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Peru

Peru: At a glance

Capital: Lima

Population: 32.17 million

Official languages: Spanish, Aymara

Time zone: Peru Standard Time

Emergency #: 116

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Peru: Travel Health Information

Peru is known for its ancient Inca ruins and cities, hiking and trekking trails, and diverse landscapes, from the Amazon rainforest and Andean peaks to the Sechura Desert. Travellers can visit the world famous Machu Picchu - the mountainside Inca citadel - or take a walk along Lake Titicaca’s blue water. The historical city of Arequipa, known for its architecture, is also a popular attraction.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Peru may differ from your home country. Peru has a decentralized public healthcare system and a private system. The decentralization of control within the public healthcare system means that access to medical care and the quality of care may vary by region. Private medical care in Lima, Cusco, and Arequipa typically meets international standards, but the quality of care throughout the rest of the country can be inadequate.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Peru require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Complex medical emergencies may require evacuation to the United States or Brazil. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Peru.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are generally available throughout the country. Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained from a local doctor, but many medicines can be purchased over-the-counter in Peru.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Peru’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Peru’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in major cities are generally well maintained. Driving at night, especially in rural regions, can pose a risk due to unlit and unpaved roads. Drivers and all passengers in vehicles must wear a seat belt at all times. Helmets must be worn by drivers and passengers of motorcycles at all times.



Peru: At a glance

Capital: Lima

Population: 32.17 million

Official languages: Spanish, Aymara

Time zone: Peru Standard Time

Emergency #: 116

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: Yes

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