What you can & can’t bring into Peru

What you can & can’t bring into Peru

Peruvian Customs Regulations for travelers, foreign residents and Peruvians entering the country

When travelling to a foreign country it’s always a good idea to know which items you can bring with no problems, and which ones you better leave at home because restrictions or bans apply in the country of your destination.

For Peru find a quite detailed list of items that you can bring without difficulties or with some restrictions and those that you can’t bring into the country at all below.

Content overview

Please note that below regulations only apply when the items enter the country as accompanied luggage with a traveler (foreigner (tourist), foreign resident or Peruvian) - when shipping items into Peru other regulations are in place, which are shortly described at the end of this list.

Be aware as well that all items you bring into the country tax- and duty-free have to be for personal use or consumption and shouldn’t exceed normal household quantities!


Personal items that can be brought into Peru tax- and duty-free

  • Clothes for personal use
  • Suitcases, bags and backpacks containing personal belongings
  • Toiletry for personal use
  • Other personal items and jewelry for personal use
  • Books, magazines, newspapers and documents for personal use

Medication, supplements and medical devices that can be brought into Peru tax- and duty-free

  • Medication for personal use only (except medication containing narcotics, which may be restricted or prohibited in Peru)
  • Vitamins and dietary supplements for personal use only
  • Aids and appliances for personal mobilization and medical control (wheelchair, walkers, crutches, blood pressure / glucose meter, nebulizers, thermometer, etc.)
  • Even though medical marijuana was legalized in Peru in 2017, your medical marijuana prescription from another country won’t be accepted in Peru. So, a big no to bringing cannabis leaves, stems and flowers into Peru. A grey area is still cannabis derivatives such as CDB Oil or even Hemp powder, even though both are readily available in Peru and most probably no-one will care when entering the country with small amounts for personal use.

Electric and electronic devices incl. accessories that can be brought into Peru tax- and duty-free

  • 2 cellphones (1 cellphone for minors age 7 to 18)
  • 1 laptop
  • 1 tablet or 1 digital organizer
  • 2 conventional or digital cameras
  • 1 video camera or camcorder (portable and not for professional use)
  • 1 radio or audio player/recorder (portable and not for professional use)
  • 1 CD / DVD player (portable)
  • 1 video game device (portable) incl. 10 games
  • 2 external hard disc drives and 4 USB sticks
  • 4 memory cards for the digital camera, video camera / camcorder or video game device brought into the country at the same time
  • 4 USB sticks
  • 10 rolls of film for the camera and 10 cassettes for the video camera / camcorder brought into the country at the same time
  • 20 CDs or DVDs
  • 1 portable calculator
  • 2 electric hair dryers or hair straighteners
  • 1 electric shaver
  • Drones (have to be declared; please read below under "Restricted items")

Other items that can be brought into Peru tax- and duty-free

  • 1 (set of) sporting equipment for personal use
  • 1 musical instrument (portable)
  • Other articles for personal use or consumption or gifts with a total value of up to US$500. In case of electric and electronic devices not mentioned above, tools or other personal equipment, only one item each is allowed to bring into Peru tax- and duty-free when the total value won’t exceed US$500.
    • If the value of these items exceeds US$500 or exceed above mentioned allowed quantities, they should be declared. So, the custom declaration form should be filled in and be presented at “aduanas” (customs).
    • If the value is between US$500 and US$ 1,000, a duty of 12% is required to be paid; if the value is above US$ 1,000, the normal import duty for each article applies (foreign residents and Peruvians should know the maximum value of declared items per year is US$3000). As Peruvian customs officers seem to be quite creative when determining the value of an item, best bring receipts with you, which can be presented in case appraised value is in the clouds.
    • If you don’t declare what has to be declared and are caught, be prepared to pay next to the usual duty additionally a fine of 50% of the customs value of the item.

