At the end of August, the Peru President extended the border closing through September 30, 2020. Then on Wednesday September 2, Peru announced that international flights to Peru would resume on October 1, 2020 as part of phase 4 economic reactivation after covid-19.

On Fri, Sept 25, it was announced that flights coming from countries adjoining Peru in South America would begin on Oct 5. Then later in October, flights from "the Americas" would be permitted. This is the only information we have at this time. I checked the official Machu Picchu website, which is open, but tickets are not available for sale, nor available for viewing. We're not predicting any issues with availability in Machu Picchu for the remainder of 2020. There's no need to worry about your tickets. Typically, the Peru government begins offering Machu Picchu entry tickets in early January for that year. So don't expect to see or buy Machu Picchu entry tickets for 2021 until January. For people who book trips to Machu Picchu in 2021, we include entry tickets, train tickets and bus tickets. 

What is the arrival procedure in Peru after covid-19?

The full details of arrival protocol has not been announced. But on Sept 25, Peru President Vizcarro stated that foreign travelers must have a molecular test with a validity of 48 hours. It's safe to assume that wearing masks and social distancing will be practiced as a matter of precaution.  

When will more information about traveling in Peru be available?

We troll the internet daily for up to date information which is why you're reading about this story on the same day it was first announced. We intend to provide as much information as we can. In addition to reading the official announcements, our local guides are in contact with our jungle lodges and local hotels. I did a quick search for flights on Latam Airlines website and found routes from MIA and JFK to LIM for about $600 pp roundtrip in economy

Can we hike the Inca Trail in 2020?

At this time it's not likely. It's conceivable that Peru's reopening will be slow. It's too early to predict how the permits for 2021 will be handled. I spoke with Vidal in Cusco who advises that if they can reopen Machu Picchu, there's no reason they can't reopen the Inca Trail. Give us a call or keep checking back.

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