Additional restrictions announced in Peru
New Covid-19 containment measures introduced
Thursday, April 2nd 2020: Just before 1:00 p.m. today, in a televised address to the nation, the Peruvian president announced a tightening of the restrictions introduced on March 16th. Following consultation with Peru’s security forces and officials from the Ministry of Health, it was decided that the lockdown which has been in place for eighteen days should be extended to further limit the free movement of citizens and the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Under the existing terms of the lockdown in Peru, limits on the movement of citizens for all but essential activities (shopping for essential supplies and medicines) and a mandatory nighttime lockdown were introduced across the entire country eighteen days ago.
Under the new measures announced today, from tomorrow (Friday April 3rd) men will be permitted to leave their homes for essential activities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while women will be permitted to engage in those activities on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Sundays, the enhanced restrictions will apply to all persons, and no one will be permitted to leave their homes, except in the event of a personal health emergency, or in the cases of those deemed to be essential workers.
During the state of emergency declared by the President of the Republic on March 15th, and which sealed the country’s borders the following day, in addition to limiting freedom of movement within national territory, to date Peru has successfully avoided the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus seen in many other countries. The first case of the new coronavirus was announced in Lima by the President of the Republic on March 6th. As of today, April 2nd, a total of 1414 confirmed cases have been recorded nationwide by the Ministry of Health, while a total of 55 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported. The majority of cases remain restricted to Lima.
Having closely observed the spread of Covid-19 in Europe, the United States and other parts of the world, the Peruvian authorities remain determined to continue acting responsibly and to avoid a similar trajectory in Peru. Support among the population for the president’s decisive leadership during this global crisis has been near-universal. Under the terms of the state of emergency, the additional restrictions introduced today will remain in force until at least April 12th.
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Emergency lockdown extended
until April 12th
Peru takes further action to contain Covid-19
Thursday March 26th: As we work from home, the Tambopata Ecolodge team continues to monitor closely the situation in our country and to provide updates for our travelers and travel partners. The health and wellbeing of the world’s travelers remain our priority.
At midday today, it was announced that Peru’s national government, following consultation with health professionals and administrators from the Peruvian Ministry of Health, has decided to extend the lockdown that was introduced 12 days ago until April 12th. The lockdown was due to end on March 30th; however, Peru’s government has observed closely the spread of Covid-19 in Europe and the United States, and remains determined to act responsibly in an effort to avoid a similar trajectory in Peru. Throughout Peru, the vast majority of public opinion supports the swift action taken by the national government and local authorities to avert a massive health emergency.
The state of emergency declared by the President of the Republic on Sunday March 15th, and which was extended today, limits the movement of citizens for all but essential activities, and a mandatory nighttime lockdown remains in force across the entire country. Foreign travelers who remained in Peru following the introduction of the partial lockdown, and who have yet to be repatriated, have been placed in protective quarantine at selected hotels at Peru’s major tourist destinations. Under the state of emergency, the country’s borders remain closed.
As of today, Thursday March 26th, a total of 580 cases of the new Covid-19 coronavirus have been reported in Peru. The first case of coronavirus was announced in Lima by the President of the Republic on March 6th. To date, there have been nine deaths from Covid-19 in Peru. The Peruvian authorities are continuing to test for Covid-19 and to trace those persons known to have been in contact with patients who test positive, as the government-led effort to contain the limited presence of the virus within Peru’s borders continues.
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Domestic and international flights suspended
National borders closed, new measures announced
Monday, March 16th 2020: On Sunday evening, the Peruvian government declared a state of national emergency as part of coordinated efforts to control the new Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak and minimize its impact within Peru’s borders. With 86 cases of the virus reported to date in the country, the government has moved quickly to tighten containment measures.
The majority of cases have been reported in Lima, with a total of 70 cases reported, and the impact of the coronavirus beyond the nation’s capital remains low. The relatives and contacts of all reported coronavirus cases in Peru are being traced and tested.
The state of national emergency declared last night by the President of the Republic means that there will be no flights in or out of Peru for a period of 15 days, from 11:59 p.m. on Monday night, while all land borders will also be closed during that same period. The government has declared that any travelers who entered Peru before March 16th must submit to mandatory self-isolation for a period of 15 days.
This new measure to suspend all travel to and from Peru tightens the restrictions introduced previously on flights from Europe and Asia. In addition, all long distance travel within Peru by land, sea and rivers has been suspended.
For those in Peru, citizens and overseas visitors alike, the new measures announced last night by the government include a partial lockdown. The population has been asked not leave their homes for the next 15 days, except to buy groceries, medicines and other essential items, or to provide assistance to elderly or young relatives. Only those workers in essential occupations, such as healthcare, the security services and the financial sector, will be permitted to continue with their normal work activities. Within towns and cities, public transport will continue to function on a reduced basis, while taxi services will be suspended. Restaurants and other food outlets will also be closed for the duration of the 15-day preventive emergency measures.