Food that can be brought into Peru

The following food items can be brought into Peru without an import permit from Senasa, the Peruvian National Agrarian Health Service, as long as they are in normal household quantities, correctly labeled, unopened and commercially packed or hermetically sealed and aren’t brought from countries with sanitary restrictions.

  • Cooked sausages and other cooked meat products
  • Cooked or cured ham
  • Matured and processed cheese
  • Canned food
  • Pasteurized milk products
  • Processed honey
  • Fresh animal products such as raw meat or fresh cheese as well as most fresh vegetables and fruits are restricted items which must fulfill certain requirements; an export sanitary certificate from the country of origin and a special import permit from Senasa is needed to bring them into the country.

Cigarettes and alcohol that can be brought into Peru tax- and duty-free

  • 20 packs of cigarettes (max. 400 cigarettes) or 50 cigars or 250 grams tobacco (for travelers older than 18 years)
  • For shisha (sheesa) tabacco the normal tabacco regulations apply as long as the tabacco doesn’t contain cannabis or opium
  • E-cigarettes and e-liquids aren’t considered in the Peruvian legislation, but bringing one or two mods and a bit of liquid (both can be bought in Peru) isn’t a problem
  • 3l of liquor (for travelers older than 18 years) - except any beverage named “Pisco” not produced in Peru, which is prohibited

Bringing Money into Peru

  • Amounts of more than US$ 10,000 or the equivalent in any other currency have to be declared when entering or leaving Peru.
  • Entering or leaving the country with amounts over US$ 30,000 or the equivalent in any other currency is prohibited.
  • So, if you carry more than US$ 10,000, download the app "Bienvenido al Perú" available on Android and iOS and follow the instructions. Best have some proof of the origin of the money.
  • If you opt to not declare amounts over US$ 10,000 and are caught, expect to pay a 30% fine on the amount you carry with you, If you are caught with amounts over US$ 30,000 expect that amounts over the US$ 30,000 are confiscated and you are fined 30% on the rest.

Bringing Pets into Peru, including requirements

Senasa, the Peruvian National Agrarian Health Service, considers only dogs and cats as pets. Per person, only one pet can be brought into Peru as accompanied luggage (in cabin or as checked baggage), as air cargo or on land.

Peru doesn’t quarantine dogs and cats that meet the following requirements:

  • Certificate of Good Health issued by an official veterinarian in the home country within 14 days before entering Peru
  • Proof of vaccinations against:
    • Rabies for both dogs and cats - vaccinated between 21 days and 12 months prior to entering the country. Peru does not recognize 2- or 3-year rabies vaccines.
    • Additionally, for dogs: vaccination against Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, and Leptospirosis
    • Additionally, for cats: vaccination against Panleukopenia (FVRCP), Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus
  • Recent proof of veterinary treatment against internal and external parasites

Above requirements also apply to emotional support and service dogs and cats.

Peru doesn’t require a special import permit for dogs and cats (exception: puppies and kittens less than 12 weeks of age and unvaccinated) nor a pet microchip or rabies titer test to enter the country and doesn’t have a banned breeds list.

Upon arrival at the airport or Peruvian border, pet owners have to proceed with their pet to the Senasa office. Here the pet owner first has to pay two different fees: an examination fee equivalent to 1.973% of 1 UIT = S/ 101.61 (2024) and a fee for issuing the pet’s permit to enter the country equivalent to 0.729% of 1 UIT = S/ 37.54 (2024). So something around S/ 140.

Then the health certificate, vaccination certificates and parasite treatment certificate are checked and the dog or cat quickly looked over. If the documents and the pet’s health are to the satisfaction of the Senasa inspector, the pet can enter. If the documents aren’t in order or the pet doesn’t seem to be in good health, further examination by a licensed Peruvian veterinarian can be requested at the dog owners’ expense. In the end, the Senasa inspector decides if the animal can enter or needs, for example, a parasite treatment or a vaccination or is quarantined before being allowed to enter or has to be returned to the country of origin.

