Flight updates to Peru and safety protocols set by the Peruvian government amidst the Coronavirus outbreak.
This article will be updated regularly with new developments. If you have questions about traveling to Peru and booking tours in advance, you can contact the Traveling & Living in Peru team at [email protected].
July 13, 2020 update:
Protocols for domestic air travel have been published by the government. These are the protocols for passengers.
- Only passengers will be able to enter airports. If someone is in need of assistance they can go in with a helper.
- Passengers must arrive at the airport three hours in advance of their flight at the Jorge Chávez Airport, and two hours in advance for regional airports.
- Temperature will be checked upon entering the terminal.
- You must wear a mask and face shield.
- Soles of shoes and hands will be disinfected.
- You must have with you a signed health statement with your personal information. Find here the statement for elders, children and adults.
Protocols for restaurant dine-in service have been published:
- Restaurants will begin to operate with dine-in services starting on July 20.
- Restaurants will work at 40% capacity, except bars.
- Employees with medium to high risk must take the COVID-19 test before they start to work.
- Services hours must comply with curfew hours (10:00 pm to 04:00 am).
- No use of table linen service.
- Restaurants must close down buffet, common eating and private eating areas.
- Elevators should be reserved for the elderly, pregnant women and different-abled individuals.
- Patios, gardens and terraces should be used for service.
- Recommended use of online/phone reservations to avoid queues.
- Restaurants must guarantee sufficient supply of liquid soap, paper towels and/or hand dryers and disinfecting solutions in hygienic services and process areas.
- Restaurant employees must maintain a distance of 2 meters from clients if no barrier, like screens or partitions, can be installed.
- All areas must be ventilated, naturally or with mechanical systems.
- Before restarting its activities, restaurants must carry out the complete sanitation of the facilities, which must be evidenced through the corresponding certificates.
- Groups of up to eight can share a table, and groups of up to two can sit at the bar.
- Distance between groups and single clients at the bar should be 2 meters if there is no barrier installed.
- Personnel must use masks, will be disinfected every day, cannot greet each other physically, and must not use their cellphones during their work shift.
- Clients must use masks before and after eating, soles of shoes and hands will be disinfected; clients will not be able to enter if temperature is above 38°C.
- Full list of protocols can be found here.
July 2, 2020 update:
- Internal transportation will resume on July 15, as indicated by Peru’s minister of transportation. All sanitary protocols will be approved the week of July 6. Transportation by air and ground will resume gradually, starting at 30% and growing to 40% of usual demand in the following months.
- Air travel will implement recommendations from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), including the use of HEPA filters.
- The minister also said interprovincial buses should use curtains between seats and aisles. Buses will not be allowed to pick up passengers along the way. The Superintendent of Land Transport of Persons, Freight and Goods (SUTRAN) will be in charge of implementing and regulating the protocols.
July 1, 2020 update:
President Vizcarra announced that phase 3 of the economy’s reopening begins July 1, 2020 with the goal of gradually resuming 100% of activities. The following sectors will resume activity pending approval from the corresponding ministries: energy and mining; agriculture; construction; manufacturing; commerce (stores will operate at 50% capacity); restaurants at 40% capacity; transport of passengers; travel agencies; hotels; film and television production; for the complete list, click here.
PeruRail announced their protocols for service to Machu Picchu were approved by authorities. This includes the use of masks by passengers, disinfection of all railings, seats and other areas of train cars, temperature check (passengers with temperature above 37.6°C will not be allowed to travel). One car will also be open for the transport of an ambulance.
Machu Picchu remains closed until further notice.
The government has indicated that air travel will resume in July, except for the regions of: Arequipa, Ica, Junín, Huánuco, San Martín, Madre de Dios and Áncash. No specific date has been given but the protocols have been approved for the following companies that operate airports in the country: Lima Airport Partners (LAP), Aeropuertos Andinos del Perú (AAP) and Aeropuertos del Perú (ADP).
LAP operates Jorge Chávez International Airport (Callao); AAP operates the airports of Arequipa, Ayacucho, Juliaca, Puerto Maldonado and Tacna.;ADP operates the airports in Anta, Cajamarca, Chachapoyas, Chiclayo, Iquitos, Pisco, Piura, Pucallpa, Talara, Tarapoto, Trujillo and Tumbes.
June 29, 2020 update:
Restaurants will be able to operate with sit-down service starting July 1, 2020. Edgar Vásquez, the Minister of foreign trade and tourism, announced that restaurants implementing the necessary sanitary protocols (established by the ministry of production) will be able to operate at 40% capacity.
Businesses must register their surveillance, prevention and control plan against COVID-19 with the government’s integrated COVID-19 system for companies.
