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Tips, documentation and requirements to travel to Peru

The documentation and requirements necessary to travel to Peru vary according to the visitor's country of origin, the reason for the trip and the duration of the visitor. In this article we give you some tips and explain the most important aspects to consider.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Required Documentation

Depending on the country of origin, more or less documents are requested to enter Peru. Some countries need a passport and visa, while others are only required an identity document.

Do you need a passport to travel to Peru?

The passport is a indispensable requirement to travel to Peru. It is needed by all countries of the world with the exception of the following, which are only required by the National Identity Document (DNI):

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

For other countries, the passport must be valid for a minimum of six months at the time of entry into Peru. To obtain it, you must request an appointment before the authorities of your country.

Travel to Peru with passport

Do I need a visa?

If you are going to visit Peru as a tourist, the maximum length of stay is 183 non-extendable days. The countries that yes they need a visa Tourist to enter the country are:

  • TO: Angola, Algeria, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Albania, Armenia and Azerbaijan
  • B: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Bhutan and Bosnia Herzegovina
  • C: Costa Rica, Cuba, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, Cambodia and China People's Republic
  • D: Dijbouti
  • AND: El Salvador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates
  • G: Guatemala, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and Georgia
  • H: Haiti and Honduras
  • I: India, Iran and Iraq
  • J: Jordan
  • K: Kenya, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Kuwait
  • L: Lisotho, Liberia, Libya and Lebanon
  • M: Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mozambique, Maldives, Mongolia and Myanmar
  • N: Nicaragua, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria and Nepal
  • P: Pakistan
  • Q: Qatar
  • R: Central African Republic, Rwanda, Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Laos People's Democratic Republic
  • S: Western Sahara, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Sri Lanka and Syria
  • T: Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Tajikistan, Timor Leste, Turkmenistan and Turkey
  • OR: Uganda and Uzbekistan
  • V: Vietnam
  • AND: Yemen
  • Z: Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe

The rest of the countries, among which are Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Spain and Mexico, among others, They do not need tourist visa

If you travel to Peru for other reasons, you must apply for a visa, with the exception of the citizens of member countries of the Schengen area (European Union). The latter, if they go to Peru for business, studies and journalism for a maximum of 90 days, do not need a visa.

As for students from other territories, they must apply for a 90-day visa, extendable in the DIGEMIN (General Directorate of Migration and Naturalization) and valid up to six months after delivery.

In the case of business visa, has a maximum validity of 183 days and is also mandatory for all countries, with the exception of the European Union, Brazil and Indonesia. It is valid for twelve months from its date of issue.

Business visa to travel to Peru

Other visas are that of an artist, religious, worker, diplomat and journalist. These grant 90 days of permission and are valid for six months from their issue.

The visa price is between 15 and 30 dollars, depending on the type that is requested, and the procedures are carried out at the Consulate of Peru of the traveler's country.

Requirements to travel to Peru with children

In case you travel to Peru with your minor children, they must carry their own passport, with a minimum validity of six months at the time of travel.

Although it is not mandatory, it is advisable to travel with the family book, since it is the document that proves the relationship of the children with their parents and will be useful if there is a setback during the trip.

Requirements to travel to Peru with children

If the minor is going to travel alone, Peruvian law does not demand No authorization Despite this, it is recommended and enforceable by travel agencies. For this authorization, the identity document of the parents and that of the child are required.

Conditions for vehicles

The fastest system to travel to Peru is the plane. The formalities for those who opt for this means of transport are given by each airline (suitcase weight, billing, etc.).

However, some citizens of neighboring countries such as Colombia or Ecuador decide to use the by land To enter the country. These must meet the following requirements:

  • Have the vehicle documentation in order, whether car or motorcycle
  • Driver's License
  • That the driver owns the vehicle. If you drive a third party, a notarized authorization from the owner is required
Circulating the roads of Peru

Likewise, the vehicle needs an authorization to indicate that it enters the country for tourist purposes. It can be obtained in two different ways:

  • Customs Passbook: It is issued by the associations that are part of the Inter-American Automobile Federation Clubs (FIAC) or the International Automobile Federation (FAI). It is also allowed on Passages card in Douannes of the International Tourism Alliance (IWA) or the International Association of Automobile Club Reconnus (AIACR). It is valid for one year.
  • Temporary Internment Certificate: granted according to the Supreme Decree of temporary internment of vehicles for tourist purposes. It is issued by Peruvian customs and must be submitted upon leaving the country. It is valid for a maximum period of 90 days.

Travel with a pet

It is allowed to travel with pets to Peru. In the case of dogs and cats, they must have an Export Certificate and a Veterinary Certificate containing the following information:

  • Animal health That this is in optimal conditions to travel.
  • Vaccination. In both dogs and cats, rabies should be included.
  • Deworming It must be done within three days before travel.
  • The date of issuance of both certificates must be considered within ten days prior to the trip.
Travel to Peru with a pet

It is forbidden to enter rabbits from Spain, since these can carry two exotic diseases in Peru, which are myxomatosis and Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease. For all other animals, such as ferrets and birds, two requirements must be taken into account.

The first one is a Sanitary Import Permit that is requested in SENASA (National Service of Agrifood Quality and Health) before shipment. The second, a Sanitary Inspection carried out by SENASA at the point of entry of Peru.


There is no mandatory vaccine to enter the country. However, it is advisable to get a chickenpox vaccine, in the case where the traveler has never had it, and Hepatitis A.

If you plan to go to jungle areas such as the Amazon, vaccination against Hepatitis B and yellow fever. The latter must be supplied 10 days before the trip for it to take effect.

Also, measures should be taken against mosquito bites. To avoid altitude sickness, also known as mountain sickness, you should gradually ascend, eat light foods and drink plenty of fluids.

Gastrointestinal infections can be avoided by drinking bottled or boiled water. On the other hand, care should be taken with raw foods and with prepared meals in street stalls.

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