Covid-19 in Peru

Covid-19 in Peru

Last update: October 2021

I - FAQ about COVID-19 in Peru

1. Is Peru a safe travel destination? Can I plan a trip to Peru?

Peru is open to most travelers, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Testing may be required. Peru was recently awarded the label WTTC "Safe Travels" granted by the World Travel & Tourism Council. This organization recognizes the tourist destinations for safety and hygiene against the COVID-19 for the Cusco region. Dos Manos Travel Peru, our partner travel agency, is one of the 40 agencies in Cusco recognized by the Peruvian Ministry of Health and Tourism as a 'safe agency' since November 2020.

2. Is tourism open in Peru?

Yes, tourism is open in Peru with a few restrictions. A proof of a negative PCR test is required no more than 72 hours before boarding on your plane to Peru*. Peru is open to all travelers (except South-Africa), vaccinated or unvaccinated. Most hotels, tourism agencies and restaurants are open; they operate at a limited capacity to ensure their guests' safety. Most tourist attractions are now open to visitors too (Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Manu National park and others).

*please always check with your embassy and carrier for updated information or contact us.

3. Are there any foreigners who cannot visit Peru at this time?

Flights from South Africa to Peru are suspended until further notice. Passengers are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been to or transited through these countries. Nationals and residents of Peru arriving from those countries are exempt from the entry ban. All other travelers are welcome!

4. Do I need a COVID-19 test or corona vaccine to enter Peru?

All passengers older than 12 years, vaccinated or unvaccinated, must have a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Peru.

  • Negative RT-PCR test result 72 hours before departure
  • Negative antigen test result 24 hours before departure

Also note that all passengers, vaccinated or unvaccinated, must complete an electronic form (Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization) 72 hours before departure. The filling of this form is a precondition for the authorization to enter the plane.

  • The time window of the test counts from the moment the result is issued and not from the moment the test is taken.
  • Health screening procedures are in place at Jorge Chavez International Airport and other airports.
  • Passengers must upload their test result or their epidemiological discharge certificate when filling out the Affidavit of Health at the Peruvian Migration Website.
  • Passengers must present the negative result of their COVID-19 test at the airport checkpoints.
  • In case of Flight delay or rescheduling that leads to exceeding the validity of the results of the RT-PCR test or antigen detection test, these will be accepted as long as no more than 24 hours have elapsed.
Special note about facemasks at Peruvian airports:

All vaccinated or unvaccinated passengers, 2 years and older, must wear two masks (preferably surgical) during their stay at all airports in the national territory and at all times during their flight. The usage of a reusable facemask is forbidden on international flights from/to Peru. However reusable face masks are allowed for domestic flights. More about face masks: see below, # 5.

5. Do I need to wear a face mask in Peru?

The use of facemasks and maintaining physical distance is required while in public and when using public transportation. The use of masks is mandatory; you will be reminded of hand washing and social distancing constantly.

Double Facemasks
Since Monday, April 26 2021 double masks have been required in places such as markets, malls, galleries, commercial establishments, etc. where crowding is present in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Face shields
The use of a facemask, as well as a face shield, is only required:

  • On public transportation,
  • In some hospitals and clinics

The use of a face shield in markets, malls etc. is recommended, but not required. This applies to all of Peru. However, some stores require the use of both a facemask and face shield to enter, therefore we recommend having your face shield on hand.

During flights
For international flights, you must have a surgical mask or a traditional three-layer mask. Other masks like fabric or craft masks are not be permitted. For domestic trips, passengers can use fabric masks as long as they meet the MINSA standard. Valve masks are not allowed.

More: please read our not about the use of facemasks at the airport in Peru # 4.

6. Is public transportation in Peru operating?

Yes. Rules regarding local transportation vary by jurisdiction. Masks are generally required for all passengers, and in some jurisdictions, the number of passengers permitted on buses is limited to increase social distancing. Taxi services are available and may allow only two passengers.

