Official Travel Advice for Peru
Safety and security section (Crime) - updated information on recent thefts affecting foreign nationals, including British tourists
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 May 2019.
Around 70,000 British nationals visit Peru every year. Most visits are trouble free.
If you enter Peru without an entry stamp you’re required by law to apply for a new entry stamp at the nearest immigration office. See Entry requirements
The rainy season in Peru runs from November to April. It can rain and snow heavily in the Andes and there have been occasions of torrential rains in some parts of the country. See Natural disasters
Demonstrations are common in Peru and can turn violent quickly. See Local travel
If you’re in Peru or planning to travel, monitor local news closely and follow the authorities’ advice. For specific advice on conditions in the different regions of Peru, in English or Spanish, visit the Iperu website (the official source of information for tourists in Peru) or call them on +511 574 8000 (option 2 for English).
Drug trafficking is a serious crime and drug smugglers face long terms of imprisonment. See Local laws and customs
There may be a higher risk to your safety in areas where there is organised crime and terrorism linked to the production of drugs. See Local travel
There are risks involved in flying over the Nazca Lines. See Nazca Lines
There’s risk of robbery by bogus taxi drivers, especially to and from the airports and at bus terminals. See Crime
Driving standards are poor. Crashes resulting in death and injury occur frequently. See Road travel
Terrorist attacks in Peru can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
UK health authorities have classified Peru as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Peru
Drive on the: right
Visitors/Tourists: 2,598,000 in 2011
Quechua (official language) 15%
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Population: 7,605,742 (in 2007)