Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communication released the following press release regarding bus transportation:
In order to avoid risks of Covid-19 contagion in the interprovincial passenger transport service, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) maintains sectoral guidelines and protocols for such trips.
Interprovincial buses with routes of more than five hours of travel, departing from provinces in extreme alert level during the health emergency, may operate with a capacity of 100% of their seats, provided that passengers present an antigen or molecular test with negative result, issued 72 hours in advance at the latest before traveling.
Alternatively, transportation companies may operate buses at 50% of their capacity, using only the seats adjacent to the windows, without the need to have the antigen or molecular test.
In the case of interprovincial trips in extreme risk areas with a duration of up to five hours, the molecular or antigen test is not required, but they must operate with a capacity of 50% of the seats, using only the seats next to the windows.
Very high alert level
For trips of more than five hours departing from provinces with a very high alert level, buses may operate with 100% seating capacity, provided that passengers present an antigen or molecular test with a negative result, issued at least 72 hours in advance of travel. Alternatively, 50% may be operated without the requirement of the Covid-19 clearance test.
For trips of up to five hours, the capacity may be 100% of seats without the need to submit molecular testing.
In any case, it is still mandatory for passengers and crew members to wear face masks and face shields during the entire trip. In addition, among the sanitary measures that transport companies must continue to implement are taking the temperature of passengers and requiring compliance with physical distancing within the agencies’ facilities.
They are also required to disinfect vehicles before and after the service, place polyethylene or similar material between seats to ensure the isolation of travelers, among other measures detailed in the sectoral guidelines for the prevention of Covid-19.
The MTC urges the population to use formal transportation to ensure sanitary safety and thus protect their health and that of their families.