How to travel to South America after Covid-19. But first. We want to thank you.
Virtually every travel company, big and small, has been affected by the global pandemic. Our teams at Adios Adventure Travel are truly grateful for the loyalty and support of our clients and current suppliers. We are working closely with our local resources to develop and implement health and safety protocols that ensure the safest environment for our travelers and our staff.
What is the status of our company Adios Adventure Travel?
Before the world was struck down by covid-19, Adios Adventure Travel was operating at a profit. Post-covid we remain debt-free and have resumed operations in all countries where we were operating before the corona virus. Our local teams are conducting business with up to date health standards and safe practices for our small groups. We have always specialized in customized trips for small, private groups and this will continue after countries reopen and international travel starts to return to whatever configuration it will be in the future.
Can US-Bound Travelers Get Covid Tests in Peru?
Yes. We have details about this service in Cusco and Lima, for travelers from other countries who need it to return home after visiting Machu Picchu. Anyone can get the test in Cusco or Lima airport. We wrote an entire blog post with all the details. Follow this link.
See our up to date blog posts for the latest information about border reopenings, arrival policies, covid tests, and the status of airlines and entry into various destinations in South America. Travelers in 2021 and 2022 should be prepared for last-minute changes to itineraries as businesses adjust to life after covid. Below we included the latest up to date announcements for Machu Picchu health protocols from the NEW Machu Picchu website relaunched in July 2020. Information is subject to change. It's adviseable to confirm the accurancy of information from more than one resource before making plans.
What do travelers need to know about booking trips to South America after covid?
- Machu Picchu and secondary archaeological sites are open
- Health and Safety. Peru has been designated a "Safe Travels" destination by WTTC. Follow this link for full details.
- Flexible booking practices. Adios Adventure Travel will work with you to explain everything we know as well as what we don't know.
- Flexible and deferred payment plans to keep your options open as close to your travel date as possible.
Travelers can choose from any of our all-inclusive itineraries, or for independent travelers, you reserve your own hotels while we take care of the travel logistics to get to and from Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail or other activities.
Machu Picchu reopened on March 1, 2021 and tickets are available online through the end of December 2021. The Peruvian government is reviewing covid restrictions every 15 days.
Domestic overland bus service and air travel has resumed based on supply and demand, and in recent weeks the government has drafted and approved travel protocols and guidelines for the Peruvian tourism sector. The lodges and hotels have been working to incorporate new measures into their own traveler’s health protocols, and which will be updated regularly as the situation evolves within the nation’s borders. Restaurants and tourist related shops are reopening at limited capacity. Some regions in Peru have limited tourism infrastructure due to the limited demand. Most travelers will focus on Machu Picchu and therefore Cusco and the Sacred Valley corridor will benefit from the close proximity. But other places like Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon, Paracas and Ica are difficult to access without bus service. As a company we continue to adopt the recommendations provided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) and the WHO (World Health Organization) for the wellbeing of both our teams and our guests. Here's more details about reopening after covid in other regions in Peru.
This is the ideal time for people who have the flexiblity to travel last minute to explore Machu Picchu and the Cusco region. Cusco is a good hub for accessing tour guides, drivers and services needed to explore nearby mountains like Rainbow, Waqrapukara and Ausangate 7 Lagoons.
- Machu Picchu ireopened on November 1, 2020 and again March 1, 2021 and operates at 50% capacity
- Permits for the 4 and 5-day Inca Trail hike went on sale on June 25 and the first hike will begin on July 15, 2021. Permits are available through December 31, 2021.
- International flights from latin countries as well as United States resumed March 15, 2021.
- International flights from Europe and Brazil resumed and then were suspended in May. Please check with your airline regarding availability.
- Every 15 days the Peru government will re-evaluate covid restrictions
- Travelers vaccinated with 2 doses are no longer required to show a negative covid test on arrival in Lima. However this does not affect international airlines who may still require a test to board.
- Unvaccinated travelers arriving in Peru will need proof of neg covid test. Check with your international airline to confirm the exact protocols for getting tested.
- Machu Picchu website is now active and ticket avaiilability for all dates through December 31, 2021 can be viewed.
- Trains are operating at full capacity however some departures may not be available.
- Shuttle buses to and from Machu Picchu are full if demand requires it.
- National bus serviice has limited departures but is planning to increase service on July 15. (It's been reported that Peru Hop Bus Service may subcontract your booking in case there is low demand for your departure)
- Machu Picchu Tour Guides will be limited to 7 people per group spaced at least 20 meters apart. Tours are an average of 2-3 hours if you hire a licensed guide from Cusco in advance.