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Peru restricts flights from Europe and Asia
New flight restrictions added to earlier measures
Friday March 13th: During the evening of Thursday March 12th, the Peruvian government announced that all flights to Peru from the continents of Europe and Asia will be suspended. The measure is designed to halt the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus into Peru from those two continents, after the World Health Organization declared Europe to be the “center” of the coronavirus pandemic.
From Monday March 16th, flights to Peru from Europe and Asia will be suspended for a period of 30 days. The Peruvian government’s decision follows a similar announcement made by the US government, suspending flights to the United States from Europe and Asia for 30 days.
At Tambopata Ecolodge, we continue to closely monitor the situation in our country and to provide updates for our travelers and travel partners. The health and wellbeing of travelers is our priority.
As of today, Friday March 13th, a total of 38 cases of the new Covid-19 coronavirus have been reported in Peru. The first case of coronavirus was announced in Lima by the President of the Republic on March 6th. To date, none of the cases reported has been the result of community spread. This means that all the cases of Covid-19 reported so far in Peru have been imported infections in persons who have arrived in Peru from overseas, or who have been in close contact with those persons.
The Peruvian authorities report that all such cases have been traced, and that patients have been placed in quarantine. The Peruvian cities affected by the new coronavirus are Lima (32 cases), Arequipa (2 cases), Huánuco (2 cases), Ica (1 case) and Cusco (1 case).
In addition to the new flight restrictions, the Peruvian government has introduced a series of measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus. These include the screening of passengers at Lima’s international airport, the closing of schools until the end of March, changes to the nation’s sporting calendar, and the cancellation of major public events, including the traditional Holy Week procession in Cusco. In the Peruvian travel industry, hotels, airlines and tour companies have already introduced measures to reduce the risk of infection from the coronavirus. These include strict hygiene protocols and the putting in place of measures to assist travelers should they be found to display symptoms of the coronavirus.
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Peru is prepared for first coronavirus cases
March 9th 2020: The rapid spread over the past several weeks of the new coronavirus Covid-19 has received intense media attention throughout the world. At Tambopata Ecolodge, we understand the concerns that travelers may have, and as always the care and safety of every individual who travels with us in Peru is our priority. We remain constantly alert and in ongoing coordination with our trained and experienced guiding staff and other representatives throughout Peru.
In recent weeks, the Peruvian government has been preparing for the possible arrival of Covid-19 cases, and the country has put in place protocols for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients with the new coronavirus. To date, 7 cases of the new coronavirus have been reported in Peru, 6 of which involve members of the same family. All 7 patients have been quarantined and are receiving treatment.
The Peruvian government has implemented a National Preparedness and Response Plan to confront the disease, including protocols involving both public and private sector institutions. Through its “Viaja Informado” travel advisory initiative, Peru’s Ministry of Tourism aims to keep those working in the travel sector, and travelers themselves, fully informed regarding the preventive measures being taken to address Covid-19.
For its part, and in coordination with other government bodies, the Peruvian Ministry of Health has established a free helpline for anyone who believes they or someone they know may be displaying symptoms of the new coronavirus. It can be accessed by calling 113 from any phone network provider. In addition, the ministry is publishing regularly updated information across different media platforms.
At a global level, while calling for calm the World Health Organization has also called for diligent adherence in all countries to the recommended preventive measures being communicated across different platforms. At Tambopata Ecolodge, we will be monitoring the situation in our country closely and offering regular updates.
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Additional containment measures in force
Nighttime curfew introduced nationwide
Thursday, March 19th 2020: In addition to the stringent measures introduced during Monday to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak within its national territory and avoid the grave repercussions of delayed action seen in many European countries, the Peruvian government has announced further measures, including a mandatory nighttime lockdown across the entire country and special flights for the repatriation of stranded travelers.
As of this afternoon, Thursday March 19th, the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Peru stands at 234, up from yesterday’s figure for confirmed cases of 145. The majority of cases remain limited to the city of Lima. Nationwide, no deaths have been reported. Of Peru’s 24 departments, or regions, to date 13 have reported no cases of Covid-19.
The state of emergency declared by the President of the Republic on Sunday evening, and which entered into force on Monday, limits the movement of citizens for all but essential activities, and closes the country’s borders for a period of 15 days. Foreign travelers who remained in Peru following the introduction of the partial lockdown were placed in quarantine at selected hotels at Peru’s major tourist destinations.
The new measure announced last night by the government extends the partial lockdown which has seen all but essential businesses closed nationwide, adding a mandatory restriction on all nighttime movement. From last night onward, no persons or vehicles will be permitted on Peru’s streets from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., for the duration of the nation’s planned two-week lockdown.
