The U.S. Department of State has dropped its level 4 ‘do not travel’ advisory for Peru to a level 3 ‘reconsider travel’.
The United States government updated the reduced advisory level on November 9th, 2020 stating that travelers should ‘reconsider travel’ to Peru due to COVID-19′. The warning went on to highlight that travelers should ‘Exercise increased caution in Peru due to crime and terrorism’.
Sinch March, Peru was one of the most locked down countries in the world with strict curfews, movement restrictions and closed borders. Now the country is resuming business operations, removing restrictions and reopening its borders.
The timing of the announcement works well for travelers wanting to head to Peru after the country reopened its borders for American travelers on November 1st.
However, the only authorized flights to Peru from the U.S. are from the cities of Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Orlando.
The U.S. Department of State reports that, “Peru has resumed most transportation options including airport operations. Other improved conditions such as the resumption of most business operations and a gradual re-opening of borders have been reported within Peru.”
There is still a level 4 ‘do not travel’ advisory in place for certain regions of Peru including
- The Colombian and Peruvian border area in the Loreto Region due to crime.
- The Valley of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), including areas within the Departments of Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junin, due to crime and terrorism.
The Center For Disease Control (CDC) has listed Peru as a level 3 health warning due to COVID-19.
“Avoid non-essential travel. COVID-19 risk is high”
The warning also states that if American travelers do get sick in Peru, medical care and access may be limited.
Peru has started phase 4 of its reopening which allows for businesses and services to resume operations. Travelers can expect the following reopenings:
- 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
Machu Picchu reopened for tourists on November 1, 2020 after being closed for over 7 months due to the pandemic.
Capacity will be limited to 30% of normal operations.
Tours have been instructed to reduce groups sizes and social distancing will be enforced.
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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