Protocols for Safe Travel in Peru

Updated June 22nd, 2022

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.
  • For entry to Peru, travellers are required to show proof that they have completed the vaccination schema required by their country of origin to be considered fully vaccinated. To simplify and quicken the entry process, we recommend either having 3 vaccination doses (the requirement for Peruvians) or bringing a negative result to a PCR test along.
  • 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)
  • Face masks are optional in all open spaces in cities with a vaccination rate (3 doses) of higher than 80%. This includes Lima, Ica, Áncash and Callao. The use of a face mask is still mandatory in public spaces in cities where the vaccination rate (3 doses) has not reached 80 % yet. 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. It is no longer necessary to wear a face shield aboard the trains or shuttle busses to Machu Picchu. Only a single KN-95 mask or a double mask is required.
  • For flights in Peru, it is mandatory to wear 2 surgical masks for the duration of the flight.
  • The vehicles’ capacity may be reduced.
  • There is no longer a curfew in Peru.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It is compulsory for everyone over the age of 12 years to present proof of complete vaccination (two doses) to board interprovincial transportation and 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. 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 18 years to present proof of complete vaccination to enter any closed public space.
  • Currently, Machu Picchu is open daily. Please visit our page Machu Picchu New Rules 2022 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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