Who Can Travel to Peru & Chile Now?
Updated January 27th, 2021
The last quarter of 2020 marked the re-opening of borders in Peru and Chile.
Who can travel to Peru Now?
International flights have been resumed in Chile since November. Currently, six US cities (Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, and Houston), as well as additional destinations in Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, are being operated from Lima.
Flights from Europe and South Africa remain suspended. This ban has extended to flights from Brazil after reports of a new strain originating in this country. This measure will be applied until February 28th. Other international arrivals will be allowed without any restrictions.
Effective January 4th, residents, foreign residents and foreign travelers must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Perú. The quarantine can be lifted with a negative PCR result based on a test taken from the sixth day of quarantine onwards.
- To enter the country, all travelers must present a COVID test result issued no later than 72 hours prior to the arrival time in the country.
- Similarly, travelers are required to fill in an online sworn health declaration before entry to the plane will be granted.
- Peruvian customs have also launched a new ‘pre-registration migration‘ app (Android only) to streamline the immigration process. A traveler only needs to show the QR code generated on the app in order to be granted entry.
- International travelers must submit their information on the app at least 48 hours prior to arrival.
- The wearing of a mask in public is still compulsory.
- The last announcement of the President of Peru, Mr Francisco Sagasti, on January 26th has included new measures and restrictions to be applied from January 31st until February 14th such as:
– In Lima, Ica and other eight regions, the total lockdown, all non-essential shops or venues (restaurants, gym, casinos, museums, archaeological sites, etc) will be closed, while supermarkets and banks will remain open at reduced capacity.
– In Cusco, Puno, Arequipa and other six regions, the museums and archaeological sites will be closed, the new curfew will be from 8:00pm to 4:00am, private vehicles are banned from transiting on Saturday and Sundays and restaurants, shopping centers, supermarkets and other public venues have reduced more their capacity.
New Rules for Machu Picchu Tours
PeruRail and IncaRail have resumed operations on November 1st. Both companies have implemented safety protocols.
We have summarized all of the information for Machu Picchu tours in this article.
Who Can Travel To Chile Now?
The reopening of the borders for tourists came into effect on November 23rd 2020.
However, due to the discovery of a new COVID-19 variation, flights from/to the UK have been suspended as of December 22nd.
Effective December 31st, all travelers, Chileans, foreign residents and foreign travelers must undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon their arrival in Chile. The quarantine can be lifted with a negative PCR result based on a test taken from the seventh day of quarantine onwards.
The release from the Health Ministry (only available in Spanish).
Travel regulations released by the Chilean Health Department before the appearance of the new COVID-19 variation were as follows:
- It is only permitted to travel between destinations that are under Step 3 (Preparation) or 4 (Initial Opening). Please check the status of each neighborhood (‘comuna’) in the Step-by-Step plan (only available in Spanish).
- Travelers will need to complete an online health declaration
- The form can be filled in up to 48 hours prior to the estimated time of arrival in Chile (local time).
- In addition, it will be necessary to submit a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours prior to boarding.
- Upon arrival, travelers must show international insurance covering COVID-19 treatment, emergency medical expenses, and evacuation/repatriation.
- A minimum coverage of USD 30,000 is required.
- Travelers have to report their locations and eventual symptoms via an app during 14 days of surveillance
- The app is available for Android and IOS
- There is no official date for the reopening of Easter Island as of yet, however, it is expected for April 2021.
Where to Stay in Peru
The following hotels are already open and have implemented hygiene protocols. All are offering promotional rates for the coming months:
- JW Marriott El Convento in Cusco
- Palacio del Inca A Luxury Collection Hotel in Cusco
- Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco
- Antigua Casona San Blas in Cusco
- Belmond Rio Sagrado in Cusco
- Sol y Luna & Spa Relais Chateaux in the Sacred Valley
- Tambo del Inka A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in the Sacred Valley
- Casona Yucay in the Sacred Valley
- Sumaq in Aguas Calientes
- Paracas – A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Paracas
- Aloft in Lima
- Country Club in Lima
- Tambopata Research Center (TRC in the Peruvian Rainforest of Puerto Maldonado)
- Viñas Queirolo in Ica
- Titilaka in Puno
Where To Stay in Chile
The following hotels are already open or will resume operations in December:
- The Singular in Santiago
- Cármènere Ecotel in Santiago
- Casa Real in the Santa Rita Winery
- Vik Chile in the Colchagua Valley
- Alto Atacama in San Pedro de Atacama
- Explora Atacama in San Pedro de Atacama
- Tierra Atacama in San Pedro de Atacama
- Explora Patagonia in Torres del Paine
- Awasi Patagonia in Torres del Paine
- The Singular Patagonia in Puerto Natales
- Futangue Hotel & Spa in Northern Patagonia