Your Peru trip is just about to take off, your bags are packed, you’ve checked in, and shortly you’ll be headed for a splendid South American adventure. Better take one last run through that checklist to ensure you have all of your paperwork in order to attest to your Covid-free status before boarding. While it isn’t overly complex, navigating travel to Peru during Covid (or anywhere for that matter) can be confusing, taking an extra effort for even the most seasoned travelers.
As travel lovers and your boots on the ground in Peru, we’ve listed the Covid-related requirements you’ll need to keep in mind for a smooth welcome to the country. Additionally, you’ll find some tips and information about your stay.
Covid-19 Test: Entry to Peru
To depart from your destination, you’ll be required to show a negative PCR test or a negative antigen test. The PCR tests must be conducted within 72 hours of departure, while antigen test results are only accepted within 24 hours of taking the test. It is imperative that your documents include the type of test conducted, the date, and your name as it appears on your travel documents.
Health Affidavit for Peru
In addition to the negative Covid test, travelers must fill out a health affidavit for Peru, which serves as a sworn declaration of health, primarily to screen travelers with covid-related symptoms.
During this process, you’ll provide your personal details, travel and hotel information, and statement of health. If you would like detailed steps on the information required or instructions on how to fill out the form, you can check out Amazonas Explorer’s excellent step-by-step blog post, "How to Complete Peru's Travel Affidavit."
Regarding the Covid test results and affidavit, digital versions are accepted; however, we’re a bit old school and recommend taking printed copies as well.
Enjoy the food, landscapes, culture, and heritage of Peru throughout your trip, and live it up while you can! With the first part of the trip behind you, you’ll be wondering what you need to do to get back home. Each country has its own restrictions, and between the loosening and tightening of policies, travelers can get whiplash trying to keep up. We encourage you to keep on top of your local requirements prior to and during your trip, but we’ll give you a head start in terms of US travel mandates as of the date of this publication.
US Travel Attestation
As when arriving to Peru, the United States also requires passengers to attest to their health (i.e., Covid-free) before boarding a return flight. At the following link, you’ll find the fillable US Travel Attestation Form provided by the CDC: US Travel Attestation Form.
Covid-19 Test - US Entry
Upon your return to the United States, you’ll also be required to provide the results of a negative PCR test or a negative antigen test. At the time of writing this, tests administered within 72 hours (PCR and antigen) are accepted. There are many places where you can get tested in Peru, and Lima in particular. If you are in Lima, you can visit Unilabs or Suiza Labs, where prices range between USD 35 and USD 70 depending on the test. Visitors should book an appointment through the websites in advance.
So what is it like to be in Peru during the ongoing pandemic? The current mask mandates require visitors to wear masks at all times outdoors. Guests must wear two masks in restaurants, shops, museums, banks, and public transportation (including buses, planes, taxis, and trains). Furthermore, it’s the general practice to have your temperature taken upon entering any establishment, and you’ll get a spritz or two of alcohol on your hands.
Peru is an incredible place with lots to offer, and as international travel returns, let’s do our part to travel responsibly. ¡Buen viaje!
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