New Nationwide Rules Announced for Peru

With the old rules expiring in less than 2 days, the Peruvian government finally announced new rules with Supreme Decree 163-2021-PCM that will go into effect on Monday, October 18 across the country. As was already in effect, the entire country is considered under the Moderate Risk Alert Level designation things easier to understand since there is only one set of rules that apply to all of Peru.

As announced a few days ago by the Health Minister, Hernando Cevallos, the nationwide curfew will now be rolled back to 2-4 am. in the continuing attempt to discourage overnight gathering.

Section 8.7 continues with the current rules by stipulating that “Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners whose final destination is the national territory, as passengers and regardless of the country of origin, must have a negative molecular test with a result date of no more than 72 hours before boarding at their point of origin and it is not mandatory to present the vaccination card of the country where the vaccination was performed. Those persons who show symptoms upon entering the national territory enter into compulsory isolation, according to regulations on the matter.”

Arrivals from South Africa or by anyone who has been in South Africa in 14 days prior to arrival in Peru will continue to be prohibited through October 31.

Restriction on activities will be as follows:

Activities in enclosed spaces:

  • Shopping malls, commercial galleries, department stores, stores in general and conglomerates: 50%.
  • Stores supplying basic necessities, supermarkets, markets, warehouses and pharmacies: 60%.
  • Restaurants and similar, whose customer service area (lounge, bar and waiting room) total less than 200 square meters in internal areas: 60%.
  • Restaurants and related, whose customer service area (lounge, bar and waiting room) total 200 square meters or more in internal areas: 100%.
  • Casinos and slot machines: 50%.
  • Cinemas and performing arts: 50%.
  • Banks and other financial institutions: 60%.
  • Temples and places of worship: 50%.
  • Libraries, museums, cultural centers, and art galleries: 60%.
  • Activities of sports clubs and associations (contact sports): 60%.
  • Activities of sports clubs and associations (non-contact sports): 60%
  • Business and professional events: 60%
  • Hairdressing and Barber Shops: 60%
  • Spa, Turkish baths, sauna, thermal baths: 60%
  • Coliseums (vaccinated with 2 doses): 20%.
  • Gymnasiums: 50%

Section 14.5 introduces a new provision regarding interprovincial travel by stating “As of November 15, 2021, passengers of the interprovincial land transportation service over 45 years of age, in the four (4) alert levels, shall only be allowed to board if they accredit their full vaccination dose.”

The new and extended provisions will be in effect beginning Monday, October 18, and will continue in effect through Sunday, October 31.

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