Last updated August 18, 2021
A country of soaring mountains, lush rainforests and dry arid deserts, Peru is a wonderful place to explore and discover new experiences. Whether you're drawn to the remnants of ancient South American civilizations, the colorful culture and traditions or the unique foods, you are sure to find something new and exciting on your trip to Peru.
Travel insurance isn't mandatory, but is highly recommended
Although travel insurance isn't mandatory for visiting Peru, purchasing Peru travel insurance is a smart idea. The most common reason why travelers want to purchase Peru travel health insurance is to replace their health insurance while abroad in case the unexpected happens.
COVID-19 in Peru
Peru is currently open for tourism. However, travelers should remain cautious. As of July 2021, the CDC has placed Peru at Level 3, meaning there is a high level of COVID-19 in Peru. Because of this, travelers are recommended to avoid all travel to Peru.
If you have to visit the country, consider Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance so that you may recoup some of your costs if you need to cancel, postpone or cut short your original travel plans for any reason, including COVID-19-related concerns.
If travel is a must, here are some precautions to take:
Before you travel:
- The CDC strongly recommends getting fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before traveling to Peru
- Get tested with a viral test 1 to 3 days before your trip
- If you were exposed to COVID-19, are sick, or test positive for the disease, do not travel
- Follow all entry requirements for Peru and be sure you have all required documentation
- Wear a mask
- Practice social distancing protocols
- Wash your hands often
- Be vigilant. If you experience any symptoms take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you
After you travel:
- Get tested 3 to 5 days after you return to your home country
- Stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days
- If you don't get tested, it's best to self-quarantine for at least 10 days
Traveling from the United States:
- If you have a return flight to the U.S., you must get a viral test in Peru no more than 3 days before your flight, and the test results have to be negative
- Keep your test results on hand in case you're asked for them
- Follow all United States guidelines and airline protocols
Peru has a high crime rate. While you're in Peru, it's important to take precautions against pickpockets, muggers and scammers. Protect yourself by keeping your wallet and passport safe and avoid carrying too much cash on your person.
To reduce this risk, consider keeping your passport in the hotel safe or on your person in a passport holder. Also be sure to make copies of your passport, insurance information and credit cards and keep them in the bottom of your luggage or in the hotel safe. This way, if these important items are stolen, you have a backup and an easy way to verify your identity.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the following vaccinations for Peru: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
Visas and Documentation
If you are a visitor from North America, Oceania and Europe, you likely will not need a visa to visit Peru for 183 days or less. You can check and see if you need a visa by checking this comprehensive list from the Peruvian government. If you do need a visa, you can learn more about the process to get one.