Peru Reopening Borders To International Tourists From These Countries
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Peru Reopening Borders To International Tourists From These Countries

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Leah Freeman-Haskin
Leah Freeman-Haskin Oct 20, 2020

Known best for backpacking treks, Incan ruins, northern beaches, and delicious cuisine, Peru has long been an adventurer’s dream destination. If you are eager to explore the ancient landscape of this culturally rich country, you may be in luck. After months of lockdown, Peru is reopening its borders for international flights from select countries which began on October 5th, as announced by President Martín Vizcarra.

“International flights will be authorized, as of October 5th, between countries in the region and little by little to other latitudes,” said Vizcarra in a statement.

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In early March, Peru began enforcing strict lock-downs, including curfews, movement restrictions, and border closures. After seven months, they are finally ready to ease some of these restrictions. The first countries that Peru is planning to allow flights from include Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and the USA.

All arrivals to the South American nation will be required to bring proof of a negative PCR test, performed no longer than 48 hours before arrival.  Any travelers that do not supply these test results will be denied boarding or face the standard 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Travelers should also expect thermal temperature scans and the enforcement of masks and social distancing.

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If you are planning an upcoming trip to Peru, the Phase Four reopening plan also includes changes to some of the local attractions. Museums, galleries, and cultural centers will reopen at 60% capacity, restaurants and cafes at 50% capacity, stores, boutiques, and shopping centers at 60% capacity, and zoos, theme parks and botanical gardens at 60% capacity. Outdoor activities such as fishing and nautical sports will also reopen at 50% capacity.

According to the Johns Hopkins’ Coronavirus Resource Center, Peru has seen just over 868,000 confirmed cases and nearly 34,000 deaths at the time this article was published.