Health Alert: ​Peruvian Quarantine Updates including movement restrictions by land and air travel (January 27, 2021)

Location: Peru (countrywide) 

Event: ​Peruvian Quarantine Updates including movement restrictions by land and air travel (January 27, 2021)

On Tuesday, January 26, the President of Peru announced heightened restrictions through February 28, 2020. The decree is available in Spanish here: https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-prorroga-el-estado-de-emergencia-naciona-decreto-supremo-n-008-2021-pcm-1923103-1/.  Under these new measures, all regions of Peru are categorized as High, Very High, or Extreme, with corresponding levels of restrictions.  These ​designations are outlined below and will be in place from January 31 to February 14, 2021, when the Government of Peru is expected to reevaluate these categories and associated restrictions. All gatherings, family, social, cultural, and political events are prohibited.  ​U.S. Citizens are advised to follow all Peruvian lockdown measures.

Extreme: Metropolitan Lima, Lima province, Callao, Ancash, Pasco, Huanuco, Junin, Huancavelica, Ica, Apurimac

Major provisions of the Extreme level include:

  • 24 hour curfew: individuals must remain at home but can leave the house for one hour by foot daily between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Private vehicles are prohibited all days of the week except for those vehicles ​conducting essential services with an official permit issued by the Government of Peru
  • Only one family member at a time may go to the grocery store, bank, or pharmacy.  These businesses operate at 40% capacity.
  • Restaurants are closed to the public, but may operate for delivery orders until 6 p.m.
  • Public spaces, including shopping centers, cinemas, tourist areas, places of worship, casinos, gyms, and clubs are closed to the public.  Delivery is allowed until 6 p.m.
  • Interprovincial air and land travel is prohibited, ​with exceptions for connecting flights for international departure.

Very High: Tumbes, Amazonas, Cajamarca, Ayacucho, Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Moquegua, Tacna

Major provisions of the Very High level include:

  • Curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. daily
  • Public spaces, including shopping centers, cinemas, tourist areas, places of worship, casinos, gyms, and clubs, operate at reduced capacity. Delivery is allowed.
  • Interprovincial travel operates at 50% capacity.
  • Private vehicles are prohibited on Saturdays and Sundays.

High: Piura, Loreto, Lambayeque, La Libertad, San Martín, Ucayali, Madre de Dios

Major provisions of the High level include:

  • Curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. daily
  • Public spaces including shopping centers, cinemas, tourist areas, places of worship, casinos, gyms, and clubs operate at reduced capacity. Delivery is allowed.
  • Private vehicles are prohibited on Sundays

The Jorge Chávez International Airport released a notice stating that they will continue to operate from January 31 – February 14, 2020. ​ See the notice here:https://www.lima-airport.com/esp/Paginas/noticias-detalle.aspx?idelemento=196.  International commercial flights continue to fly between Peru and the United States.   Flight restrictions apply to flights ​between Peru and Europe, South Africa, and Brazil. ​For more information on airport operations, please see https://www.lima-airport.com/eng.

Actions to Take:

  • Reconsider travel to Peru.
  • Adhere to all curfews and quarantine restrictions.
  • Check with your airline or travel operator for ​flight cancellations and changes.
  • Monitor local media.
  • Monitor the Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage for information about conditions in Peru.
  • Check the CDC website for restrictions if you are traveling to the United States.
  • Consult the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA) website (in Spanish) for COVID-19 testing and quarantine restrictions.
  • When outside your lodging, ​practice social distancing, always wear a mask, carry identification, and carry acharged cell phone.
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