Peru’s International Airport Reopening (2021)

Peru And International Flights

Let me apologise for the delay in getting updated information to you. I’ve had a medical emergency with my Dog and unfortunately I’ve had to put her to sleep today. So let me get to the updates.

Peru and international flights updates have been slow coming over the last year now. OMG! Did I just say “last year”? What started as a 15 shutdown back on March 15th 2020, has turned into a year long, on and off shutdown. And no one needs to hear that many people lost their lives, livelyhoods and businesses due to these shut downs.

All that said, in the last few week, things are changing at a blistering pace. 

In this update we’ll cover the newest rules and flight information released for March 122th, in the legal document we call the decreto supremo 216-2021-Mtc/01

Man Sitting at the Lima Airport

International Flights Remain Open

Peru was one of the first countires to shut down international flights in an effort to contain and control Covid-19. Since then the country has struggled in every area including, medical facilities, politically and with the reopening of the country. However in the last few weeks Peru has taken a step forward for a change.

International Flights to and from Peru began on October 5th, expanded in November, and reduced on January 6th, 2021.  Flights over 8 hours are no longer prohibited. There are howeverstill a few places being prohibited entry in to Peru. The country extended the suspention of flights and entry from March 15th to 31st, 2021, of all non-resident foreigners from Europe, South Africa and / or Brazil, or who have made a stopover in said places.

Unfortunately for our Canadian friends, Air Canada has suspended all flights to Peru for a very long time. You’ll have to make a connection in the US, Mexico or Panama. Here’s our blog post from a Canadian who recently flew to Peru. She gives some great detail on what to expect.

Peru early on had planed its reopening to include Europe on the approved fly list. However recently the government realized Europe is having a second shutdown due to the new mutation of Covid.

Three Levels Of Risk

The three levels are now Extreme Risk, Very High Risk, High Risk. Each level has their own restrictions so your abilty to move around may be more or less restricted dependng on where you are or where you’re going.

 As of March 1st there is no longer a “quarentine” per se, there are still curfews and days people are not allowed out. People who don’t want to quarentine may take a Covid test at the airport and be released quickly. Days and tiimes vary based on the Alert Level you’re in or going to. You can also still go to the airport if you have proof you’re departing during the curfew hours.

High alert level: from 10:00PM to 4:00AM.

Very high alert level: from 9:00PM to 4:00AM

Extreme alert level: from 9:00PM to 4:00AM

Lima is under “Very High Alert” and there’s just too many other places to list, but here’s the place to see for yourself.

Arrivals And Departures

As you can see from above Lima is under a very strict curfew. In fact the only people who are allowed out during these hours are people with a special work pass.

Fortunately for you our driver’s have those work permits and can pick up or drop off at the airport 24 hours even during curfew. If a family member or friend tells you not to worry, you should worry and worry a lot. The fine is S/6450 or about $2000, as well as loss of license and loss of their car for being out after 9pm. While you can be in transit, they can’t be out. Don’t put your loved ones at risk of heavy fines.

Also

The use of private vehicles is prohibited according to the Alert Level by region.  

All alert levels prohibit the use of Private family cars on Sunday’s

There is an exception for private vehicles having a vehicle pass, issued by the competent authority.

Fine For Being Out During Curfew
Don't put your family or friends at risk of losing their car, and License just to pick you up.

Finally Flights Both International and Domestic

Airplane Arrival With Taxi Background

International flights will continue without interuption. You’ll still need a PCR or Antigen test, and you’ll still need to quaraentine for 14 days. But. . .  you can still fly to Peru and you can take a covid test here in Lima to be allowed out of the quarentine.

Also take note that Unilabs is now providing Antigen Tests at the Jorge Chave Airport, with PCR Testing coming in the following weeks. You need to make an appointment as well. These tests are not a quick turn around, meaing you’re not going to skip to the airport and take your test then 2 hours later jump on your flight out of here.

As for Domestic flights, you can fly with just an Antigen test.

Interprovincial Bus Transportation

Extreme Alert Level
For trips longer than five hours that depart from provinces in extreme alert level areas, the capacity is 100%. This provided a polyethylene curtain or similar material is used to create isolation between seats. In addition, passengers must present a molecular or antigen test with a negative result for Covid-19, obtained a maximum of 72 hours before boarding.
Alternatively, on trips longer than five hours, buses can operate at capacity of 50% of the seats, using only the seats next to the window. In addition, a polyethylene curtain or similar material must be implemented to allow insulation between seats. In these cases, no molecular or antigenic test is required.
For trips of up to five hours, the capacity is 50% and only the window side seats will be used. No molecular or antigenic test is required.
In very high alert level areas
For trips of more than five hours that depart from provinces with a very high alert level, the capacity is 50%. No molecular or antigenic test is required.
For trips of up to five hours, the capacity is 100%. No molecular or antigenic test is required.
In high alert level areas
The entrance and exit of buses is allowed without restrictions.
In areas of moderate alert level
The entrance and exit of buses is allowed without restrictions.

Easter

During the Easter weekend, from the 1st – 4th April 2021, the following restrictions apply on a national level.