The opening of restaurants is part of phase 3 of reopening the economy. Prime Minister Vicente Zeballos announced the government will soon publish a supreme decree regarding the economic activities that will reopen during this phase.
National ground and air travel will be part of this phase. The ministry of transportation will be in charge of setting the date, which is estimated to be within the first 15 days of July.
June 27, 2020 update:
The Peruvian government put in place a Supreme Decree that will come into effect on July 1, 2020. The government has extended the state of emergency for the entire country until July 31, 2020, with quarantine (mandatory social isolation) in place for the entire population of only seven regions. They are: Arequipa, Ica, Junin, Huanuco, San Martin, Madre de Dios, and Ancash.
Lima will have targeted quarantine for minors (under the age of 14), the elderly, older than 65 years of age, and citizens with comorbidity.
Masks are mandatory in public for everyone.
Sunday’s social immobilization for the country (minus the seven regions) has been lifted, though curfew will remain from 10:00 pm to 04:00 am Monday through Sunday.
For the seven regions, social immobilization will be from 8:00 pm. to 4:00 am Monday through Saturday, and the entire day on Sundays.
- During this state of emergency the borders will remain closed and international travel will continue to be suspended by all means (ground, air, sea) except for humanitarian reasons.
- Children and adolescents (under 14) can only go out for an hour a day, 500 meters from home, and are not allowed in shopping centers or other closed or crowded public places.
- Classes for schools, universities and institutions will not be in person for the rest of the year.
- Capacity at banks, shopping centers and other stores will continue to operate at 50%.
- The public sector will establish differentiated schedules for employees.
- There will be no festivities, processions or other religious and civic activities. Social, political and cultural events and gatherings are not permitted.
June 23, 2020 update:
Today marks 100 days since the start of Peru’s state of emergency and quarantine period. As of Monday, June 22, the government reports there are 257,447 people with COVID-19 in Peru. Deaths have risen to 8,223. These government figures, however, do not account for the thousands of untested across the country that have been infected, and have died, during this period.
Peru put in place one of the earliest and strictest lockdowns in the region, yet was unable to contain the contagion and appropriately care for the sick with a weak and vastly underfunded public health system. The Washington Post reports that Peru, “spends less than $700 on health care per person per year.” This is one of the lowest rates in Latin America.
1.5 million People in Peru, around 4.8% of the population, have been tested. While Peru moves forward with an economic reopening, regions across the country – including Loreto, Lambayeque, Tumbes and Piura – continue to suffer from overcrowded hospitals and lack of equipment, including oxygen.
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.
The quarantine period is slated to end on June 30, 2020. No word from the government of an extension, though the country’s health emergency was extended until September 7, 2020. Various sectors of the economy have opened up, and as of this week, shopping centers are now open to the public.
The opening of Machu Picchu, which was set for July 1, was postponed and there is no official update on the opening of air travel. The minister of transportation, Carlos Lozada, said in an interview that internal flights will resume in the first half of July, though this is not official.
June 9, 2020 update:
As of June 8, there are 199,696 people who have tested positive for Coronavirus and 5,571 reported deaths. In a span of 24 hours, 3,181 new cases were recorded.
Since June 3, a supreme decree allowed for the reactivation of individual (non group) physical activities in public spaces, including running (staying five meters away from other joggers), yoga, pilates and tai chi, for one hour a day (5am-6pm) and keeping three km distance from your home.
As of June 8, surfing is allowed in the municipality of Miraflores. Surfers are able to stay in the water for a maximum period of one hour and should use a mask before and after entering the water.
President Vizcarra also announced by decree that the health emergency in Peru will be extended until September 7, 2020. This would allow the country to continue to implement preventive and control measures to fight the spread of the virus and acquire the necessary goods and services that the pandemic demands.
Similarly, another decree declared oxygen a matter of national interest, promoting the production of oxygen in the private, oil and gas sectors. The purchase and import of oxygen will also take priority.
Phase 2 of the economy’s reactivation was approved on June 4, allowing new business sectors to open up. By the end of phase 2, the economy will be operating at 80%, with 500,000 jobs recovered. Public works in regional and local governments have also initiated.
The company managing the Jorge Chavez airport in Peru has publicly expressed it is ready to operate once the government approves air travel. As indicated back in May, domestic air travel is set to resume in July. International flights are set to resume in phase 4, which at one point was slated for August, though also for October (depending on the progress of the virus). No official updates have been given by the government on the opening of airports.
The plan to restart the expansion work of the Jorge Chavez International Airport was approved by the ministry of transportation on May 29, 2020.
Emergency flights out of Peru continue to operate for citizens of other countries. If you are a U.S. citizen, join the Americans Stuck in Peru FB group for flight info.
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 starting May 25, 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 May 25th as well.
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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