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Peru: COVID-19 Entry Requirements For Travelers

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Peru is a popular tourism destination for Americans and travelers all over the world. Travelers are eager to trek the beloved Machu Picchu, dine on marvelous Peruvian cuisine, lounge on beautiful beaches, and enjoy their diverse culture. 

Peru, like many other countries, had its tourism industry destroyed by the pandemic. Now, this exciting country is inviting tourists back in 2021. 

Below are all the latest COVID-19 entry requirements for 2021 and all travelers need to know. 

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Countries Permitted To Visit Peru

Travelers from most countries in the Americas are permitted to enter Peru. However, entry from South Africa is suspended until at least September 19, 2021.

Travel Authorization To Visit Peru

For US citizens, a passport valid for at least six months after travel is required for entry into Peru. Tourists must also provide proof of onward travel from the country. 

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements

A negative COVID-19 PCR test (taken with 72 hours of travel) is required for entry. Be aware, prior to September 2021, Peru was also accepting 24-hour antigen tests but has removed that type of test completely.

Children under 12 can present a certificate of health from a medical doctor in lieu of a test. 

All passengers must complete an affidavit of health form prior to travel.

Types of Tests Permitted

  • Negative PCR (taken within 72 hours of travel) 

Vaccination Exemption:

If a traveler has proof of being fully vaccinated, they are exempt from PCR testing

Quarantine Rules For Peru

US citizens arriving in Peru from the United States are not required to quarantine. However, US citizens that transitioned or arrive from South Africa will not be allowed entry into Peru. 

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements

All travelers should have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Peru. 

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Peru

Visitors to Peru must follow all COVID-19 health requirements while in traveling in the country:

  • Masks are compulsory countrywide. Double masks are required in many indoor settings including public transportation and shopping centers
  • Social Distancing Measures are Recommended
  • Regular Handwashing and Sanitizing is expected when in public areas
  • Regular Temperature checks will happen at many public places such as restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, and just about any other public building
  • Carry Your Health Affidavit with you
  • Curfews and restrictions are in place in most Peruvian provinces

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements for Peru

Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are not required to enter Peru, but travelers are exempt from testing if they possess proof of being fully vaccinated as of September 2021.

In April 2021,  Peru’s Ministry of Health announced a new vaccine strategy where foreign residents including US citizens will be vaccinated while in the country. 

Visa Entry Requirements

Travelers from North, Central and South America and Western Europe do not need a tourist visa to enter Peru. The maximum length of stay is 183 days. 

Peru Covid-19 Entry Requirements

  1. Travelers should check the US Embassy website for up to date information on travel to Peru.
  2. A negative PCR (within 72 hours) or Antigen test (within 24 hours) is required before boarding any flight to Peru. 
  3. Complete Peru’s Health Affidavit form. 
  4. Schedule your return travel COVID test before your trip.
  5. Follow all health protocols during your time in Peru.


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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

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Friday 13th of August 2021

"Double masks are required in many indoor settings including public transportation and shopping centers" - why not quadruple or quintuple? It's still like trying to catch a mosquito with garden fence. Pointless anyway so might go full steam ahead with stupid rules .