Peru Travel Restrictions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Peru Travel Restrictions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This page will constantly be updated based on the latest news from the federal government regarding travel restrictions in Peru (last update: 01/01/2023).


Last major update:

In order to enter Peru, all travelers above the age of 12 years need a vaccination card with the required doses completed or they must show a a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours before traveling. These restrictions are subject to constant evaluation. In certain regions, the use of face masks is optional in open spaces.

Peru Travel Restrictions

What are the current travel restrictions in Peru?

  • In order to enter Peru, all travelers above the age of 12 years need a vaccination card with the required doses and the booster for those over 18 years old who are qualified to receive it. Otherwise they must show a a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours before boarding.
  • For domestic flights and interprovincial land travel, all passengers over 12 years old need the required doses and the booster for those over 18 years old residing in Peru and who are qualified to receive it. Otherwise a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours before boarding is required.
  • It’s obligatory to wear a KN95 face mask or a double mask in closed spaces.
  • Before entering closed buildings such as restaurants, bars, cafes or shopping malls it is required to show the vaccination card with the completed dose.
  • The use of face mask in open spaces is optional in regions with 80% vaccination coverage against COVID-19 of people aged 60 years and above and with 3 doses and 80% vaccination coverage against COVID-19 of people aged 12 years and above and with 2 doses.
  • For US citizens: you don’t need a COVID-19 test to re-enter the US.


Flexibility With Your Bookings

girl with alpaca in front of rainbow mountain palccoyo

Happy traveler with an alpaca at Rainbow Mountain Palccoyo.


The entire travel industry has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, many agencies are still fighting for their existence. We are still working very hard to provide you with the best possible service.

This way, you’ll definitely have an unforgettable trip to the country of the Incas. And apart from that, you can help the tourism industry in Peru stay alive.

For more information on the terms of cancelation of the individual tours, we recommend that you take a look at the respective tour on our website or contact us via mail at


Our COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures During the Tours:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas and in the car
  • Hand sanitizer for travelers and employees
  • Safety distance during the entire tour
  • We disinfect the equipment after each tour
  • We clean the vehicles after every tour
  • Guides disinfect their hands regularly
  • Regular temperature checks on the entire team


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Peru Travel Restrictions for Entering

If you plan to come to Peru, you have to make sure that you adhere to the following precautionary measures.

Travel to Peru:

  • In order to enter Peru, all travelers above the age of 12 years need a vaccination card with the required doses and the booster for those over 18 years old who are qualified to receive it. Otherwise they must show a a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours before boarding.

couple at ollantaytambo ruins and travelers background

Couple standing at Ollantaytambo, the last tourist site of our Sacred Valley tour, before the journey to Machu Picchu continues. 


COVID-19 Tests in Peru

You will need another Covid test if you are traveling to a country that requires a negative result for entry.

We recommend the following laboratories/clinics:

Phone: +51 952 464 447

Cost: S/ 240 ($61) for PCR test and S/ 120 ($31) for antigen test. You’ll get the result in 24 hours and 1 hour, respectively. It includes a test at home meaning that they will come to your hotel/airbnb (in Miraflores, San Isidro & Barranco) and do the test there. The result will be in English or Spanish.

Cost: S/ 245 ($64) for the PCR test with a result within approx. 12 hours. The appointments are every 10 minutes from Monday to Saturday 7:30 am to 5:50 pm. The test lab is in Miraflores in Comandante Espinar 450. The result will be in English or Spanish.

Phone: +51 960243591 / +51 975610614
Cost: S/ 260 ($68) for the PCR test with a result in 24h. The test can be translated to English for S/ 55 ($15). For S/ 40 ($11) extra, the test can be done at home.


Cima Clinic
Phone: +51 984705309
Result in 24-72h depending on the test

Tel: 084 254919, Phone: +51 984309071 / +51 943916343
Result in 24h


What to Do if You Have COVID-19 Symptoms/ A Positive COVID Test

  1. Quarantine, avoid any contact with other people and do not go out.
  2. Follow further instructions from the local authorities.
  3. Call your travel insurance company and find out which doctor you should visit.
  4. Make an appointment with the doctor and follow his advice.
  5. Call your travel agent/ provider to make appropriate arrangements or postpone your current bookings.
  6. Avoid any further travel until you feel better and get a negative test result.

