Peru New Flying Rules (2020)

Sao Paulo to Lima

As you may know, Peru’s borders were closed from mid March until October of 2020. Now that the borders have been opened, there are some new protocols to follow. This can be a bit overwhelming at first. However, getting back to this beautiful country was easier than I expected. Traveling alone on November 7th, I successfully entered Peru. Below, I’ll outline the new protocols to hopefully make it easier for you to navigate yourself. 

On board Sao Paulo to Lima

Keep in mind that requirements can change. This is written based on what I know to be true at the time of writing and what proved to be true on my November 6-7 journey from Spain to Peru via Brazil.

First, make sure that you are flying from one of the approved destinations. Personally, I chose to connect in Sao Paulo (GRU). I made this decision because I know that Brazil does not currently have any special entry or connection restrictions that might have further complicated my trip. According to IATA, the approved flight origins include:

Asuncion (ASU), Atlanta (ATL), Bogota (BOG), Brasilia (BSB), Buenos Aires (EZE), Cali (CLO), Cancun (CUN), Cartagena (CTG), Cordoba (COR), Guayaquil (GYE), Houston (IAH), Iguazu (IGR), La Habana (HAV), La Paz (LPB), Los Angeles (LAX), Medellin (MDE), Mendoza (MDZ), Mexico (MEX), Miami (MIA), Montego Bay (MBJ), Montevideo (MVE), New York: John F Kennedy Intl (JFK) and Newark Liberty Intl (EWR), Orlando (MCO), Panama (PTY), Porto Alegre (POA), Punta Cana (PUJ), Quito (UIO), Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Rosario (RSJ), San Jose (SJO), San Salvador (SAL), Santa Cruz (VVI), Santiago (SCL), Sao Paulo (GRU), Toronto (YYZ) and Tucuman (TUC).

Documents to present at check-in

  • Your return flight itinerary showing the date you’ll be leaving Peru.
  • If you need a visa, you should show it. I am a US citizen entering Peru as a tourist; so, I didn’t need one.
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test results. The results should have been issued within 72 hours of the first flight departure time.
  • A copy of the Affidavit of Health and Geolocation online form. This must be completed 72 hours before departure.

To do before you fly

  • Make sure to plan on having your COVID PCR test taken in time to have the results in your hands within 72 hours before your flight. I scheduled my PCR test 48 hours before my flight because the clinic assured me I would have the results within 24 hours. Tip: I didn’t want to do the nasal swab PCR test because I find it invasive. I was pleased to find a lab that offered a saliva PCR test. Rather than having to have a swab up my nose, a synthetic cotton like swab collected my saliva instead. This was accepted with no problem because it is also a PCR COVID test. It seems that what the airport staff look for on the test result is the name, date, “PCR”, and “negative.” Print a hard copy as you’ll have to show this document multiple times.
  • 72 hours before your flight, complete the Affidavit of Health and Geolocation online form. Print this and bring a copy with you. Tips: US citizens should choose EE.UU. under the Nationality field. Also, make sure to click the red “+ Agregar” button after completing the information in the fields that include that button. Otherwise, you will not be able to submit the form. Print this out after hitting “Register” so you can show it at check-in, boarding and again when you land in Peru.
  • Buy “surgical” masks.  It’s best to have a few so that you can change them during the long flight in case they get dirty or you just feel you need a fresh one. In order to board the last leg – Sao Paulo to Lima, I had to have a “surgical mask.” The flight attendant who checked my boarding pass in Sao Paulo said the one I had didn’t qualify so she gave me one. 
  • Buy a face shield. You have to wear this in addition to your surgical mask in order to board the flight that actually lands in Lima. 
  • Print your ticket that shows your return flight information if you are entering as a tourist. I was able to show mine on my phone without having it printed. Nonetheless, I recommend printing it just in case your phone dies.
  • Book an airport pick-up by a safe and reliable driver! I booked with Gringo Taxi as I always do. They are punctual, professional and their cars are comfortable and clean. 
Lima airport
Lima airport now has thermal cameras installed.

Arriving at the Lima Airport

When I arrived at theLima airport, I noticed that they have installed thermographic cameras. The airport worker asked each person to remove his or her face shield in order for the camera to take your temperature before proceeding. After the temperature was taken, there was someone in scrubs asking to see the negative test result before sending me to passport control. 

At the immigration counter, I was asked for the reason for my visit and how long I planned to stay. Immigration no longer stamps your passport. They just look you up in their system and authorize your stay for however long they tell you they will. I told her I would be staying 2.5 months. So, she authorized my stay for 90 days. Going through immigration was a breeze! 

