With travel slowly opening back up after two years in a pandemic, tourism is returning to Peru, meaning flights are becoming easier to come by. As with most country-to-country travel around the world, you will need to return a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of departing and also return a negative test result upon landing. That aside, you will also need to comply with Peruvian laws regarding social distancing, venue capacity limits, and the wearing of masks in certain social situations.
But all of that is worth it of course, when it means you can finally travel to one of the world’s most exciting countries!
As of November 15, 2022, the following connecting flights will take you to Peru’s main airport in Lima.
If you are flying from the USA
If you happen to be travelling from the USA, then you are able to fly from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Lima, with a stop-over in Panama. Additional US cities include New Jersey and New York City, both of which require one stop-over in Florida, Chicago (with a stop-over in Panama), and direct flights do exist for those flying out of Florida (for a very enviable flight time of less than six hours). Other major US cities, such as Philadelphia, New Orleans, Washington, and Longview (Texas), all require a stop-off in Florida before boarding a connecting flight to Lima.
If you are flying from the United Kingdom
Flights from London (Heathrow) have one stop-off in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is the same route as before the pandemic. Similar to Sydney, as one of the United Kingdom’s major airports, those wishing to travel from other cities, such as Manchester, must land in London first for their connecting flight, meaning two stop-offs must be had before arriving in Lima.
If you are flying from Australia
At present, Australians can fly out of both Melbourne and Sydney, with a stop-off in Los Angeles, USA, which is the same flight route as pre-pandemic. For those flying out of Queensland, you must depart Brisbane Airport and be prepared for two stopovers in Los Angeles and one of either Sydney or Miami. For the most part, most international flights will be resuming from Sydney earlier than Melbourne, so it is to be expected that other States in Australia will need to pass through one of these airports to make the ongoing connection to Los Angeles before arriving in Lima.
If you are flying from LATAM
For travellers within Latin America, flights from Brazil and Ecuador are possible with a stop-off in Panama, while direct flights from Argentina, Colombia, and Uruguay are currently in rotation. Further north to the Caribbean, flights from Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica are available.
In fact, as it currently stands, either directly or with one stop, most major cities in Latin America are now allowing vaccinated travellers to go to Peru, making the LATAM region one of the most accessible to Peru out of anywhere else in the world.
As the coming months unfold, it is likely that smaller cities from around the world will start offering up regular flights to Lima, regardless of stop-offs, making Peru much more accessible for travellers living outside of major cities.