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Peru
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Republic of Peru

Last Updated: March 20, 2017

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Lima

 

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Lima

Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
Surco, Lima 33
Peru

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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Must be valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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One page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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Free, issued at the port of entry

VACCINATIONS:

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Yellow fever vaccination is recommended

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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USD 30,000. More than USD 10,000 must be declared upon entry

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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Same as entry

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U.S. Embassy Lima

Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
Surco, Lima 33
Peru

Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000

Fax: +(51)(1) 618-2724

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agency - Cusco
Av. El Sol 449, Suite #201
Cusco, Peru

Telephone: +(51)(84) 231-474

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(51) 984-621-369

Fax: +(51)(84) 245-102

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Peru for information on U.S. - Peru relations.

Requirements for Entry:

A valid passport is required to enter and depart Peru. Migraciones (Immigration) authorities may also require evidence of return/onward travel. Be sure your date and place of entry is officially documented by Migraciones, whether you arrive at a port, airport or land border. Retain the record of your entry, as you will need it when you depart.

Your length of approved stay will be set by border officials at the time of entry, and can range from 30 to 183 days. Extensions are not usually available, and overstays result in fines.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Peru.

Requirements for Exit:

If you do not have an entry record, you are not allowed to exit the country until immigration authorities confirm the time and place of your entry in to the country. Depending on the circumstances, this can be a difficult process, costing considerable time and money to resolve. Make sure Migraciones records your entry, and then save the record for your exit. This is particularly important when entering through remote border crossings, where often the proper officials are not present. 

Immediately report lost/stolen passports to local police and keep the report. You must apply for a new passport at the Embassy and obtain a replacement entry record from Immigration prior to exiting Peru.

Travel with Minors:

Minor children with Peruvian citizenship who are not accompanied by their legal parent/guardian (or by only one parent/guardian, who does not have sole legal custody) are required to have official authorization from the non-traveling parent(s)/guardian(s). This policy also applies to children with dual U.S./Peruvian citizenship. It does not apply to minors with only U.S. citizenship.

In the United States, authorizations for minor travel can be notarized at the nearest Peruvian Consulate by requesting a “Permiso Notarial de Viaje.” Please be aware that these authorizations are valid for 30 days and one trip only. If the minor child has only one legal parent or guardian, the traveling parent/guardian must have evidence of sole custody.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

SECURITY: Narcotics traffickers, terrorist groups and other organized, armed bands still operate in some remote parts of Peru. U.S. Embassy Lima enforces a Restricted Travel Policy for Embassy personnel, which is based on its assessment of conditions and developments throughout the country. For more detailed information, see the Overseas Security and Advisory Council’s Crime and Safety Report for Peru.

CRIME: Armed robberies, express kidnappings, carjacking's, and petty theft occur frequently.  redit card fraud is also common in Peru. “Smash-and-grab” style robberies are most often reported on main tourist corridors immediately following arrival at Lima’s airport. Use only official airport taxi services. Do not hail taxis on the street. 

While violence committed against foreigners is infrequent, robberies involving violence have been on the rise. Do not resist a robbery attempt.  Victims who do not resist generally do not suffer serious physical harm. Some criminals with a motive of robbery or sexual assault may target victims by drugging them in bars and other areas frequented by tourists. Remain alert and aware of your surroundings.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on various types of scams.

VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Report crimes to the local police at 105 (National Police) or 0800-22221 (Tourist Police). Another useful resource with offices around the country is iPeru, a tourist information service which has English-speaking personnel and can assist you in obtaining local assistance.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy’s duty officer for assistance at any hour, 51+1+618-2000.

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Medical care is generally good in Lima and usually adequate in major cities, but less so elsewhere in Peru. Private, urban health care facilities are often better staffed and equipped than public or rural ones. Public facilities in Cusco are generally inadequate for serious medical conditions.

