New Rules Published for April

The Peruvian government issued Supreme Decree N° 030-2022-PCM extending the State of National Emergency “due to the circumstances affecting people’s life and health” as a consequence of COVID-19 and establishing new measures for the reestablishment of social coexistence for the term of 30 calendar days, starting April 1, 2022.

The most important change is the requirement that residents — and apparently only residents — over the age of 18 must provide documentation of three vaccine doses to enter private and public places. Masks are still required both outside and inside for everyone.

Interestingly, while a recent (within 48 hours) negative PCR test allows one to travel, there is no provision for entering most public/private places except by showing documentation of three vaccine doses.

The following restrictions and rules are part of the new law for the month of April:

  • It is mandatory to wear a KN95 mask, or failing that a three-fold surgical mask and on top of this a community mask (cloth), to circulate on public roads and in closed places.
  • Violators of the sanitary provisions and those related to the state of national emergency, who have not paid the fine imposed for infractions committed during the state of national emergency and other regulations issued to protect the life and health of the population due to the contagion of COVID-19, are prevented from carrying out any procedure before any State entity; notwithstanding, persons who are in a situation of vulnerability and are duly registered in the lists of social programs, as well as monetary subsidies, among others, continue to be beneficiaries of any state program of economic support, incentives, food and health, receiving the benefits that correspond to them.
  • Health sector workers must have three doses of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to work in their workplace, due to the high risk of contagion and spread of COVID-19 variants.
  • Peruvians, resident foreigners and non-resident foreigners aged 12 years and older whose final destination is the national territory, as passengers and regardless of their country of origin, must prove that they have received the first and second doses of vaccination against COVID-19 in Peru or abroad, and the third dose for those over 18 years of age who reside in the country and are authorized to receive it, according to the current protocol. Otherwise, they can present a negative molecular test with a result date no more than 48 hours before boarding at their point of origin. Children under 12 years of age only need to be asymptomatic to board. Those persons who show symptoms upon arrival to the national territory enter mandatory isolation, according to regulations on the matter.
  • The National Health Authority is empowered to perform diagnostic tests for COVID-19 on passengers arriving in the country, establishing complementary health measures for positive cases.
  • Passengers of the national air transport service over 12 years of age, residents and non-residents, may only board if they can prove that they have received the first and second doses of vaccination against COVID-19 in Peru or abroad, and the third dose for those over 18 years of age who reside in the country and are authorized to receive it, according to the current protocol. In case they have not completed the required doses according to their age, they must present a negative molecular test with a result date no more than 48 hours before boarding. Children under 12 years of age only need to be asymptomatic to board.
  • Passengers of interprovincial land transportation service over 12 years of age, residents and non-residents, may only board if they can prove they have received the first and second dose of vaccination against COVID-19 in Peru or abroad, and the third dose for those over 18 years of age who reside in the country and are authorized to receive it, according to current protocol; or, failing that, they may present a negative molecular test with a result date no more than 48 hours before boarding. Children under 12 years of age only need to be asymptomatic to board.
  • Urban and interprovincial passenger transportation services are provided in compliance with the guidelines approved by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications for the prevention of COVID-19.
  • All interprovincial and urban land transportation passengers must comply with the rules on mask use, as well as the corresponding protocols.
  • Drivers and collectors of all public transportation services, as well as drivers providing delivery, cab and private transportation services for personnel and tourism may only operate if they can prove they have received, in Peru and/or abroad, the three doses of vaccination against COVID-19, provided they are authorized to receive it, according to the current protocol.
  • Residents over 18 years of age who enter shopping centers, shopping malls, department stores, department stores, general stores, conglomerates, stores supplying basic necessities, supermarkets, markets, restaurants and the like in indoor areas, casinos, slot machines, cinemas, theaters, banks, financial institutions, churches, temples, places of worship, libraries, museums, cultural centers, art galleries, clubs, sports association premises, hairdressers, barbershops, spas, Turkish baths, sauna, thermal baths, gymnasiums, sauna, thermal baths, gymnasiums and so on, sauna, thermal baths, gymnasiums, notary offices, user service offices, administrative procedures and public and private institutions, as well as professional associations, must present their physical or virtual card that certifies having received, in Peru and/or abroad, the three doses of vaccination against COVID-19, as long as they are authorized to receive it, according to current protocol, in addition to wearing a mask permanently, according to the conditions indicated in this Supreme Decree.
  • In the case of restaurants or similar, the mask(s) may be removed only when the food is eaten.
  • Any person who performs in-person work activities must accredit having received the three doses of vaccination against COVID-19, as long as he/she is authorized to receive them, according to the current protocol, being valid the vaccines administered both in Peru and abroad.
  • In the case of service providers in the private sector who do not have the three doses of vaccination against COVID-19, they must provide services through the remote work modality. When the nature of the work is not compatible with remote work, the suspension of the employment contract, without payment of salary, shall be understood to have occurred in accordance with the first paragraph of article 11 and paragraph ll) of article 12 of the Sole Ordered Text of Legislative Decree No. 728, Law on Labor Productivity and Competitiveness, approved by Supreme Decree No. 003-97-TR, unless the parties agree to the imperfect suspension of the labor relationship. By ministerial resolution, the Ministry of Health, in coordination with the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion, may establish exceptions and complementary provisions. It is the employer’s obligation to verify compliance with the provisions set forth in this paragraph.
  • In the case of public sector workers who do not have the three doses of vaccination against COVID-19, the provisions of the Sole Final Complementary Provision of Emergency Decree No. 055-2021 and the complementary provisions issued by the Ministry of Health, in coordination with the National Authority of the Civil Service, are applicable.
  • For a maximum period of fifteen calendar days as of the entry into force of this Supreme Decree, service providers in the private sector and public sector workers who do not have the third dose may continue to work in person.
  • The verification of the physical or virtual card that proves compliance with the application of the vaccination against COVID-19, in Peru and/or abroad, must be carried out together with an official identity document.
  • For the use of beaches, rivers, lakes, lagoons and swimming pools, those over 12 years of age must present the physical or virtual card that certifies having applied, in Peru or abroad, the first and second doses of vaccination against COVID-19, additionally requiring the third dose for those over 18 years of age, who are qualified to receive it according to current protocol.
  • Local governments, in coordination with the Regional Governments and their respective Regional Health Directorates, may even close beaches, rivers, lakes, lagoons and swimming pools, in case of non-compliance with the corresponding regulations.
  • To enter the coliseums and sports stadiums, those over 12 years of age must present their physical or virtual card that proves they have received the first and second doses of vaccination against COVID-19, requiring the third dose for those over 18 years of age.
  • In all cases the permanent use of a KN95 mask is mandatory, or in its absence a three-fold surgical mask and on top of this a community mask (cloth).



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