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Peru returns to normal tourism after 2.5 years of restrictions
After two and a half years with some of the toughest rules in the world, Peru has finally dropped all COVID restrictions, returning to normal tourism.
Visitors will once again be able to travel freely in this South American nation. The state of emergency decree in force since March 2020 has finally come to an end, as of November 1, 2022.
All extensions of the state of emergency decree, including travel restrictions and COVID-related restrictions inside the country, have been dropped.
Peru is the latest country in South America to drop all travel restrictions, joining others in a return to tourism as usual.
What does this mean for travellers?
The announcement of the end of the state of emergency decree in Peru means that travelers will once again be able to enter the country without any restrictions.
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 getting back to normal.
Previously, travelers had 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, the South American country also had some of the strictest rules in the world.
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Over the past two and a half years, these ever-changing restrictions have included heavily enforced curfews and lockdowns, mandatory vaccinations and reminders to enter most businesses, and indoor and outdoor mask mandates (requiring in some cases of 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 from November 1, 2022, normal tourism will resume in Peru.
Travelers will no longer need to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter the country or pre-register with Peru’s immigration application and sign a health affidavit.
Reopening of other South American countries
Peru is the latest country in South America to drop all travel restrictions and entry requirements.
Overall, the continent has been slow to reopen, but Peru joins several other South American countries in removing restrictions and allowing tourism to resume without limits.
In October, Paraguay and Ecuador reopened.
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 reopening South America will continue in the coming months as the Southern Hemisphere enters the summer season.
Currently, the following countries in South America have removed all travel restrictions:
- French Guiana (territory)
Should you visit Peru?
Peru is one of the main destinations in South America, known for its varied and beautiful landscapes, culture, gastronomy and cities.
One of Peru’s most popular attractions is Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca city perched high in the Andes.
Peru is also known for its colorful Rainbow Mountains, breathtaking Colca Canyon and cultural capital Cusco.
Although Peru’s treasures have been closed to the world for more than two and a half years, causing intense economic damage to local business owners, the removal of travel restrictions has finally made Peru accessible again.
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 US cities to Peru, but the cheapest way to get there is to fly from Miami to Lima on Spirit Airlines or JetBlue.
Both airlines offer flights for as little as $337 round trip.
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