Health Alert: Updates to Government of Peru Quarantine and Movement Restrictions (November 15, 2021)

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
Location: Worldwide
Event: Updates to Government of Peru Quarantine and Movement Restrictions (November 15, 2021)

On November 14, 2021, the Government of Peru announced the extension of emergency self-quarantine and movement restrictions due to COVID-19 through 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.

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.

From December 15, 2021, in all provinces of Peru, adults over the age of 18 must show proof of vaccination to enter closed spaces.  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.

Air Travel Restrictions: 

  • Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners 12 years of age or older must present proof of being fully vaccinated 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.
  • Effective through November 28, 2021, Peruvian citizens and permanent residents who have traveled from or transited through South Africa must quarantine in their home, lodging, or isolated space for a period of 14 days.
  • Effective through November 28, 2021, all non-Peruvian citizens and non-permanent residents who are traveling from or transiting through South Africa are barred from entering Peru.

​As of November 15, 2021, the following provinces are considered “High Alert”: Chincha, Huaura, Mariscal Nieto, Morropón, Moyobamba, Sullana, 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 November 28, 2021) please refer to (in Spanish): https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-de-supremo-que-modifica-del-decreto-supremo-n-184-2-decreto-supremo-n-168-2021-pcm-2011091-2/.

Actions to Take:   

  • 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.
  • KN95 masks are required. If you do not have a KN95, double masking is mandatory, with one of the masks being a surgical mask, the other can either be cloth or surgical as well.
  • 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/

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