Quarentine
Throughout the day in all regions of the country.
The mobility of one person per family is allowed to make basic purchases, on foot or by bicycle.
The markets and stores supplying basic products will be open from 4:00 a.m. m. at 6:00 p.m. m.


Activities allowed

Essential basic services: banks, water, sanitation, electricity, gas, fuel, telecommunications, cleaning, solid waste collection, funeral services, freight and merchandise transport, and flow transportation.
Emergency care and health facilities: 24 hours a day.


Citizen security services


Pharmacies and drugstores delivery: 24 hours a day.
Restaurants delivery: from 4:00 a.m. m. at 11:00 p. m.
Vehicular transportation
The use of private vehicles is prohibited.
Public transportation and authorized taxis are allowed.

Land and Air Transportation


Interprovincial transport
Interprovincial land and air transportation is suspended from Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 April.

18 comments

  1. Transportefacil Peru

    My apologizes for the inconvenience, feel free to share the page as a whole.

  2. Don Mattiford

    I’d like to visit my wife in Lima. I haven’t seen her since last January. Would I qualify under the category of “other” ?
    Thx.

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      Peru is as of Late allowing people to arrive on a tourist visa so you should have no problem now.

  3. Chris M

    I have an antigen test as it’s difficult to get a pcr where I am in the US. My flight is wedsday to Lima so I’m getting it Sunday night. Should I be ok?

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      The US embassy says Americans are must have a PCR test to enter Peru.

      Today the Lima Airport as well as the Peruvian health department are saying the only requirement is “either” a PCR test or and Antigen test. I’ve only spoke to one person who claims that he entered with just and Antigen test.

  4. johanna

    Hello,we would like to return to Cusco,we are in Mexico right now. If Lima is in the red zone,and there are no national flights to and from Lima,how do I get from Lima to Cusco ? Thank you for your answer

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      National flights are open still as long as they start or end in Lima at the Jorge Chávez International Airport. You’ll need an Antigen test before you can fly to Cusco unless you’re just making a connection in Lima

  5. Jim

    Is it possible to fly from the US and connect in Lima onward to Iquitos, and quarantine in Iquitos?

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      Yes, you are allowed up to 24 hours to get to your final destination. At which point you are expected to quarantine for 14 days. However you may take a PCR test after 6 days and be allowed to skip the final 8 days of quarantine if you test negative.

  6. Christen

    We are traveling to Lima May 13th and to Cusco May 14th and then to Bolivia on the 23rd.
    1. Do we have to take a covid test to leave the Lima airport?
    2. Can we get covid tests in Cusco or Lima easily when we come back to Cusco from Machu Picchu before we continue on to Bolivia?
    3. How much do they cost?
    4. Is it hard on weekends to get a covid tests?
    Thank you SO MUCH for any information you can give me!!!!

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      Hard to say what the rules will be in May. Right now you don’t have to get a coivd test at the airport (it’s optional) and a good idea if you’re traveling the next day from Lima to any other part of the Country. You’ll already be tested and won’t need to look for a place in the city.

      Most test right now in Miraflores are S/280 – 300 so about $65 -$70 each. In Cusco they are much more expensive so plan your trip so you won’t need a test in Cusco. You can also travel here inside of Peru with just an Antigen test so that will lower your cost a bit.

      Getting a test on Saturday hasn’t been a problem. Sundays I haven’t had anyone need one so its hard to say, I’ll keep my eyes open though.

  7. Karissa Urbano

    Hi There –

    Where can I get Antigen test upon arrival in Lima International Airport?
    Are they open 24/7? I arrive quite late in the evening and want to ensure testing is available at the time of arrival?

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      You can get an antigen test at the Airport in the parking lot on the domestic side of the airport. You’ll need to find the test set up in front of door 13 and again its in the parking lot. They are not open 24 hours so you’ll need to most likely take the test in the city.

  8. Drake A

    I arrive in Lima at 6 PM on Saturday. I understand the airport testing will be closed, and options on Sunday seem very limited in the city. Is it possible to taxi back to airport on Sunday for test? Sounds like testing is outside the airport — I won’t have an airline ticket for Sunday…just want to use the testing site.

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      Sure we can do that. unfortunately if your not a passenger the Airport will not allow you on their property these days. I don’t think that will work for you. You must have proof of flight at teh entrance or you will be turned away. I’ve seen this first hand and experienced it with clients who insisted I was wrong.

  9. David

    Hi, I’m traveling to Lima soon and have a few questions. First is, how easy is it to get an antigen test at the airport and how much does it cost? Also, how long does it take to get the results of the antigen test? Lastly, if I get an antigen test on arrival I don’t have to quarantine at all?

  10. joshua orsini

    Where do i register for a test appointment for the covid test at the airport? is it online? or do you do it all in same say when you arrive?

    1. Transportefacil Peru

      I believe I responded to you in a private email but you register online with a place called Unilabs. They have a setup at the Airport in the paring lot and a place on Espinar 4 in Miraflores where you can also go. either place requires an appointment online. There’s a place call Inmedico on Javier Prado that doesn’t require an appointment.

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