I’m a Brit, do I need a visa for Peru?

Peru entry requirements

The below visa information is current based on my research, but may have changed since this post was written, so you should check with your local embassy for confirmation.



British nationals don’t need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism. On arrival, you are normally given permission to stay for up to 6 months.

Volunteers from the majority of countries are automatically given a 90-day tourist visa on entry into Peru. 

If volunteers wish to stay longer than 90-days, they have the option of crossing the border into Bolivia or Chile and re-entering Peru, where they will be given an additional 90 days. Alternatively, volunteers can request an extended visa on arrival to the country. Peru will give visitors as many as 183 days of visa when entering the country in Lima. It is essential that volunteers request this when they arrive in Lima, as once issued, a 90 day visa cannot be extended. 

If you are travelling for any other purpose, check entry clearance requirements with the  Peruvian Consulate-General in London.

*Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

* UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Peru.


Customs (and laptops)

British nationals have experienced problems when trying to enter the country with more than one laptop. You should familiarise yourself with Peruvian immigration or customs procedures before you enter the country.

If you are returning to the UK via Europe, be aware that the customs authorities in European airports frequently confiscate duty free alcohol and other liquids purchased at the duty free shops in Lima airport from passengers in transit.

Some advice from GVN

Before leaving home make two duplicates of all documents such as passport, visa page, (if obtained before leaving), air tickets, travel insurance policy etc. Leave one set with someone at home and take the other set with you, keeping them separate from the originals for emergency use.

The serious part

(Latest update from the Government travel office)

Demonstrations are common in Peru and can turn violent quickly.

Around 56,000 British nationals visit Peru every year. Most visits are trouble free.

There may be a higher risk to your safety in areas where there is organised crime and terrorism linked to the production of drugs. 

There are serious risks involved in flying over the Nazca Lines.

There’s risk of robbery by bogus taxi drivers, especially to and from the airports and at bus terminals.

Driving standards are poor. Crashes resulting in death and injury occur frequently.

There is a general threat from terrorism.

 And the links of course: 


USA: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of-Peru-in-UnitedStates
UK: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of-Peru-in-UnitedKingdom
Canada: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of-Peru-in-Canada
Other: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Peru, http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/peru1.htm


For further details contact the Peruvian Consulate in London.


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