CORONAVIRUS IN PERU & MACHU PICCHU
Published 21st September, 2020 | Updated 25th October, 2020
Update: Sunday, 25th October, 2020
Can I Travel to Peru from Another Country?
Limited international flights started from the 5th of October, more routes will likely open in November (further details below). Land borders will start to open gradually (no details given).
Can I Travel Within Peru?
Yes, with some limitations, further details below.
Is Machu Picchu open to visitors?
Machu Picchu will reopen on the 1st of November, free of charge to all visitors until the 14th of November. Reserve your tickets here (sold out until the 14th of November, system for 15th of November onwards is not yet open). The site has received the Safe Travels stamp from the WTTC.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TO PERU
A limited timetable of international flights started on the 5th of October. Flights of a maximum duration of 4 hours are currently operating to other Latin American countries . During November, more routes will open, for flights of up to 8 hours in duration.
Flights are currently operating between Lima in Peru and 11 cities in 7 Latin American countries:
- Colombia: Cali, Medellin and Bogota
- Ecuador: Guayaquil and Quito
- Bolivia: Santa Cruz and La Paz
- Chile: Santiago de Chile
- Uruguay: Montevideo
- Paraguay: Asuncion
Reports suggest that during November, more routes will open throughout the Americas, including:
- USA: Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Miami, Houston, Atlanta
- Mexico: Mexico City, Cancun
- Cuba: Havana
- Jamaica: Montenegro Bay
- Dominican Republic: Punta CAna
- Costa Rica: San José
- El Salvador: San Salvador
- Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Iguazu Falls
- Argentina: Buenos Aires, Rosario, Mendoza, Córdoba, Tucumán
- Colombia: Cartagena (as well as those listed above)
- Travellers arriving to Peru have to present a negative PCR (molecular) SARS-CoV-2 test, no more than 72 hours old.
- Travellers 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.
- 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. Travel by plane (as above), train and boat have been authorised to restart. On the 21st of October, President Vizcarra announced land borders would open gradually soon, but no details were given.
President Vizcarra announced on the 21st of October, that internationl flight offerings will be expanding during November. Reports suggest that additional flights will operate to 9 new countries and 24 new cities. It seems that 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 (except provincies still in focused lockdown), although timetables is reduced based on demand.
- Travellers must complete the electronic sworn declaration, no more than 72 hours before travel.
- Travellers 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.
Some tourist attractions, archaeological sites and museums will be opening from the 15th of October, at 50% capacity and with relevant sanitary protocols.
- There is a night time curfew in place on a national level from 11pm to 4am
- Private car use is not allowed on Sundays. This now applies to all regions, as Sunday lockdown was lifted for Puno, Cusco, Moquegua and Tacna on the 21st of October.
- Three provinces are still in focused lockdown until October 31st: Abancay in Apurimac, Huamanga in Ayacucho and Huánuco in Huánuco.
WHAT TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ARE OPEN?
Archaeological sites, museums and other attractions are currently still closed but are starting to reopen gradually from the 15th of October. Below is a list of some of the most popular sites in different areas of Peru.
MACHU PICCHU - CLOSED; open from the 1st of November. Tickets (free until the 14th of November) must be obtained in advance here (sold out until 14th Nov). CHILDREN UNDER 14 AND ADULTS OVER 65 YEARS WILL NOT BE GRANTED ENTRY.
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)
TRAINS TO MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO - operating, but on a limited schedule.
RAINBOW MOUNTAIN (Vinicunca) - CLOSED. Possibly opening on the 1st of November.
PALCOLO RAINBOW MOUNTAINS - CLOSED. Possibly opening on the 1st of November.
LAKE HUMANTAY - CLOSED. Possibly opening on the 1st of November.
CUSCO MUSEUMS - CLOSED
INCA TRAIL (4 day, 3 nights) - CLOSED
SHORT INCA TRAIL (2 day, 1 night) - CLOSED. Open from the 1st to the 14th of November, for Peruvians only (free of charge); open for all from the 15th of November. Bookings via licensed agencies or guides ONLY.
LARES TREK - CLOSED
SALKANTAY TREK - CLOSED, possibly opening on the 1st of November.
CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK - CLOSED
AUSANGATE CIRCUIT - Partialy open: it seems that some communities are now letting visitors in.
Puruchuco Archaeological Complex - OPEN, 50% capacity
Pachacamac Archaeological Sanctuary - OPEN, 50% capacity
National Museum of Peruvian Culture - OPEN, 50% capacity
Other sites & attractions are closed
Túcume Museum, Lambayeque - OPEN, 50% capacity
Archaeological Complex of Huaca Rajada Museum, Chiclayo - OPEN, 50% capacity
Archaeological Complex of Ventarrón, Chiclayo - OPEN, 50% capacity
Kuelap Archaeological site - CLOSED
Other sites are currently closed with no set date for opening.
Lake Titicaca (Uros Floating Islands & Taquile) - No tours are currently operating
Colca Canyon - The canyon is now open to visitors and tours.
Sites in Arequipa (Santa Catalina Monastery, Andean Sanctuary Museum) - CLOSED
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Yes, some hotels, hostels and Air BnBs are operating, although many 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 restaurants in tourist hotspots, like Cusco, are still closed.
OTHER INFORMATION & RESTRICTIONS
Yes, Peru has been under a National State of Emergency since th 16th of March, 2020, currently in force until 31st of October. The government also declared a State of Sanitary Emergency on 11th of March, currently extended until the 3rd of December 2020. 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 cinemas 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 authorised 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 shops, shopping centers, 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).
- Children under the age of 12 years only are subject to additional restrictions, only allowed to leave their places of residence for 1 hour of exercise per day, within 500m of their places of residence.
- During the State of Emergency, people in "at risk" groups (over 65 years of age and those with pre-existing conditions known to increase the risk of complications with Covid-19) are subject to additional restrictions, only allowed to leave their places of residence for essential purposes, such as going to the bank or pharmacy or grocery shopping. This was reiterated in the Supreme Decree No. 156-2020-PCM, which also included a statement that bans people in these groups from receiving visitors in their homes.