British visitors to Peru do not require a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism. Upon arrival, you are normally given permission to stay for up to a maximum of 180 days. Those who require a visa to enter Peru (business visitors, press, artists, and others) should apply for their visa before arriving in the country using the appropriate forms. Since January 2009 the Peruvian Consulate-General in London has required all visa applicants to give fingerprints.
You are advised to check entry clearance requirements with the Peruvian Consulate-General in London at 52 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9SP, before travelling (Tel: 020 7838 9223; fax: 020 7823 2789; website http://www.conperlondres.com).
Overstaying without the proper authority is a serious matter and fines are imposed. It is therefore recommended that you double check the period of time you have been granted, as you will be refused permission to leave if you have overstayed and can be held in detention until a fine for overstaying is paid. You should also keep the immigration paper given to you on arrival in a safe place, as you will need to show this on departure.
Entry Requirements - Passport validity
We recommend that your passport should have a remaining validity of at least six months.
Entry Requirements - Dealing with Peruvian Immigration and Customs
Some British nationals have experienced difficulties when dealing with Peruvian immigration and customs. You should familiarise yourself with Peruvian immigration or customs procedures before you enter the country as we cannot intervene if you are refused entry or have problems with importing or exporting personal items. For further details please contact the Peruvian Consulate in London.
Business visitors entering Peru on a business visa are required to complete on departure a form from SUNAT, the Peruvian tax authority. The form can be acquired from the Peruvian Consulate in London before travelling or at Lima airport on arrival.
Entry Requirements - Exit Requirements
There is a departure tax of US$30.25 (per person) for international flights from Peru. There is also an airport tax for internal flights. Departure taxes must be paid in cash. This varies according to the airport but internal departures from Lima cost US$6.05 per person. The equivalent sum in Peruvian soles is accepted.
Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate
If you plan to travel to Venezuela and some Central American destinations from Peru, you will be required to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate, issued at least 10 days prior to departure, at the airline desk.
Entry Requirements - Travelling with children
Children under the age of 18 years who have resident status in Peru and who are travelling on a British passport require written permission whenever they travel within Peru or leave the country without both parents. The non-accompanying parent(s) must obtain written permission (Permiso Notarial) for the child to travel. This permission is obtained by a notary public in Peru. The letter must mention the proposed destination, the purpose of the trip, the date of departure and the return date. More information about Peruvian emigration requirements can be obtained from the Peruvian Consulate in London.
Medical treatment can be expensive will and not always be available in some parts of the country. There have been cases of people having contracted HIV from blood transfusions in Peru. Yellow fever, Dengue fever and malaria occur in certain areas of Peru.
Malaria is mainly found in the following regions in the north and jungle areas of Peru: Loreto, Madre de Dios, Ucayali, San Martin, Junin, Tumbes and Piura.
Dengue Fever occurs in Latin America and the Caribbean throughout the year. There has been a marked increase in the number of reported cases in the last two years. According to the health authorities, the departments of Loreto, Ucayali, Cajamarca, and Piura have reported the highest number of patients. Dengue Fever is passed by mosquitoes, and travellers should take extra precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes.
There is a risk of yellow fever in areas east of the Andes Mountains. This does not include the cities of Cusco and Machu Picchu. If you plan to travel from Peru to other countries in South America, you may need to show evidence of a valid Yellow Fever vaccination.
Movement at altitudes over 9,000 feet (3,000 metres) can be debilitating, particularly upon arrival. If you intend to visit Cusco, Puno, the Colca Canyon or other high altitude areas you are advised to take things easy, eat only light meals, drink plenty of water and drink no alcohol for the first day or two after arrival. If you plan to travel to altitudes over 3,000 metres it is advisable to contact your GP if you suffer from high blood pressure, a heart condition, or respiratory problems.
In the 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 74,000 adults aged 15 or over in Peru were living with HIV; the prevalence rate was estimated at around 0.5% of the adult population. This compares to the prevalence rate in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. Exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. There have been cases of people having contracted HIV from blood transfusions in Peru. The Ministry of Health has recently declared the blood banks to be in a state of emergency. See our HIV and AIDS page.
Seek medical advice before travelling to Peru and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit the websites of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) or NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
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