Passports: 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 (your passport should be valid at least 6 months beyond your departure date from Peru, though in practice many travelers with as little as 3 months’ validity are frequently permitted entry). 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.
White 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 roughly a $5 fine.) A maximum of three extensions, at 30 days each for a total of 180 days, is allowed.
No immunizations are required for entry into Peru, although travelers planning to travel to jungle regions should see “Health & Safety."
- Australia: Australian Passport Information Service (www.passports.gov.au; tel. 131-232).
- Canada: Passport Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G3 (www.ppt.gc.ca; tel. 800/567-6868).
- Ireland: Passport Office, Setanta Centre, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 (www.foreignaffairs.gov.ie; tel. 01/671-1633).
- New Zealand: Passports Office, Department of Internal Affairs, 47 Boulcott Street, Wellington, 6011 (www.passports.govt.nz; tel. 0800/225-050 in New Zealand or 04/474-8100).
- United Kingdom: Visit your nearest passport office, major post office, or travel agency or contact the Identity and Passport Service (IPS), 89 Eccleston Square, London, SW1V 1PN (www.ips.gov.uk; tel. 0300/222-0000).
- United States: To find your regional passport office, check the U.S. State Department website (travel.state.gov/passport) or call the National Passport Information Center (tel. 877/487-2778) for automated information.
Customs: 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, unless authorized by the Natural Resources Institute (INRENA). 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, or INC (www.cultura.gob.pe), 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.
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 (www.cbp.gov; tel. 877/287-8667).
Canadian citizens: Canada Border Services Agency (www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca; tel. 800/461-9999 in Canada, or 204/983-3500).
U.K. citizens: HM Customs & Excise (www.hmce.gov.uk; tel. 0845/010-9000, or from outside the U.K., 020/8929-0152).
Australian citizens: Australian Customs Service (www.border.gov.au; tel. 1300/363-263).
New Zealand citizens: New Zealand Customs, The Customhouse, 17–21 Whitmore St., Box 2218, Wellington (www.customs.govt.nz; tel. 04/473-6099 or 0800/428-786).
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.