CORONAVIRUS IN PERU & MACHU PICCHU
Published September 21, 2020 | Updated January 20, 2021
Update: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Can I travel to Peru from another country?
Limited international flights started on October 5th with further routes added (details below). As of January 4th, everyone entering Peru is subject to mandatory quarantine (further details below). Land borders are not yet open but discussions are on going with neighboring countries.
Can I travel within Peru?
Yes, although not all tourist attractions, treks and visitor sites are open yet (see below).
In December, protests blocked the railway to Aguas Calientes resulting in the closure of Machu Picchu. An agreement was reached to suspend protests until January 12th, but what will happen after that date has not yet been stipulated.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TO PERU
A limited schedule of international flights started on October 5th. Flights of a maximum duration of 8 hours are currently operating to other countries throughout the Americas. From December 15th, additional flights of longer than 8 hours in duration were added, initially to 5 European cities. ***These flights are currently suspended until January 20th.*** As of January 4th, a mandatory 14 day quarantine is in place for all visiors regardless of where they arrive from.
Flights are currently operating between Lima in Peru and 36 cities in 17 countries throughout the Americas:
- Colombia: Cali, Medellin and Bogota
- Ecuador: Guayaquil and Quito
- Bolivia: Santa Cruz and La Paz
- Chile: Santiago de Chile
- Uruguay: Montevideo
- Paraguay: Asuncion
- Panama: Panama City
- USA: Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Miami, Houston, Atlanta
- Canada: Toronto
- Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Iguazu Falls
- Mexico: Mexico City, Cancun
- Cuba: Havana
- Jamaica: Montego Bay
- Dominican Republic: Punta Cana
- Costa Rica: San José
- El Salvador: San Salvador
- Argentina: Buenos Aires, Rosario, Mendoza, Córdoba, Tucumán
- Colombia: Cartagena (as well as those listed above)
*** All flights over 8 hours and between European cities and Lima have been suspended until the January 31st, 2021***
- France: Paris
- Spain: Madrid, Barcelona
- The Netherlands: Amsterdam
- The United Kingdom: London (British Airways was the only airline offering this route pre-pandemic and it is currently not avaialable)
- As of January 4th, ALL TRAVELLERS ARRIVING TO PERU ARE SUBJECT TO A MANDATORY 14 DAY QUARANTINE. The quarantine can be carried out at home* (in the case of Peruvian residents and citizens), at the Panamerican Village, at some other official quarantine center, or at a hotel or hostel by prior arrangement.
* There is currently a lot of uncertainty about whether quarantine at home can be carried out in places other than Lima.
- On December 21st, the government decreed that tourists arriving in Peru from the UK would be denied entry (Peruvian residents and citizens were exempted, but with a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival). With the new requirement of 14-day quarantine for all arrivals, it is thought that travelers from the UK will now be allowed into Peru, but there is no direct statement about this yet.
- Travelers arriving to Peru have to present a negative PCR (molecular) SARS-CoV-2 test, no more than 72 hours old.
- Travelers leaving Peru don't have to present a negative PCR (molecular) SARS-CoV-2 test, but they must check the entry requirements for their destination and transit countries.
- Travelers must complete the electronic sworn declaration, no more than 72 hours before travel. YOU MAY BE ASKED FOR A PRINTED VERSION OF THIS DECLARATION.
- Travelers have to wear face masks and plastic face shields, have their temperatures taken and follow social distancing rules and other measures such as online check in only.
Not yet. On October 21st, the then President, Martin Vizcarra, announced land borders would open gradually soon, but no details have since been given, as negotiations with other countries are on-going (and there was a change of government). The new Supreme Decree opublished on November 30th, mentions the gradual and progressive reopening of land borders, but does not list a specific time frame.
Currently, if you can fly to one of the cities listed above, you will be able to connect to Peru.
DOMESTIC TRAVEL IN PERU
YES. Domestic flights are operating on reduced schedules between all major cities.
YES. Buses are operating between all major cities, although scheduling is reduced based on demand.
- Travelers must complete the electronic sworn declaration, no more than 72 hours before travel. YOU MAY BE ASKED FOR A PRINTED VERSION OF THIS.
- Travelers will have to wear face masks and plastic face shields, have their temperatures taken and follow social distancing rules.
- Long distance bus services are no longer providing blankets or meals, so take your own snacks and warm clothing.
Tourist attractions, archaeological sites and museums started opening from October 15th, at 50% capacity and with relevant sanitary protocols (see "What Tourist Attractions Are Open?" section).
- There is a night time curfew in place on a national level from 12am (midnight) until 4am
- Masks and social distancing are obligatory, see Other Information and Restrictions below.
WHAT TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ARE OPEN?
Archaeological sites, museums and other attractions started to reopen gradually from the October 15th. Below is a list of some of the most popular sites in different areas of Peru. You can see a more complete list (in Spanish) of attractions throughout the country here.
