Peru intensifies its coronavirus response
Strict measures reintroduced in the most affected regions
Friday August 7th 2020: In Peru, we have begun what the government has called Phase 3 of our nation’s economic reactivation process. In mid-July domestic overland and air travel was resumed, and in recent weeks the government has drafted and approved travel protocols and guidelines for the Peruvian tourism sector.
Although government-mandated social isolation across Peru ended on June 30th, in July a handful of the country’s regions were placed under strict local measures once more to halt the rise in coronavirus infections in those parts of the country. In southern Peru, two provinces in the Cusco region, and two of Puno’s provinces, were added to that list last week, and they will remain in preventive partial lockdown until the end of August, or until a reduction in case numbers is seen.
While the Peruvian government has indicated that the country’s international borders may not reopen until the end of 2020, within the Peruvian travel industry we remain optimistic that international restrictions will be lifted sooner, once the infection rate has begun to fall, particularly in Lima, where half of Peru’s Covid-19 cases have been reported.
To protect the wellbeing of our team and guests, at Tambopata Ecolodge, we have been working to incorporate the measures recommended by the World Travel & Tourism Council and the World Health Organization into our own traveler’s health protocol, which we will be updating regularly as the situation evolves within our nation’s borders.
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Peru moves into new coronavirus response phase
Stay-at-home order ends but nighttime curfew remains
Friday July 3rd 2020: While the national state of emergency will remain in force until July 31st, on July 1st the nationwide mandatory stay-at-home order that the Peruvian government introduced on March 16th came to an end, as Peru moved into a new phase of its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
While Peruvians will no longer be obliged to adhere to a stay-at-home order that has seen the nation’s economy brought to a virtual standstill, the government led by Martin Vizcarra has called upon citizens to abide by the social distancing guidelines introduced more than three months ago, while the wearing of facemasks will remain compulsory.
With the exception of seven regions with localized outbreaks of coronavirus (Arequipa, Ica, Junín, Huánuco, San Martín, Madre de Dios and Áncash), where the curfew will begin at 8:00 p.m., the nighttime restriction on all movement will now run from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., and restrictions on all movement during Sundays will be lifted. Under the new regulations, children under the age of fourteen, as well as high-risk groups such as adults over sixty-five, will be expected to remain under stay-at-home rules.
As Peru moves into what the government is calling Phase II of its Covid-19 response, during July the economy will be reactivated gradually, with the mining, agriculture, construction and certain manufacturing sectors among the first to reopen. Domestic flights are expected to resume by July 15th, with strict health protocols in place; however, Peru’s international borders will remain closed to all but humanitarian air, land, river and sea passenger services.
In its fight against the coronavirus, Peru’s government is continuing with its testing program, while also seeking to pour greater resources into the health sector’s response to the virus.
Thanks to the national government’s timely introduction of emergency measures, since the first coronavirus case was reported in Lima on March 6th, the pattern of the outbreak within Peru’s borders has been regional rather than nationwide, with the capital, Lima, by far the worst affected, followed by cities on the Pacific coast, while many highland cities, including Cusco, have so far reported numbers of Covid-19 cases far below the national average.
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Coronavirus in Peru, the facts so far
Covid-19 has been contained in many of Peru’s regions
Thursday June 11th 2020: The first novel coronavirus case in Peru was reported in Lima on March 6th. Just nine days later, on Sunday March 15th, Peru’s president announced that the country would enter into strict lockdown the next day, in a concerted effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 across Peru. The measures taken to date by the government of Martin Vizcarra have included stay-at-home orders for all but essential workers, the closing of all non-essential businesses, a strictly enforced nighttime curfew, and a general stay-at-home order for the entire population on Sundays.
In spite of these timely and appropriate measures, the high number of cases in Peru has made global headlines. It is certainly true that the figure for confirmed cases in Peru has been high. As of Thursday June 11th, almost 210,000 coronavirus cases had been confirmed by Peru’s ministry of health, with almost 6000 people confirmed to have died from coronavirus-related illness.
However, what the figures repeated by the world’s press do not show is how the spread of Covid-19 within Peru’s different regions has been successfully limited. The measures introduced in March and set to continue through June and beyond have achieved notable successes. Since Covid-19 was first reported in Lima on March 6th, more than a thousand kilometers away in Cusco, South America’s most popular travel destination and the starting point for trips to Machu Picchu and the tropical forests of southeastern Peru, just 5 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported from a total of 1273 confirmed cases. Another 14 of Peru’s 24 departments or regions have also reported mortality rates far below the national average.
