Updates COVID-19 in Peru

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January 15

Francisco Sagasti –the as of 17 November elected president of Peru- announced new COVID measures as a second wave is affecting Peru. Once again, curfew hours (hours depending on the region) are set to put a stop to the increasing infected, hospitalisations and deaths. 

The second wave puts a stop to the gradual reactivation of the country, and especially for tourism which may affect big and imporant centers like Arequipa and Cusco. 

Peru is expecting its first batch of vaccinations at the end of this month for the long-awaited immunization programme.

January 2

The Peruvian government announced that all people entering Peru from another country have to go in a mandatory quarantine. Starting on Monday, January 4, a mandatory quarantine of 14 days for people entering Peru is obliged to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Peruvians, foreign residents, and visitors will carry out the quarantine at their home, in the Pan American Village or other temporary isolation center, or in a lodging with prior coordination with the health authorities.

December 21

Today Francisco Sagasti -the new president of Peru- announced that flights to and from Europe will be suspended for 2 weeks. The reason for this new rule is the new COVID-19 variant detected in the United Kingdom. Fortunately, the reopening of international flights from December 15 onwards did not lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Peru.

December 4

Eduardo González, head of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) in Peru, announced that international flights of more than 8 hours will be possible starting on December 15. This adds 24-30 new flights to and from Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Paris, Amsterdam and other different European countries. 

Little by little Peru is re-opening, and so is PaRa Travels! We are ready to help you with your future tours in Peru. So Go and Explore!

November 22

Cancelled tours update
Finally -after some time- the ministry of culture of Peru has announced some news regarding the voucher possibilities for cancelled tours due to COVID-19. The government has decided that the expected (and previously announced) voucher regulation will fall. Instead of this all travellers can request a refund for the Machu Picchu entrance. In the case of additional paid deposits, we have decided to keep that amount open as a voucher at PaRa Travels.

Unfortunately, we are not allowed to collect refunds on your behalf as the ministry of culture has to comply with the governmental decisions which state every traveller has to request the refund in person. In order to collect your refund you have to send an email before the 10th of December to callcenter@culturacusco.gob.pe.

Below, we have added a concept email to facilitate the process. Make sure to add all the required information:

‘’I, (fill in full name), would like to request a refund for my cancelled tour, booking code: (fill in code) with corresponding ticket added in the attachment. Due to COVID-19 the tour was cancelled and as a consequence I was not able to attend to the tour. The total costs and requested refund amount is: (fill in costs in soles) soles. I hereby declare that the attached documents belong to me and that the information stated in this email is true.

Bank name and SWIFT number: (fill in)
Refund amount: (fill in costs in soles) soles
Bank account number: (fill in number)
Bank account name: (fill in name)

I’m looking forward to your reply. Thanks in advance.

Kind regards,

(fill in name)’’

Please, do not hesitate to contact us about any questions regarding the situation in Peru, future travels and for help on the refund claim.

November 1

#MachuPichuIsBack
Once again, things are getting a little better for Peru as the amount of new cases and hospital admissions are dropping!

As a consequence, today, the Machu Picchu opened once again after almost 8 months of being closed. To celebrate, all travellers can enter for free until November 15! To keep people in the park safe from COVID-19, a limited total of  625 travellers are allowed to enter and visit the ruins per day. Normally, thousands of travellers enter the park daily. 

Currently, it’s possible to enter Peru from the following regions: Ecuador,  Bolivia,  Colombia, Panamá,  Paraguay, Uruguay,  Chile, USA, Mexico,  Brasil, Argentina, Costa Rica,  Cuba,  República Dominicana, El Salvador,  Jamaica  and Canadá.

We expect new regions and less restrictions to follow in the near future! Of course, only if safety is guaranteed.

October 11

Despite the many COVID-19 cases and unpleasant circumstances in Peru, we are delighted to finally receive some great news from the Peruvian news agency Andina

They announced that the Minister of Culture, Alejandro Neyra, has verified the protocols that are implemented to receive visitors from Peru and abroad for seven archaeological sites. “We have done a tour in which we have visited the archaeological sites and have checked all the protocols. Therefore, we are in a position to confirm access to the archaeological sites for October 15, as we decided for Lima and Lambayeque.” 

This means that visitors will be able to visit – taking in regard the biosafety measures – the archaeological sites Sacsayhuamán, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Pikillacta and Tipón from October 15 onwards. These archaeological sites are all located in the Cusco region. 

