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Travel & Tourism . Tourist Guide to the Country

Peru Travel Requirements

Travellers Essentials

Duty Free
The items may be imported into Peru without incurring customs duty:
a)400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 50g of tobacco.
b)3 liters of alcoholic beverage.
c)A reasonable amount of perfume for personal use.
d)Gifts up to a value of US$300.
e)And 2kg of food.

Restricted items
Imported sausages, salami, ham or cheese, requires a certificate from the manufacturer, to be brought in the country.

Health care
International travelers are strongly advised to take out full health insurance and should be prepared to pay upfront for medical services.

Getting There
By Air:
Peru's national airlines are Aeroperu (PL) and Aero Continente (N6). There are also other major airlines with regular services to Peru.

By Sea:
International cruises occasionally ports passengers at Callao, the main seaport.

By Road:
The main international highway is the recently rebuilt Pan-american Highway running north-south through the coastal desert of Peru from Tumbes to Tacna. Public transport are available, for transport.

Getting Around
By Air:
Aeroperu, Aero Continente and Aerocondor handle virtually all domestic air traffic, lingking Peru to other countries.

By River:
Transportation is available between Pucallpa and Iquitos, and from Iquitos to the border with Brazil and Colombia.

By Road:
The Central Highway connects roads and all highways in Peru. Traffic drives on the right.
Public transport operates extensively, providing a very cheap means of travel.
Taxis are available at the main hotels and airports. Taxis do not have meters and fares should be agreed before departure.
c)Car hire:
Major companys such as Hertz, Avis, National, Budget, Dollar, Rent-a-Car, First Rent-a-Car, Lady's Car, provides hired cars. An International Driving Permit is required, all foreign vehicles must display a 'Customs Duty Payment Voucher'.

Social Conventions
Shaking hands is the customary form of greeting. Visitors should follow normal social courtesies and the atmosphere is generally informal. A small gift from a company or home country is sufficient.

Service charges of 15% are added to all bills. Additional tips of 5% are expected. Taxi drivers do not generally expect tips.

Are required by all except:
a) Nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Kiribati, Korea (Rep. of), Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Surinam, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City and Venezuela traveling as tourists for stays of up to 90 days.

b) Nationals of Caribbean countries traveling as tourists for stays of up to 90 days. c)Nationals of Hong Kong (China) and Taiwan (China) in transit or traveling as tourists.

New Sol (S/.) = 100 cιntimos. New Sol notes are in denominations of S/.20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of S/.5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, and 5 centimos.

Currency exchange
Changing currencies other than the US Dollar can be difficult. Banks, hotels and shops readily accept US Dollars.

Credit cards
American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club and Visa are all accepted, but usage facilities may be limited outside of Lima. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

Travelers cheques
Banks will exchange travelers cheques although it can be a slow process outside Lima. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take travelers cheques in US Dollars.


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