LATEST NEWS TRAVEL PERU – COVID 19

Last updated: 13:00 15 March 2021 (AEST)

Latest News Travel Peru, March 15, 2021 update:

International travelers entering the country will not need to quarantine when presenting a negative PCR test and antigen test taken upon arrival (passenger will bear cost). If the test is positive, the passenger will go under mandatory isolation at the Villa Panamericana COVID-19 center in Lima, at a relative’s home or at a hotel at your own expense. Passenger can take the test upon entering the country at their own cost, which will be around 160-180 Peruvian Soles.

***Non-resident foreigners from the UK, South Africa and Brazil cannot enter the country. This measure will come into effect from March 15 through 31, 2021.

The Ministry of Exterior Commerce and Tourism announced that the government will suspend the mandatory quarantine for all international travelers entering the country. A PCR test is still required for all international travelers entering the country. However, the PCR test will not be required for internal flights within the country.

***On March 13, 2021, the Government of Peru suspended COVID-19 testing requirements for domestic air travel.

Dear Orange Nation guests,

We are OPEN and taking 2021 and 2022 bookings for all our tours & treks! We are very excited to welcome everyone back to Peru this year, after a very tough year of being closed almost all of 2020. Of course, it is still a soft start to the year, but we are very optimistic that we will be back to full time touring this season. The promise of vaccines and continued rigorous protective safety protocols will make all the difference for Peru’s growing ability to welcome travelers back to our wonderful country.

When you’re ready to travel again, we’re here to support you. Your safety, as well as the safety of our employees, has always been our top priority, which is why new physical distancing and cleaning measures have been put in place on all of our tours. Our new Travel with Confidence policy features new health and safety procedures from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, without taking away from having the time of your life. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as we continue to monitor local public health recommendations, but what won’t change is our commitment to keeping you safe as you explore our big, beautiful world.

RECENT NEWS ABOUT TOURS TO MACHU PICCHU!

Peru has announced that Machu Picchu will be open from March 15th / 2021 to the public in general. Having limited permits per day is the first step towards returning to the great days we used to have.

*** The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2D/1N is open since March 15th as well, this option must be done ONLY by a licensed tour Operator like SAM Travel Peru.

*** All alternative treks and tours to Machu Picchu by train are available from March 15th ahead and all these options can be done by Orange Nation peru with our best team.

Is the 4-day Inca Trail closed too?

Yes, the Inca Trail 4 days is also closed until further notice. The Ministry de Culture of Peru has not announced when the 4-day Inca Trail will reopen next.

Is Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountain closed too?

Yes, both Mountain are also closed until further notice. The Ministry de Culture of Peru has not announced when the 4-day Inca Trail will reopen

***What is Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mt? They are extra hike up to the top of each mt, this can be done before or after exploring the Inca City of Machu Picchu,

Orange Nation’ Safety Protocols

With these announcements, we also want to let you know that Orange Nation peru is ready to operate the allowed tours with all the needed safety protocols. To guarantee an amazing but safe experience to you.

The protocols we follow:

  • All of our staff. Including guides, porters, cooks and drivers will go through a COVID19 molecular discard test before being able to work.
  • Temperature control is mandatory to both staff and passengers.
  • Hand-washing is mandatory for both our staff and clients.
  • All our guides always carry a personal first-aid kit including masks, gloves and thermometers, etc.
  • The usage of masks is mandatory to both staff and passengers.
  • Latex gloves are optional for the clients but mandatory for our staff.
  • The 1 and a half meters minimum-distance between each person will be respected and organized by our guides.
  • Our vehicles will be disinfected following the biosecurity protocols given by the Health Ministry in Peru before and after every service.
  • Inside our vehicles there will always be masks, hand sanitizer and a first-aid kit with oxygen masks, etc. in case any of our clients need them.
  • We will only use 50% of the vehicle capacity in order to respect the social distancing requirements.

Tours departing from 16 March 2020 to 30 December 2020

  • If you have booked a tour departing between 16 March 2020 and 30 December 2020, you will receive a credit of 100% to put towards an alternative tour with a departure date after 15th March 2021. This travel credit will be automatically applied to your Orange Nation bookings.

Get in touch

You can contact our support team online or over the phone. Like most countries around the world, this is a difficult time for small businesses in Peru. We are grateful for your support through this challenging time, and encourage everyone to be kind to one another while we navigate this global crisis.

A HUMBLE NOTE

ORANGE Nation is a small, local Peruvian tour company. We are experiencing hundreds of messages and calls about postponing or canceling at this time and want you to know that while this is really scary for our company, we are committed to helping our guests, staff and community, and being resilient to come through this together. At this time, we are choosing not to lay off any of our regular staff, because they rely on us so they can provide for their families. We are also supporting our porters, cooks, and guides because the loss of work, even if only a month, is devastating for their families and communities.

Most of you have only paid your initial deposits for tours and treks with Orange Nation, which is around $200 per person. All guests pay the balance of their tour cost when they get to Cusco to start their tour. We ask for your patience and hope that you are able to postpone your tour and move it to a later date in 2020 or to 2021.

For others, you may like to know that if you are unable to do your tour, you can donate your deposit to our fund for out-of-work porters and their communities, which are hit hard by the stop in tourism and the devastating landslides of February. We will also move your deposit to our new Orange Nation Community Support Fund and will directly send 100% of that deposit to the hardworking people who have been most affected by this global pandemic and economic disaster.

Covid 19 has put Inca Trail porters out of work

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