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Health & Visas



Disease Special Precautions Certificate Required

Yellow Fever Yes 1

Cholera 2 No

Typhoid and Polio 3 N/A

Malaria 4 N/A

1: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required of travelers over six months of age arriving from infected areas. Travelers arriving from non-endemic zones should note that vaccination is strongly recommended for travel to areas within the Amazon Basin, even if an outbreak has not been reported and they would normally not require a vaccination certificate to enter the country.

Places in Lima where the vaccine can be administered:

Jorge Chávez International Airport

2nd floor

Service Hours: Monday to Sunday, 24 hours.

Tel.: (01) 575-1745

International Vaccination Center

Calle Yupanqui 1400, Lima

Service Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tel.: (01) 471-9920 (extension 1215)


2: Following WHO guidelines issued in 1973, a cholera vaccination certificate is no longer a condition of entry to Peru. However, autochthonous cases of cholera were reported in 1996. Up-to-date advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions should include vaccination as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness.

3: Immunization against typhoid is advised.

4: Falciparum malaria exists in all areas below 1500m and in the areas of Jaen, Lambayeque, Loreto, Luciano Castillo, Piura, San Martin, Tumbes and Ucayali. All health centers, which are controlled by the Ministry of Health, will provide free information and medication to anyone entering a high risk area.

Food & drink: Drink only bottled water. Pasteurized milk is widely available. Avoid dairy products that are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Avoid street food vendors and the cheaper restaurants. Only eat well cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Pork, salad and mayonnaise may carry increased risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. Always check the expiry date of processed food

Other risks: Hepatitis A occurs, and hepatitis B and D are a risk in the Amazon Basin. Dengue fever outbreaks are common in the Amazon Basin. The incidence of typhoid fever is very high.

Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay. For more information, consult the Health appendix.

Health care: International travelers are strongly advised to take out full health insurance and should be prepared to pay up front for medical services.

Health & Medical Insurance


It is not recommended to drink water directly to the tap. Only drink bottled or previously boiled water, to avoid the most usual stomach upset.

Be careful with raw vegetables and fruits.

Avoid eating from street vendors.

Rest on the first day of your arrival to the Highlands, and consume light meals to prevent altitude illness (soroche). Do not have cabonized drinks, eat fresh fruits and lemon flavor candies, also have tablets of "coramina" handy, these pills are ideal to avoid soroche. Try to avoid heavy foods because digestion is much slower than in the coast. Drinking "coca tea" is recommended.

If you travel to the Highlands or to the Jungle, make sure to carry insect repellent and a raincoat. To obtain medical services, contact the staff of your hotel or travel agent.

Medical Insurance:

Many credit cards provide a medical insurance when you are abroad, however if yours doesn't or don't have your own health insurance you may get emergency and health coverage of any of the insurance companies operating in Lima.

The main ones are AIG Assist (242-9393), Assist Card (446-0710) and Pan American Assistance (446-4947).

If you are not insured an need assistance contact the Tourist Protection Bureau (224-7888 in Lima and 0800-4-2579 from outside Lima), to receive information on the nearest medical center.

Passports / Tourist Visa

Passports: Valid passport required by all except nationals of Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador entering certain regions of Peru. Citizens of these countries are advised to contact their nearest Peruvian Consulate before traveling.

Country Passport Required? Visa Required? Return Ticket Required?

USA Yes 1 Yes

Canada Yes 1 Yes

Australia Yes 1 Yes

Great Britain Yes 1 Yes

Other EU Yes 1 Yes

Japan Yes 1 Yes

Visas: Required by all except the following:

(a) 1. nationals of countries shown in the chart above traveling as tourists for stays of up to 90 days;

(b) nationals of Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Kiribati, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Monaco, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Surinam, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City and Venezuela, provided traveling as tourists, for stays of up to 90 days;

(c) transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft within 48 hours provided holding valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.

Note: (a) Nationals of Bangladesh, Cuba, China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Sri Lanka require special authorization from the Immigration Office in Lima to obtain a visa. (b) All visitors must hold tickets and other documents for their onward or return journey and sufficient funds for their stay.