What is the change? President Martin Vizcarra has declared a state of emergency and announced travel restrictions to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Key restrictions:

  • Travel restrictions. Starting March 16, domestic and international travel will be halted for 15 days. This includes land, air and maritime borders in and out of Peru, and transportation to other departments and cities in Peru.
  • Border closure. With immediate effect, the border will be closed to non-Peruvian nationals. All individuals who have entered Peru since this announcement and before March 16 will be subject to a 15-day quarantine.
  • Public closures. All public-facing businesses will be closed for 15 days, with the exception of supermarkets and stores selling essential items, pharmacies and banks.
  • Immigration services. Immigration offices will be closed for 15 days. The government has not yet issued an official statement regarding the processing of pending applications.

Analysis & Comments: Peru is taking serious steps to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus that will have a significant impact on immigration and inbound travel. Employers should expect delays in immigration processing in the coming weeks. While the ban is in place for the next 15 days, it may be extended. Deloitte will continue to follow developments and alert clients of any changes.

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