Machu Picchu to Reopen to Tourists November 1

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Peru is entering Phase Four of its reopening, which include the beginning of tourism reactivation. Of note: In November, Machu Picchu will begin to receive tourists under strict biosecurity measures as flights will resume from six U.S. cities.

What you need to know: Peru is now welcoming tourists in a gradual, responsible and sustainable way, applying biosafety protocols to travel with safety and confidence. The Peruvian government’s Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Exports and Tourism (PROMPERÚ), has announced the launch of the “Volver” awareness campaign to gradually reactive tourism in Peru. 

Tourism in Peru represents the third largest economic activity for the country, generating more than 1.4 million jobs. It is also one of the most affected sectors by the global pandemic. As a way to safely reactivate tourism, the Peruvian government is working with the private sector on biosafety protocols to guarantee the health of travelers. As part of this tourism reactivation plan, Peru received the “Safe Travels” seal from the World Travel & Tourism Council, a certification endorsed by the World Tourism Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Beginning on November 1, international flights up to eight hours long will be allowed from 25 cities to Lima, including six in the U.S.: Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Miami, Houston and Atlanta. The remaining 19 include cities in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jamaica and Mexico

Machu Picchu is scheduled to open on November 1 at 30 percent capacity to visitors. Other museums and archaeological sites in the country were reopened in October at 50 percent capacity and with strict biosecurity measures in place. 

Foreign travelers are allowed to arrive in Peru without quarantine if they have a molecular test (PCR) that indicates they do not have coronavirus.

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