Travel Vaccines and Advice for Peru
With a wide array of natural beauty to explore, Peru is a popular destination.
A place of great history, Peru has something to offer everyone. A day can be spent hiking dunes, sunning on beach or walking through ancient ruins.
Contained within Peru are parts of the Andes mountain range and the Amazon jungle.
There is plenty to see and do in the urban areas and rural villages as well. From fantastic music to culinary delights, large cities like Lima, Cusco and Piura have much to offer.
Do I Need Vaccines for Peru?
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Peru. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Peru: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
See the bullets below to learn more about some of these key immunizations:
- COVID-19 –
Airborne & Direct Contact –
Recommended for all unvaccinated individuals who qualify for vaccination
- Hepatitis A –
Food & Water –
Recommended for most travelers
- Hepatitis B –
Blood & Body Fluids –
Recommended for travelers to most regions.
- Typhoid –
Food & Water –
Recommended for travelers
to most regions.
- Yellow Fever –
Recommended for all travelers over 9 months of age going to areas at elevations under 7500 ft. in the regions of Amazonas, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martin and Ucayali, Puno, Cusco, Junín, Pasco, Huánuco, far north of Apurimac, far northern Huancavelica, far northeastern Ancash, eastern La Libertad, northern and eastern Cajamarca, northern and northeastern Ayacucho, and eastern Piura.
- Rabies –
Saliva of Infected Animals –
Moderate risk country. Vaccine recommended for certain travelers based on destination, activities and length of stay.
- Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) –
Various Vectors –
Given to anyone unvaccinated and/or born after 1957. One time adult booster recommended.
- TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis) –
Wounds & Airborne –
Only one adult booster of pertussis required.
- Chickenpox –
Direct Contact & Airborne –
Given to those unvaccinated that did not have chickenpox.
- Shingles –
Direct Contact –
Vaccine can still be given if you have had shingles.
- Pneumonia –
Two vaccines given separately. All 65+ or immunocompromised should receive both.
- Influenza –
Vaccine components change annually.
- Meningitis –
Airborne & Direct Contact –
Given to anyone unvaccinated or at an increased risk, especially students.
- Polio –
Food & Water –
Considered a routine vaccination for most travel itineraries. Single adult booster recommended.
See the tables below for more information:
Recommended Travel Vaccinations for Peru
|VACCINE||HOW DISEASE SPREADS||DETAILS|
|COVID-19||Airborne & Direct Contact||Recommended for all unvaccinated individuals who qualify for vaccination|
|Hepatitis A||Food & Water||Recommended for most travelers|
|Hepatitis B||Blood & Body Fluids|| Recommended for travelers
to most regions.
|Typhoid||Food & Water|| Recommended for travelers
to most regions.
|Yellow Fever||Mosquito||Recommended for all travelers over 9 months of age going to areas at elevations under 7500 ft. in the regions of Amazonas, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martin and Ucayali, Puno, Cusco, Junín, Pasco, Huánuco, far north of Apurimac, far northern Huancavelica, far northeastern Ancash, eastern La Libertad, northern and eastern Cajamarca, northern and northeastern Ayacucho, and eastern Piura.|
|Rabies||Saliva of Infected Animals||Moderate risk country. Vaccine recommended for certain travelers based on destination, activities and length of stay.|
Routine Vaccinations for Peru
|VACCINE||HOW DISEASE SPREADS||DETAILS|
|Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR)||Various Vectors||Given to anyone unvaccinated and/or born after 1957. One time adult booster recommended.|
|TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis)||Wounds & Airborne||Only one adult booster of pertussis required.|
|Chickenpox||Direct Contact & Airborne||Given to those unvaccinated that did not have chickenpox.|
|Shingles||Direct Contact||Vaccine can still be given if you have had shingles.|
|Pneumonia||Airborne||Two vaccines given separately. All 65+ or immunocompromised should receive both.|
|Influenza||Airborne||Vaccine components change annually.|
|Meningitis||Airborne & Direct Contact||Given to anyone unvaccinated or at an increased risk, especially students.|
|Polio||Food & Water||Considered a routine vaccination for most travel itineraries. Single adult booster recommended.|
Antimalarials or recommended for travel to some jungle regions. Consult with a travel health specialist to learn if you will need them for your trip.
There is also a risk of contracting Zika virus while in Peru. Because of the birth defects caused by the virus, it is recommended that pregnant women do not travel to Peru.
Dengue is another threat to travelers. The mosquito-borne disease can be fatal if it becomes hemorrhagic fever. Protection from all three diseases is possible through using insect repellents and mosquito netting.
Do I Need a Visa or Passport for Peru?
Travelers from the United States do not need a visa to enter Peru if they are staying less than 30 days. While entry and exit regulations are more relaxed than other countries, fines can mount up if you stay past your deadline.
Peru Entry Requirements
|Do I Need A…||For My Trip to Peru?|
What Is the Climate Like in Peru?
The equator runs through Uganda making the climate is very warm. The average annual temperature is in the high 70’s. Nights can get chilly with temperatures reaching the mid-50’s.
There is a rainy season from March to May and from October to November. In November and December there is light rain.
How Safe Is Peru?
Peru’s safety situation is like other Latin American countries. Travelers should avoid leaving their residences after dark without a local guide. Be sure to stick to well-lit areas and public thoroughfares with heavy foot traffic.
When in public, be aware of your surroundings, especially in urban areas. pick-pocketing and other forms of petty theft are common in Peru.
Do not travel with debit or credit cards. Leave them at your hotel or hostel for the day unless they are necessary.
