu Picchu, you need to be fully vaccinated to board the buses or have a negative covid test.
  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is fully open.

The Classic Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu 2022 is open to book, and some dates are selling out fast.


Updated on December 15th, 2021.

New restrictions to enter the country from December 10, 2021, to January 2nd, 2022

  • From December 10th, 2021, a physical or virtual card of complete vaccination is required to enter enclosed spaces for anyone over 18 years old. This restriction includes trains from Machu Picchu, restaurants, malls.
  • Fully Vaccinated travelers are no longer required to present a PCR test; they must have completed the vaccinations 14 days before or more from when they are boarding the flight to Peru. (Important: you must verify with your airline company if you any test to board the flight to Peru).
  • Travelers who have completed the vaccination 14 days or less from the time they are entering Peru are still required to show a Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.
  • Non-vaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.
  • Travelers under 12 years old will enter the country without a PCR test; they must be healthy.
  • Travelers who show symptoms when entering the national territory must complete a mandatory 14 days isolation.
  • All travelers must complete the “Traveler’s Electronic Health Affidavit and Geolocation Authorization” within 72 hours before the trip.

Country restrictions, Inside Peru from December 10th, 2021:

  • People over 18 years of age who wish to enter venues for economic and religious activities must present a physical or virtual card to prove that they have completed their vaccination program against COVID-19 in Peru or abroad.
  • All travelers over 18 years old need to present a physical or virtual card of complete vaccination to board domestic flights or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.

Border restrictions, Peru Border closure:

  • All land borders with Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Brazil are closed. International land transportation is not allowed in these countries. Travelers from these countries must book a flight to Lima first, then a domestic flight to any province in Peru.

Wearing a mask is mandatory in all public areas:

  • Using masks is mandatory in all public places; 1 KN95 mask or 1 disposable mask + 1 reusable fabric mask is required.
  • Face shield is not required anymore in public transportation. However, the train ride to/from Machu Picchu is still needed.

What is new when traveling to Peru?

  • Train companies to/from Machu Picchu request proof of complete vaccination; this can be a physical card or virtual. Non-Vaccinated travelers will not be allowed to board the trains: IncaRail requests from December 10th, while PeruRail asks for all travelers from December 15th, 2021.
  • To board domestic flights in Peru, complete vaccination is required for all travelers over 18. Otherwise, they can present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.
  • Using KN95 masks are mandatory in all public places or a double mask (1 disposable mask + 1 reusable fabric mask)

The Classic Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu 2022 is open to book, and some dates are selling out fast.


Alert Levels in all Peru until January 16th 2022: 

Moderate level: Curfew from 2:am to 4:am

  • All other provinces in Peru

High Alert Level: Curfew from 23:pm to 4:am

  • Bagua, Chepén, Concepción, Huamanga, Huancavelica, Santa, Sullana, Piura, Sechura, Talaram, Virú

Very High Alter: Curfew from 22pm to 4:am

  • None

Extreme Alert: Mobday to Saturday curfew from 21:pm to 4:am, Sundays curfew from 4:pm to 4:am

  • None

The Classic Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu 2022 is open to book, and some dates are selling out fast.


Updated on Ocotber 9th, 2021.

All passengers entering Peru must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before boarding a flight to Peru (both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests must present the PCR test results)

Contrary to the Government’s latest announcement, unvaccinated passengers can still enter the country. They need to show a negative PCR test and fill in the affidavit (link) required to board the flight to Peru. The sworn health affidavit must be filled up 72 hours or less.

Passengers under the age of 12 do not need to provide a negative PCR test but provide a medical certificate of good health.

Travelers who have tested positive for COVID19 in the past 3 months can provide evidence of discharge instead of being negative by PCR.

Travelers from Brazil are again allowed to enter Peru without mandatory isolation.

Passengers from South Africa are not allowed to enter

Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail are again running at 100% capacity.

Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Montaña are now open to hike.


The Classic Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu 2022 is open to book, and some dates are selling out fast.


Updated on September 25th, 2021.

All travelers entering Peru must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before boarding the flight to Peru (fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated guests must show the PCR test)

Contrary to the last announcement from the Government, travelers without vaccination are still allowed to enter the country, and they need to show the proof of a negative PCR test and fill up an affidavit (link) necessary to board the flight to Peru. This form must be filled up 72 hours or less.

Travelers under the age of 12 do not need to provide a negative PCR test but a medical certificate of good health.

