Everything You Need to Know About Peru’s Entry Requirements For Travelers

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Peru, like every other popular tourist destination in the world, has been left hurting in the wake of the global pandemic. Finally, however, the South American country is ready to invite travelers back to its beaches, cities and of course, the ever-popular Machu Picchu.

US citizens are required to present a passport valid for at least six months after travel to enter Peru. They must also provide proof of onward travel from the country, so a return flight or ticket to another destination.

Currently, vaccines are not required to enter Peru however, regardless of vaccine status, travelers are mandated to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test to enter the country.

A PCR must be taken with 72 hours of arriving, the antigen test can only be 24 hours old before landing in Peru. The exception to the rule is for children under 12 who can present a certificate of health from a medical doctor in lieu of a test.

Prior to travel, Peru’s affidavit of health form must be completed by each person entering and needs to be carried on the travelers’ person at all times.

Finally, travel insurance that covers Covid-19 must be purchased prior to travel and must last for the entirety of the traveler’s stay.

Arriving into Peru from the United States means there is no quarantine required, however, if a traveler has transitioned in Brazil, South Africa or, Brazil, South Africa or is arriving directly from one of those countries, they will be subject to all the above rules AND a 14 day quarantine period.

While Peru is excited to welcome back international visitors and give a much-needed kickstart to their flailing economy, certain health requirements must be met by travelers while in the country.

Masks are compulsory countrywide with double masks required in many indoor settings like on public transportation or in shopping centers.

Social distancing measures are in place and regular handwashing and/or sanitizing is expected when in public areas. Hey- let’s do that in private, too!

Regular temperature checks will take place at all public buildings including restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, and indoor tourist hotspots.

Lastly, curfews and other restrictions must be abided by in many Peruvian provinces.

Prior to leaving home, travelers from the U.S are advised to check the US Embassy website for up-to-date information on travel to Peru or anywhere else abroad.

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Nicola Barton

Nicola's dream was to visit all 7 continents and did so by her 40th birthday. However she knows there are still hundreds of places to explore and is packing her suitcase as we speak!

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