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Peru is officially reopening borders for international flights on October 5th, following the formal announcement made by President Martín Vizcarra on Friday, September 25th.

“International flights will be authorized, as of October 5, between countries in the region and little by little to other latitudes,”

 – President Vizcarra

The Incan ruins of Machu Picchu
The Incan ruins of Machu Picchu

Phase 4 of Peru’s economic reactivation plan will start in 10 days, allowing “The transport of passengers by rail, maritime and air transport is being authorized from Oct. 5, according to the specific regulations that will give the Ministry of Transport with the Ministry of Health,” said Vizcarra.

Peru has been one of the most locked-down nations on the planet with ultra-strict curfews, movement restrictions and shut borders for the past 7 months.

Now after being virtually closed off from the rest of the world since March, Peru will start to relax restrictions and will now be permitting international flights to and from the country.

Cusco, Peru street markets
Street markets in Cusco, Peru

Who can enter Peru on October 5th?

Carlos Estremadoyro, the Minister of Transportation said on September 2nd that some of the first countries Peru will be allowing flights from include: Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and the USA.

Plaza de Armas in Lima
Plaza de Armas in Lima, Peru

Back on September 6th, The Minister of Health Pilar Mazzetti stated that when Peru reopens borders, the first travelers permitted entry will be those for business or professional reasons. She also stated the Peruvian government will wait until the numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the country drop further.

However, no further clarification was included with yesterday's updated announcement. The president, nor the Health Minister, have stated if tourists will also be permitted on October 5th.

Therefore, a list of countries has not yet been approved. We have reached out to local authorities and will update this article once we have clarification.

lighthouse of Miraflores, in Lima, Peru.
Lighthouse of Miraflores, in Lima, Peru.

PCR Testing Required

One of the new biosecurity protocols that were announced with Peru’s reopening date, was the confirmation that all arrivals will be required to bring a proof of a negative PCR test, performed no longer than 48 hours before arrival.

Any passenger that does not supply the negative PCR test could be denied boarding or will face a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Other biosecurity protocols upon arriving in Peru include: Thermal temperature scans, the wearing of masks on the plane and in the terminal, social distancing, and frequent hand sanitizing.

Peru extended border closure

Flights Resuming to Peru 

While the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Health has not yet confirmed which countries will be permitted to enter, here are the routes that the airlines have started rescheduling/selling so far:

  • Miami on LATAM, resuming Oct 6
  • Los Angeles on LATAM, resuming Oct 6
  • Santiago on LATAM and Sky, resuming Oct 6
  • New York on LATAM, resuming Oct 8
  • Quito on LATAM, resuming Oct 8
  • Sao Paulo on LATAM, resuming Oct 8
  • Mexico City on LATAM, resuming Oct 10
  • Houston on United, resuming Oct 15
  • Bogota on Viva and LATAM, resuming Oct 15
  • Buenos Aires on LATAM, resuming Oct 15
  • Panama on Copa, resuming Oct 16
  • Madrid on Iberia, resuming Oct 16
  • Medellin on Viva, resuming Oct 18
  • Toronto on Air Canada, resuming Oct 26
  • Paris on Air France, resuming Oct 28
Security guard in Lima, Peru during quarantine
Security guard in Lima, Peru during quarantine

Phase 4 of Peru's Reopening

Other permitted activities that will also be included with Peru’s Phase 4 of reopening will be:

  • Reopening of travel agencies and tour operators
  • Museums, galleries, cultural centers at 60% capacity
  • Restaurants and cafes at 50% capacity
  • Stores, boutiques and shopping centers at 60% capacity
  • Outdoor fitness clubs at 50% capacity
  • Zoos, theme parks and botanical gardens at 60% capacity
  • Sport Fishing and nautical sports at 50% capacity
Social distancing markers on the sidewalk in Lima, Peru
Social distancing markers on the sidewalk in Lima, Peru

Peru has been in mainstream press during the pandemic for having one of the world’s toughest and strictest lockdowns, but despite the immense efforts, also one of the highest death rates.

Credit: Worldometers

The restrictions have varied enormously over the past 7 months, and differ by region, but most of Peru saw controls like – prohibitions on driving, people allowed to leave their homes on designated days divided by gender, curfews as early as 8:00pm at night, children under 14 only permitted 30 minutes of outdoor time under the supervision of an adult, and all-day Sunday quarantines with no movement possible.

Peru had one of the strictest lockdowns in the world
Only 'woman' day, gender-based quarantine, women lined up to buy groceries in Peru

Even if entry into Peru for the purpose of tourism is indeed confirmed for October 5th, all travelers should consider the possibility of a second lockdown, seeing as how quick to close borders Peru has been in the past.

Peru saw over 4 million tourists in 2019

Read More: See which countries in Latin American have reopened for tourism, what companies are offering travel insurance that covers covid, and what nations are open for American and Canadian tourists.

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