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Peru reopens borders with Bolivia

Wednesday 16 February 2022 – 09:40 UTC


Smuggling by boat had increased while the borders were closed

The Peruvian government decided on Tuesday to reopen all crossings to Bolivia after two years. The measure was taken to curb the spread of COVID-19. However, only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter Peru, it said.

The Desaguadero International Bridge and the Kasani Border Crossing in Yunguyo, located on the border between Peru and Bolivia in the southern part of the Puno Region, raised their barriers in the last hours of Tuesday, February 15, according to Supreme Decree 015-2022 -PCM, has been reported.

Without full vaccination, travelers can also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test from 72 hours before travel.

Desaguadero Mayor Isidoro Mendoza agreed that all hygiene measures and biosecurity protocols were necessary to protect the local population. The Desaguadero border was closed on March 26, 2020, impacting the local economy. Some residents crossed the border by boats, leading to increased smuggling activities.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the plurinational state of Bolivia informs that as of this date, the sister republic of Peru has suspended the temporary closure of land borders, including the Desaguadero crossing point,” the Bolivian authorities said in a statement.

Peru had closed all land border crossings to/from Bolivia, Colombia and Brazil since December 1, 2021 to halt the coronavirus pandemic.

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