Health Alert: Updates to Government of Peru Quarantine and Movement Restrictions (May 28, 2021)

Location: Peru (countrywide)

Event: Updates to Government of Peru Quarantine and Movement Restrictions (May 28, 2021)

On May 27, 2021, the Government of Peru announced the extension of emergency self-quarantine and movement restrictions due to high levels of COVID-19 spread, effective Monday, May 31 to June 20, 2021.

The Jorge Chavez International airport remains open, and domestic land and air transportation continue with reduced occupancy.

On Sunday, June 20th, Peru will have a nation-wide lockdown for Father’s Day to avoid large gatherings (see bullet below).

As of May 10, 2021, Lima and Callao are considered on “Very High Alert.”

Regions considered on “Extreme Alert” include Apurímac (Aymaraes), Arequipa (Caylloma e Islay), Ayacucho (Lucanas y Parinacochas), Cajamarca (Chota y San Ignacio), Cusco (Canchis), La Libertad (Chepén y Otuzco), Madre de Dios (Tambopata), Piura (Morropón), Puno (Melgar, San Román y Yunguyo), San Martín (Moyobamba). 

Other regions considered on “Very High Alert” are Amazonas, Ancash, Huancavelica, Huánuco, Ica, Junín, Lambayeque, Lima, Moquegua, Pasco, Tacna, Tumbes, Provincia Constitucional del Callao, Apurímac (with the exception of the provinces listed in extreme alert), Arequipa (with the exception of the provinces listed in extreme alert), Ayacucho (with the exception of the provinces listed in extreme alert), Cajamarca (with the exception of the provinces listed in extreme alert), Cusco (with the exception of the provinces listed in extreme alert), La Libertad (with the exception of the provinces listed in extreme alert), Madre de Dios (with the exception of the provinces listed in extreme alert), Piura (with the exception of the provinces listed in extreme alert), Puno (with the exception of the provinces listed in extreme alert), and San Martín (with the exception of the provinces listed in extreme alert).

The Ucayali region is considered “High Alert.”

The Loreto region is considered “Moderate Alert.”

Additional Details for Extreme Alert levels:

  • Monday-Saturday curfew is 9:00p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Sunday curfew is 24 hours.
  • On all days of the week, restaurants may deliver from 4:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.  Pharmacy delivery is available 24 hours. Taking taxis and public transportation is allowed.
  • Monday-Saturday, supermarkets and grocery stores are open at 40% occupancy.  Restaurants are open at 30% occupancy.  Banks are open at 40% occupancy.  Salons, spas, and barbershops at 40% occupancy by appointment.  Casinos, gyms, movie theaters, churches are open at 20% occupancy.
  • Beaches remain closed.
  • Open-air team sports and club activities are prohibited.

 Additional Details for Very High Alert levels:

  • Monday-Sunday curfew is 9:00p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • On all days of the week, restaurants may deliver from 4:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.  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 40% occupancy.  Banks are open at 50% occupancy.  Salons, spas, and barbershops at 40% occupancy by appointment.  Casinos, gyms, movie theaters, churches are open at 30% occupancy.
  • Beaches remain closed.
  • Open-air team sports and club activities are prohibited.

Additional Movement Restrictions for all Alert levels:

  • On Sundays, the use of personal vehicles is prohibited. Taking taxis and public transportation is allowed.
  • On Sunday, June 6th, Peruvian citizens are allowed to go to their voting location to exercise their right to vote, practicing social distancing, and complying with local COVID-19 protocols.  There will be an exception for vehicles that have obtained a vehicle pass (from Peruvian authorities) to exclusively transport individuals to voting locations.
  • On Sunday, June 20th, Peru will have a nation-wide lockdown for Father’s Day to avoid large gatherings.  Vehicles are prohibited. In case of emergency, trips to the pharmacy, market, or restaurant on foot or by bike are allowed.

Additional Movement Restrictions for Arequipa: 

  • On May 29-30, 2021, in Arequipa only, there will be no transit permitted, including all vehicles.  In case of emergency, people may go to the pharmacy, market, or restaurant on foot or by bike.

Air Travel Restrictions: 

  • Effective thru June 20, 2021, Peruvian citizens and permanent residents who have traveled from or transited through Brazil, South Africa, or India must quarantine in their home, lodging, or isolated space for a period of 14 days.
  • Effective thru June 20, 2021, all non-Peruvian citizens and non-permanent residents who are traveling from, or transiting through Brazil, South Africa, or India are barred from entering Peru.
  • Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners entering Peruvian national territory, regardless of their country of origin, must present a molecular or antigen test with a negative result prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru, in accordance with current health regulations.

Additional Details for all alert levels

For current restrictions and most recent decree from the Government of Peru (through June 20, 2021) please refer to https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-prorroga-el-estado-de-emergencia-naciona-decreto-supremo-n-105-2021-pcm-1957079-3/

Actions to Take:

  • 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.
  • Double masks are required, and face shields are recommended in highly populated indoor areas such as shopping malls, department stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores. You will not be permitted to enter without them.
  • 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.
  • 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/

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