Other animals that might be considered pets in other countries such as birds, rodents and rabbits, fish, reptiles, etc. need an export sanitary certificate from the country of origin and a special import permit from Senasa. Additional permits are required to bring animals that are under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) into Peru.

Above mentioned recommendations are given to our best knowledge reflecting the current Peruvian regulations. As these sometimes change quickly and without prior notice, we highly recommend checking the veterinary regulations shortly before your travel with the nearest Peruvian consulate and / or Senasa.


Restricted and prohibited items when entering Peru

The official list of restricted and prohibited items is long, but most items on it are surely nothing a normal traveler would carry around. So here just a few items that you might consider bringing into the country that are on the list.

Restricted Items

Restricted items need permission to be brought into the country. Depending on the item, it just has to be declared (and paid duty on it) or special requirements have to be fulfilled and a special permit has to be issued.

Restricted items include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Everything exceeding the amount or value of above items - declare upon arrival and pay duty
  • Everything not intended for personal use - declare upon arrival and pay duty
  • Pets except for 1 dog or 1 cat (see above under Pets), other animals and animals that are under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) - get in contact with the nearest Peruvian consulate and / or Senasa
  • Veterinary products and pet food / animal feed - get in contact with the nearest Peruvian consulate and / or Senasa
  • Plants and plant products - get in contact with the nearest Peruvian consulate and / or Senasa
  • Cultural items such as art objects and archaeological artefacts - get in contact with the nearest Peruvian consulate and / or the Ministry of Culture
  • Weapons and ammunition - get in contact with the nearest Peruvian consulate and / or Sucamec / Discamec
  • Drones 
    • Over the past years, regulations to bring drones into Peru were eased. So today drones under 2 kg of weight for personal recreation and air sports don’t need a special license from MTC, the Ministry of Transport and Communication, anymore.
    • Drones have to be declared upon entry (download the App "Bienvenido al Perú" which is available on iOS and Android, follow the instructions and fill in required fields; once arriving in Peru proceed to customs at your point of entry; see below under "Peruvian Customs Declaration Form / Bienvenido al Perú Customs App") and 18% of the value must be deposited, which is refunded when leaving Peru.
    • Failing to declare your drone might cause a hefty fine when caught.
    • With this payment, travelers get a temporary operations license and can use the drone during their stay in the country.
    • If the drone is commercially used, a special permit issued by MTC’s Directorate for Civil Aviation (DGCA) is needed.
    • Be aware that flying drones over or near archaeological sites (except you apply for another special permit at the Ministry of Culture or on site), military bases and airports (maintain at least 4 km distance) is prohibited.
    • Without yet another special permit, the drone is prohibited from throwing or dropping any objects.
    • Keep your distance as well from roads, train tracks, persons and buildings.

Prohibited Items

Then there are items you just aren’t allowed to bring into the country. If you are caught with them, they will be seized and you may be fined or worse.

These include, but aren't limited to:

  • Drugs, narcotics and medication containing narcotics
  • Fireworks
  • Used clothes and shoes due to amount and value not considered for personal use
  • Any beverage named “Pisco” not produced in Peru
  • Any weapon or ammunition
  • Used car spare parts
  • Some pesticides and other chemicals

Peruvian Customs Declaration Form / Bienvenido al Perú Customs App

Since June 2022, the good old customs declaration form has served its time and was replaced by the App "Bienvenido al Perú" which is available on iOS and Android. It details in short the most important regulations in English and Spanish and gives you the option to declare items or money.

While below you still find the old custom declaration form and currency declaration form in the attachments, as they show in short quite clearly which items have or haven’t to be declared, helpful as well the Bienvenido al Peru website with excellent, detailed information in Spanish and English. Be aware that it's up to you to inform yourself and then do the right thing:

  • If you have nothing to declare, you don’t have to do anything. Clear immigrations, if you arrive at the airport, get your luggage and then just proceed to the exit.
  • If you have something to declare, download the App "Bienvenido al Perú", follow the instructions and fill in the form within 48h prior to your arrival in Peru. Once you arrive in Peru, proceed to the customs counters at the point of entry.
  • If you carry more than US$ 10,000, download the App "Bienvenido al Perú", follow the instructions and fill in the form within 48h prior to your arrival in Peru. Once you arrive in Peru, proceed to the customs counters at the point of entry.

