Peru

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

New coronavirus

The COVID-19 outbreak started in Wuhan, China, but has now grown into a pandemic with global outbreaks. As a result, the Belgian federal government prohibits.

Check the current level of public safety and corresponding travel advice for this destination on the website of the federal government.

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.

Inform yourself about the current security situation in this country and the travel advice of the federal government.

Health risks

Malaria

In the Amazons, especially in Loreto, there is an important malaria risk. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets.

In Amazonas, Junin, San Martin and at the border with Brasil, there is a moderate malaria risk. 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. 

In the other regions lower than 2300 meters there is a low malaria risk (P. vivax). We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.

There is no malaria risk in the big cities (except in the suburbs of Iquitos), nor in the areas above 2300 meters.

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 mosquito-borne diseases

There is a risk of dengue, chikungunya, zika and leishmaniasis.

Rabies

Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

Other possible infections

Vaccinations

Yellow fever

Recommended

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for all travellers. This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

Hepatitis A

Recommended

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations

Recommended

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

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

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