Peru: Key workers must apply for special transit pass due to social isolation

17:17 | Lima, Mar. 17.

The Ministry of Interior on Tuesday reported that workers dedicated to key activities —specified in Article 4 of the Supreme Decree, which declares a national emergency and mandatory social isolation to prevent the COVID-19 from further spreading in Peru— will have to apply for special transit passes to be able to circulate while the extraordinary measure remains in place.

Therefore, each of them must fill out the corresponding form on the Peruvian National Police's website. Once the special transit pass is obtained, the printed version must be carried by the user or saved as a screenshot on the mobile phone to show it —along with the ID— to the authorities whenever he/she is pulled over by personnel from the National Police or the Armed Forces.

Each request will be corroborated with the various State-run databases such as those of: the National Superintendence of Customs and Tax Administration (Sunat), National Registry of Identification and Civil Status (RENIEC), National Police, Judiciary, and Labor Ministry, among others, in order to verify the veracity of the information declared.

Those who submit their application —and are not being considered key activity workers— will not only be rejected from the process but will also be subject to arrest and criminal complaint. For this, the Interior Ministry attorneys have been instructed and are engaged in coordination with the Public Ministry.

The special transit pass will consider a specific route from the holder's home to his/her workplace. If the citizen travels to another area, he/she will be intervened by personnel from the National Police and the Armed Forces.

The National Police and the Armed Forces may request additional documentation to the pass holders, if they deem it necessary.


Domestically speaking, citizens allowed to circulate —with the transit pass— in public include those who are in charge of the provision of services and essential goods related to the acquisition, production, and supply of food items and pharmaceutical products; health centers; those who return to their place of residence; and people who take care of the elderly, children, dependent adolescents, and disabled persons.

Also exempted from the mandatory social isolation include financial entities; insurance and pension systems, as well as complementary and related services that guarantee their proper functioning; production, storage, transportation, distribution, and sale of fuel; the media; and call centers; among others.


Published: 3/17/2020