Updates on flight restrictions to Peru and safety protocols set by the Peruvian government amidst Coronavirus outbreak.
This article will be updated regularly with new developments.
May 22, 2020 update:
The state of emergency has been extended until June 30, 2020. Curfew for the country will now be from 9pm until 4am, and 6pm until 4am for the following regions: Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Loreto, Ucayali, Ica, and parts of Santa Casma and Ancash.
The President of Peru announced that the following activities will begin reactivation in June, with the established sanitary guidelines: e-commerce for electronics, clothing, footwear, home appliances, education material, bookstores; healthcare services like dentistry, veterinary, gynecology, emergency health care; technical, electrical, computing and laundry services; hair salons and cosmetology; sporting activities that don’t involve direct contact, professional soccer.
Delivery apps that have submitted the necessary paperwork for authorization can start working on Monday, May 25th.
No updates were given regarding travel. Last week, the ministry of transportation said in an interview that international travel was slated for October, in phase 4 of the reactivation of the economy, though this is not an official decree.
May 19, 2020 update:
President Martin Vizcarra announced today that there are 99,483 people who have tested positive for Coronavirus in the country. 883 people are in ICU and there are now 2,914 reported deaths.
Peru’s health ministry (MINSA) announced emergency efforts to amplify the hospitalization capacity in five regions: Áncash, Arequipa, Cusco, Piura and Ucayali. In total, 746 beds will soon be operating in these areas, 46 of which will be for ICU. EsSalud, Peru’s social security program, will build a hospital in Pucallpa to begin operating in 3 weeks, with 100 beds available to serve the region of Ucayali.
The Amazon is one of the hardest hit regions in the country, and the government has announced 220 healthcare workers will be rushed to the area. More than 45 deaths have been reported within the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous community.
DB Peru, an organization providing access to health and education services, is collecting donations to support hospitals in Iquitos. To learn more and support, click here.
May 8, 2020 update:
The president of Peru has extended the state of emergency period two more weeks, until Sunday, May 24. The curfew will now be from 8pm to 4am, except for the regions of Lambayeque, La Libertad, Loreto, Piura and Tumbes, where curfew hours will not change.
President Vizcarra also announced children will be able to go outside for 30 minutes a day, a maximum distance of 500 meters from their house, starting on Monday, May 18.
As for phase 1 of the plan to reopen the economy, Vizcarra will speak more about it in the coming days.
May 5, 2020 update: Reactivating the economy
By way of supreme decree, the government of Peru established the 27 activities in four economic sectors that will gradually resume operations in May. The reactivation of the economy will occur in four phases, each lasting one month, with the first beginning in May. The decree also states the necessary incorporation by each sector of precautionary and protective measures against COVID-19.
The activities allowed to reactivate in May are part of these industries: mining and industry, construction, services and tourism, and commerce. Andina has published the full list of activities, find them here. The minister of economy and finance mentioned Peru’s economy will return to operating at 70% of its capacity by the end of phase 1.
Companies and persons alike must register in the ministry of health’s online COVID-19 database in order to resume operations. Each sector will also be publishing guidelines and protocols throughout this week before reactivating.
April 22, 2020 update:
President Martin Vizcarra announced today that the state of emergency will be extended two more weeks, until Sunday May 10, 2020. The number of people infected in the country has risen to 20,914, with 572 deaths.
He also made mention that by May 4, some services and industries will open up in a regulated manner, including restaurant delivery service. A special committee will be formed to evaluate and propose a plan.
April 10, 2020 update:
President Vizcarra announced modifications to the rules allowing individuals to leave their homes during the state of emergency. Starting on Saturday, April 11, only one person per household will be allowed to purchase supplies, go to the pharmacy or bank, Monday through Saturday. This will replace the measure that alternated the days when men and women were allowed to circulate in public.
April 8, 2020 update
President Martin Vizcarra announced today that the emergency period will be extended two weeks from Sunday, April 12, until April 26, 2020. He said: “We cannot let our guard down, we cannot reduce the efforts, which are leading to good results, just at the most difficult stage.”
April 7, 2020 update
There are 2,561 positive cases in Peru, out of 20,414 samples that have been taken. 997 citizens have been discharged. Because Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10 are national holidays in Peru, no businesses will open and mandatory immobilization will be in effect both days.
April 2, 2020 update:
President Vizcarra announced that as of Friday, April 3, only men will be allowed to circulate in public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Women will be allowed to circulate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This measure will last for the duration of the emergency period, which was extended until April 12.
