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This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

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Important health risks


There is a high risk of malaria in the Amazons, in the north of Loreto. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets.

There is a moderate malaria risk in the areas below 2300 m to the east of the Andes and Iquitos. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. For people with an increased risk, we sometimes recommend preventive malaria tablets, or taking an emergency treatment with you. 

There is a low malaria risk in the areas below 2300 m in the rest of the country. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.

There is no malaria risk in areas to west of the Andes, including Lima and the tourist destinations of Cusco, Machu Picchu, Arequipa and Lake Titicaca.

In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.

Yellow fever

There is risk of yellow fever in the following areas: the entire territory of Amazonas, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martin, Ucayali, Puno, Cuzco (except the city), Junin, Pasco and Huanuco and the dedicated areas (see map) of North-east Ancash, North-Apurimac, north and north-eastern Ayachucho, north and eastern Cajamarca, the northwest, north and northeast of Cusco, northern Huan-cavelica, the east of La Libertad and eastern Piura.

The risk of yellow fever is very low in the following areas west of the Andes: Lambayeque and Tumbes and the dedicated areas of western Piura and south, central and western Cajamarca.

There is no risk of yellow fever in the areas above 2300 m, nor in the areas west of the Andes that are not mentioned above, nor in the cities Cuzco and Lima, nor at Machu Picchu and nor along the Inca Trail.

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, zika, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.

Protect yourself against insects


Ticks can transmit diseases.


Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.


Take a look at the general preventive measures related to COVID-19.

Other possible infections

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.


Yellow fever


Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for all travellers and must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre.

Hepatitis A


Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations


Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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