Some drugs that are illegal in the United States are widely available in Peru. Be cautious in what you buy do not return with any substances that are illegal in the U.S.
Trekking in Peru
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One of the most popular tourist activities in Peru is trekking. There are many routes for visitors to hike, with the most famous being the Inca Trail that leads to Machu Picchu. These trips are a great way to soak in natural beauty and experience historical sites.
There are many companies to choose from when planning a trek, and prices can vary. Make sure to research the group you are going with to assure safety and financial security.
There is also a range of extreme sports such as skydiving and rafting that are open to the public.
What Should I Take to Peru?
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Peru:
- Medical Supplies – These can be expensive in Peru, so it is important to bring one’s own. Make sure to include anti-diarrheal, antimalarials and basic over-the-counter aides.
- Breathable Clothing – The climate of Peru in the central lowlands and the coast can be quite hot. Wear clothing that is not too thick, and that you wouldn’t mind sweating in.
- Warm Clothing – Take these with you if traveling to an area near or within the Andes mountain range.
- Documents – Be sure to bring a passport and another form of identification.
- Cash – It is safest to operate on a cash-only basis.
U.S. Embassy in Peru
All Americans visiting Peru should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Peru, the information for the U.S. Embassy is:
U.S. Embassy Lima
Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
Surco, Lima 33
Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(51)(1) 618-2000
Fax: +(51)(1) 618-2724
Visit the Embassy to Peru website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
If you have any questions about traveling to Peru or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic. Call us at or book online today.
Passport Health – Travel Vaccines for Peru
“The nurse was friendly and had lots of information for my daughter and me. She had all of the vaccines we needed for an upcoming trip to Peru. Since our primary care provider is really booked up and doesn’t carry all of the vaccines we need, Passport Health was the perfect option for us. Our local health department recommended we try Passport Health and I’m glad they did!”
“The nurse asked questions about our upcoming trip to ensure what I would need based on our travels in Peru. She presented a summary booklet to me and explained items in the book. She was very helpful and personable.”
“The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. They helped me become prepared for any health risks in Bolivia and Peru.”
“The nurse was great and the information really helped us plan for our trip. We feel comfortable traveling to Peru now!”
“I booked a last minute trip to Peru + the Amazon rain forest. The nurse was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable and knew more about the area I was visiting than I or my general doctor knew. She educated me on what shots I needed to stay safe, what clothes I needed to wear and how+ when to treat them with bug repellent etc. she gave lots of tips + tricks on how best to stay safe and healthy. She is really great at giving shots and makes it as painless as possible. She also prescribed me antibiotics just in-case I needed them and gave me a personalized handbook already prepared in-case I forgot anything she said. My visit could not have gone better.”
“The RN was very knowledgeable and discussed all vaccines that are needed for my trip to Peru/Amazon River.”
“I am grateful for the thorough medical review I received for my trip to Peru.”
“We were presented with a comprehensive notebook detailing everything we needed to know about Peru and medical recommendations for us. So although we did not get all the shots/prescriptions mentioned we got the full picture. We also appreciated that she took our individual trip and medications into account so she could recommend which shots/medications to get and which were not necessary”
“We enjoyed meeting with the staff and learning all we needed to know about our upcoming trip to Peru. The nurse explained everything in detail. She gives great shots!!! Great and informative visit at Passport Health!!!”
“The RN was super friendly, very knowledgeable, and had all the information I needed for my upcoming trip to Peru! Thank You!”
“I had a great experience at the Boulder Colorado passport Health Center. The RN was friendly and very informative on my future trip to Peru. They had a booklet of information prepared and ready for me before I ever even got there for the appointment and they were honest and clear about which vaccines were needed and which were optional. some shot or a bit pricey but what are you gonna do. they were also very helpful with other travel tips. I would recommend the Boulder clinic to anyone who will be traveling outside of the United States and may need shots. They are more informed on the current information in situations on outbreak and shot need it or regions of a country.”
“My wife and I found Passport on the web for immunizations for our pending trip to Peru. The material provided was excellent, the administering nurse was wonderful and the experience virtually painless. Their pricing seems very competitive too, based on our local web survey.”
“My visit went very well. Every thing was explained so well to me! I learned so much about my trip to Peru. I was able to ask questions and felt like I was prepared for my upcoming adventure!”
“I was very nervous about understanding what type of shots I needed to travel to Ecuador and Peru. I received excellent information and all of my questions were patiently answered.”
“My husband, daughter, and I went in for travel shots for Peru in mid-June. We were impressed with the very clean office and very professional staff. The nurse on duty was very helpful and knowledgeable and highlighted the parts of the Passport Health book we needed to pay special attention to.”
“Very detailed in explaining all health concerns for my sons mission trip to Peru”
“We’re going to the Peruvian Amazon and this is our first trip out of the US, so there’s been a lot of uncertainty and trepidation. What a relief to have an office that is so good at answering all our health questions and giving us a realistic picture of the situation, what we might encounter and how to prepare for it. Thanks for the great education.”
“The nurse helped answer questions I didn’t even know I had. I originally only went to get my travel vaccinations for Peru, but after talking to her about a future trip to Africa, I ended up getting what I needed for Africa as well. I was glad to get it all done at once. She was very knowledgeable and I am glad I found the clinic. I will recommend it to all my friends that travel. The shots didn’t even hurt either!”
“Very happy that I scheduled an appointment for a travel health review. I learned so much! Good to have professionals on my team to get me ready for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Peru!”
“I am planning to go to Peru and they made a complete folder of requirements and other information about Peru.”