March 30, 2020 update:
Today, President Vizcarra announced new measures for the duration of the state of emergency. Starting tomorrow, March 31, the mandatory curfew will start at 6pm, until 5am. For the regions of Lambayeque, La Libertad, Loreto, Piura and Tumbes, the curfew will start at 4pm.
Supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential businesses will be open until 1pm only, from Monday to Saturday. All businesses will be closed on Sunday.
There are now 950 confirmed cases of infected people in Peru.
March 26 update:
President Vizcarra announced today that the State of Emergency will be extended until April 12. This includes the curfew (8pm to 5am) and closed borders.
These are the numbers of cases in Peru to date: 580 reported cases, out of 9,219 samples taken. This is the breakdown by region:
- Lima (453)
- Piura (20)
- Loreto (18)
- Arequipa (15)
- Callao (15)
- Lambayeque (12)
- Junin (11)
- Cusco (10)
- La Libertad (9)
- Ancash (6)
- Tumbes (3)
- Ica (3)
- Huanuco (2)
- Madre de Dios (1)
- San Martin (1)
- Cajamarca (1)
Flight restrictions to Peru
March 24, 2020 update: Emergency flights to retrieve foreigners from Peru continue to arrive through the Group 8 area of the Jorge Chávez International Airport administered by the Peruvian Air Force. This is the only area of the airport that is open.
March 21, 2020 Update: This morning, the defense minister announced that today (until 11:59pm) will be the last day flights are allowed to take foreigners out of Peru and to bring Peruvian citizens back to the country. This means all borders, by air, land and sea, will be completely closed as of Sunday, March 22.
As of Sunday night (March 15), the government decided to completely close Peru’s borders. Beginning March 16 (at midnight) international flights to and from Peru will be canceled. The measure aims to prevent the evolution of the virus in the country.
Foreigners in Peru with international flights to return home should contact airlines to for rescheduling options. The last possible
Mincetur has opened a registration form online for foreign travelers who had flights scheduled during the quarantine period. Click here for access.
LATAM is working to take its passengers home in one of its emergency flights. Click here to register and obtain more information.
On March 13, President Vizcarra announced that flights to and from Europe and Asia would be suspended for 30 days beginning March 16.
Transportation restrictions within Peru
Beginning March 17, inter-provincial transportation in Peru will be prohibited. This provides travelers one full day (March 16) to move within the country.
Public transportation will be cut by 50% and will be available for those working in the health sector and/or those with authorization. Taxis are restricted from operating and personal vehicles are only to be used by those with proper authorization.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, President Vizcarra announced a mandatory curfew from 8pm to 5am for the remainder of the isolation period.
The evening of March 15, 2020, President Vizcarra addressed the nation and declared a State of Emergency. All persons in Peru (residents and visitors) are to stay in their homes for the following 15 days. All businesses will close except for supermarkets, pharmacies and banks.
With a few exceptions, only those in the health sector and those working in a related sector (i.e. caretakers) are allowed to leave their homes.
A common resident and/or traveler is allowed to leave their home if needing to purchase a necessity at a supermarket or pharmacy, or for a vital transaction at the bank (i.e. to receive pension). If in the case you leave your house without the intention to purchase a necessity, or are without authorization, you will be detained.
Gatherings of any type are prohibited. This includes but is not restricted to: museums, libraries, sports and religious gatherings.
Fast food delivery is prohibited. Groceries and these organic food deliveries can be made.
One of the first actions taken by the Peruvian government was to close schools and universities across the country on March 12, 2020. Students and teachers are set to return to classrooms March 31, however should be attentive to further announcements.
As of March 24, 2020, there are 395 confirmed cases of infected people in Peru, and seven deaths have been confirmed.
Peruvian Health Authorities: advice and actions
- Surveillance has been reinforced upon the entry of people suspected of infection trough the seaports, airports and borders of the country and isolation zones have been installed.
- The Ministry of Health reported that five hospitals in Lima have been prepared to prevent, detect and address possible cases of affected patients, guaranteeing the supply of supplies for infection control.
- The National Institute of Health explained that a protocol, with more demanding criteria than those recommended by the World Health Organization, is being applied to detect the virus and prevent its spread.
- Peru has a modern mobile hospital located at the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima, with a capacity for 50 people.
- The Air Health area is carrying out random checks at the Lima airport on arrivals of flights from Europe, connections with Asia and the United States.
WhatsApp and the World Health Organization have launched a chatbot to answer questions regarding the outbreak. To start chatting, click here.
If you have symptoms, dial the toll free number 113, send a WhatsApp to +51-952-842-623, or send an email to [email protected].
Cover photo: Andina
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