What Are the Requirements to Travel to Peru?

Requirements to Travel to Peru

If you are traveling to Peru from the United Kingdom or any country in the European Union, you are NOT required to obtain a visa prior to your trip. However, it is important to verify with your travel company that they have this information and can confirm with the authorities in Peru that you will not be asked to produce a visa upon arrival. When you arrive at an international airport, your entry into the country will be registered digitally with a Tarjeta Andina de Migracion (TAM), a form that can be viewed online through the Superintendencia Nacional de Migraciones website. You will also receive a small piece of white paper called an Andean Immigration Card that must be kept at all times during your travels in the country.

If entering the country overland, make sure you have your passport stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp upon crossing the border. This is essential if you are taking the Inca Trail – you can request this from your Surtrek travel planner in advance of departure or ask for it when arriving at the border. It is a good idea to make two photocopies of your passport data page, and one of the TAM tourist card, and store them separately from the originals.

For extra security, you may want to keep a scanned copy of your passport and itinerary on file with someone at home, and store the originals in a hotel safe or other secure place while you are traveling. Routine vaccinations and COVID-19 measures are in place in Travel Peru. Make sure you follow the advice of your travel company and check with your health provider for updated guidance.

What Are the Requirements to Travel to Peru?

While most of the major cities in Peru are relatively safe, you should be vigilant about personal safety, particularly at nighttime. Be aware of local robberies and street crime, and avoid carrying valuables or wearing flashy jewelry. Be careful when using public transportation, and consider hiring a guide or taxi for longer excursions to the Amazon jungle or out of town areas.

There are risks of contracting infectious diseases in Peru, including cholera, hepatitis, tuberculosis, rabies and malaria. Drink only bottled or boiled water, and eat thoroughly cooked food. If you experience severe diarrhea or any other illness, contact your doctor immediately for appropriate treatment.

The official currency of Peru is the nuevo sol. You can exchange money at banks, airports and hotels. ATMs are available in most major cities, and most credit cards are accepted. Many travelers find it helpful to carry some local currency, especially if you are planning to visit rural areas or smaller towns that may not have credit card machines.

You should be up to date on all routine vaccines before visiting Peru. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of departure. Make sure your travel insurance policy covers medical expenses and repatriation in case of an accident or serious illness while you are away from home. You should also enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so that you can receive updates about safety and security conditions in Peru.