There are more than 100 tourist destinations in Peru, for instance: Machu Pichu, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Rainbow mountain, Tititica Lake, Nazca lines, Northern beaches, The Moche route, The Amazon river, Manu national park, etc.
The Ministry of Foreign trade and Tourism (MINCETUR) enacted a regulation on 28 September, 2020 about “Health Guidelines for COVID-19 for Tourist Destination”. In this way, the Peruvian government keeps preparing for the total resumption of activities. The health protocols enacted are eight and were published by Mincetur.
It is important to mention that the Mincetur has been working on a tourist seal of approval (safe travels), which seeks to certify Peru tourist destinations as safe areas, guaranteeing compliance with the protocols and biosafety measures which includes: compulsory wear of masks, a maximum of eight people per group of tourists and one guide, use of alcohol, social distancing, etc.
On Inca Trail tours or treks, all hiking crew must wear masks, use alcohol before and after they have contact with people.
On trains, it is compulsory to wear masks and face shields.
The new regulation says that all tourists must bring and show their covid vaccine carnet or show a photo of this on their mobile phones. All people aged more than 40 years old must show their third covid vaccine.
In case you don't bring your vaccine carnet, you can have a PCR covid test 24 hours before trek departure.
GUIDELINES FOR TOURIST DESTINATIONS
With the enacting of the "Health Guidelines for COVID-19 for Tourist Destinations", the great regulatory framework is established that will allow organizing and managing the resumption of activities in the various tourist destinations of Peru. This is in accordance with the measures issued by the Ministry of Health and the protocols approved by the sector.
“With this regulation, we give the general guidelines to monitor, prevent, and control COVID-19, in the process of resuming activities in tourist destinations. Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism will deploy actions so that these guidelines are applied by public and private participants. The total resumption of tourism will only be possible with the support of all ”, explained the Mincetur.
To see the complete guidelines in Spanish, please click here.
HEALTH PREVENTIVE MEASURES
Travel agencies and tour operators must implement the preventive health and operational measures established in the protocols according to their particular conditions.
Cleaning and Disinfection
1. Before the tour starts
- An agency/operator must ensure the location of handwashing points (e.g. a sink, pipe with connection to drinking water, liquid soap or antibacterial soap and paper towels) and alcohol-based disinfectants (gel or liquid) for free use of staff. All cleaning and disinfection products must be properly stored and labeled.
- One of the washing points or alcohol dispenser should be located at the entrance of the agency, establishing handwashing or disinfection prior to the start of their work activities, as far as possible with mechanisms that avoid the contact of hands with taps or handles (Please note: the handwashing point must have liquid soap, paper towels, and a solid waste container.).
- Install means of disinfection of footwear (sole). Implement the frequency of the disinfection of the workplaces, the daily cleaning of the workplace, the protection measures for the workers, and the necessary training for the personnel who carry out the cleaning and disinfection of the environments and work surfaces. Also, the availability of the substances to be used for this purpose, according to the characteristics of the workplace and the type of activity carried out, must be determined by the person in charge of the workers' health and safety service or whoever takes their place.
- Clean and disinfect all busy environments and surfaces that come into contact with hands (of staff or clients) as often as possible (Please note: if the cleaning and disinfection service is outsourced, the supplier must present its proof of registration of resumption of activities, which must be verified.).
- Disinfect work areas, equipment, materials, and other necessary accessories, before, during, and at the end of the beginning of all activities (Note: the measures of Annex No. 8 can be taken as a reference for the cleaning and disinfection of living and inert surfaces.).
- Prepare an exclusive area for cleaning and disinfection of cleaning tools or other materials. All must be kept in good condition, operational and hygienic.
- Prepare a reception area for products and belongings of passengers. All the surfaces of the equipment and materials must be disinfected.
2. During the tour service
- Each Tour Guide must ensure that his/her passengers wear appropriate personal protective equipment and use it correctly. The guide must verify that passengers wash their hands with soap and water or disinfect their hands at each embarkation and according to given third party protocols (tourist transport, tourist sites, others).
- The guide must verify that the passengers disinfect their footwear (sole) at the beginning of the service and according to given third party protocols (tourist transport, tourist sites, others).
- Request the guide to take and record the body temperature of the passengers and driver at each boarding, and according to the protocol of the scheduled tourist transport services.
- Monitor the operation and record any incident.
- Have emergency numbers at hand to report suspected cases of Covid-19 and provide timely assistance.
- Please take a note of the emergency number 113 and other institutions at the discretion of the agency.
- The guide must remind passengers about the health prevention protocols of the third parties scheduled in the program.
- Coordinate with the guide the timely management of suspected cases of Covid-19 during the tourist service. To do so, the guide must act as follows: