Location: Peru (countrywide)
Event: State of Emergency Extension and COVID-19 testing for Domestic Flights, Peru (February 16, 2021)
Extension of the State of Emergency:
On February 13, 2021, the Government of Peru announced the extension of the state of emergency and restricting movement in areas on “Extreme Alert.”
Regions on “Extreme Alert” include the city of Lima, Lima metropolitan region, and Callao. The departments of Áncash, Pasco, Ica, Huánuco, Junín, Huancavelica, and Apurímac were moved to the “Very High Alert” category, but some provinces within these departments remain in “Extreme Alert”. The government of Peru indicated it would reevaluate and adjust these public health measures every 15 days. Other regions of Peru are at lower alert levels. The following areas were added to “Extreme Alert” due to high levels of COVID-19:
- province of Huamanga (Ayacucho)
- province of Huancavelica (Huancavelica)
- provinces of Canchis and La Convencion (Cusco)
- provinces of Tarma, Yauli, Chanchamayo and Huancayo (Junín)
In areas of “extreme alert,” the curfew lasts 24 hours, but during the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. individuals are allowed outside for one hour to go to the supermarket, bank, pharmacy, obtain medical care, and exercise. Beaches are closed with limited exceptions. Restaurants are open only for delivery. Private vehicles are prohibited without an official permit.
You can find more information here (in Spanish): https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/prorroga-del-estado-de-emergencia-en-distritos-de-las-provin-decreto-supremo-n-024-2021-pcm-1927791-1/ and https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-aprueba-el-nivel-de-alerta-por-provincia-decreto-supremo-n-023-2021-pcm-1927784-1/.
Updated Domestic and International flight restrictions:
On February 14, 2021, the Government of Peru declared the extension of the suspension of all international flights originating in Brazil, and of all international flights longer than 8 hours duration. The Jorge Chavez International Airport is open and international flights to the United States are available. All passengers boarding Peruvian domestic flights in regions on Extreme Alert must also provide to the airline proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of departure. Children under 12 years old do not need to show negative test results but must present a certificate of good health from a medical provider. Masks and face shields must be worn at all times inside airports and airplanes.
Find more information here (in Spanish): https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/declaran-finalizada-la-suspension-de-operaciones-aereas-desd-resolucion-ministerial-n-112-2021-mtc01-1927793-1/ and https://elperuano.pe/noticia/115313-pasajeros-de-lineas-aereas-deberan-presentar-prueba-molecular-o-antigeno.
Actions to Take:
- Confirm current boarding requirements with your airline or travel provider before travel.
- Always wear your mask outside and carry a photo ID.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- See the Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage for information about conditions in Peru.
- Visit the CDC Travelers Health Page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive updates: https://step.state.gov/.
- U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
Avenida La Encalada 1615
Santiago de Surco 15023, Lima
- State Department – Consular Affairs
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
- Peru Country Information
- U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 Webpage
- To receive alerts, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Need help? Email: CASTEP@state.gov.
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