Thanks to the Peruvian government’s timely introduction of emergency measures, since the first coronavirus case was reported in Lima more than three months ago, the outbreak has been largely confined to the city of Lima and its port district of Callao. Of the more than 200,000 cases reported for Peru, almost 140,000 have occurred in Lima and Callao, while the majority of the remaining cases (almost 34,000) have been confined to just four departments in northern Peru. Given that the national government’s strict stay-at-home order appears set to continue beyond June, the spread of Covid-19 is expected to remain limited to those parts of Peru already affected. The challenge now will be to reduce the infection rates in those cities, so that the gradual reopening of the Peruvian economy can continue.
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Peruvian government evaluates overseas experiences
Reopening of borders will be subject to analysis
Tuesday May 26th 2020: The Peruvian government has stated that it will evaluate the experiences of other countries around the world before deciding to reopen Peru’s international borders. Peru’s foreign relations minister, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, has stated that the government will analyze the actions of other countries in parts of the world where the worst of the coronavirus pandemic appears to have passed. Only when those experiences have been evaluated will the decision be made to reactivate Peru’s connectivity with the rest of the world.
Among those countries being closely watched by Peru’s president, cabinet and advisers is Spain, a country accustomed to receiving around 80 million visitors a year, making its economy even more dependent upon tourism than that of Peru, where tourism is the nation’s third highest earner of foreign currency reserves. Mr. Meza-Cuadra and the governing party believe that by observing post-coronavirus outcomes in countries like Spain and Italy, Peru will gain invaluable insights into the possibilities and risks associated with the reopening to the world of Peruvian society.
While scientists continue to warn of the possibility of a “second wave” of Covid-19 infections in nations that ease stay-at-home restrictions too quickly, countries like Spain and Italy, whose economies have been paralyzed by strict measures designed to slow the spread of the virus, are keen to return -as soon it is deemed safe to do so- to pre-coronavirus levels of economic activity, including tourism.
In Peru, while the nation’s capital and cities along Peru’s northern coast have reported high coronavirus figures, other regions have been far less impacted. In Cusco, South America’s most popular tourist destination, to date the relatively low number of 854 coronavirus cases has been confirmed, since the first Peruvian case was reported in Lima on March 6th.
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Stay-at-home measures extended until June 30th
Peru’s president announces continuation of measures
Friday May 22nd 2020: At lunchtime today, in a televised address to the nation, Peru’s president Martin Vizcarra announced that the state of emergency due to end on Sunday May 24th will be extended until at least June 30th.
The president announced that from Monday May 25th, Peru’s state of emergency will remain in place for a further 37 days. From Monday, across the nation the stay-at-home order will continue. International and interregional borders will remain sealed, a nighttime curfew will remain in place from 9:00 pm to 4:00 am, and the country will continue under total shutdown on Sundays.
Mr. Vizcarra explained to the Peruvian people that the decision was made in consultation with his cabinet following analysis of the evolution of the Covid-19 outbreak in Peru. In addition to his meetings with Peru’s council of ministers, the president also engaged in talks via videoconference with the presidents of Colombia, Chile and Uruguay, to discuss the challenges being faced by other nations in South America, and to review the measures being taken.
The Peruvian government has been praised for both its rapid response to the coronavirus pandemic and the actions adopted in line with recommendations from the World Health Organization. While in some parts of the country, most notably the nation’s capital and cities along Peru’s northern coast, reported coronavirus figures have been high, other regions of this vast country have been far less impacted.
In Cusco, Peru’s premier tourist attraction and the most popular travel destination in South America, since the first case was reported in Lima on March 6th there have been a total of 635 coronavirus cases. In the Madre de Dios region of southeastern Peru, popular with travelers from all over the world who come to marvel at the extraordinary biological diversity of Peru’s Amazon forests, to date 270 coronavirus cases have been reported.
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Gradual reactivation of the Peruvian economy
Phase 1 sees some sectors return to work
Tuesday May 12th 2020: Phase 1 of Peru’s gradual transition to “a new normal” began on Monday as the national government allowed activities in the mining, textile, e-commerce and construction sectors to resume. The move follows an almost total freezing of the Peruvian economy since coronavirus containment measures were introduced on March 16th.
This first stage in the phased return in Peru to economic activity is expected to see approximately 1.4 million people go back to work. The minister for the economy, Maria Antonieta Alva, estimates that the nation’s economy will operate at between 44% and 70% of normal capacity during Phase 1. Peru’s important fishing industry will begin operating on May 13th.