Besides this, new information about the handling of canceled tours due to the coronavirus remains omitted.

September 30

Things are moving in the right direction for Peru as ”phase 4” of the economic reactivation has begun. For now, this means that international flights to some regional countries will restart from the 5th of October. The 7 destinations to be opened for now are: Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Panama. Passengers arriving in Peru have to be tested for COVID-19.

This rather positive news follows after more than 6 months of closed air traffic in the country. President Martin Vizcarra stated that Peru is aiming to lift the current state of emergency and reopen the economy in the near future. However, for now, the current state of emergency will be extended until October 31st 2020. ”The virus is still in our environment”, Vizcarra added, emphasizing that the current pandemic is not yet fully under control. With 32.6 million people, Peru has been highly affected by the coronavirus with more than 800.000 infected.

There is not yet any verified news regarding the date of reopening of cultural sites, as well as international flights to other regions. We do expect some news in the near future.

August 28

Unfortunately not yet any good news as today the government extended the state of emergency until the 30th of September 2020. In the regions of Cusco, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna and provinces including Ica, Arequipa, Lima and Tambopata the quarantine is extended as well. Meaning curfew from 08:00 p.m. until 04:00 a.m. the next day from Mondays – Saturdays in those places. Besides this, the nationwide lockdown on Sundays remains in effect. 

July 31

Today, the Peruvian government announced a extension of quarantine in some regions* of Peru untill the 31st of August. People are only allowed to go out for getting essential life services and goods and for essential economic activities. In other regions, curfew hours are in effect to avoid further transmission of COVID-19.

*including the regions of Cusco, Arequipa, Ica, San Martín, Madre de Dios/Tambopata, among others

June 26

After more than a hundred days in quarantaine today there was some big news  as the Peruvian government has decided two important things that will go into affect starting the 1st of July:

1. The state of emergency will be extended untill 31th of July
2. The quarantine will be lifted for most parts of the country

The quarantine in the regions of Arequipa, Ica, Junín, Huánuco, San Martín, Madre de Dios and Áncash is to remain until further notice. For these regions, only essential services and goods are permitted and the social security detention is from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. 

In other regions there will be curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. The normal use of safety measures like masks remain required and many markets are still only working for 50%. Group gatherings will not be allowed, so far up and until October.

International borders will remain closed for foreigners until further notice. 

May 22

President Martin Vizcarra of Peru announced this afternoon that the State of Emergency and national mandatory quarantine has been extended untill June 30.

The curfew for most of the country will start at 9 pm and continue until 4 am.

In Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Loreto, Ucayali, Ica and the three coastal provinces of Ancash the curfew will run from 6 pm to 4 am.

May 20

New update from Nathalie Lintvelt, the Dutch Ambassador for Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. For the message in Dutch, please see below or click here!

 

Corona crisis update:

• Both public and private hospitals in Peru are almost complete full. In many places, a selection is made at the gate of the hospital and people above the age of 80 are unfortunately no longer allowed. Based on the statistics, Peruvian experts expect that from the end of May the number of new corona infections per day will slowly decrease and that from the end of June the number of deaths per day will decrease (which is now more than 125 per day and still rising). 

• The government plans to gradually allow more economic activities in the coming months. Most schools have already announced that education will take place virtually until February / March 2021. 

• At the end of June at the earliest, domestic transport is allowed again (air and road transport). This weekend, the Peruvian Minister of Transport announced that international flights will only be allowed again in the very last phase, probably in October. 

• If there is enough interest, KLM is prepared to carry out humanitarian flights on a regular basis for Dutch nationals and other residents of European countries. They hope to organize another flight at the end of July or the first half of August, for everyone who wants to go to Europe for the start of the new university or school year. They are investigating how much interest there is in KLM flights to Amsterdam in the next three months. People can send an email to lim@minbuza.nl. 

• Next week the Dutch Ambassador will publish a news bulletin about the consular services of the Netherlands in this time of mobility restrictions. 

KLM flight update:

• Good news: there will be another KLM flight. This flight basically departs on Monday, May 25, at 2:30 PM. Arrival in Amsterdam on Tuesday 26 May, around 9.50 am. On the outward journey Amsterdam – Lima (May 24), the flight is open to stranded Peruvians. 

• Tickets cost approximately EUR 850 for an economy class ticket and approximately EUR 2550 for business class. There are 316 places available, with priority for Dutch and residents of EU-countries. 

