Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Peru on the TravelHealthPro website.
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Passengers at the airport will need to follow strict regulations, including the mandatory use of two masks and social distancing.
Commercial airlines are operating to and from Peru. If travelling via another country, it is essential you check the travel advice for that country, as some currently do not permit transit to/from the UK.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Peru.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.
You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. The Peruvian authorities provide guidance on public health centres in Lima and laboratories that process tests in the country (only available in Spanish). COVID-19 PCR tests are widely available in both public clinics and private labs in Peru. Some regions in Peru, outside Lima, do not have private lab facilities and rely entirely on public facilities.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Peru
A state of emergency continues to be in force in Peru due to COVID-19.
The Peruvian government operates a four-tier system of restrictions (Extreme, Very High, High and Moderate). Measures to contain the virus include social distancing, restricted opening hours and reduced capacity in shops and other enclosed spaces. There is a requirement to wear masks in all public places (including outdoors) and two masks (one cloth, one surgical) or a KN95 mask in some indoor venues.
All those over 12 years old are required to provide proof of double vaccination to enter many indoor venues. This can be provided on paper or digitally, and foreign vaccination certificates (including those issued by the NHS) are accepted. Those over 18 years old must show evidence of having received a booster dose. Masks must also be worn as specified above. All domestic air passengers over 12 years old will be allowed to board only if they show evidence of having been fully vaccinated either in Peru or abroad. Those over 40 years old must show evidence of having received a booster dose if they reside in Peru. Alternatively, they can show proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR (molecular) test, issued a maximum of 48 hours before the flight departs. All interprovincial land transport passengers over 12 years old will be allowed to board only if they show evidence of having been fully vaccinated either in Peru or abroad. Those over 40 years old must show evidence of having received a booster dose if they reside in Peru. Alternatively, they can show proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR (molecular) test, issued a maximum of 48 hours before the bus departs. When you show your vaccine evidence, you will be required to show an ID document as well.
For information on the tiers and restrictions in each area, you should visit the El Peruano website. Restrictions may change at short notice – you should follow official guidance and the local media for updates. Fines may be imposed for those breaking the rules.
Public places and services
Public places and services may be closed, depending on the tier level of the region.
Healthcare in Peru
More information (in Spanish) is available on the Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) website or by calling the 24/7 call free number 113, sending a WhatsApp message to +51 95284263 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Some private labs are also offering the COVID-19 test.
Availability of medical care and hospital beds may be limited in some areas.
For contact details for English speaking doctors, visit our list of healthcare providers. Whilst many medications are available over the counter in Peru, local prescriptions will be required for some. Our medical panel list includes details of English-speaking doctors who can assist.
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health
View Health for further details on healthcare in Peru.
See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Peru
We will update this page when the Government of Peru announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Peru national vaccination programme started in February 2021 and is currently using Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccines. The Government of Peru has stated that British nationals resident in Peru are eligible for vaccination, following the same prioritisation scheme as Peruvian nationals, if they choose to join the programme. The Peruvian Immigration Office is requesting all foreign nationals with non-residential status in Peru to register or update their details in their database. They have requested this because they will use the information to inform the national vaccination programme.
On 16 April 2021 the Ministry of Health launched a new national vaccine strategy aimed at vaccinating populations by district and province by age group. The vaccines registry (where people can check their vaccine date once available) is available on the government’s website.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Peru, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
If you need urgent consular assistance, you can contact the British Embassy on +51 1 617 3000. For consular enquiries please write to Help for British people in Peru