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Here at Inca Expert Travel, your health and comfort is always our top priority. We understand that the outbreak of coronavirus in Peru and around the world has brought a lot of confusion to travelers. Please rest assured that we are always here for you to bring peace of mind while preserving every bit of the wonder that your upcoming trip beholds. If you need to speak with someone directly, remember we are just a call or email away to bring clarity and support.

*This article was last updated July 1, 2020. It was originally created on March 13, 2020.

If you have any specific questions or concerns about an upcoming trip, please contact your Travel Advisor directly. Any travelers currently in Peru should call our 24-hour emergency line. 

Cusco 24-Hour Emergency Line : (51) 936 725 586
Other Peru Destinations 24-hour Emergency Line: (51) 936 717 246

Your health and comfort is always our top priority. During this uncertain time, please remember that we are here for you – just a call or email away. 

Statement : President Martin Vizcarra has announced a state of emergency in Peru from March 15, 2020-June 30, 2020 to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please see below for more information. 

Essential Information for Travelers

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What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is an infectious, newly discovered coronavirus that affects the upper respiratory tract. The first case was confirmed in China in December 2020 and has since spread across the globe. The virus is highly contagious, however, there is a low mortality rate. In fact, more than 80 percent of individuals have mild cases, with flu-like symptoms, while about 16 percent have more severe cases that require hospitalization. The majority of individuals with severe cases are elderly, immunosuppressed, or people with underlying health conditions. 

Peru is among the top 10 most heavily impacted countries, along with United States, Brazil, Russia, India, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany and Iran. Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Peru and around the globe are continuously monitored by the World Health Organization

Common symptoms of COVID-19: 

  • Dry cough 
  • Temperature 
  • Fatigue 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Aches and pains
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Are there cases of COVID-19 in Peru?

Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in Peru was reported in March 2020. According to the latest reporting by the World Health Organization, there are 282,365 cases in Peru as of July 1st. This number puts them at the #6 spot of the highest amount of COVID-19 cases worldwide. We continue to closely monitor the pandemic, and the government continues to advise and enforce appropriate safety measures.

Is it still safe to travel to Peru?

On the evening of Sunday, March 15, 2020, President of Peru, Martin Vizcarra and the Council of Ministers declared a national state of emergency for a 15-day period due to the coronavirus. The lockdown has been extended a number of times. On May 22, Vizcarra extended the quarantine to June 30, 2020. This was taken as a preventative, precautionary measure to control the spread of the virus. The state of emergency ended on July 1, 2020, but safety protocols continue to be enforced.

On March 15, President Vizcarra also announced a total closure of borders from March 17, 2020, suspending all incoming and outgoing international passenger travel. Conditions have been restored, with some continuing limitations, on July 1, 2020. It has been announced that domestic flights will begin phasing in on July 15. International air travel is still to be decided.

We are continuously monitoring the situation and updating our travelers as borders reopen and services return to schedule.

Border closure and self quarantine in Peru

On Sunday, March 15, President of Peru Martin Vizcarra announced a state of emergency. The state of emergency was lifted on July 1, 2020. Peru is currently is in Phase 3 of reopening. Here are the current restrictions and allowances as outlined by Phase 3:

  • Border closure. As of March 17, the border was closed to all international passengers travel by sea, land, river, and air. The travel restriction applies to both residents and tourists. There has been limited information with regard to when international flights will be restored. Domestic flights will begin phasing in on July 15. No official dates for international flights have been announced. We will continue to update as these details become available.
  • Lima Airport COVID-19 Regulations. Once flights are restored, strict safety protocols will be in place at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport. This will include temperature check, mandatory social distancing, mandatory use of masks, and more. Only ticketed passengers are permitted into the airport.
  • Self quarantine. As of July 1, individuals are allowed to walk around but must wear a face mask and practice social distancing. However, children and adolescents under 14 years of age, plus people in risk groups such as adults over 65 will continue to quarantine until July 31st. In addition, 7 regions in Peru will still be under quarantine, including Arequipa, Ica, Junin, Huanuco, San Martin, Madre de Dios and Ancash.
  • Closing of public spaces. As of July 1, restaurants will be able to start operating at 40 percent capacity with the necessary health protocols in place. Banks and supermarkets will remain at 50 percent capacity.
  • Curfew. There is a curfew in place from Monday-Sunday, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. During this time, no one is permitted to leave their homes.

Travelers currently in Peru

Any travelers traveling with Inca Expert Travel who are currently in Peru, are advised to call our 24-hour Emergency number to be immediately assisted.

Inca Expert Travel 24-Hour Emergency Lines: 

Cusco 24-Hour Emergency Line : (51) 936 725 586
Other Peru Destinations 24-hour Emergency Line: (51) 936 717 246

Your tours. All tours, including those to Machu Picchu, are suspended through June 30. We can assist you in canceling or postponing these tours to a later date. Machu Picchu was slated to reopen on July 1, but the opening has been postponed and no exact reopening date has yet been set. When Machu Picchu reopens, it will operate at limited capacity, allowing 75 people per hour or 675 per day. This number includes guides and general public. There will also be strictly enforced health protocols, including social distancing, mandatory use of face masks, and staggered, one-way touring.

Your transport. All international transport is also suspended, between March 15-June 30, 2020. Though domestic flights are expected to start phasing in on July 15, there is still no date set for the reopening of borders and international flights.

Your accommodations. We will ensure all of our travelers have comfortable accommodations during this period. This will either be in one of our recommended hotels, or if the individual or group prefers, an AirBnB.

Your health. If you have symptoms, dial Peru’s Ministry of Health toll-free number 113, send a WhatsApp message to (+51) 952-842-623, or email infosalud@minsa.gob.pe. Responses may be in Spanish only. You can also call your travel health insurance company for assistance. 

Minimizing risk guidelines

Though widespread, you can absolutely minimize your risk and prevent catching COVID-19. The current professional recommendation is to stay in your home and practice social isolation until June 30, 2020. Here are further guidelines for minimizing risk from the Center for Disease Control’s website: 

  1. Social distance yourself. Stay 6 feet away from people in public and try to avoid large group gatherings. 
  2. Wash your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, for at least 20 seconds each time.
  3. Use hand sanitizer. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer that is 60 percent alcohol or higher. 
  4. Resist touching your face. Touching your eyes, nose, and mouth increases the risk of catching a contagious disease. 
  5. Disinfect surfaces. Clean door handles, workspaces, and your mobile phone multiple times a day with disinfectant wipes. 
  6. Cover your cough. If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow or with a tissue. 
  7. Touch-free greetings. Handwaving over handshaking is a good no-touch greeting option to prevent the spread of germs. It would be especially wise to not hug or kiss elderly people to minimize any possible exposure.
  8. Facemasks. If you are infected or potentially infected and must leave your home to go to the doctor, utilize a facemask. Instructions for proper use of a facemask here.

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Disclaimer

Inca Expert Travel does not specialize in healthcare advice. The information we’ve compiled is based on guidelines and details from reputed institutes cited in this article. Some details may not be up-to-date despite our greatest efforts.


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