Before to come Peru

Tourist Visas

This is not required for citizens of most countries in the Americas and Western Europe. Citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile do not need to have a passport or visa to visit certain regions in Peru. In these cases they are authorized to stay up to 90 days (extendable by Immigration authorities). Inquire with the Peruvian consular representation in your country if you need further information. Their addresses and telephone numbers can be found in the web site of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Currency and denominations

The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.) which is divided into 100 cents. Coins in circulation include the amounts of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, as well as 1, 2 and 5 Nuevos Soles. Paper bills come in 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Nuevos Soles.
US Dollars are accepted in most commercial establishments, restaurants and service stations, at the current exchange rate.

Most of the establishments accept the most popular credit cards, such as Visa, Master Card, Diners and American Express. Travelers’ Checks are used with some limitations. Inquire at the establishment as to whether or not they are accepted.

When paying with a credit card, make sure you are only paying the amount of the service or goods purchased.

Electric power

220 volts. Most four and five-star hotels provide 110-volt electric current


If you plan on traveling to the Jungle, the administration of a yellow fever vaccine 10 days in advance is recommended.
Places in Lima where the vaccine can be administered:

  • Jorge Chávez International Airport
    • 2nd floor Service Hours: Monday through Sunday, 24 hours per day.
    • 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 / 471-3254

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