Protocols for Safe Travel in Peru

Updated January 20th, 2021

At Setours, we are aware of the challenging situation our world is facing due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

It is our mission to ensure that you not only have an unforgettable journey with us but also that you can feel safe during your travels. That is why we have put together a list of the current rules and requirements in Peru as well as our own biosafety protocols to make the health and safety of our travelers our top priority.

Before arriving in Peru

  • Be sure to check our Coronavirus Updates to take note of the latest requirements and restrictions for our destinations throughout South America.
  • Travelers must show a proof of complete vaccination upon arrival. The last doses must have been received at least 14 days before boarding the plane to Lima. Travelers without a complete vaccination scheme must present a negative PCR-test result issued no more than 48 hours before boarding.
  • Children under the age of 12 are only required to be symptom-free for boarding the plane to Lima.
  • Travelers are required to fill in an online sworn health declaration before entry to the plane will be granted.
  • It is not required to have travel insurance to enter Peru, however, we strongly recommend purchasing adequate travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage before arriving in South America.
  • Travel documents will be sent electronically to our travelers to avoid physical contact.

IMPORTANT: All the abovementioned measures are subject to changes as the Peruvian government issues new guidelines periodically.

During your stay

  • Upon arrival in Lima, your assigned guide or driver will be waiting for you right outside of the international arrival gates as only passengers are allowed within check-in, departure, or arrival areas in all airports in Peru. They will have a sign with your name on it. In case you fly domestically within Peru, the pick-up procedure will be the same.
Map showing international and domestic arrivals, as well as pick up & drop off area at Lima Airport
  • When departing, your assigned guide or driver will drop you off and lead you towards the check-in gate but will not be able to enter the airport.
  • Check-in must be done online as the counter at the airport is for baggage handling only.
  • For international flights, you must be at the airport at least 3 hours prior to the departure and 2 hours prior for domestic flights.
  • For any interprovincial transportation trip a printed version of the following health declaration affidavit must be submitted:
    General Form (Spanish)
    Children under 14 years old (Spanish)
    Over 65 years old (Spanish)
  • The use of a face mask is mandatory in public spaces throughout all of our destinations. You may make use of either a double mask or a single KN-95 mask in closed places, such as airports, shopping centers, banks, supermarkets, among others. Aboard the train as well as the bus to Machu Picchu, a face shield, in addition to a face mask/s, is mandatory.
  • For flights in Peru, it is mandatory to wear 2 surgical masks for the duration of the flight.
  • The vehicles’ capacity is to be reduced, allowing a one-meter distance between passengers.
  • While being aboard vehicles during guided tours, your tour guide may be seated in the backseats behind you in order to keep a safe distance.
  • Temperature measurement and footwear disinfection may be necessary when entering or exiting some venues or destinations.
  • The curfew in your chosen destinations is from 12:00 AM to 4:00 AM. If you have transfers programmed during these schedules don’t worry, our transportation has the necessary paperwork done to transit without a problem. Also, your boarding passes, hotel or train reservations will allow for safe passage.
  • Constant sanitization aboard vehicles and within hotels and attractions has been ensured throughout your itinerary.
  • Our staff will be protected with the necessary PPE during all services and will keep sufficient physical distance during all services.
  • The visiting times and capacities for some sights are limited to avoid crowding.
  • It is compulsory for everyone over the age of 18 years to present proof of complete vaccination to board interprovincial transportation. From January 23rd, those over the age of 50, must present proof of having received a booster dose. In case a booster dose has not been received yet, a negative result to a PCR test (no older than 48 hours before boarding) is required. This rule also applies to train journeys between Cusco or Poroy to Machu Picchu (since these journeys qualify as interprovincial transport).
  • It is compulsory for everyone over the age of 12 years to present proof of complete vaccination to board domestic flights. In case the vaccination scheme is not complete, a negative result to a PCR test (no older than 48 hours before boarding) will also be accepted. From January 23rd, those over the age of 50, must present proof of complete vaccination including proof of having received a booster dose.
  • It is compulsory for everyone over the age of 18 years to present proof of complete vaccination to enter any closed public space. From January 23rd, those over the age of 50, must present proof of having received a booster dose.
  • Currently, Machu Picchu is open daily. Please visit our page Machu Picchu New Rules 2021 for more information on the implemented safety rules in Machu Picchu or during the Inca Trail.
  • Travelers with apparent Covid-19 symptoms must remain at their hotel and dial the emergency number 113, send a WhatsApp message to +51952842623, or send an email to infosalud@minsa.gob.pe. Responses may be in Spanish only, so we recommend that you contact our 24-hour emergency number at +51-987-524620 or email us at emergency@setours.com so that we can assist you.

Despite this new and challenging era of international travel, we are committed to continuing to provide you with everlasting memories and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Together, we will revive tourism in South America and keep experiencing the remarkable cultures and landscapes of the places we call home.

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