Travelers who have tested positive for COVID19 in the past 3 months may provide evidence of discharge instead of a negative PCR test.

Travelers from Brazil and South Africa were again allowed to enter Peru without Quarantine.

Machu Picchu and Inca Trail are once again operating at 100% capacity.


The Classic Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu 2022 is open to book, and some dates are selling out fast.


Updated on September 18th, 2021.

Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners whose final destination is Peru, passengers regardless of the country of origin, must have a negative molecular test with a result date no longer than 72 hours before boarding flight and have completed the respective doses of vaccines according to the requirements of the country where they were vaccinated.”

You must be fully vaccinated to enter Peru, and also, you will need to have a negative PCR test taken 72 hours or less from the time you are boarding the flight. The rule is not clear about the Antigen test.

According to this new restriction, from September 20th, 2021, only fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter Peru. Unvaccinated travelers might not be allowed to enter Peru.

These new rules are contrary to the last restrictions published just a week ago, where fully vaccinated travelers were not required to show tests.

Entry is suspended until October 3, 2021, for all travelers, residents, non-resident foreigners from South Africa, or foreigners who have stayed at the location within the past fourteen (14) calendar days.

Peruvians and foreigners entering Peru from South Africa or made a stopover in that country will be subject to fourteen (14) calendar days of compulsory isolation at their homes, residences, or other temporary isolation centers, counting from the country’s arrival.

Before entering the country, all travelers must fill out an affidavit (link) necessary to board the flight to Peru. This form must be filled up 72 hours or less.

travel restrictions to Peru

Updated on September 14th.

Important Update for travelers arriving in Peru this September

Fully Vaccinated travelers no longer need to provide a PCR or Antigen test to enter Peru.

Travelers holding a double vaccination certificate no longer need to show a negative Covid 19 test when entering Peru.

Vaccinations that are accepted in Peru are:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Serem Institute of India, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.

Non-vaccinated or single-dose vaccines still require a negative PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before the arrival to the country. Please note that the Antigen tests are no longer valid; we recommend contacting your airline company to get more details.

Before entering the country, all travelers must fill out an affidavit (link) necessary to board the flight to Peru. This form must be filled up 72 hours or less. 

Travels from South Africa are still suspended.

Machu Picchu has been open at a total of 100% capacity again since September 1st, 2021. Huayna Picchu Mountain and Montaña Machu Picchu are still closed but is expected to open soon.

The Goverment of Peru has classified the regions in different levels:

The Government has arranged a series of targeted measures to face the COVID-19 pandemic in Peru. Locate your place of visit and the standards that you must comply with according to the alert level, from September 6 to 19, 2021 (Supreme Decree No. 151-2021-PCM):

Provinces with a high alert level

Luya and Chachapoyas (Amazonas), Cangallo, La Mar and Paucar del Sara Sara (Ayacucho), Tahuamanu (Madre de Dios), Azángaro, Carabaya, Chucuito, El Collao, Huancané, Lampa, Sandia and Yunguyo (Puno).

  • Private cars are allowed on Sundays.
  • Curfew: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 pm to 4:00 am
  • Commercial establishments must be closed one (01) hour before the curfew.
  • Inter-provincial land transportation: allowed.

It’s not allowed: Large-scale events, carnivals, traditional festivals.

Provinces with a moderate alert level

All other provinces, including Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu.

  • Private cars are allowed on Sundays.
  • Curfew: Monday to Sunday from 1:00 am to 4:00 am (This will not affect the tours to Machu Picchu)
  • Commercial establishments must be closed one hour before the curfew, but commercial establishments in Lima and Callao must be closed two hours before.
  • Inter-provincial land transportation: allowed.

It’s not allowed: Large-scale events, carnivals, traditional festivals.

Travel restrictions during Machu Picchu Tours:

During this pandemic, traveling to Machu Picchu is safe; all our tours are organized with all safety protocols to prevent Covid 19.

When participating in our tours, you will need to follow the following restrictions.

  • Temperature checks are mandatory.
  • You need to wear a face mask in public areas like Machu Picchu.
  • When you are hiking, you can remove it to make it easy to breathe
  • Whenever you are around people, tour guide’s explanation, checkpoints, you need to wear a mask
  • When traveling by bus and train, you need to wear a face mask and a face shield.

Updated on June 22nd.