Then, I picked up my luggage at the baggage claim. Walter with Gringo Taxi was waiting for me just outside the door. It was a relief to see a familiar face and know I was in a safe ride to my destination in Lima. 

About the Author

Nicole Berry at Machu Picchu

Nicole Berry is originally from Los Angeles, California. She is the Founder of the international education company, Linguistic Horizons. An avid traveler, Peru is one of her favorite destinations. She has been organizing student trips to Peru since 2014. 

19 comments

  1. Beatriz Alvarado

    Thank you for sharing your experience going back to Lima again. It was a great pleasure working with you during this extreme time we experienced being stranded in Peru.
    Hope to meet you in person one day.
    Enjoy your time in Peru ??

    1. Nicole Berry

      Thank you, Beatriz! It would be great to meet you! 🙂

  2. Chad Blanton

    Thank you very much for this info. I arrive in Peru on Jan 4 and really needed this. I was there for 80 days of the initial quarantine and have lived there in total for over a year. In Peru, I’ve learned that there is always something else that is needed by someone else and you will have to return, soooooo….this info is invaluable!

    1. Nicole Berry

      I’m glad this is helpful! Keep in mind that it’s possible things will change by January.

  3. Nicole Berry

    Hi Lesley, As far as I know, you don’t need anything special if you are a US citizen. I’m not totally sure though and it may depend on which state you are flying to.

  4. Transportefacil Peru

    The US doesn’t have any requirements from my understanding. If you have a layover more than 6 hours in let’s say Panamá. They will require a test there. Flying directly to the US, nothing I know of

  5. Mauro

    Great article Nicole!

    I am traveling to Peru soon and this help me clear some questions!

    Well done!

  6. Anthony

    Problem we have been having is that no labs will guarantee a 72 hour turn around in results…. 4-5 days is what we have been quoted.

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      The real key is to be sure your test is no more than 72 hours old from the time of the results.

  7. Pachita

    Thank you so much for this information>. I usually fly into Lima three times a year, but haven’t been able to go this year at all. Hoping to be able to get there in early January. This information was very helpful.

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      It’s our pleasure to be of assistance. Keep in mind this is written from a personal experience and coming to Peru from Spain. Rules are mostly the same coming from elsewhere but this is a very specific post from Spain

  8. Mike

    Hi, thanks for sharing this. I am wondering if a 14 day quarantine was mandatory when entering Peru?

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      There is no 14 mandatory quarantine entering Peru unless you have symptoms in which case you would not be able to fly.

  9. Maria

    Hi

    Love this information but do you know if this applies for a Peru citizen living in the U.K am I able to travel as normal or do I need too follow this procedure (get a flight to South America and change for Lima..

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      Peruvian Citizens are allowed to fly back but so far there’s nothing direct so you’d have to fly into another country then into Peru. That said the news is reporting there’s a “possibility” of opening up to 14 hour flights in the coming days/weeks. I also know unless it’s published in El Peruano it’s only speculation. If you’re looking to fly direct, I would wait a few weeks and see what happens

  10. Željko

    Hi

    Do you know how is the entry situation with the people who got over corona virus? Do we also need negative PCR test? Or confirmation from epidemiologist that I got over it, is enough?

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      I can say both the Lima airport and MINSA (Peru’s health department) have stated that an Antigen test is permitted. I can also say both the US embassy and the former Peruvian President has stated the only test permitted is a PCR test. I’ve had one client arrive telling me he arrived with an Antigen test. Unfortunately the best this is the best I can do. I know it’s a bit vague, but it’s not me, but rather the situation and the government not having a unified voice on the matter.

  11. Silvia Castillo

    A quick question, do you need to book a taxi or a family member can pick you up from the airport, I heard you need to walk outside the airport for someone to collect me? I have lots of bags and 2 small children would that rule apply too? Thank you

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      I can tell you this. “Walking outside the airport” today means only walking outside of the building and not off the property.

      When someone arrives on an international flight, they will be ushered out door 2 or 3. Right in front of the person there is a crosswalk or (zebra stripes) and 3 lanes for cars.

      The first lane us for higher end pickups and or government officials, the second lane is for the drivers who pay the airport to allow them to park in that lane. The third is what’s known as the “free lane” where the general public can drive and drop off family, friends or customers.

      No one is allowed to be closer to the actual airport building than lane two, where the taxis who pay park. This is military enforced.

      All, and I mean all people arriving internationally, will be required to walk outside of the building, cross the three above mentioned lanes to find their driver, or family.

      I fully understand peoples apprehension after hear “walk outside of the airport”. This is a really big misunderstanding of what people are actually being asked to do.

      When people read “don’t go outside of the airport” online. What they read and what is meant are two different things.

      When people read that statement today, it means you’ll just be outside the building and not “outside the airport”.

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