Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
Location: Peru (countrywide)
Event: Updates to Government of Peru Quarantine and Movement Restrictions (December 24, 2021)
On December 24, 2021, the Government of Peru announced the extension of emergency self-quarantine and movement restrictions due to COVID-19, effective through Sunday, January 16, 2022.
The national level health emergency has been extended for an additional 90 days until March 1, 2022.
The Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima remains open, and domestic land and air transportation continue with reduced occupancy in all other regions of the country (see additional restrictions below).
Due to an air traffickers strike from 23-26 December, 2021 travelers may experience flight delays and possible cancelations at Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) as well as other airports in Peru. It is recommended that travelers check their flight status with airlines before heading to the airport.
From November 15, 2021, all passengers older than 45 years of age using commercial transportation to travel between provinces by land must present proof of vaccination to travel. If they are not fully vaccinated, they must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 72 hours) prior to boarding their commercial transport.
From December 10, 2021, in all provinces of Peru, adults over the age of 18 must show proof of vaccination to enter enclosed spaces (locations consisting of economic activity and/or places of worship). They may show their physical or virtual vaccination card demonstrating they have completed their COVID-19 vaccination. In the case of restaurants, masks can only be removed when eating or drinking.
From December 10, 2021, all employees working on-site at their place of employment must have completed their vaccination against COVID-19.
Christmas and New Years Restrictions:
- All people in Peru must remain in their homes from Friday, December 24, 2021 until Saturday, December 25, 2021 from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and Friday, December 31, 2021 until Saturday, January 1, 2022 from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
- All gatherings and social events, including those at home and visits with family, are prohibited in all four levels of alert in Peru.
- On December 25, 26, and 31, 2021 and January 1 and 2, 2022 the sale and consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
Land Travel Restrictions:
- During this national emergency all Peruvian land borders will be closed to non-resident foreigners to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Peruvian citizens and residents will be able to travel into Peru via land.
Air Travel Restrictions:
- Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners 12 years of age or older must present proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to boarding at their point of origin. Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners 12 years of age or older who are not fully vaccinated must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 72 hours) prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru, in accordance with current health regulations. Children under 12 years of age must only be asymptomatic prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru.
- Peruvians and resident foreigners who have travel from or transited through South Africa or Botswana must present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours) prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru.
- Effective through January 16, 2022, all non-Peruvian citizens and non-permanent residents who are traveling from or transiting through South Africa or Botswana are barred from entering Peru.
- From December 15, 2021, all passengers older than 45 years of age using commercial transportation to travel domestically via air must present proof of vaccination to travel. If they are not fully vaccinated, they must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 72 hours) prior to boarding their domestic flight.
As of December 24, 2021, the following provinces are considered “High Alert”: Bagua, Chepén, Concepción, Huamanga, Huancavelica, Piura, Santa, Sullana, Sechura, Talara, and Virú.
All other provinces of Peru are considered as “Moderate Alert.”
Additional Details for High Alert levels:
- Monday-Sunday curfew is 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
- On all days of the week, restaurants may deliver from 4:00 a.m. until 11:00 pm. Pharmacy delivery is available 24 hours. Taking taxis and public transportation is allowed.
- Monday – Sunday, supermarkets and grocery stores are open at 50% occupancy. Restaurants are open at 50% occupancy. Banks are open at 60% occupancy. Salons, spas, and barbershops at 50% occupancy by appointment. Casinos, gyms, movie theaters, churches are open at 40% occupancy.
Additional Details for Moderate Alert levels:
- Monday-Sunday curfew is 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
- On all days of the week, restaurants may deliver from 4:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. Pharmacy delivery is available 24 hours. Taking taxis and public transportation is allowed.
- Beaches are open.
- Monday – Sunday, supermarkets and grocery stores are open at 80% occupancy. Restaurants are open at 80-100% occupancy. Banks are open at 80% occupancy. Salons, spas, and barbershops at 60% occupancy by appointment. Churches are open at 80% occupancy. Casinos, gyms, and movie theaters are open at 60% occupancy.
Additional Details for all alert levels
For current restrictions and the most recent decree from the Government of Peru (through January 16, 2022) please refer to (in Spanish): https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-prorroga-el-estado-de-emergencia-naciona-decreto-supremo-n-186-2021-pcm-2024919-2/?_ga=2.70123600.1162522361.1640371141-326224496.1618491392
Actions to Take:
- KN95 masks are required. If you do not have a KN95, double masking is mandatory, with one of the masks being a surgical mask, with a cloth mask on top.
- Monitor local media for updates. Movement restrictions may be changed unexpectedly and with very short notice.
- Always wear your mask outside. Face masks are required by Peruvian law. You may be fined if you do not wear one or do not comply with curfew and quarantine regulations. There are currently no exceptions for vaccinated individuals.
- Wash your hands frequently, and respect social distancing guidelines.
- Carry a photo ID.
- Continue to check https://diariooficial.elperuano.pe/normas for the latest related Peruvian government decrees.
- 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
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