Peru Returns To Normal Tourism After 2.5 Years Of Restrictions
After two and a half years with some of the strictest rules in the world, Peru has finally dropped all COVID-related restrictions, returning to normal tourism.
Visitors will be able to travel freely to this South American nation once again. The state of emergency decree in effect since March 2020 has finally ended, as of November 1, 2022.
All extensions of the state of emergency decree, including travel restrictions and COVID-related restrictions within the country, have been dropped.
Peru is the latest South American country to drop all travel restrictions, joining others in a return to tourism as usual.
What Does This Mean For Travelers?
The announcement of the end of Peru’s state of emergency decree means that travelers will be able to enter the country without any restrictions once again.
After being known for having some of the strictest regulations and limitations in the world for the past two and a half years, Peru is finally returning to normal.
Previously, travelers were required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result taken within 48 hours of entering the country.
Once on the ground in Peru, this South American country had some of the strictest rules in the world too.
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Over the past two and half years, these ever-changing restrictions included heavily-enforced curfews and lockdowns, mandatory vaccinations and booster shots in order to enter most businesses, and indoor and outdoor mask mandates (in some cases requiring KN-95 masks or double masking.)
However, with the removal of the state of emergency decree, all COVID-related rules will be dropped, including mandatory vaccination and mask-wearing.
This means that as of November 1, 2022, normal tourism will resume in Peru.
Travelers will no longer need to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test in order to enter the country or pre-register with Peru’s immigration app and sign a health affidavit.
Other South American Countries Reopening
Peru is the latest South American nation to drop all travel restrictions and entry requirements.
As a whole, the continent has been slow to reopen, but Peru joins several other South American countries in removing restrictions and allowing tourism to resume once again without limitations.
However, many popular destinations in South America, including Colombia, Brazil, Chile, and Bolivia, still have testing and/or vaccination requirements in place for entry, as well as internal restrictions.
Hopefully, the trend of South America reopening will continue in the coming months as the Southern Hemisphere enters the summer season.
Currently, the following countries in South America have dropped all travel restrictions:
- French Guiana (territory)
Should You Visit Peru?
Peru is one of the top destinations in South America, known for its diverse and beautiful landscapes, culture, food, and cities.
One of the most popular attractions in Peru is Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city high in the Andes Mountains.
Peru is also known for its colorful Rainbow Mountains, breathtaking Colca Canyon, and cultural capital Cusco.
Although the treasures of Peru were closed off to the world for over two and a half years, causing intense economic damage for local business owners, the removal of travel restrictions has finally made Peru accessible once more.
The best time to visit Peru, especially for trekking and outdoor activities, is during the dry season from May to October.
Nonstop flights are available from several U.S. cities to Peru, but the cheapest way to get there is by flying from Miami to Lima on either Spirit Airlines or JetBlue.
Both airline offer flights for as low as $337 round-trip.
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