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Documentation & Legality

Necessary documentation and some restrictions to consider before entering Peru.
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Check the validity of your passport before traveling.

Within Peruvian regulation, there are entities that regulate tourist activities, among them, the National Superintendency of Migrations (Migraciones), which is responsible for migration control at a national level. Hence, we will discuss some documents you need to consider before entering Peru.


Currently, a tourist visa is not required for citizens from certain countries to enter Peru; this includes individuals from South America, North America, New Zealand, and Australia. For more detailed information, we recommend visiting the Peruvian Consulate's website.

If your country is on the list that requires a tourist visa, here are some of the common requirements when applying for a visa at the Peruvian Consulates abroad:

  • Passport or travel document
  • Round-trip ticket
  • Payment of the consular fee
  • Proof of financial solvency
  • Passport-sized photos with a white background

It is important to note that the consular officer may request additional documentation to support the traveler's application. If you wish to stay in Peru for reasons such as business, study, or work, you need to apply for the appropriate visa at Peruvian consulates.


The passport is an essential document for any traveler, as it contains detailed information about the holder's identity and nationality. It also allows international travel and free movement across borders.

If your passport is filled with travel stamps and is not yet expired, you can request additional pages at your country's embassy.

All visitors to Peru are given a tourist card upon arrival, which must be filled out with personal details. The immigration office keeps a copy of this card.

We recommend ensuring that your passport is valid for at least six months after your arrival in Peru. If your passport expires within the country, it can be renewed free of charge at your country's embassies in Peru.

Regulations in Protected Natural Areas of Peru

Below are some actions that are prohibited in tourist attractions:

  • Carrying and/or consuming alcoholic beverages within archaeological sites.
  • Climbing on walls and other archaeological structures.
  • Making inscriptions on floors, walls, stones, etc. Such actions will be penalized.
  • Removing samples of lithic material and/or plants or flowers.
  • Disposing of solid and/or liquid waste.
  • Entry of professional filming or photography equipment for commercial purposes requires a permit and authorization from the Regional Directorate of Culture.
  • Feeding wild animals.
  • Making noise and generating acoustics that negatively impact the ecosystem (loudspeakers, shouting, whistles, speakers, or similar).
  • It is prohibited to stray from the camp alone without explicit authorization.
  • Tourists may only bathe in sites and times authorized by the guides.

Actions that constitute a crime

  • Smoking in public places is prohibited by law.
  • Carrying firearms without the respective authorization is a serious offense.
  • Speech, either spoken or written, in defense or praise of terrorist actions or organizations, is punishable by law.
  • Transporting, possessing, and/or selling narcotics such as marijuana, cocaine, opium, crack, LSD, and others is considered a serious crime, punishable by imprisonment.
You can observe orchids in some Protected Natural Areas