Vaccination before the trip to Peru

Mandatory vaccinations

Yellow fever

Transmission of this mosquito-borne disease occurs in some parts of Peru and protection is highly recommended.

You may need to show a certificate that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever and / or have a certificate of exemption.

Recommended vaccinations

Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis


Basic protection.

Measles, mumps, rubella

Hepatitus A

Hepatitis B (Liver Inflammation)

Cholera / ETEC

Recommendation for long-term stays in the country, backpacking, volunteer work, residence, etc.



Recommended for children who cannot report bites, people who are at risk.

Other recommendations


In some areas of Peru, prophylaxis with malaria tablets may be recommended.

Mosquito protection

There is a risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria and zika. Protect yourself from mosquito bites.


There is a risk of rabies. Do not contact mammals and seek immediate medical attention if you are bitten.


Good to know before the trip to Peru

Traveling to Peru will be a memory for life! Peru is a fantastic food country and you will experience new and exciting flavors. However, you should think about hygiene. If unheated food is served in simpler restaurants, such as a cevicheria, you should not eat salad leaves and the like, which are usually just decoration and it may not be washed in boiled water. Get in the habit of eating properly cooked food, which is always served in the larger restaurants. You should definitely eat ceviche in a real restaurant that prepares it properly. In Peru, small fast food restaurants and other small food outlets are very common. Avoid eating at these if you can.

The water in Peru must always be boiled to be drinkable. Get in the habit of brushing teeth, rinsing small wounds and so on, with purchased bottled water. In most areas, heat is a problem for us northerners. You should absolutely always wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days, a sun hat and enough water.

Traffic in Peru is a major problem. Do not expect motorists to show any consideration for you as a pedestrian. It may occur in Lima but nowhere else. Always look out for pedestrians in the traffic environment. Avoid traveling with the cheapest bus companies, their vehicles are often substandard and you do not know how long the driver has been running.

Always keep an eye on your bags, cameras and other theft-prone items, which in Peru is pretty much everything. Go to markets but think of the pickpockets.

You can stay in Peru for 90 days without a visa.

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