Great news for all nature and adventure lovers, the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is opening this July 15th, 2021. All permits for the 2021 season will be released this June 25th at 9:am, and some dates will sell out immediately. We recommend that all travelers waiting for this trek book the soonest possible to get one of the limited spots to hike this amazing trail.

Only 250 people will be allowed per day; this number includes guests, tour guides, chefs, and porters. This is only 50% of its total capacity.

The Peruvian Government has implemented the following safety measures to reduce the spread of Covid 19 in Peru.

1.- Passengers entering the must present a negative molecular test (PCR) or Antigen test or an epidemiological discharge medical certificate before boarding the plane. Test results must be obtained within 72 hours before check-in.

2.-  All travelers must fill out an affidavit (link) necessary to board the flight to Peru.

3.- Travel restrictions to Brazil, India, and South Africa have been extended until the 11th of July

4.-  For domestic flights in Peru, no Covid test is required; however, you must fill out an affidavit (link) and wear face shields and masks

5.- No quarantine is required upon arrival to Peru, except for travelers from India, Brazil, and South Africa that are needed to complete a mandatory 14 days quarantine before arriving in Peru.

6.- Sunday lockdowns in Cusco are over, and you can travel to Machu Picchu on any date.

The Goverment of Peru has classified the regions in different levels:

Moderate Alert:

Ucayali, Loreto: Curfew form 12 am to 4 am, everything open at 60% capacity

High Alert:

Cajamarca, Huancavelica, Huanaco, Ica, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Madre de Dios, Piura, Puno, San Martin, Tumbes: Curfew form 11 pm to 4 am, everything open at 50% capacity

Very Hight Alert:

Amazonas, Ancash, Apurimac, Ayacucho, Cusco, Junin, Moquegua, Pasco, Tacna: Curfew from 10 pm to 4 am, Archeological sites, museums are open at 40% capacity and partial restrictions for vehicles on Sundays. Machu Picchu and other places are open on Sundays.

Extreme Alert:

At this level, we have specific provinces in different regions, including Cusco.

In Amazonas (Chachapoyas), Arequipa (Arequipa, Camaná, Caravelí, Castilla, Caylloma and Islay), Ayacucho (Lucanas) and Cusco (Espinar). Curfew form 9 pm to 4 am, Sunday mandatory lockdown.

Total Lockdown in Arequipa:

Epidemiological fence in Arequipa, all air and land traffic, is suspended until July 11th to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of Covid found in Arequipa. If you have travel plans during this time, please reschedule.

To enter Peru, you only need a PCR or Antigen test and fill out the affidavit; then, you can travel with no restrictions in Cusco and Machu Picchu. You will always be required to wear a mask in public areas and a face shield whenever you travel in buses and trains to Machu Picchu.

Updated on March 11th, 2021

Great news for all International Travelers. From March 15th, the mandatory 14-day quarantine is over. Starting from March 15th, all travelers arriving in Peru don’t need to keep the quarantine. However, there are still few restrictions.

  1. All travelers must present a negative Covid 19 test to enter Peru. This test must be no later than 72 hours from travel time.
  2. A sworn statement of health is required; click here to download the document.
  3. The use of masks is mandatory in all public areas.
  4. We are organizing tours to Machu Picchu with all safety protocols

Updated on March 2nd, 2021

Machu Picchu was closed all February 2021 due to the second wave of Covid 19. Machu Picchu reopened on March 1st, 2021, and now we have travelers arriving every day. All trekking tours, tours by train, and day tours are available.

This March 2021 will be departing with all safety measures and guidelines with Covid 19 protocols. See restrictions below.

New Travel restriction with Covid 19 in Peru 2021.

  1. All international travelers arriving in Peru must stay in a mandatory 14 days quarantine. The quarantine can be completed at any hotel.
  2. The 14-day quarantine can end on the 6th day if you take a Covid test negative for Covid 19.
  3. Flights longer than 8 hours are still suspended.
  4. All travelers must present a negative Covid 19 test to enter Peru. This test must be no later than 72 hours from travel time.
  5. A sworn statement of health is required; click here to download the document.

Updated January 23rd, 2021

 New Safety Protocols for International Travels

 Due to the new variant of Covid 19 found in many countries and the 3 first cases in Peru, the Peruvian Government passed a series of security protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus and minimize the second wave’s effects in Peru. All our tours are confirmed after March 1st, 2021; however, if you cannot travel, you can reschedule your tour at any time in the future.

