Now that Denmark has been the first country to announce that the pandemic is over, it finally gives us hope that everybody will have the same news soon.
During the last 2 years I have been posting updates regarding the situation in Peru for filming projects so this is a summary and update of all of them together.
- Most of the activities are already normal in the country but in some cases with limited capacity.
- To date 3rd February 2022 all the vaccinated people do not need to have a Covid-19 test to enter Peru.
- If you’re not vaccinated, you still can enter Peru having a negative PCR test max 48hrs before departure from your country and filling a few forms online.
- Because the regulation changes from time to time. Latam website keeps this updated very precise and I suggest you check this before flying. Fill the information in the bottom of the page according to your country https://www.latamairlines.com/pe/es/experiencia/coronavirus/restricciones
- Carrying 2 light masks or 1 mask N95 is mandatory to enter public places, stores, transport, etc. On streets you can wear just one mask but it is still mandatory.
- You have to show your vaccination card in your phone or physically when entering public places, stores, transports, etc with all your information visible in there. If you come from a country that only uses QR, I suggest that you request this to your authorities and have one with your information visible.
- During January 2022 Peru had the third wave of Covid-19 and most of the people already had it. This is already like a normal flu in the country. I have been even working with people with Covid-19 for a week at the end of January and I didn’t get sick.
- If you get Covid-19 in Peru, the only recommendation is to stay isolated but that’s up to you, there is not an obligation for it or someone checking on you.
- Keep in mind that you might need to take an Antigen or PCR test to go back to your country. It is very easy to coordinate an appointment online and the results can be given between 1hr (Antigen) and 12 hours(PCR). Cost of antigen is around USD$25 and PCR USD$50.
- Flights these days tend to be changed or cancelled for different reasons. So for this I suggest only using Latam company, which is the only trustworthy for working. It can be the most expensive but trust me! You will avoid all the headaches that you will surely have with other companies. And no, I am not sponsored by them or anything like that! LOL. https://www.latamairlines.com/pe/es
- Because of the unstable political situation in Peru at this moment, the USD is variable every day. We pay most of the things in PEN (Soles) so I suggest you change here what you will need to spend for your project.
- To use ATM machines it is easy in the main cities but you only can get between USD$400 – USD$800 per day. However, there are not enough ATM machines in small towns, so it’s better if you bring some cash already from your country.
- Peru is a country that doesn’t have a big variety of rental houses for professional equipment. So you can rent some equipment here but in most cases more expensive than Europe or USA and very limited on models. Also keep in mind that we don’t have insurance for equipment as you do in your countries, this does not exist in Peru. So if the equipment is stolen or damaged you will have to pay back for the whole thing. Because of this, I will always suggest you bring your own equipment as much as you can.
- If you bring your own equipment, you will have to arrange a ‘Journalism visa’, a document that allows you to bring all the equipment you will need to film in Peru with the compromise that you will take it back when you leave Peru. This paperwork takes 15 work days and needs to be arranged from the embassy of Peru in your country.
- Every year the costs to film inside archaeological or natural places are updated, get in touch with me if you need more detailed information about it. I have the costs of all the places in Peru that need to arrange permits. This in most cases takes 15 work days, so plan this in advance.
- Flights, hotels and most of the restaurants can be paid with international credit or debit cards. Please get in touch with a local person for arranging all this as for local citizens we might have extra discounts than purchase from your own country. For instance in Peru, paying for flights in Latam with a Peruvian credit card costs cheaper than buying internationally. Same with hotels in most of the cases.
Advices On site
- And of the most important thing, please be sure that your producer or fixer on site has a genuine connection to the people you are filming so this comes out as a great result in your project as well.
- Keep in mind that if you need to film in the cities or public places you will have people around wearing masks all the time. Something to consider visually for your project. Only in closed communities or families, people don’t wear masks.
- Consider a budget to thank people for their time, especially for documentaries projects in remote places.
- Be respectful with native communities, they go at a different speed than people in the city so plan additional time when filming them.
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Made and written with love by Lizeth Yarlequé