What are the visa and passport requirements for travel to
Citizens of most American and Western European
countries are not required visa to enter Peru. Citizens of
Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile do not require passports or visa
to visit certain regions of Peru. Contact the Peruvian
diplomatic representative in your country for further
information. Addresses and phone numbers are included in the
website of Peru's Ministry of Foreign Relations:
www.rree.gob.pe If the purpose of your visit is tourism, the
maximum length of your stay will be 90 days (you can apply
for extensions with the immigration authority) All travelers
must carry a valid passport, or a safe-conduct issued by the
Peruvian immigration authority.
With a few exceptions, visas are not required for
travelers entering Peru. Tourists are permitted a 30- to
90-day stay, stamped into passports and onto a tourist card
called a Tarjeta Andina de Migración (Andean Immigration
Card). Keep it – it must be returned upon exiting the
country. The length of stay is determined by the immigration
officer at the point of entry.
Carry your passport and tourist card on your person at all
times, especially in remote areas (it’s required by law on
the Inca Trail). For security, make a photocopy of both
documents and keep them in a separate place from the
How far in advance should I book a Peru tour?
When booking a Inca Trail Trek, we recommend that you
book your tour 6 to 9 months in advance. For other Peru
tours, we recommend 3 to 6 We recommend booking your tour
before your international flight.
Can I extend my stay?
Yes. We offer many exciting extensions to suit the
individual needs and interests of our passengers both in
Lima and other areas from paragliding in the Sacred Valley
to archeological tours. These trip extensions are described
on our website. If you would like to discuss the options or
arrange a trip extension on either end of your trip, please
Extensions can be obtained at immigration offices in Lima,
Arequipa, Cuzco, Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado, Puno and
Trujillo, as well as near the Chilean and Ecuadorian
borders. Forms and information in English can be found
online. For extensions, click on Foreigners and Extension of
Stay. Cost is S12.25 for a right of paperwork and an
additional US$20 for the 30-day extension. Two extensions
are allowed per year.
Anyone who plans to work, attend school or reside in Peru
for any length of time must obtain a visa in advance. Do
this through the Peruvian embassy or consulate in your home
When is the best time to travel to Peru?
With three distinctive geographic zones, Peru can be enjoyed
year-round though some activities are recommended at certain
times over others. Trekking is best in the dry season, or
mid-late April through early November. However, this is also
the time of year when temperatures are the coolest and you
may experience nighttime temperatures that are below
freezing at very high altitudes. June, July and August are
the most popular months to visit and larger crowds are not
uncommon. In the Amazon regions, water levels and wildlife
activity vary by season as well. The dry season offers the
least number of days of rain/month and fewer mosquitoes.
However each, season has its appeal. Talk to our Peru
Program Director about your particular interests.
How will we be identified once we have arrived at the
A uniformed and identified Tambo Peru Tours representative
will await you at the international terminal reception area
where you will be directed to go after collecting your
luggage. The individual will be holding up a sign with your
name or the group’s.
Once we have been contacted by the representative,
will we have to show a coupon or voucher?
No, all you have to do is identify yourself. Our personnel
will have the necessary documents on hand that list the
services you have purchased, which helps avoid any
uncomfortable situation and streamlines your arrival.
What type of assistance will I receive upon arrival?
International flights Tambo Peru Tours offers include a
representative who will help you with your luggage, check to
see if your entrance papers are in order, and hand you a
document pack with a detailed itinerary, luggage tags, and
other useful forms. Additionally, the individual will give
you a brief introduction of the city, provide a concise
summary of the program, and reiterate useful tips that will
make your stay more comfortable.
Will I need to show a coupon or voucher for each
No. In order to serve you more efficiently, we have
coordinated all services in advance, having sent all
necessary coupons electronically to our suppliers as a means
of avoiding loss, reducing unneeded printing (which is part
of our environmental protection policy), and maximizing your
experience by relieving you of that concern. So, just relax
and enjoy the trip.
Why do I have to show my identification and
immigration form when registering at the hotel?
When registering, you need to show your identification card
or passport with the immigration stamp on it as well as your
Andean Immigration Card so the hotel can make a copy of
them; these will be used as supporting documentation to
exonerate you from paying the 19% general sales tax. Our
quotes do not include this tax to non-resident foreigners
whose stay does not exceed 60 consecutive days.