  1. Form January 4th. All travelers arriving in Peru must complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine. On the 6th day, travelers can leave quarantine if they test negative on a molecular Covid-19 test.
  2. The 14- days quarantine can be completed at any location of their choice (hotels, hostels, Airb&B). The cost of this quarantine is on travelers.
  3. All travelers must have a negative molecular test for Covid-17 to enter Peru. This test must be no later than 72 hours from when it was taken.
  4. Flights from Europe will be suspended until January 31st. Same with flight longer than 8 hours.
  5. Non-resident travelers from Europe or South Africa (or travelers who have transited there in the last 14 days) cannot enter Peru until January 31, 2021.
  6. A sworn statement of health is required; click here to download the document.

As of January 13, 2021, there is a daily curfew in all regions in Peru. The curfews in the regions are ranked from Moderate to Very High.

Moderate level alert

  • Amazonas, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Loreto, San Martín y Ucayali.
  • Curfew: 11:00 p. m. a 4:00 a. m.

High-level alert.

  • Arequipa, Apurímac, Cajamarca, Provincia del Callao, Cusco, Huánuco, La Libertad, Lima Metropolitana, Madre de Dios, Moquegua, Pasco, Puno y Tumbes.
  • Curfew: 9:00 p. m. a 4:00 a. m.
  • Private transportation is not allowed on Sundays

Very High-level alert

  • Ancash, Ica, Junín, Lambayeque, Lima provincias, Piura y Tacna.
  • Curfew: 11:00 p. m. a 4:00 a. m
  • Lockdown on Sundays

Update on October 28th:

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) has announced that from November 1st, Peru will open to 25 new international flights, including the USA, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. With this new expansion, Peru will be allowing 36 destinations.

From October 5th, Peru has been allowing flights from Latin America as part of the Economic Reactivation’s Phase 4. The expansion to more international destinations is with the Ministry of Health (MINSA), and all travelers must comply with international flights’ health protocols.

The new destinations are:

USA:

  • Los Ángeles
  • Nueva York
  • Orlando
  • Miami
  • Houston
  • Atlanta

Mexico

  • Ciudad de México
  • Cancún

Cuba:

  • La Habana

Jamaica

  • Montego Bay

República Dominicana

  • Punta Cana

Colombia

  • Cartagena

Costa Rica

  • San José

Canada

  • Toronto (Canadá)

Brasil

  • Rio
  • Sao Paulo
  • Brasilia
  • Foz de Iguazú
  • Porto Alegre

Argentina

  • Buenos Aires
  • Rosario
  • Mendoza
  • Córdoba
  • Tucumán

El Salvador

  • San Salvador

From Ocotber 5th, Peru has opened to 11 destinations from Lima to Guayaquil, La Paz, Quito, Bogotá, Santa Cruz, Cali, Medellín, Panamá, Asunción, Montevideo, and Santiago. Its Important to note that all paseeneger must has a negative molecular test for COVID 19.

Machu Picchu: Although international flights are allowed to Peru, Machu Picchu is closed until November 1st. From November 1st to November 15th, Machu Picchu is reopening with free entry for Peruvian and is completely sold out. For International, Travelers is expected to be open this November, but no date has been confirmed yet.

Inca Trails: the Classic Inca Trail 4-days remain closed, only the Shorter Version (2 days Inca Trail) is opening this November 1st; however, due to the current situation of the country as we are recovering from this pandemic, international visitors are not allowed yet officially. Together with Machu Picchu, the Inca Trails are expected to reopen this November as part of the Economic reactivation Fase 4.

Flexible options for Existing bookings.

All bookings are now transferable to any date in the future; however, they remain non-refundable. The permits, tickets, trains, hotels, and other expenses we incur to organize our tours are not offering any refunds but are flexible in rescheduling.

In response to COVID-19, we’ve introduced the option to convert the amount you’ve paid to credit for future tours run by TreXperience. We know that it is challenging to decide on a new date due to the current situation and worldwide travel restrictions. For this, we are introducing new flexibilities for all our guests.

