See www.frommers.com/planning for information on how to obtain a passport. For information, please contact the following agencies:
For Residents of Australia: Contact the Australian Passport Information Service at tel. 131-232, or visit the government website at www.passports.gov.au.
For Residents of Canada: Contact the central Passport Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G3 (tel. 800/567-6868; www.ppt.gc.ca).
For Residents of Ireland: Contact the Passport Office, Setanta Centre, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 (tel. 01/671-1633; www.irlgov.ie/iveagh).
For Residents of New Zealand: Contact the Passports Office at tel. 0800/225-050 in New Zealand, or 04/474-8100; or log on to www.passports.govt.nz.
For Residents of the United Kingdom: Visit your nearest passport office, major post office, or travel agency or contact the United Kingdom Identity & Passport Service at tel. 0870/521-0410 or search its website at www.ukpa.gov.uk.
For Residents of the United States: To find your regional passport office, either check the U.S. State Department website or call the National Passport Information Center toll-free number (tel. 877/487-2778) for automated information.
Citizens of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia do not require visas to enter Peru as tourists -- only valid passports. Citizens of any of these countries conducting business or enrolled in formal educational programs in Peru do require visas; contact the embassy or consulate in your home country for more information.
Tourist (or landing) cards, distributed on arriving international flights or at border crossings, are good for stays of up to 90 days. Keep a copy of the tourist card for presentation upon departure from Peru. (If you lose it, you'll have to pay a $4 fine.) A maximum of three extensions, at 30 days each for a total of 180 days, is allowed.
In the US -- The Embassy of Peru is located at 1700 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036 (tel. 202/833-9860; www.peruvianembassy.us). There are Peruvian consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paterson (N.J.), and San Francisco (and honorary consulates in several other cities). For their contact information, visit the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Relations website (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Perú) at www.rree.gob.pe.
In Canada -- The Embassy of Peru is at 130 Albert St., Ste. 1901, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G4 (tel. 613/238-1777; www.embassyofperu.ca). Peruvian consulates are in Montreal (tel. 514/844-5123), Toronto (tel. 416/963-9696), and Vancouver (tel. 604/662-8880).
In the UK -- The Peruvian Embassy is located at 52 Sloane St., London SW1X 9SP (tel. 020/7235-1917; www.peru-embassy.co.uk).
In Australia -- The Embassy of Peru in Canberra is located at 40 Brisbane Ave., Level 2, Barton ACT 2600 (tel. 02/6273-7351; www.embaperu.org.au). The Peruvian consulate has an office in Sydney at 30 Clarence St., 3rd Floor, NSW 2000 (tel. 02/9262-6464).
In New Zealand -- The Embassy of Peru is located at Level 8, Cigna House, 40 Mercer St., Wellington (tel. 04/499-8087; www.embassyofperu.org.nz).
What You Can Take Home from Peru -- For information on what you're allowed to bring home, contact one of the following agencies:
U.S. Citizens: U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20229 (tel. 877/287-8667; www.cbp.gov).
Canadian Citizens: Canada Border Services Agency (tel. 800/461-9999 in Canada, or 204/983-3500; www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca).
U.K. Citizens: HM Revenue & Customs at tel. 0845/010-9000 (from outside the U.K., 020/8929-0152), or consult their website at www.hmce.gov.uk.
Australian Citizens: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service at tel. 1300/363-263, or log on to www.customs.gov.au.
New Zealand Citizens: New Zealand Customs Service, The Customhouse, 17-21 Whitmore St., Box 2218, Wellington (tel. 04/473-6099 or 0800/428-786; www.customs.govt.nz).
Exports of protected plant and endangered animal species -- live or dead -- are strictly prohibited by Peruvian law and should not be purchased. This includes headpieces and necklaces made with macaw feathers, and even common "rain sticks," unless authorized by the Natural Resources Institute (INRENA). Vendors in jungle cities and airports sell live animals and birds, as well as handicrafts made from insects, feathers, or other natural products. Travelers have been detained and arrested by the Ecology Police for carrying such items.
It is also illegal to take pre-Columbian archaeological items and antiques, including ceramics and textiles, and colonial-era art out of Peru. Reproductions of many such items are available, but even their export could cause difficulties at Customs or with overly cautious international courier services if you attempt to send them home. To be safe, look for the word "reproduction" or an artist's name stamped on reproduction ceramics, and keep business cards and receipts from shops where you have purchased them. Particularly fine items might require documentation from Peru's National Institute of Culture (INC) verifying that the object is a reproduction and may be exported. You might be able to obtain a certificate of authorization from the INC kiosk at Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport or the INC office at the National Museum Building, Av. Javier Prado Este 2465, 6th Floor, San Borja (tel. 01/476-9900).
No vaccinations are officially required of travelers to Peru, but you are wise to take certain precautions, especially if you are planning to travel to jungle regions.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.