7. Are there domestic flights in Peru? Do you need a negative COVID-19 test to fly domestically?

Yes, there are national flights. On March 13, 2021, the Government of Peru suspended COVID-19 testing requirements for domestic air travel. The only requirement for national flights is the signature of a sworn statement indicating that you do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

8. Is the Inca Trail open?

Yes, Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail (2 day and 4 day) are open.

9. Have vaccines been distributed in Peru?

The vaccination process started in February 2021 in all regions of Peru. As of November 15, 2021 approximately 49% of the population has been fully vaccinated; 62% of the Peruvians have received the first shot.

10. What should I do I think I have COVID-19 while living or traveling in Peru?

Persons presenting symptoms of COVID-19 should dial the toll-free number 113, send a WhatsApp to +51-952-842-623, or send an email to Responses may be in Spanish only. For more information on requesting a COVID-19 test through MINSA, please visit this website (Spanish only):

II – AMAUTA COVID-19 Protocols

At AMAUTA Spanish school we put the health, safety and security of our students and staff at the core of our protocols. We follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and The Ministry of Health in Peru. Our protocols include daily checks of our staff and visitors. We have regular meetings with our tour providers to ensure that they are following the correct COVID-19 procedures. All our partners follow international COVID-19 guidelines. To make you feel safe, we would like to make our specific protocols available for you*. Our objective is to ensure that protocols are in place across our school with an increased focus on health, hygiene, and physical contact reduction. We do this through standard hygiene protocols such as social distancing, face masks, and handwashing facilities on site.

*AMAUTA COVID protocols
Social Distancing
  • Workers and visitors must wear face coverings at all times
  • Face coverings are required in all common areas and meeting rooms, even when 6 feet or 2 meters of distance can be maintained
  • Office workers monitor customer and worker entries and exits and limit occupancy at all times to 50% of the building's maximum permitted occupancy
  • Ensure separation of 6 feet or two meters or more between individuals
    • Mark rooms, hallways and waiting areas to indicate 6 feet or 2 meters of separation
  • Stagger work schedules and improve ventilation for enclosed spaces where possible (e.g., open doors and windows)
  • Limit meeting sizes, ensure 6 feet or 2 meters of social distancing and encourage remote participation
  • Stagger lunch and break times, regulating the maximum number of people in one place and ensuring at least 6 feet or 2 meters of physical distancing
Hygiene Protocols
  • Ensure access to handwashing facilities on site, including soap and running water and encourage frequent hand washing; alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol
  • Supply workers at workplace location with adequate cleaning products (e.g., sanitizer, disinfecting wipes)
  • Post visible signage throughout the site to remind workers of the hygiene and safety protocols
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol will be made available at entrances and throughout the office
  • Regular cleaning and sanitation of all high-touch areas such as workstations, door handles, and restrooms
Staffing and Operations
  • Provide training to workers on up-to-date safety information and precautions, including hygiene and other measures aimed at reducing disease transmission, including:
    • Social distancing, handwashing, proper use of face coverings
    • Self-screening at home, including temperature and symptom checks
    • Importance of not coming to work if ill
    • When to seek medical attention if symptoms become severe
  • Screen workers at each shift by ensuring the following:
    • Worker is not experiencing any symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle/body aches, runny nose/congestion, the new loss of taste or smell, or nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • Worker has not had "close contact" with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • Worker has not been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by their doctor or a local public health official
    • Workers who fail to meet the above criteria must be sent home
  • Meetings will be remote to reduce density in the office
  • Workers must stay home if feeling ill
Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Clean commonly touched surfaces in restrooms (e.g., toilet seats, doorknobs, stall handles, sinks, paper towel dispensers, soap dispensers) frequently
  • Conduct frequent cleaning and disinfection of office
  • Keep cleaning logs that include the date, time, and scope of the cleaning
  • Clean shared spaces between use and supply cleaning products (e.g., sanitizer, disinfecting wipes)
  • Open windows and doors to increase airflow where possible