Peru has reopened Machu Picchu to tourists this month after eight months of closure. It also resumed international flights from 25 cities worldwide on November 1 as officials work to gradually revive tourism.
On October 5, Peru restarted flights with seven of its South American neighbors, and now it's welcoming more visitors as major tourist attractions reopen. On Sunday, the country resumed flights to and from 25 major cities in the North, Central and South America. Flights to LimaLos Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Orlando and Toron to Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and more.
Flights to Europe could be added to the schedule soon, though many countries on the continent are now experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 cases. And even though Peru is resuming flights to these places, they will not be open to all: for example, Chile has not reopened its borders, so only Chilean citizens and residents will be permitted to travel.
To enter Peru, travelers must show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before their flight. Both face masks and face shields have to be worn at the airport. Shops were allowed to open at the beginning of October at 60% capacity, and restaurants can now operate at 50% capacity. Travel agencies and tour operators can also restart their businesses.
Machu Picchu opened to tourists on November 1 at 30% capacity (that is 675 visitors per day), while other museums and archaeological sites in the country are operating at 50% capacity and with strict health and safety measures in place.
This article was first published on October 12 and updated on November 2, 2020.
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