Health Alert: COVID-19 Updates, Peru (June 24, 2020)

Event:  Peru has entered phase two of its gradual reopening plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  More businesses and services are allowed to operate, provided they comply with preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The government of Peru continues to approve limited emergency repatriation flights for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to return to the United States while the Jorge Chávez International Airport and international borders remain closed.  The U.S. Embassy urges all U.S. citizens who wish to depart Peru to contact one of our travel partners directly to purchase a ticket on a repatriation flight.  We continue to announce viable scheduled flights through travel partners in our email alerts, on the U.S. Embassy’s website, and on our social media platforms.  DO NOT WAIT TO BE CONTACTED BY THE U.S. EMBASSY.  We cannot guarantee that flights will continue indefinitely.

COVID-19 Cases:  As of June 23, Peru’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) reports 260,810 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 8,404 fatalities.  Lima and Callao still have the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases countrywide.  According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, Peru is currently sixth in the world for the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html). Confirmed cases and fatalities are expected to rise with increased movement and economic activities in metropolitan areas.  Everyone is encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, and facemasks are required at all times in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Quarantine Measures and National Curfew:  Peru’s national state of emergency and quarantine measures are in place through Tuesday, June 30.  Mandatory nightly curfew hours begin at 9:00 pm and end at 4:00 am for the entire country.  The all-day Sunday curfew remains in effect throughout Peru during the extended state of emergency period.  For a complete list of quarantine restrictions, refer to the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage at https://pe.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information.

Resumption of Economic Activities (Phase Two):  On Thursday, June 18, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra signed a supreme decree authorizing the expansion of economic activities under phase two of Peru’s gradual reopening plan.  Shopping centers and department stores are permitted to resume operations throughout most of the country.  However, due to public health concerns, large commercial centers will remain closed in the regions of Arequipa, Huánuco, Ica, La Libertad, and San Martín, as well as in the Casma, Huaraz, and Santa provinces of Áncash.  Barbershops, hair salons, and businesses that provide beauty treatments are now permitted to operate by appointment only.  Restaurants are still closed to in-person service but may offer delivery and take away.  Grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, notaries, along with a growing list of manufacturing and commercial businesses, are continuing operations but must do so at only 50% capacity, and customers are required to wear facemasks and maintain social distancing.  For more information on the expansion of economic activities, refer to the complete decree (in Spanish) found here: https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-dispone-la-ampliacion-de-actividades-eco-decreto-supremo-n-110-2020-pcm-1868279-1.

Education:  On Tuesday, June 16, Peru’s Ministry of Education published a resolution authorizing the limited resumption of in-person teaching at primary and secondary schools beginning on Wednesday, July 1.  This special exception is reserved for schools located in rural areas with limited means of communication, internet connectivity, and zero COVID-19 infections.  For the complete text (in Spanish), visit: https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/establecen-disposiciones-respecto-al-inicio-de-la-prestacion-resolucion-ministerial-n-229-2020-minedu-1868141-1.

Updated Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travel Guidance:  At this time, there are no specific limitations on U.S citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), and their immediate families traveling to the United States from Peru.   However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that travelers returning to the United States from international travel stay home for 14 days and monitor their health before returning to work or school.  For general advice and country-specific guidance, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.

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