Ms. Alva also announced that special mechanisms will be implemented, particularly on public transport, in order to prevent contagion among those workers traveling to and from their places of employment. The government believes that the prudent measures it is introducing will continue to protect the population while enabling the national economy to enter into a gradual recovery.
A new health protocol has also been approved by the government to allow some restaurants to reopen, with authorization to provide home delivery services and meals to go. Restaurants and other food outlets authorized to reopen will be expected to comply with strict health and hygiene measures designed to prevent possible coronavirus infection.
Since Peru began its strict nationwide stay-at-home regimen on March 16th, the measures introduced have successfully controlled the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and the majority of cases remain restricted to Lima and the port city of Callao. Across the rest of the country, Covid-19 contagion has been limited, with confirmed cases in Cusco, the center of Peru’s tourism industry, still numbering around 400, 58 days after the stay-at-home order was introduced.
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Peru’s president announces continued measures
Stay-at-home order to continue for two more weeks
Friday May 8th 2020: Peru’s president, Martin Vizcarra, addressed the nation today to announce an extension to the nationwide stay-at-home order that began on March 16th. The current state of emergency, which was due to end on May 10th, has been extended to at least May 24th.
Under the new measures, Peruvians across the nation will remain under a strict stay-at-home order. In a continuation of measures already in place for 54 days, individuals not employed in designated essential activities (such as health workers and security personnel) will only be allowed to leave their homes to shop for basic goods, such as food and medicines.
Changes announced today in the measures introduced in March include an extension to the hours when people will be permitted on Peru’s streets. Under current measures, a curfew remains in place from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Under the new state of emergency announced today, citizens will have until 8:00 p.m. to return to their homes, and the nighttime curfew will end at 4:00 a.m. each day in most parts of the country. It is hoped that the new measures will allow banks, pharmacies, food stores and markets to remain open for longer, thereby avoiding crowding at such locations. All non-essential businesses will remain closed and borders sealed, with economic activity virtually suspended as Peru continues to prioritize the containment of Covid-19 and the wellbeing of the population. The restrictions on all citizens leaving their homes on Sundays will remain in place.
Since Peru entered into a strict nationwide stay-at-home regimen on March 16th, the measures introduced by the national government soon after the first cases were reported in Peru have successfully limited the spread of the Covid-19 virus. In Cusco, South America’s most popular travel destination, the total number of confirmed cases reported since the beginning of March remains below 300, and the majority of coronavirus cases in Peru remain restricted to the city of Lima and the adjacent port district of Callao.
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Peru’s stay-at-home order extended
Measures to limit coronavirus will continue
Thursday April 23rd 2020: Since Peru implemented a strict nationwide stay-at-home order on March 16th, the measures introduced by the national government have successfully limited the spread of the Covid-19 virus within the country’s borders. In Cusco, South America’s most popular travel destination, the total number of confirmed cases reported remains below 150.
Today, Peru’s president, Martin Vizcarra, addressed the nation once more to provide the latest updates on the battle against the coronavirus, and to announce an extension of the state of emergency introduced on March 16th. Under the emergency measures, Peru’s borders will remain sealed until at least Sunday May 10th, and all travel within Peru will remain restricted. Crucially, the extended stay-at-home order also continues to limit the movement of individual citizens for all but essential activities (shopping for basic supplies and medicines), as well as extending the mandatory nighttime curfew introduced across the entire country in the first week of April. All non-essential businesses will remain closed, with economic activity virtually suspended as Peru prioritizes the containment of Covid-19. In addition, the Peruvian authorities will continue to test for Covid-19 and to trace those persons known to have been in contact with patients who have tested positive.
In his televised address to the nation’s 32 million citizens, the president informed the Peruvian people that since the first coronavirus case in Peru was reported on March 6th, almost two months later a total of 20,914 cases have been recorded. Of those patients, 7422 have already recovered from the virus, while tragically 572 people have lost their lives during the 48 days since Covid-19 first arrived in Peru.
In his address today, President Vizcarra told the nation: “We have not yet reached the peak of the rising curve. On the understanding that this disease forces us keep up our guard, we are forced to make decisions with the good of the country in mind, and the people and the health of all Peruvians is our priority.”
Thanks to the timely introduction of the government’s stringent containment measures, the majority of coronavirus cases in Peru remain restricted to Lima and the port district of Callao, and across the entire nation the coronavirus-related mortality rate has been limited to 17 deaths per one million inhabitants. Despite the economic hardship being endured by the millions of Peruvians whose livelihoods have been affected, throughout Peru public opinion remains firmly behind the measures which to date have seen the nation avert the large-scale loss of life seen in many other countries around the world.