• Those who have a ticket for a KLM / Air France flight that has been canceled or has yet to take place can in many cases use this ticket and have their flight rebooked, free of charge. 

• Send an email to the Dutch embassy as soon as possible if you would like to join this flight: lim-rsvp@minbuza.nl stating “flight Lima – Amsterdam”. Posting is done in order of entry, so the sooner you sign up, the better. Deadline: Thursday May 21 at 1 p.m. Include your details, completed in the an attached Excel form. It is important to fill in all information and to check it carefully. Tickets are issued on the basis of this information and KLM will contact you. 

• Only Dutch or foreigners with a residence permit for The Netherlands can register at this embassy. Other EU-citizens must turn to their own embassy. 

• You can only register for this humanitarian KLM flight through your own embassy. It is therefore not possible to book a ticket for this flight on the KLM / AF website. The embassies of other EU-countries will share their passenger lists with our embassy. 

• From May 21-24, the KLM office will call everyone who has registered for the flight. So make sure you are easily accessible. During this call, KLM will request your credit card details for payment of the ticket. It is not possible to use this flight without a credit card.

• Before the flight, our embassy will designate a meeting point in Lima. From there there are buses for transportation to the military airport. For those who can join this flight, the embassy will draw up a “salvoconducto” (a letter stating that the person concerned is allowed to travel from hotel / house to meeting point). You will receive this by email, a day in advance. 

• If you are staying outside Lima and want to travel to Lima for this flight, the embassy needs the following information to apply for a travel permit from the Peruvian authorities (we must receive this information at least 30 hours before departure): 
– Date, time and location (address) of departure 
– Date, time and location (address) of arrival 
– Driver’s full name, DNI and telephone number 
– Traveler’s full name, passport and telephone number
– Make, model, color and number plate of the car 

• Both Dutch and citizens of EU-countries have access to the Netherlands and are allowed to continue traveling, by plane or by land. Many EU-countries have more strict rules, so check the rules for each transit country, in case of overland travel (train, bus, car). 

• The Dutch authorities give urgent advice to travelers from Peru, among others, to return to home quarantine for 14 days after returning to the Netherlands. It is mandatory in the Netherlands to keep 1.5 meters distance from others. Furthermore, groups of more than 3 people are prohibited, unless it concerns a family (i.e. parents with minor children). 

• For more information, please visit:

https://www.schiphol.nl/nl/berichten/coronavirus-update 
https://www.schiphol.nl/nl/pagina/coronavirus-en-schiphol-meest-gestelde-vragen/
https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/visas-for-the-netherlands/qas-travel-restrictions-for-the-netherlands 

 

If you have any questions, you can email to lim@minbuza.nl. The embassy can also be reached by telephone at (+51 1) 213-9822.  

SAME MESSAGE IN DUTCH

Nieuwe update van Nathalie Lintvelt, de Nederlandse Ambassador van Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.

 

“Corona crisis update:

• Zowel de publieke als private ziekenhuizen in Peru lopen over. Op veel plaatsen wordt aan de poort van het ziekenhuis een selectie gemaakt en mensen boven de 80 jaar worden in principe niet meer toegelaten. Op basis van de statistieken verwachten Peruaanse experts dat vanaf eind mei het aantal nieuwe corona besmettingen per dag langzaamaan zal dalen en dat vanaf eind juni het aantal doden per dag gaat dalen (is nu meer dan 125 per dag en stijgende). 

• De regering is van plan de komende maanden beetje bij beetje weer meer economische activiteiten toe te staan. De meeste scholen hebben inmiddels aangekondigd dat het onderwijs nog tot feb/maart 2021 virtueel zal plaatsvinden. 

• Op zijn vroegst eind juni is binnenlands vervoer weer toegestaan (lucht- en wegvervoer). Dit weekend kondigde de Peruaanse Minister van Transport aan dat internationale vluchten pas in de allerlaatste fase weer worden toegestaan, waarschijnlijk in oktober. 

• Indien daar voldoende belangstelling voor bestaat, is de KLM in beginsel bereid met enige regelmaat humanitaire vluchten uit te voeren, voor Nederlanders en andere ingezetenen van Europese landen. We hopen in elk geval opnieuw een vlucht te organiseren eind juli of eerste helft augustus, o.a. voor iedereen die naar Europa wil voor de start van het nieuwe universitaire -of schooljaar. We zijn in kaart aan het brengen hoeveel interesse er is in KLM-vluchten naar Amsterdam in de komende drie maanden, dus laat het ons weten als je mogelijk belangstelling hebt (lim@minbuza.nl). 

