Peru Vaccinations and Travel Advice

Peru Vaccinations and Travel Advice

While traveling to Peru, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

If you have ever wanted to discover South America, there is no better place to start than Peru. This charming destination will delight visitors in search of sun, wild landscapes and beautiful coastlines. Nature enthusiasts will be captivated by the Huascaran National Park, a place of heavenly beauty. The Ballestas Islands also charms tourists with a similar effect. If mountain climbing is one of your hobbies, make sure you reserve a few days to ascend a peak in the Sierra or Andes. For those more interested in history, the eight Chan Chan archaeological sites and the historical center of Lima will delight with references to the Inca culture. Stimulate your taste buds with traditional dishes like ceviche or antichuho during your stay.

Make sure you know about Peru's medical care and safety and security tips.
Peru’s natural view

What vaccines do I need for Peru in 2021?

The Government of Canada and CDC recommend the following vaccines for travelling to Peru in 2021: MeaslesHepatitis ATyphoidHepatitis BMalariaRabiesYellow Fever, Flu, COVID-19.

Recommended travel vaccinations for Peru

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Typhoid Fever
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Yellow FeverMosquito bites
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Peru

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide/DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness

Huascarán at 6,768m
Cuzco at 3,400m
Machu Picchu summit at 3,950m.

Ciprofloxacin, Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication

Medical Care in Peru

You should always seek treatment at private health facilities in Peru, as they provide better quality care than public services. Lima offers plenty of good private clinics, such as Clinica Anglo Americana, San Borja Medical Clinic or Clinic Montesur.

It is also home to many pharmacies and large supermarkets offering pharmaceuticals. If you require specific medication ensure to bring your prescription with you as pharmacies require this proof before distributing medicine.

Public emergency medical services are contacted by 116. In order to access private services, you can call Alerta Medica (416 6777), Alfa Medic, Medical Missions, San Cristobal ambulance service.

Is Peru Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Terrorism and other criminal activity Restricted to remote jungle areas; Avoid non-essential travel
Border area with Colombia and Ecuador Avoid non-essential travel
Crime High risk
Kidnapping Risk present
Fraud Risk present
Spiked food/drinks Risk present
Demonstrations Risk present; Avoid gatherings
Road safety Beware of aggressive driving
Women’s safety Avoid travelling alone
Public transportation Unsafe and chaotic
Adventure travel and tours Click the link below for precautions
Water safety Risk present
Ayahuasca ceremonies Unsafe; Avoid these ceremonies
Health Zika virusChikungunya and Dengue fever warning
Risk level High degree of caution
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Peru?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Only a passport is required to enter Peru for tourists. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure.

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Embassy of Canada to Peru information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to Peru
Street Address:
Calle Bolognesi 228,
Miraflores, Lima 18, Peru

Tel.: 51 (1) 319-3200
Fax: 51 (1) 446-4912

Email: [email protected]

Click here to access the embassy’s website