Tourism is currently one of the most affected sectors and it represents the third largest economic activity in Peru, generating more than 1.4 million jobs. With cases of COVID-19 going down, the South American country has been reactivating the sector in a gradual, responsible and sustainable way, applying biosafety protocols to travel with safety and confidence.
Several indicators of this reactivation have been seen recently: last Tuesday 13th, Peru received the Safe Travels seal from the WTTC, a certification endorsed by the UNWTO and the CDC. Furthermore, the country has doubled the number of domestic flights and recently PROMPERÚ launched the ‘Volver’ campaign, which seeks to reactivate domestic tourism.
According to a release issued by the PROMPERÚ, important museums and archaeological sites in the country were also reopened in October, with all the biosecurity measures needed and receiving only 50% of their usual capacity in visitors. Added to this is the expected reopening of Machupicchu, scheduled for the first days of November receiving only 30% of its capacity in visitors.
Since October 5th, international flights were also reactivated, where foreign travelers can arrive in Peru only if they have had a molecular test (PCR) that indicates they do not have coronavirus, without the need to comply with any quarantine upon arrival. In addition, from November international flights lasting up to eight hours will be allowed.
It is worth noting that, since the middle of the present year, the Peruvian Government, in order to provide a safe experience to the visitors in the face of the next reactivation of domestic and international tourism, and in coordination with the private sector, have approved the biosafety protocols to guarantee the health of travelers.
The sanitary protocols that were approved are those for international flights only, categorized hotels, hostels, travel agencies, tourist guidance, visits to museums and protected natural areas, as well as for adventure tourism (rafting and hiking). In addition, service providers and destinations nationwide are implementing different protocols.