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Travel to Peru - Useful Information
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,Travel to peru
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.
To find out the exchange rate,
1 Dolar = 3.40 Nuevos Soles
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:
International Vaccination Center
Present to the Immigration officer the International Embarkation/Disembarkation Card (given to the traveler in the airplane or at the Immigration Stand in the border area you are coming through). Keep the card, since you will have to turn it in when you leave the country. If you lose it you will have to pay a penalty.
Customs officers will give you a form for you to declare any goods subject to customs duties you may be bringing in. If none, specify that you have nothing to declare. The following are exempt from duty: items and clothes for personal use, portable computers and adventure tourism gear. For more detailed information, inquire at the Peruvian diplomatic representation in your country.
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