In case of symptoms, Peru’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) recommends calling the free emergency number 113, sending a WhatsApp message to (+51) 952-842-623) or an email to However, it’s very likely that you will only receive an answer in Spanish.

happy travelers with ponchos at machu picchu ruins

Travelers during our 2.5h guided tour through the Machu Picchu ruins


Travelling to Peru During COVID-19

As you can see, there are a few things to consider if you plan to come to Peru during COVID-19.

Visiting Peru in times of COVID-19 has the advantage that there are hardly any crowds at the tourist sites. In fact, visiting Machu Picchu as it’s currently possible is a privilege because before the pandemic it almost suffered from over-tourism. Above all, taking into account our strict COVID-19 protocol, we try to ensure a high level of security so that we can show you the beautiful places such as Machu Picchu or the Sacred Valley without hesitation. Furthermore, we are offering high flexibility regarding cancellation terms or in case you want to postpone your trip to Peru.

Do you have any further questions about the local COVID-19 situation or the travel restrictions in Peru? We invite you to leave a comment below or to contact us at

  • 7 November, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Hi! Do we still have to show proof of covid 19 vaccination at the Airport to enter to Peru? Thank you in advance for your answer.

  • 18 October, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    I am 32 years old and live in the US. I am traveling to Peru in 2-weeks and only have the J&J vaccine. Will this be an issue when traveling from the US to lima and lima to Cusco?

    • 18 October, 2022 at 8:50 pm

      Hey Katie! According to the government “Individuals arriving in Peru who are 12 years of age or older must present proof of at least two doses of a recognized COVID-19 vaccine prior to boarding at their point of origin.” I entered Peru from the US 2 weeks ago and I was not asked to show my proof of vaccination at the airport; however, this might depend. If you do not want to get a second shot, you could just get a COVID test as a backup in case Migrations ask you for it.

      Hope this helps,

  • 6 September, 2022 at 4:23 am


    soon I will travel to Peru and I am a little confused of the Corona vaccination rules. I have got only two doses last year (7/2021). Is it enough or do I need the booster to enter Peru and to enter restaurants there etc.?

    • 7 September, 2022 at 6:02 pm

      Hey Laura, how are you doing? Officially, you also need the booster in order to enter Peru. We’ve heard from travelers that entered the country with only 2 doses but in order to avoid any inconveniences best would be to have all 3 vaccinations. Hope this helps 🙂

  • 31 May, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    I noticed that as of 5/31/22 you need a negative covid test within 24 hours of travel in order to be able to leave from Peru to the US. Most of the PCR tests take 24 hours+ in order to result, however. Am I missing something? are the antigen tests sufficient?
    Additionally, are there companies/clinics that we could contact in order to have someone come into the hotel we are staying in Cusco?

    • 1 June, 2022 at 4:47 pm

      Hey Agnieszka! If the US requires a negative PCR test to enter the country, you can get one in Cusco at Cima clinic. They’re quite fast and they come to your hotel to do the test. You should have the result for the PCR test within a couple of hours (last time we used their service it took them 4-5 hours). Hope this helps! 🙂

  • 10 May, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Hi! Thank you for your helpful information, Is there any restriction
    for unvaccinated people for staying in hotels. Thank you.

    • 15 May, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      Hey Yessika, the restrictions are mostly the same as to entering the country. If you’re not vaccinated, you need to show a negative COVID test (in most cases a PCR test is required, but best would be to check with each hotel individually). Hope this helps 🙂

  • 8 May, 2022 at 10:22 am

    I have received 2 doses of the moderna vaccine would I need the booster prior to traveling? Or would I still need to test? Or is 2 vaccines sufficient

    • 8 May, 2022 at 1:14 pm

      Hey Jane! This depends on your age. If you’re under 40 you’re fine with 2 doses, if you’re over 40 you’d need a booster to enter Peru. Hope this helps!

  • 24 April, 2022 at 2:24 pm


    I have only recieved one johnson and johnson vaccination shot (in December). Am I allowed to enter Peru or do I need more shots?
    I’m under 40years

    • 25 April, 2022 at 10:43 am

      Hello Marin,
      thanks a lot for your message. You are allowed to enter Peru as with J&J you are 100% vaccinated.
      BUT in case you are older than 40 years than you’ll need the 3rd vaccine.

      In case you have any further questions feel free to reach out!