• Volgende week zullen we een nieuwsbulletin uitbrengen over de consulaire dienstverlening van Nederland in deze tijd van mobiliteitsbeperkingen. Zolang de quarantaine in Peru van kracht blijft, zal ons ambassadeteam normaal gesproken vanuit huis werken. We zijn goed bereikbaar per mail en telefoon, ook voor noodgevallen. 

 

KLM vlucht update:

• Goed nieuws: er komt weer een KLM-vlucht. Deze vlucht vertrekt in principe op maandag 25 mei, om 14.30 uur. Aankomst in Amsterdam op dinsdag 26 mei, rond 9.50 uur. Op de heenreis Amsterdam – Lima (24 mei) staat de vlucht open voor gestrande Peruanen. 

• Tickets kosten ongeveer EUR 850 voor een economy class ticket en ongeveer EUR 2550 voor business class. Er zijn 316 plaatsen beschikbaar, met voorrang voor Nederlanders en ingezetenen van EU+ landen. 

• Degenen die een ticket hebben voor een vlucht van KLM/Air France die is geannuleerd of nog moet plaatsvinden, kunnen dit ticket in principe gebruiken en hun vlucht kosteloos laten omboeken. 

• Stuur zo snel mogelijk een mail naar onze ambassade als je graag mee wilt met deze vlucht: lim-rsvp@minbuza.nl onder vermelding van “vlucht Lima – Amsterdam”. Toekenning plaatsen gebeurt op volgorde van binnenkomst, dus hoe eerder je je aanmeldt, hoe beter. Deadline: donderdag 21 mei om 13.00 uur. Stuur ons daarbij je gegevens, ingevuld in bijgaand Excel formulier. Het is belangrijk om alle gegevens in te vullen en zorgvuldig te checken. Op basis van deze gegevens worden tickets uitgegeven en wordt contact met je opgenomen door KLM. 

• Alleen Nederlanders of buitenlanders met een verblijfsvergunning voor Nederland kunnen zich aanmelden bij onze ambassade. Andere EU+ burgers moeten zich tot hun eigen ambassade wenden. 

• Voor deze humanitaire KLM vlucht kun je je uitsluitend aanmelden via je eigen ambassade. Het is dus niet mogelijk om voor deze vlucht een ticket te boeken op de KLM/AF website. De ambassades van andere EU+ landen zullen hun passagierslijsten met onze ambassade delen. 

• Van 21-24 mei zal het KLM kantoor iedereen bellen die zich heeft opgegeven voor de vlucht. Zorg dus dat je goed bereikbaar bent. Tijdens dit telefoontje zal KLM verzoeken om je credit card gegevens, voor betaling van het ticket. Zonder credit card is het niet mogelijk gebruik te maken van deze vlucht. 

• Voorafgaand aan de vlucht, zal onze ambassade een verzamelplaats in Lima aanwijzen. Van daaruit zijn er bussen voor vervoer naar het militaire vliegveld. Voor degenen die mee kunnen op deze vlucht, zal de ambassade een “salvoconducto” opstellen (brief waarin vermeld staat dat betrokkene vanaf hotel/huis naar verzamelplek reist). Deze ontvang je per mail, een dag van tevoren. 

• Als je nu buiten Lima verblijft en voor deze vlucht naar Lima wilt reizen, dan hebben wij de volgende informatie nodig om een reisvergunning aan te vragen bij de Peruaanse autoriteiten: 
– Datum, tijdstip en locatie (adres) van vertrek 
– Datum, tijdstip en locatie (adres) van aankomst 
– Volledige naam, DNI en telefoonnummer van chauffeur 
– Volledige naam, paspoort en telefoonnummer van reiziger 
– Merk, model, kleur en nummerbord van de auto 

Deze gegevens moeten wij minstens 30 uur voor vertrek ontvangen. 

• Zowel Nederlanders als burgers van EU+ landen krijgen toegang tot NL en mogen doorreizen, per vliegtuig of over land. Veel EU+ landen hebben strengere regels, dus check de regels voor elk land van doorreis, in geval van een reis over land (trein, bus, auto). • De NLse autoriteiten geven het dringende advies aan reizigers uit o.a. Peru om na terugkeer in Nederland 14 dagen in thuisquarantaine te gaan. Het is in Nederland verplicht om 1,5 meter afstand te houden van anderen en groepen van meer dan 3 personen zijn verboden, tenzij het om een gezin gaat (t.w. ouders met minderjarige kinderen). 