MACHU PICCHU - OPEN. Tickets must be obtained in advance here. (Currently they are only available until January 10th)
CUSCO RUINS - OPEN, 50% capacity, by reservation only (Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Pukapukara)
SACRED VALLEY RUINS - OPEN, 50% capacity, by reservation only (Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray)
SOUTHERN VALLEY RUINS - OPEN, 50% capacity, by reservation only (Tipon, Pikillaqta)
MARAS SALT PANS - OPEN
TRAINS TO MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO - Operating
RAINBOW MOUNTAIN (Vinicunca) - OPEN from the Cusipata side.
PALCOYO RAINBOW MOUNTAINS - OPEN
LAKE HUMANTAY - OPEN
WAQRAPUKARA - OPEN
HUCHUY QOSQO - OPEN
CUSCO MUSEUMS AND CHURCHES - Most are now open, including Casa Garcilaso, Museo de Arte Precolombino, Qorikancha, Museum of Religious Art, as well as the Cusco cathedral and the main churches.
INCA TRAIL (4 day, 3 nights) - CLOSED
SHORT INCA TRAIL (2 day, 1 night) - OPEN and tickets free of charge. Bookings via licensed agencies or guides ONLY.
LARES TREK - Communities on most routes seem to be letting visitors through.
SALKANTAY TREK - CLOSED. Possibly opening during January
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK - OPEN. As of January 3rd, 2021, camping is not allowed at the Choquequirao campsite.
AUSANGATE CIRCUIT - Mostly OPEN. Communities on the main circuit (Upis-Pacchanta) are letting visitors through.
National Museum of Peruvian Culture - OPEN, 50% capacity
San Francisco Convent & Catacombs - OPEN 50% capacity
Magical Water Circuit - OPEN 50% capacity
Most museums are now open, with the notable exceptions of Museo Larco and the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History
Puruchuco, Huaca Pucllana & Mateo Salado Archaeological Complexes - OPEN, 50% capacity
Pachacamac Archaeological Sanctuary - OPEN, 50% capacity
Sacred Site of Caral (north of Lima) - OPEN, 50% capacity
Túcume Museum, Lambayeque - OPEN, 50% capacity
Huaca Rajada & Tucume Site Museums and Archaeological Complex of Ventarrón, Chiclayo - OPEN, 50% capacity
Archaeological Complexes of Chan Chan and El Brujo, Trujillo - OPEN, 50% capacity
Lakes around Huaraz (Laguna 69, Churrup, Pastoruri, Llanganucho, etc.) - OPEN
Kuelap Archaeological site, Chachapoyas - OPEN, 50% capacity / Gocta Waterfall - OPEN
Iquitos Museums and attractions and Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - OPEN
Lake Titicaca - Uros Floating Islands & Taquile OPEN ; Sillustani Ruins OPEN
Islas Ballestas, Paracas Reserve & Huacachina Oasis, Ica Region - OPEN
Arequipa - Most museums/attractions are open including Santa Catalina Monastery & Andean Sanctuaries Museum.
Colca Canyon - OPEN
ARE HOTELS & RESTAURANTS OPEN
Yes, some hotels, hostels and Air BnBs are operating, although some hotels and hostels are still completely closed. Some hotels – particularly in Cusco and Lima – are renting out rooms by the month to provide affordable accommodation to travelers who haven’t been able to leave Peru.
Yes, some restaurants are open. Restaurants are allowed to offer delivery, take out and dine in at up to 50% capacity. Note that many of the more well known restaurants in tourist hotspots, like Cusco, are still closed.
OTHER INFORMATION & RESTRICTIONS
Yes, Peru has been under a National State of Emergency since March 16th, 2020, currently in force until January 31st, 2021. The government also declared a State of Sanitary Emergency on March 11th, 2020 currently extended until March 5th, 2021. The former gives power to the state, police and armed forces to reduce civil liberties of citizens, residents and visitors, while the latter refers to the government prioritizing health services and provisions, as well as allowing them to stipulate and enforce health protocols across all industries.
- Use of face masks outside place of residence is obligatory.
- The government requires clear plastic face shields to be used on flights and interprovincial buses. They also strongly recommend use of plastic face shields on public transport and in crowded places like markets.
Social and family gatherings and parties (even those taking place in the home) are not allowed. Bars, clubs and movie theaters remain closed, alongside stadiums and other places where social distancing cannot be guaranteed.
Outdoor sports and activities are allowed for individuals or pairs in public places, recreation centers, sports clubs and other authorized areas, as long as the sports don't involve physical contact and respect social distancing.
- Social distancing of a minimum of 1m/3ft outside the place of residence is obligatory.
- All people entering stores, malls, airports, bus stations, restaurants, markets and other services, will have their temperature taken and will be obliged to wash their hands (alcohol gel or hand washing stations are available).
- The use of private transportation is restricted on Sundays until January 31st, 2021
- Curfew begins at 7pm until 4am in the regions of: Ancash, Ica, Junin, Lambayeque, Piura, Tacna and Lima
- Curfew begins at 9pm until 4am in the regions of: Arequipa, Apurimac, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huanuco, La Libertad, Madre de Dios, Moquegua, Pasco, Puno, Tumbes and the metropolitan Lima and Callao
- Curfew begins at 11pm until 4am in the regions of: Amazonas, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Loreto, San Martin and Ucayali