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Peru’s stay-at-home order remains in place
Emergency measures limit Covid-19 spread
Sunday April 19th 2020: Peru implemented a strict nationwide stay-at-home order on March 16th and is currently set to remain under preventive emergency measures until April 26th, although it seems certain that the preventive emergency measures will remain in place beyond that date. Current measures include tight restrictions on all movement (all airports have been closed since March 16th, no travel from region to region within Peru is permitted; in every city, town and village in Peru the population is only able to leave home for essential purchases, namely food and medicines; all non-essential businesses remain closed; a nighttime curfew beginning at 6:00 p.m. remains in place). Peru is an enormous country. Its 32 million inhabitants occupy a territory larger than the UK, France and Spain combined, and to date the vast majority of Covid-19 cases in Peru have been contained in the capital, Lima, and the port district of Callao. While tragically there have been 400 coronavirus-related deaths reported to date within Peru, of the 15,648 cases identified since the outbreak began on March 6th 10,877 are in Lima, and 1239 in Callao. That makes a total of 3532 cases in the rest of the country, a clear indication of the success to date of the national government’s containment measures. Cusco, the mainstay of Peru’s tourism industry and South America’s most popular travel destination, has reported a total of just 130 cases since the outbreak began on March 6th. In Cusco, this weekend the regional hospital’s last two coronavirus patients were discharged. Cases in most other parts of Peru number in the tens rather than hundreds. In Madre de Dios, a region popular with travelers who come to experience the forests of the Amazon basin and the setting for our own Tambopata Ecolodge, to date just 10 cases have been reported. Of the total number of cases reported to date in Peru, 6811 patients have recovered. Praise within Peru for the speed and efficacy of the stay-at-home order has been near universal, in spite of the terrible economic cost we are all paying, as millions remain unable to work, and Peruvians remain hopeful that the measures being adhered to responsibly by the vast majority of us across the nation will continue to successfully contain the spread of Covid-19 in Peru.
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Emergency measures extended in Peru
Peru continues its containment policy
Wednesday April 8th 2020: At lunchtime today, in his latest televised address to the Peruvian people, who have been under a strict stay-at-home order since March 16th, Peru’s president, Martin Vizcarra, announced that the preventive measures designed to contain the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus will be extended until at least Sunday April 26th.
Under the previous terms of the nationwide state of emergency announced on March 15th, the stay-at-home order was due to end on April 12th. In the nation’s battle to slow the spread of the virus which in other parts of the world has led to tens of thousands of deaths, Peruvians will now face at least two more weeks under strict measures intended to limit their movement, and therefore the rate of contagion within Peru’s national territory.
The spread of Covid-19 in Peru remains largely limited to the capital, Lima, with far fewer cases confirmed in other parts of the country. Experts attribute this limited spread to the timely actions adopted by the national government, which announced the first containment measures just nine days after the first case of Covid-19 was identified in Peru. Under the measures, borders have been sealed, and all travel within Peru restricted. However, to date a total of 4342 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been recorded, and 107 Peruvians have lost their lives to coronavirus-related symptoms. According to officials from the Ministry of Health, the country is now approaching the peak of the coronavirus outbreak within Peru.
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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 stay-at-home order 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 stay-at-home order in Peru, limits on the movement of citizens for all but essential activities (shopping for essential supplies and medicines) and a mandatory nighttime curfew 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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Preventive measures extended until April 12th
Peru takes further action to contain Covid-19
Thursday March 26th 2020: 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 stay-at-home order that was introduced 12 days ago until April 12th. The measures were due to be lifted 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 stay-at-home order remains in force across the entire country. Foreign travelers who remained in Peru following the introduction of the preventive emergency measures, 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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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 stay-at-home order 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 stay-at-home order were placed in quarantine at selected hotels at Peru’s major tourist destinations.
The new measure announced last night by the government extends the stay-at-home order 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 stay-at-home order.
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 stay-at-home order 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 stay-at-home order introduced 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 stay-at-home order, 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 stay-at-home order have been placed in quarantine at selected hotels at Peru’s major tourist destinations.
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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 stay-at-home order. 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 2020: 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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Your health and wellbeing are our priority
Basic recommendations to protect against Covid-19
Thursday 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.
Peru is prepared for first coronavirus cases
Monday 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.
More to follow…
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