To say Peru is a diverse country is quite an understatement. The third-largest country in South America has a coastal region bordering the Pacific Ocean for the length of the country, while the Andes Mountain range to the east hits heights of over 19,500 feet (5,950 meters). Continue reading to learn about Peru’s entry requirements and how you will have big from Peru not having a reciprocity fee.
Peru’s neighbors to the north are Ecuador and Columbia; to the east is Brazil and to the south are Chile and Bolivia.
A huge benefit of traveling to Peru is that there is no entry fee, reciprocity fee or visa requirement if you are a citizen of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. (If you are from another country, check your government website for entry requirements.)
Customs will issue you a tourist card (at no charge) good for up to 90 days that must be surrendered upon departure from the country. A lost card will result in a fine. Peru only requires US citizens to have a valid passport. Peru recommends, but does not require, a vaccination for Yellow Fever.
In comparison, neighboring Bolivia charges $130 USD to U.S. citizens for a five-year visa to enter their country (available at the border). When flying on an international flight into Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina you will be also hit with a reciprocity entry fee of $131 USD at the airport in order to enter their country. This reciprocity entry fee is the equivalent to what the United States charges Chilean and Argentine citizens to enter the U.S. These charges can add up quickly on your travels and can be quite a pinch in your travel fund.
Just one more reason that Peru is a great value for the budget traveler.
When flying into Peru, it is likely that you will arrive into Peru’s main international airport at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru.
Aside from the international airport in Lima, there are four additional international airports in Peru. (View the map below to help you plan your trip.)
You can find some affordable options by hopping on a flight to make quick jumps on the massive continent of South America. Find out about how you can take Cheap Flights in South America and learn about the most popular mode of transportation – Traveling by Bus in South America.
To give you an idea of how long it will take you to get to Peru, below is a list of travel times and potential layover cities for travel to Lima, Peru from the North America, Europe and Australia:
Departing from the North America:
A major departure point for travel from the United States to Peru is via Delta’s hub at the Atlanta International Airport.
While in transit to the South American capital, your flight will take you over the Florida Keys, Cuba, Panama, Columbia and Ecuador before landing in Peru.
Departing from Europe:
Departing from Australia:
Peru does not use daylight savings time, therefore from March to October, Peru is one hour behind United States eastern time.
Below are comparisons for cities around the world showing Daylight Savings Time in Effect