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Machu Picchu Covid-19 Restrictions for Visitors

Jan 24, 2022 | Peru Travel Blogs | 0 comments

Machu Picchu, an iconic archaeological site in Peru, will impose new restrictions on visitors for the tourism season of 2022 due to Covid19 concerns. Visitors during that time will only be able to enter the site in groups of 10 or more and must have a valid visa.

This announcement comes as a disappointment to travelers who were looking forward to visiting Machu Picchu next year, but it is important that we all heed the recommendations of health officials in order to help stop the spread of this virus. For those who are still able to visit Machu Picchu during its restricted season, make sure you take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and others while enjoying this incredible place. Thank you for your understanding.

Last Minute Updated:

  • Peruvian government now requires all passengers aged 18 and over to show proof of vaccination, and a negative molecular PCR test within 48 hours (Rapid antigen test not accepted). Covid tests can be done in Cusco if required.
  • Unvaccinated travelers should be aware that the testing window for a neg molecular PCR test has been shortened to 48 hours as of January 17, 2022, rather than 72 hours.
  • The Rapid COVID test is no longer acceptable for entrance to Peru. (verify with your international air carrier) Non-vaccinated passengers must present a negative molecular PCR test.
  • Machu Picchu will be open all year in 2022. However, tickets are not given out all at once. They become available in increments.
  • Permits for the Inca Trail are now available. Get in touch with us if you have any questions.
  • New south trail routes are reopening at Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are two of them. On the official government website, tickets may now be purchased. They’ve created a new trail called Junior Picchu, which is pronounced similarly to Huayna Picchu but different locations.
  • Passengers who are 18 years or older will be able to board only if they can provide proof of full immunization in Peru or elsewhere for interprovincial trips. Those over the age of 50 will require the booster dose starting January 23, 2022, otherwise, they must present a molecular test that was taken up to 48 hours prior to boarding.
  • All visitors, whether Peruvian or foreign, will be able to enter the park only if they are fully vaccinated either in Peru or abroad. Those over 50 years old will be required to get a booster dose by January 23, 2022.
  • The face mask policy was updated. Throughout the country, an N95 face mask is required, but double masking with surgical mask plus a cloth helmet in enclosed places is considered an acceptable alternative.

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Machu Picchu will receive $1.1 million visitors under the new regulations of Covid19 in the year 2022.

The Ministry Of Culture Reported that Machu Picchu’s Inca city is expecting to receive more than 1 million people in 2022. We must remember the capacity of visitors in Machu Picchu is 3,044 Tourists Per day. This includes all the circuits and add-ons into the citadel of Machu Picchu such as:

  • Huayna Picchu mountain
  • Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Sun Gate
  • Inca Bridgre
  • Machu Picchu City


Difference Between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain?. The first thing you should know is to not confuse both of these add ons with the archaeological site of Machu Picchu as seen in the picture below.

The current capacity meets UNESCO Recommendations. Machu Picchu is establishing strictly these new rules in accordance to protect the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and all around this National Park.

The Ministry of Culture Cusco also reported that the Inca city of Machu Picchu received 447,800 visitors during 2021, despite the fact that it was closed all of February due to Covid restrictions. It is worth noting that visits during 2021 increased according to percentage and currently, the capacity for admission visitors to Machu Picchu is 3,044 per day including all the circuits as we mentioned before.

Promotional Tariffs for Peruvians and citizens of Countries of the Andean Community will remain for 2022

  • Adult Promotional fee 64 Peruvian Soles
  • Student Promotional fees Fees 32 Peruvian Soles
  • Minors, Bettwen 3-17 years old 32 soles
  • Under the age of 3 years old free entrance fee but they must be accompanied by an adult Who is responsible for their care and safety.

In order to visit Machu Picchu, it is necessary to purchase your electronic Machu Picchu Ticket. You can purchase these tickets in Cusco, visit the office between Garcilazo Street or Maruri Street Numer #340. Also, keep in mind there are NOT any offices in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo that sell these entrance tickets.

When acquiring access to Machu Picchu Ticket, the visitor agrees to the Term and Conditions of service in all its aspects.

Punctuality is essential to be on time in front of the door of Machupicchu according to the time of your ticket indicates take into account that if your entrance is in the early morning you should overnight the previous day in Machu Picchu Pueblo town of Aguas Calientes, The Visitor will be able to enter through the main control of Machu Picchu’s wheel up to a maximum of sixty minutes after the initial time it is on their ticket.

How to gets Machu Pichcu Froma Aguas Calientes

  • Travel Time between Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu city by Bus is 30 minutes
  • Walking Distance From Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is more than Hour

IDs and Machu Picchu Tickets

  • Visitors Must Present Their physical Format Entrance Tickets
  • No digital Ticket is acceptable
  • Valid Document For Peruvians is their Original DNI (Document National Identity)
  • Foreign Visitors are Original Passports, Diplomatic Certificates, citizens of The CAN or Mercosur can identify With their original IDs. as long as the document which and they Purchased the tickets
  • Students of The Andina Comunity of University or technical education, pre-grade must Present their Valid Original card which includes Personal data Photography

For More Information about the Tourist Circuits, Regulations, Protocols, Objets, and Prohibited Behaviors Contact Us or Visit Our Website.

New restrictions to enter the country from January 17th, 2022.

  • Peruvians, resident and non-resident foreigners over 12 years old, regardless of their country of origin, must prove that they have completed the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Non-vaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours in order to enter the country.
  • Children under the age of 12 who are asymptomatic can board the plane without a PCR test.
  • All travelers must complete the “Travel Form” within 72 hours before the trip.

Domestic Flights, Inside Peru until January 30th, 2022:

  • Travelers over 12 years old traveling by land transportation between provinces will only be able to board if they are fully vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption.
  • On January 23rd, 2022, all travelers over 50 years old must have the booster shot or a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours to board domestic flights.

Border Restrictions, Peru Border Closure:

  • Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Brazil all have border closures. International land travel is not permitted in these nations. Travelers from these countries must first book a flight to Lima before taking a domestic flight to any Peruvian province.

Wearing a mask is mandatory in all public areas:

  • It is mandatory to use masks in all public places; 1 KN95 mask or 1 disposable mask + 1 reusable fabric mask is required.
  • In public transportation, a helmet isn’t necessary anymore. The train trip to/from Machu Picchu, on the other hand, is still required.


Peru Travel Advisory – USA Consulation

For those who want to visit Peru, they must provide documentation of having been fully vaccinated or tested within 72 hours after arrival in order for their visa application process to go smoothly. For children under 12 years old that are traveling without symptoms from Covid-19, there is no need for them to fill out any paperwork at all; however, if this same rule does apply then parents/guardians should sign an affidavit confirming health before boarding flight number whatever airline you’re using (e).

  • Train companies to/from Machu Picchu are requesting proof of full vaccination, this can be a physical card or virtual. Otherwise, they can present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.
  • For travel on domestic flights in Peru, all passengers aged 18 and over must have a full vaccination. They can instead produce a PCR test result obtained within 72 hours of their arrival.


Machu Picchu will be restricting visitors in 2022 due to Covid19. No details have been released yet about the restrictions, but we will update this blog post as soon as more information is available. If you are planning on traveling to Machu Picchu next year, be sure to check back for updates! In the meantime, we encourage you to explore other amazing destinations in Peru that are still open for business. Thanks for reading!


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