It’s Finally Official: New Rules Go Into Effect Today

In the middle of the night with just minutes remaining before the new restrictions would go into effect, the Peruvian government released Supreme Decree 179-2021-PCM which will make proof of vaccination status a part of every day life in Peru. The new rules begin today today and will be in effect until January 2.

As published in an Extraordinary Edition of the Legal Norms of El Peruano, the new decree outlines some details that have been in question, but generally the rules are exactly what was announced by the Minister of Health over a wee ago.

The Supreme Decree (SD) also makes new Risk Alert Level designations for the country. All of Peru remains under the Moderate Risk Alert Level except for the following provinces which are designated High Risk Alert Level: Chepén, Concepción, Huamanga, Santa, Sullana, Piura, Sechura, Huancavelica, Talara, and Virú.

Section 8.4 still requires “the use of a KN95 mask, or….a three-fold surgical mask and a community (cloth) mask on top of it, is mandatory to circulate on public roads and in enclosed places.

Beaches, lakes, and rivers all will remain open.

Curfew Hours

Until January 2, the following curfew hours will be imposed:

  • Moderate Risk Alert Level: 2:00-4:00 am
    (December 25 and January 1: 1:00-4:00 am)
  • High Risk Alert Level: 11:00 pm to 4:00 am

On December 25 and January 1, all types of meetings and social events, including those held in homes and family visits are prohibited during the curfew hours.

The previous restrictions of movement all appear to remain unchanged with movement during curfew for medical reasons still allowed.

International Air Travel

Peruvians, resident foreigners and non-resident foreigners aged 12 years and older whose final destination is Peru, as passengers and regardless of the country of origin, must prove that they have completed, in Peru and/or abroad, their vaccination schedule against COVID-19, fourteen (14) days prior to boarding at their point of origin; otherwise, they may present a negative molecular test with a result date no more than 72 hours prior to boarding at their point of origin. Children under twelve years of age are only required to be asymptomatic to board. Those persons who show symptoms upon entering the national territory enter mandatory isolation.

Peruvian passengers and foreign residents coming from the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Botswana, or who have made a stopover in these places, must prove that they have completed, in Peru and/or abroad, their vaccination schedule against COVID-19 and have a negative molecular test with a result date of no more than 48 hours before boarding at their point of origin.

Until January 2, 2022, the entry into the national territory of non-resident foreigners coming from the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Botswana, or who have made a stopover in these places in the last 14 days.

The National Health Authority is empowered to perform molecular tests (PCR) on passengers arriving in the country, establishing complementary sanitary measures for positive cases among those coming from countries with cases of community infection by the COVID-19 variants of concern, or who have made a stopover in these places.

Domestic Interprovincial Land Travel

Passengers of the interprovincial land transportation service over 18 years of age may only board if they can prove their complete vaccination dose in Peru or abroad; otherwise, they may present a negative molecular test with a result date no more than 72 hours prior to boarding.

All interprovincial and urban land transportation passengers must respect the rules on the use of masks, as well as the corresponding protocols.

Domestic Air Travel

Passengers of domestic air transportation services over 18 years of age shall only be allowed to board if they can prove they have received a complete vaccination dose in Peru or abroad; otherwise, they may present a negative molecular test with a result date no more than 72 hours prior to boarding.

Vaccination Requirements for Enclosed Spaces

As of December 10, 2021 those over 18 years of age who wish to enter the premises where economic and worship activities are carried out in the enclosed spaces identified in numeral 14.2 of the present article, must present their physical or virtual card that certifies having completed, in Peru and/or abroad, their vaccination scheme against COVID-19, in addition to wearing a mask permanently.

In the case of restaurants or similar establishments, the mask(s) may be removed only when food is eaten.

Enclosed spaces as defined in Section 14.2 are:

  • Shopping centers, shopping malls, department stores, department stores, general stores and conglomerates
  • Staples stores, supermarkets, markets, warehouses and pharmacies
  • Restaurants and similar business
  • Casinos
  • Cinemas and performing arts theaters
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Temples and places of worship
  • Libraries, museums, cultural centers, and art galleries
  • Activities of sports clubs and associations (contact sports)
  • Activities of sports clubs and associations (non-contact sports)
  • Business and professional events
  • Hairdressing and Barber Shops
  • Spa, Turkish baths, sauna, thermal baths
  • Coliseums
  • Gymnasiums

Land Borders

Land borders shall remain closed for passenger traffic, though commercial cargo will continue to be allowed as before. Peruvian citizens and resident foreigners may enter Peru through land points of immigration.


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