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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 April 8, 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-April 26, 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. 

The most heavily impacted countries are China, the United States, Italy, Iran, and Spain, with tens of thousands of cases. Relatively, Peru has few cases in comparison to other countries around the globe. 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 1,746 cases in Peru as of April 6th. This number is far lower than the number of cases reported from China, the United States, and countries in Europe. 

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. On March 26, 2020, Vizcarra extended the quarantine period to April 26, 2020. This is being taken as a preventative, precautionary measure to control the spread of the virus.

He has also announced a total closure of borders as of March 17, 2020, suspending all incoming and outgoing international passenger travel by land, air, sea, and river. Conditions are expected to be restored on April 27, 2020, as it is believed that the spread of the virus can be better controlled at that time. This measure is being taken by many countries across the globe, in an effort to drastically reduce cases and protect the population, especially those with compromised health.

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 that a state of emergency will be in effect for 15 days. On Thursday, March 26, he extended the state of emergency to April 26. This is a precautionary measure being taken by many countries across the globe to limit the spread of COVID-19. This state of emergency, from March 15 to April 26 calls for the following:

  • Border closure. As of March 17, the border is closed to all international passenger travel by sea, land, river, and air. The travel restriction applies to residents and tourists. Transport within the country is also strictly limited to emergency situations. Merchandise and cargo transport has not been restricted so that resources like food, medicine, and other basic needs remain available.
  • Self quarantine. Everyone in Peru is asked to practice self quarantine, or mandatory social isolation. Individuals should remain safely in their home, except to go to the supermarket, pharmacy, or bank. Anyone infected, potentially infected, or with compromised health should not leave their home for any reason, opting for delivery by loved one, neighbor or another public service.
  • Closing of public spaces. All public social spaces are closed. This includes restaurants, nightclubs, concert halls, theaters, gyms, pools, parks, fairs, and more. These spaces will remain closed through April 26, 2020. Supermarkets, pharmacies, and banks remain open with modified hours.
  • Men and women alternating. As of April 2nd, to limit public circulation, women are allowed out to do their essential errands (supermarket, pharmacy and bank) Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Men are permitted out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (supermarket, pharmacy and bank).
  • Curfew. There is a curfew in place from Monday-Saturday, 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. During this time, no one is permitted to leave their homes. All day on Sundays no one is permitted to leave their homes (neither men nor women).

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 during the entirety of the quarantine period. We can assist you in canceling or postponing these tours to a later date. 

Your transport. All international transport is also suspended, between March 15-April 26, 2020. Travel within the country is also strictly limited to emergency transport only.

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 April 26, 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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