General information and requirements for entering Peru
Foreign nationals who wish to enter and/or leave Peruvian territory must present the following:
a) A passport legitimately issued by a country with a minimum validity of six months from the date of entry into the country.
b) A valid letter of safe-conduct, legitimately issued by a country and only in exceptional cases as established in international treaties and conventions to which Peru is a signatory, or when approved by the country that issued the letter of safe-conduct, provided that the conditions have been recognized and accepted by the Peruvian authorities. A valid travel document issued by the Peruvian Immigration Department is also valid.
c) A travel document or Laissez Passer legitimately issued by a country or relating to international treaties and conventions to which Peru is a signatory, for humanitarian reasons.
d) A travel document for refugees and asylum seekers issued by Peru or another country within the framework of the international treaties and conventions to which Peru is a signatory.
e) A valid foreign ID document, conforming to international treaties and conventions to which Peru is a signatory and which regulate and define the circumstances in which they will apply.
f) Other valid travel documents, conforming to international treaties and conventions to which Peru is a signatory and which regulate and define the circumstances in which they will apply.
For more details, see: reglamento de migraciones de Perú or call (511) 200 1000.
Peru is an easy country to enter. People from most countries in the Americas and Western Europe do not need a tourist visa to enter Peru. The maximum length of stay that the authorities grant to tourists is 183 days, which cannot be extended. If you wish to stay longer for other reasons, such as business, studying or working, you need to request the relevant visa at a Peruvian consulate in your own country.
It is essential when entering Peru to present a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of entry into the country. Citizens of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Chile can enter with their national ID document.
To check if you need a visa, please click here:
The official currency of Peru is the sol (S/). Banknotes have denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 or 200 soles. Coins come in values of 1, 2 and 5 soles, as well as 10, 20 and 50 cents.
US dollars are accepted in many stores, restaurants, hotels and service stations. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks or exchange offices. There are also street “cambistas” who change money, but the transaction cannot be guaranteed. The normal opening hours for bureaux de change are Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, and 9am to midday on Saturdays.
You can find ATMs in almost all cities in the country, and most are connected to the Plus (Visa), Cirrus (MasterCard/Maestro), American Express and other networks. You can take cash out in US dollars or nuevo soles, but the exchange rate is often higher.
To see the list of financial institutions in Peru, click here.
Peru is in the GMT-5 time zone.
|Lima ||12:00 h ||Londres ||18:00 h |
|Nueva York ||13:00 h ||Berlín ||19:00 h |
|Buenos Aires ||14:00 h ||París ||19:00 h |
|Santiago ||13:00 h ||Tokio ||02:00 h (*) |
*the next day.
Health conditions in Peru are good, especially in the cities. In recent years, the range of health services has increased and become more modern. Hospitals and clinics provide proper care, but we recommend taking out travel insurance.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for entering Peru. If you are thinking of visiting the Amazon region of the country, the Ministry of Health recommends that you are vaccinated against yellow fever. For more information about vaccinations, click here.
Check the recommended vaccinations here:
|Vaccination ||Recommended for ||Destinations for which it is recommended |
|Chickenpox ||Travelers who have not had chickenpox ||All Peru |
|Hepatitis A ||All travelers ||All Peru |
|Hepatitis B ||Travelers who will have prolonged contact with the local population ||Amazonas, Loreto, San Martín, Ucayali, Junín, Madre de Dios |
|Yellow Fever ||Travelers to jungle areas below 8,200 feet ||Amazonas, Loreto, San Martín, Ucayali, Junín, Madre de Dios |
To be effective, the yellow fever vaccination must be given at least 10 days before traveling.
Information for travelers here
Consulates and embassies
Directory of Peruvian Consulates Abroad
Directory of Peruvian Embassies Abroad
Baggage exempt from duty:
In accordance with Peruvian customs regulations, all new and used articles that a traveler may reasonably require for his or her own use or consumption, and that due to their nature, quantity and type do not appear to be for commercial use, are exempt from duty.
For more information, see the list of exempt goods, here.
When entering Peru, a traveler must correctly complete the Baggage Declaration if he or she has articles or goods to declare. All articles that are subject to tax must be listed.