Visitors to popular Andean destinations, such as Cusco/Machu Picchu, Arequipa/Colca Canyon, or Puno/Lake Titicaca often suffer from Altitude-related illness (see “Special Circumstances” section).

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides comprehensive coverage overseas. Many hospitals only accept cash payments.   See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Peru to ensure the medication is legal in Peru. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are prevalent in some parts of Peru:

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be arrested, formally expelled from the country or prosecuted and imprisoned within Peru.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Many popular destinations in Peru are quite remote. These areas have few facilities able to provide advanced or emergent medical care. In addition, be aware:

  • Local rescue capabilities are severely limited. Many mountain areas are too high for helicopters to fly safely. Accidents or injuries while hiking or climbing are common; crisis responders may take hours or even days to reach you if they are traveling over great distances and/or rough terrain.
  • Altitude-related illness  affects many people who are in otherwise good health, sometimes severely. Its onset can be rapid, and may be life-threatening if untreated. Do not underestimate its potential effects. Learn about it before you go, and ask your doctor whether any pre-existing condition may be adversely affected at high altitude.
  • Ayahuasca tourism is increasingly popular in Peru, but poorly regulated. Be aware of the risks involved. While popular media highlights its use as a spiritually liberating or medically beneficial agent, many users have reported severe/negative physical and psychological effects from using this powerful hallucinogen. Participants in ayahuasca tours have reported being physically or sexually assaulted, or robbed.
  • Always check with local authorities before traveling about local geographic, climatic, health, and security conditions that may impact your safety.  
  • Be aware that you may not have access to phone or internet for days at a time. Leave detailed written plans and timetables with a friend or family member before traveling to remote areas.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Peru.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Peruvian law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical and mental disabilities and mandates that public spaces be free of barriers and accessible to persons with disabilities. However, the government of Peru has devoted limited resources to enforcement and training, and little effort has been made to ensure access to public buildings and areas. In general, access to buildings, pedestrian paths, and transportation is difficult for persons with disabilities.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Road Conditions and Safety:

Driving conditions in Peru are very different from those found in the United States and can be considerably more dangerous. Visitors are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with local law and driving customs before attempting to operate vehicles.

Road travel at night is particularly dangerous due to poor road markings and frequent unmarked road hazards. Due to safety concerns, U.S. Embassy personnel are prohibited from traveling by road outside of Lima at night, including inter-city bus travel.

Inter-city bus travel can be dangerous. Armed robbers, who force passengers off buses and steal their belongings, have held up inter-city buses at night. Bus accidents resulting in multiple deaths and injuries are common. Accidents are frequently attributed to excessive speed, poor bus maintenance, poor road conditions, poorly marked hazards at night, and driver fatigue.

Do not travel alone on rural roads, even in daylight. Convoy travel is preferable. Spare tires, parts, and fuel are needed when traveling in remote areas, where distances between service areas are long.

Fog is common on coastal and mountain highways, and the resulting poor visibility frequently causes accidents.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information. You may also wish to consult Peru’s Ministry of Transportation site (Spanish and English), which has more detailed information on road safety, regulations, and standards.

Traffic Laws:

Always carry your driver's license, a copy of your passport and the rental agreement when you drive a rental car. International driver's licenses are valid for one year, while driver's licenses from other countries are generally valid for 30 days.


To obtain a Peruvian license, you’ll need to pass a written exam, a practical driving test and a medical exam. More information about this process, as well as how to obtain an international driving license in Peru, can be found at the Touring y Automovil Club del Peru website (Spanish only).

If a traffic officer signals you to stop, you must stop. Traffic officers must wear uniforms and identification cards that include their last name on their chest. Traffic officers are not allowed to retain your personal identification or vehicle documents. Under no circumstances should you offer or agree to pay money to traffic officers.

In case of an accident or collision, contact local police. If your car is a rental, call the agency or representative of the insurance company provided by the rental agency. Do not drive away from the scene of an accident.

Aviation Safety Oversight:

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Peru’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Peru’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

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