Peru reactivating tourism for uplifting economy

Published on : Thursday, October 29, 2020

Tourism is currently one of the worst affected sectors in Peru representing the third largest economic activity, creating more than 1.4 million jobs.

Hence, now in order to uplift the pandemic-ridden industry, the South American country is reactivating the sector in a gradual but responsible and sustainable way, applying bio-safety protocols so that tourists can travel with safety and confidence.

On 13th of this month, Peru received the ‘Safe Travels’ seal from the WTTC, which is a certification endorsed by the UNWTO and the CDC. Furthermore, Peru has doubled the number of domestic flights and recently PROMPERÚ launched the ‘Volver’ campaign, which aims to reactivate domestic tourism.
Important museums and archaeological sites in the country also reopened in October, with all the biosecurity measures in place. However, the sites witnessed only 50% of their usual capacity in visitors. Added to this is the expected reopening of Machupicchu, which witnessed 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) indicating that they are free from corona virus, without needing any quarantine upon arrival. Also, from November, international flights lasting up to eight hours will be permitted.

Since the middle of this year, the Peruvian Government, for providing a safe experience to the visitors in coordination with the private sector, has approved biosafety protocols to guarantee the health of travelers.

The sanitary protocols approved are applicable for international flights only, along with categorized hotels, hostels, travel agencies, tourist guidance, visits to museums and protected natural areas, as well as for adventure tourism (rafting and hiking). Also, service providers and destinations all over the country are implementing different protocols.

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