New Regulations Announced Last Night

The Peruvian government announced a new set of rules and regulations last night. which will last until January 16 in Supreme Decree 186-2021-PCM as published in El Peruano.

In fact, almost all of the Decree simply extends most of the current rules and regulations for another two weeks.

There are now 11 provinces in the country at the High Alert Risk Level: Bagua, Chepén, Concepción, Huamanga, Huancavelica, Santa, Sullana, Piura, Sechura, Talara, and Virú. (The addition of Bagua is the only change to this list.) These provinces will be under a nightly curfew from 11 pm to 4 am.

The rest of Peru still remains at the Moderate Alert Risk Level. These provinces will be under a nightly curfew from 2 am to 4 am. except on Friday, December 24, and Friday, December 31 when the curfew will extend to 11 pm to 4 am in order to avoid crowds and social gatherings for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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. However, on December 25, 26 and 31 and on January 1-2 the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages and food on beaches, rivers, lakes, lagoons, and public swimming pools nationwide is prohibited.

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 in the places of origin; otherwise, they may present a negative molecular test with a result date no more than 72 hours prior to boarding.

Children under 12 years of age must only be asymptomatic to travel.

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 at least 14 days prior to boarding in the places of origin; 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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