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Tips for your Travel to Peru

Tourist Visa

It is not necessary for citizens of most countries in America and Western Europe. However, you should consult with the diplomatic representation in your country for more information.

Citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Chile do not need a passport or visa to enter throughout Peru.

The authorized period of stay is 90 days.

Entering Peru

You must give the “International Embarkation/Disembarkation Card” and the “Customs Declaration” to the competent authority.

International Embarkation/Disembarkation Card: It is available on the plane or in the immigration post. Keep it as you should give it back to the immigration officer when leaving the country.

Customs Declaration: Please specify those goods subject to tax, you must declare if you are bringing plant or animal species, which require authorization issued by the relevant health authority in your country.

Cautions during your trip

  • Carry a copy of identification documents with you. Keep originals and your valuables in your hotel’s safebox, be sure to have a detailed list of them, and verify the responsibility assumed by the establishment.
  • Carry your valuables discreetly.
  • Do not carry large sums of money with you, and watch over your bags and luggage, as well as digital and / or video cameras.
  • If you travel with valuable equipment, it is convenient that you purchase additional insurance for it. Be careful if you carry it with you.
  • Be alert, especially in places where there are many people.

Phone Calls

You can make international calls, as well as within the country from payphones. Codes of countries and cities are listed in most cabins.

For international calls dial:
00 + country code + city code + phone number.
To call between cities dial:
0 + city code + phone number

Public phones accept coins and cards that are sold in kiosks and supermarkets. Verify that you are buying the card from the company you want to use. You cannot make collect calls from them.

Internet

The major cities throughout the country have public Internet booths, its cost is variable. Most four and five star hotels features wireless Internet access Wi-Fi.

Health

  • Only drink bottled or boiled water.
  • Altitude sickness can be avoided by resting the first day of your arrival and consuming light meals.
  • If traveling to the Highlands or the Jungle, make sure to take insect repellent and raincoat with you.

Banks

Hours of operation are usually Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. In the main cities there are ATMs of different banks

Money exchange

It is advisable to change money at hotels, banks and authorized money exchange houses. The exchange rate for U.S. dollar varies, check before changing your money. For exchanging other currencies inquire at money exchange.

Vaccines

If you plan to travel to the Jungle is advisable to be vaccinated against yellow fever 10 days before.
Vaccination sites in Lima:

Jorge Chávez Internacional Airport
Tópico de Sanidad Aérea Internacional
Tel: (51-1) 517-3100

Centro de Vacunación Internacional
Av. del Ejército Cuadra. 17 – San Isidro
Tel: 264-6889
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m. Saturday. 8:00 a 2:00 p.m.

Centro de Vacunación del Instituto Nacional de Salud
Cápac Yupanqui 1400 – Jesús Maria
Tel: 471-9920
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. / 2:00 p.m. a 4:00 p.m.

Tips

Tips vary and depends on your satisfaction with the service rendered.

Transport

There are flights and connections from Lima to all major cities except Huaraz and Ica, where you can travel overland in interprovincial bus.

Interprovincial buses: Interprovincial bus service covers all destinations in the country except some parts of the jungle.

Taxis and public transportation: It is recommended to use the services of taxi companies (order by phone). In Peru taximeters are not used, so you should negotiate the fare before boarding the taxi. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers. At airports, it is advisable to hire the services of taxis authorized by the authority which administers them.

Losses, Theft or Robbery

Contact the Police Tourism:

Jr. Moore 268, Magdalena del Mar (Lima)
Tel: (01) 460-1060 / 460-0965 / 460-0921 / 460-4525

For more information:
IPERÚ Información y asistencia al turista
(511) 574-8000
iperu@promperu.gob.pe (24 horas)
www.peru.travel/iperu

Prohibitions

It is forbidden to photograph airports, military bases and surrounding areas to high tension towers and police stations. In some churches, cathedrals and museums it is forbidden to take photographs or make video recordings. Find out in advance.

Peruvian law prohibits and penalizes the extraction, transportation, marketing and export of any species of wild flora or wildlife, whether alive or dead, if there is no INRENA’s authorization.

Before you leave

Security at the airport
It is forbidden to carry sharps items in hand luggage. Some of the prohibited items are scissors, tweezers, knives, etc. Prevent your objects are discarded when the security check by keeping these items in your checked baggage.

Upon embarking for international travel, take into account that there is a restriction on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels that passengers can carry as hand luggage. This should not exceed 100ml; otherwise it will be discarded by security personnel in the respective controls.

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