  • 9 April, 2022 at 11:07 am

    What are the most current rules for excursions/day trips for next week (eg visit Machu Picchu, take train to MP) if not vaccinated? TIA

    • 11 April, 2022 at 5:32 pm

      Hey Janissa! You need to show a proof of vaccination or a negtive PCR test in order to board the train to Machu Picchu. For the other day trips in Cusco you don’t need any of these, except that the travel agency demands any of this. Hope this helps 🙂

  • 23 February, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Hi! I’m going to Perù next month. I’ve 2 vaccine doses but not the booster dose because I get covid and I have the recovery certificate. Is it enough to travel without PCR test? Thank you very much!

    • 23 February, 2022 at 8:21 am

      Hey Sara! Yes, if you have 2 doses you can travel without a PCR test. You’d only need the negative PCR test if you’re not vaccinated at all. Hope this helps and happy traveling 🙂

      • 24 February, 2022 at 12:49 am

        What a great new! Thank you very much Oliver for your information! 😄

  • 27 January, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Hello ExploorPeru,
    Thanks for the great article!
    What if you are not vaccinated, but you have recovered from Covid recently. Can you travel around Peru with proof of recovery (from the EU)? Think of taking busses & going on tours, but also going into restaurants & bars or other public places.
    I want to travel Peru around April/May, do you think the restrictions for unvaccinated will be gone by then?
    Hope to hear from you!
    With kind regards, Idsart

    • 27 January, 2022 at 9:39 am

      Hey Idsart!
      Glad you liked the info, thank you! If you’re not vaccinated you can enter Peru with a negative PCR test no older than 72h before traveling. However, in order to travel within Peru (plane & bus) and to go out (restaurants, bars etc.), a complete proof of vaccination (virtually or physically) is required.

      It’s difficult to predict whether restrictions for unvaccinated people will be gone by then but if I had to make a guess I’d say that it will take longer than that. Hope that helps ad if you have any other questions feel free to shoot us a mail at 🙂


  • 9 January, 2022 at 6:14 am

    What happens if you get Covid while in Peru? What are the regulations to leave the country?

    • 9 January, 2022 at 2:47 pm

      Hey Lizalu! You have to isolate yourself and be in quarantine until you’re negative. Only then can you leave the country. It’s not allowed to travel when you still have COVID.

  • 7 January, 2022 at 4:15 am

    What about unvaccinated travelers? Can they take busses and visit tourist places like Huaraz or Machu Picchu at this moment?

    • 7 January, 2022 at 7:20 am

      Hello Lisa,
      unvaccinated travelers need a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours to enter the country.
      During your time in Peru you’ll have to take on regular basis a PCR test to be able to enter busses or other transports.

      team exploor

  • 30 December, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    If you test positive in peru can you quarantine at any hotel?

    • 1 January, 2022 at 1:16 pm

      Hey Robin! Yes, normally you can just stay at your hotel/airbnb and quarantine there until you test negative again.

  • 26 November, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Cheers guys,
    so is it still save and I can visit Peru with my family? Anything that I have to be aware of?


    • 27 November, 2021 at 10:59 am

      Hello Andy,
      yes you can come with your family and discover all the different sites. We have just updated this blog post and it includes all the things that you need to be aware of. Don’t hesitate for further questions.

      Team Exploor

  • 11 September, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Super helpful! Thanks for sharing that. So in case I am coming from Switzerland and If I am fully vaccinated I do not need a test or anything else?

    • 13 September, 2021 at 10:00 pm

      Hey Jakob, glad you’re liking the info. Thanks for reading our blog 🙂

      That’s correct! With the current regulations, if you’re fully vaccinated you do not need a COVID-19 test to enter Peru. Feel free to reach out to us if we can help you with anything else.

      Best, Oliver

  • 6 September, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Is it true that to enter Peru you don’t need a COVID test anymore if you’re fully vaccinated??

    • 6 September, 2021 at 9:21 pm

      Hi Jake! Yes, it’s true! If you are fully vaccinated, you don’t need a COVID test to enter Peru.

  • 27 August, 2021 at 3:02 am

    Really helpful article! And thanks for sharing the different labs, that helped us a lot in Lima.

    • 6 September, 2021 at 9:23 pm

      Hey Andreas, glad this info was helpful! Hope you enjoyed your time in Peru. All the best 🙂

  • 17 August, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Is this info still up to date?

    • 18 August, 2021 at 3:52 am

      Hello Tom,
      yes, the info is getting constantly updated and the guidelines are still applying.

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