  1. Inca Trail Tours: You can use 100% of your deposit to rebook on any date until December 31st, 2023. Please, keep in mind that permits are released the year before, around the weeks of October. For instance, if you want to rebook for 2021, you must provide a travel date before October 2020. See HERE for more information about booking for Inca Trail 2021.
    Please note that once permits are booked, under normal circumstances, these permits are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  2. Alternative Treks and Tours by Train: You can use the 100% to rebook on any date until December 31st, 2023. You can use the amount paid to book the same tour or any other tour offered by TreXperience. The tours can be rescheduled at any time up to 48 hours before the departure at no cost at all.

Flexible dates for Future bookings.

  1. Inca Trail Tours: Book your tours in advance and benefit from the 10% discount on our group departures. For all tours for 2020 and 2021, you can change the date of departure with no cost at all until September 30th, 2020.
  2. Alternative Treks and Tours by Train: Book the best alternative tours and benefit from the group departure discounts. For all future bookings, if you can’t travel, or there are travel restrictions, you can change departure time as many times as necessary with no charges at all.

Coronavirus Travel FAQs

My tour has been suspended or canceled – what happens?

Suppose you have a tour scheduled to depart between March 16th, 2020, and October 5th, 2020. You will be able to rebook the same tour or any other tours with TreXperience at no extra fee. All rebookings will also automatically apply the 10% discount, or you can have a complimentary day tour for all your party (City tour, Sacred Valley, Humantay Lake, or Rainbow Mountain tour).

If you have a tour from October 5th onwards, please contact us if you cannot travel; the TreXperience team will help you reschedule your tour at no extra cost.

How to convert my deposit into credit for future tours?

Please send us an email to Info@trexperienceperu.com or call +51 957 011 937; you can contact us on WhatsApp and the same number; you need to specify the date number of travelers.

When do I need to provide a new travel date?

For Inca Trail tours, if you plan to rebook for this year, 2020, the earlier you provide a travel date, the better to get your preferred date. Please keep in mind that permits tend to sell out fast. For 2021, the ideal is to provide a travel date before  October of this year. The 2021 Inca Trail will be released in the first weeks of October 2020.

For Alternative tours, you can rebook at any time in the future, depending on departure availability. The tours can be rescheduled in need at no cost at all.

What happens if we still have travel restrictions on my travel date?

If we still have travel restrictions when your travel date, we will assist you and rebook with no extra cost.

Can I change the number of travelers and names?

Only for rebookings will you be able to transfer your reservation and deposit to any friend or family member. For Inca Trail tours can be done before we book the new permits. Please get in touch with us at info@trexperienceperu.com.

 A Humble Message from TreXperience

TreXperience is a local Peruvian tour company. We are committed to helping all our guests, staff, and community during this challenging situation. Initially, we never thought that Coronavirus was going to affect so harmfully the whole world. We know things are getting tough everywhere; everything has stopped, millions of jobs are lost in Peru, especially in Cusco, a 90% tourism-based city. TreXperience has decided not to lay off any of our regular staff, and we are supporting monthly bonuses to all our porters, chef, and guides.

If you cannot reschedule, the non-refundable deposit will go straight to support our porters, chefs, and all our staff in a more vulnerable situation.

If you cancel your tour now and decide to travel to Peru later in the future, please send us an email, and we will reactivate your booking, and your deposit will be used for your new tour. This way, we will make sure you do not lose any money, but you also help us support our staff.

Warm regards

Priscila Coronel

Founder of TreXperience

TreXperience team

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  1. Hi there

    I am South African citizen but currently in USA, I have been here for 4 months now. Would i be allowed to enter Peru since I am south African but have not been there for 4 months ?

  2. Hi,
    The 2 week updates for Covid entry into Peru from the U.S. have not changed since December 15. I have tickets for January 6 and will be contacting your company from Lima. Is it likely that the requirements can change in the next 2 days?
    Thanks
    Craig

  3. Is the land border at Desaguadero, Peru / Bolivia currently open for someone with US passport traveling from Peru to Bolivia with appropriate vaccination card and negative COVID test?

  4. Booster shot requirement killed the trip for me. Boosters don’t prevent the spread of covid (US CDC). Heading to Spain I guess. Better luck in 2023?

  5. Impressive! Thanks for sharing this.

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  6. I am a US citizen. This post says that all vaccinations are mandatory in order to enter Peru and then it says for non-vaccinated a PCR test is required. So which is it? A PCR test is required for non-vaccinated people or is there NO entering Peru without proof of your vaccinations?

  7. Amazing write up! Thanks for this post

  8. hi, is a negative rapid Naat test result sufficient to enter the country flying from the us?

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