- The town of Cusco and the Sacred Valley have been awarded "Safe Travels" destinations.
- Lesser known regions in the south of Lima and Arequipa and Lake Titicaca may be affected by limited demand. Feel free to ask if you are planning to visit a place off the grid. Click here to read more about travel to the Amazon jungle and Lake Titicaca.
- Curfew from 12AM-4AM in Cusco and Lima metropolitan district, every day of the week, with exemptions for essential workers and people who need emergency medical care. Other regions may have different schedules.
- Permits for the easy 1 day Inca Trail hike have been available since Machu Picchu reopened
- Travelers with permits to hike 2, 4, or 5 day Inca Trail in 2020 can reschedule their hikes in 2021 or 2022.
- Face masks must be worn on planes, trains and buses. Face shields no longer required on flights, but still used on trains and buses. Face shields need to be transparent.
I have provided details about arrival and departure procedures, but you must understand that these rules are constantly changing based on local conditions. Peru government is reassessing covid restrictions every 15 days.
In the passenger arena, the most important directive is the permanent use of a mask. Facial protection will also be used inside the plane. Here are the guidelines for passengers arriving in Peru:
- Vaccinated passengers are no longer required to show negative covid test on arrivla in Lima, Peru
- Non-vaccinated passengers must provide the neg covid test results. Please review your airline's covid travel rules.
- Mandatory use of a mask at the airport. On the plane, you must wear a mask.
- The mask can only be removed when eating food or drinks. In addition, passengers may be required to remove the mask for a short time to compare their face with the photo of the travel document, such as the passport.
- Travelers must fill out the "Electronic Health Affidavit, and the travelers must commit to isolate or quarantine" in the 72 hours prior to the flight. (Link to online Health Declaration - United States is listed as EE.UU)
- Passengers who do not show symptoms upon arrival in Peru will not need to comply with the quarantine. But they maintain the commitment to communicate to the health authority of their jurisdiction if they present symptoms within 14 days of their arrival in the country. (rules like this are subject to change as new information is received)
- If the passenger has symptoms, they must complete 14 days of mandatory isolation at the home or accommodation of their choice.
- No covid tests are needed for Peru domestic flights.
- The air operator must make announcements about preventive measures that passengers must maintain during the flight, upon arrival, and in the destination country.
- The person who provides false information in the affidavit will be subject to the corresponding administrative, civil and criminal sanctions.
- Departing from Peru, and before boarding the plane, passengers on connecting flights must always wear a mask.
- Clinics in Cusco and Lima are available to get covid tests prior to departing Peru. Click Here.
- Passengers passing through Peru on connecting flights must present a negative molecular test only if the destination country requires it. It is not required to fill out an affidavit.
- Night curfew from 12M - 5AM.
- As of April, 2021, foreigners who arrive in Chile must quarantine for 1 week in special hotels.
- Before arrival in Chile, fill out a health affidavit online with details of your origin, destination, health conditions and symptoms that could be related to covid
- Purchase health insurance to cover any medical needs including covid, during your stay in Chile
- App to monitor symptoms for 14 days
- State of emergency ended on September 15, 2020
- Galapagos Islands flights resumed. As of September 1, visitors to Galapagos Island must have proof of vaccination and a negative covid test.
- All visitors can show covid vaccination card or neg Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival in Ecuador.
- As of July 1, 2021, vaccinated travelers do not need to show covid test to enter Ecuador. (please review your international airline arrival protocols as these rules are subject to change)
- Foreigners will fill out health form before arrival in Ecuador
- Border open to Peru. Closed to Brazil
- US Citizens are now required to obtain tourist visa. Find out more HERE
- Neg covid test required within 72 hours of arrival. However they also state that 14 day quarantine is required!
- 1 year after the fall of President Evo Morales, Luis Arce won the Presidential election in October 2020 and was sworn in November 8, 2020. Then Morales returned to Bolivia in 2021 and is stiring things up again.
What do you need to know about latin airlines?
Both Avianca and Latam Airlines have filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in 2020. The circumstances for each company are different.
One good thing to know is that Delta and Latam Airlines are code share partners and you can book all your Latam flights in South America by calling a Delta Airlines agent in the US. This may protect your Latam flights with Delta cancellation and refund policies.Always ask for updated policy info at the time of booking your flights.
How Covid-19 affects your packing list.
We recommend that each group traveling together should bring their own thermometer, in addition to things like extra face masks and sanitizer. Peru has mandated the use of face shields in addition to face masks on planes, trains, public buses and entry to archaeological sites including Machu Picchu.
Follow this link to read more.