• Zie voor meer info: 
https://www.schiphol.nl/nl/berichten/coronavirus-update
https://www.schiphol.nl/nl/pagina/coronavirus-en-schiphol-meest-gestelde-vragen/ 
https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/visas-for-the-netherlands/qas-travel-restrictions-for-the-netherlands 

 

Als je vragen hebt, kun je mailen naar lim@minbuza.nl . De ambassade is ook telefonisch bereikbaar, op (+51 1 ) 213-9822. 

Het allerbeste gewenst, 

Nathalie Lintvelt 

Ambassadeur van Nederland voor Peru, Ecuador en Bolivia”

May 11

Breaking news from the Ministry of Commerce and Tourism!

The ministry has announced legislation (Legislative Decree No. 1507) which means the following:

free access for public servants, children, adolescents and senior citizens to archaeological sites, museums, historical places and natural areas in the country.”  

The law will be applied from 1st of July 2020 – 31st of December 2020 only for new bookings in this period. It includes 55 cultural sites and 22 natural protected areas, including:

 -> Machu Picchu park and the Inca paths!
 -> Other free accessible  places around Cusco are Ollantaytambo, Pisaq, Chinchero and Moray.
 -> Around Ica, the famous Nazca lines are opened freely.

Since we, PaRa Travels, also want to stimulate the tourism in the year 2020, we directly pass the discount on to our customers meaning that we will give 40 euros discount on all Machu Picchu trails for adults and a discount of 20 euros on all Machu Picchu trails for students! In addition, we offer a COVID-19 insurance. Curious about it? You can read the details on our FAQ page.

The government announced that they will (most likely) open the borders of Peru on August 1. It lookst like international flights will be opened from October. Of course all news is subject to changes since every day the situation can change. On May 24 the government will give more information!

We are really looking forward to start with our trails again… VAMOS A PERÚ!!

May 8

Speech from the Peruvian President

This evening, the president of Peru extended the lockdown period until May 24. This is already the fourth extension of the lockdown in Peru. The lockdown period has been extended because of the striking rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases. According to the official data of Thursday May 7, there are in total 58,526 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,627 deaths due to COVID-19.

May 4

Update from Nathalie Lintvelt, Ambassador of the Netherlands for Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.

Today, the Peruvian government announced a roadmap to gradually allow more economic activities to resume. The emergency will remain in force until Sunday 10th of May. This means that you can still only go on the street for necessary groceries (pharmacy, bank or supermarket).

It remains important to be careful, keep your distance and take precautions. Moreover, in the coming months only a limited number of people will be admitted to e.g. shops, restaurants or attractions. If the corona infections show a decreasing trend in the coming days and weeks, the following step-by-step plan applies, with regard to the components relevant to tourists:

• End of May: reopening of some hotels, tourist transport, non-motorized transport (bicycle), notary offices, restaurants delivery / collection, shops with electronic equipment

• End of June: hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, domestic transport (road / air), travel agencies (digital only)

• End of July: international flights, rest of restaurants and shops, travel agencies, (tourist) attractions

• End of August: everything is allowed again, with observance of certain precautions

Note: if the number of new corona infections increases again in the coming weeks / months, new phases will start later. Experience in other countries has shown that this risk is considerable.

Even before commercial flights resume, there will occasionally be opportunities to fly to Europe on a repatriation flight. The Peruvian government has decided to continue to allow such flights to a limited extent. If you are registered with the Dutch embassy and have expressed an interest in flights to Europe, you will receive an email as soon as there is a flight to Europe.

We will keep you updated if there is more news!

April 24

Update from the president of Peru.

The State of Emergency in Peru has been extended until May 10, 2020. This means you can only be on the streets if you have to go to the supermarket. Furthermore, the government has imposed a curfew. If you have booked a trip to Machu Picchu during this period, you can change the date for free at most travel agencies. In the case you have booked your trip at PaRa Travels, you can for sure change the date of all your trails for free. Hopefully it won’t be long before Cusco is again a bustling city full of tourists!

April 21

Update from the government of Peru.

Peru is in a lockdown until the 26th of April. The government has declared the state of emergency which means that you are only allowed to go on the streets in case you have to go to the supermarket. It are really tough times – we will keep you updated on COVID-19 via this medium. Please stay safe!

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