The Peruvian government has authorized international and domestic airlines to provide special flights so that travelers and tourists stranded in different regions of Peru can be repatriated. The new measure is also intended to assist those Peruvian citizens who have found themselves unable to return home since Peru’s borders were closed four days ago to all traffic by land, sea, air and rivers. Travelers have been advised to contact their respective consular services for detailed information on possible repatriation.
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Our response to the Covid-19 emergency
Staff and guests’ wellbeing is our priority
Tuesday, March 17th 2020: Since we began operating in the Peruvian Amazon basin in 1991, at Tambopata Ecolodge our priority has always been to offer our guests an excellent service. However, in response to the current coronavirus global pandemic our overriding concern is the health and wellbeing of our team and their families.
That is why, in common with the rest of Peru, and in accordance with the government guidelines announced last Sunday, our Tambopata Ecolodge offices in Puerto Maldonado and Cusco will remain closed until March 31st, as Peru enforces a 15-day partial lockdown after closing its borders.
At our Ecolodge on the Tambopata River, our lodge staff are engaged in maintenance work and other duties. Fortunately, we were able to assist all our guests with their return travel plans before the partial lockdown ordered by the Peruvian government came into force on Monday, and we have no guests at present in our Ecolodge or in the town of Puerto Maldonado.
With our office staff working from home and ensuring the continued wellbeing of their families, at Tambopata Ecolodge we continue to work as a team to address our overseas partners’ and clients’ queries and needs, and we look forward to welcoming them back to our remote rainforest location once this global health emergency has been contained. All emails will continue to be answered during the 15-day period of partial lockdown, and any urgent inquiries can be made by telephone by calling our Head of Sales on +51 982703877, or our General Manager on +51 949744852.
We will continue to monitor the situation and to conform with the measures introduced by the Peruvian government until March 31st, in the full understanding that such measures are required to contain the coronavirus outbreak and avoid the desperate situation being faced by other nations, particularly in Europe.
As of this morning, Tuesday March 17th, the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Peru stood at 117. The majority of cases remain limited to the city of Lima. Nationwide, no deaths have been reported, and a total of 13 patients have been hospitalized. The Ministry of Health has also reported that the first patient to be diagnosed with coronavirus in Peru, on March 6th, has recovered from the disease.
The state of emergency declared by the President of the Republic on Sunday evening limits the movement of citizens for all but essential activities, and closes the country’s borders for a period of 15 days. Those foreign travelers who remain in Peru following the partial lockdown have been placed in quarantine at selected hotels at Peru’s major tourist destinations.
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Your health and wellbeing are our priority
Basic recommendations to protect against Covid-19
March 12th 2020: We want to make sure that your stay in our country is as pleasant as possible; that is why we are sharing with you some basic recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), designed to reduce the risk of contagion from the new coronavirus.
In addition to our normal cleanliness protocols, all our vehicles (seats, armrests, door handles, etc.) and lodge facilities (rooms, communal areas, bar, dining room, etc.) are being cleaned and disinfected regularly. In addition, our Puerto Maldonado office is now equipped with antiseptic gel dispensers available to all our guests. Please use them as often as you need.
While traveling, please consider the following guidelines:
- Wash your hands frequently. In addition to using soap and water, or when soap and water may not be immediately available during travel or everyday activities, it is advisable to complement your personal hygiene regime with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Adopt respiratory hygiene measures. Cover your mouth and nose with the crook of your elbow when coughing or sneezing, or use a disposable tissue.
- Maintain social distance. Wherever possible, keep a distance of at least one meter (three feet) from other persons, particularly any persons with symptoms such as coughing, sneezing or fever.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth without washing your hands first, because these are the parts of the body most vulnerable to contagion.
- Avoid eating raw and lightly cooked animal products. At Tambopata Ecolodge, we take care to ensure that all the food offered to guests meets international standards for hygiene and food safety. Please be cautious when selecting restaurants independently, before or after your Tambopata Ecolodge stay.
- If you have a fever, cough or breathing difficulties, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Respiratory symptoms accompanied by fever may have a number of causes; the best course of action is to take a precautionary test with a medical professional to rule out the possibility of Covid-19 infection.
Please note: Exercise particular vigilance and caution if you are more than 60 years old or if you suffer from underlying health issues, such as cardiovascular or respiratory problems, or diabetes.
Do you need to contact us?
If you believe you may have any of the aforementioned symptoms or you require medical attention, please contact one of our guides, transfer staff or the nearest Tambopata Ecolodge representative. This will enable us to implement the procedures required for your immediate assistance.
Tambopata Ecolodge EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Puerto Maldonado: + 51 – 82 – 571397 (during office hours)
Mobile: + 51 – 982 703 877
PERUVIAN GOVERNMENT CONTACT INFORMATION
Peruvian Ministry of Health: 113 (toll free number)
IPeru: +51 - 1 - 574 8000
+ 51 - 952 - 842 - 623