Please be aware that failing to declare taxable or dutiable items results in fines of 50% of the customs value of the items if caught; failing to declare currency over US$ 10,000 results in a 30% fine on the amount you carry with you.

Note: Above regulations only apply for items brought into the country as accompanied luggage. For items send to Peru via the normal postal service (Serpost) or a courier service, other regulations apply. These prohibit, for example, importing new and used clothes and shoes as well as medication and vitamins. On electric and electronic devices and many other items exceeding the duty-free US$100 that anyone can receive, hefty duties have to be paid.


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    Phoebe Kisar · 01/06/2024
    hello I am an artist in the UK, am I allowed to travel to Peru form London and bring some of my paintings with me in my luggage? 
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      • LimaEasy
      · 01/06/2024
      @Phoebe Kisar
      Hello Phoebe,

      what's the reason for your travel to Peru? If you want to enter Peru as a tourist it surely is unusual to bring some (how many?) paintings with you. 

      While one or two might not raise any suspicion (you could always say they are gifts), more might do.

      If you are taking part in an art exhibition, for example, or are planning to sell them officially you must declare them, temporarily import the paintings and pay duty/taxes on them. If you leave with the paintings you are reimbursed.

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      Phoebe kisar · 01/06/2024
      @Sunflower Hi Eva 

      So grateful for your advice 

      It’s for an exhibition - not a sales show just a showcase so it would be quite a few paintings rolled up 

      If the gallery de use to make it a selling show then 
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      • LimaEasy
      · 01/06/2024
      @Phoebe kisar
      If you are lucky, no-one will have any interest in your paintings. However, the official way is to declare them, pay the duty/taxes for the temporary import and when you leave Peru with your paintings get your money back.

      And honestly I'm more worried about your immigration status as you clearly don't come to Peru for tourism. Probably entering as a business traveler (not sure as it doesn't fit as well) might be better?

      Probably check with the Peruvian consulate in the UK what they have to say about it.

      Sorry, I couldn't help more.

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    John Smith · 12/05/2024
    Hello. My friend asked to bring them 3 Masterlock wall mount lockboxes. Do I need to declare them? Thanks in advance
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    Maria Caffelli · 06/04/2024
    Hello, I'm relocating with my family to Peru and my 4 years french Bulldog, 35lbs will come also. We think through Miami with either Latam or other carrier.
    Any advise please? 
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      • LimaEasy
      · 06/04/2024
      @Maria Caffelli
      Hello Maria,

      what advice are you looking for?

      The problem I see is that your Frenchie is too heavy to fly in cabin and that lots of airlines banned snub-nosed dogs from flying in the hold of the plane as they are more likely to suffer respiratory problems and therefore many unfortunate incidents with such breeds happened during air travel in the last years.

      I traveled with my dog (a Beagle, so not sub-nosed) with LATAM and the service and the handling of my dog was excellent. But as far as I know LATAM belongs to the airlines that banned snub-nosed dogs from flying in the hold.

      The same applies to American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines. They as well won't allow sub-nosed dogs in the hold.

      So finding an airline that allows your dog to fly with them might be a challenge. Best check which airlines fly to Peru and which of these allow your Frenchie. Then contact them directly to learn more about their requirements.

      All the best.


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    Tim · 28/03/2024
    I will be packing some extra hiking equipment (backpack, trekking poles, sleeping bag etc.) for my girlfriend to use while we do a trek (she will already be in Lima so I'll be flying from US to Peru solo). I will have this extra equipment in my checked in luggage so will be 2 backpacks and 2 sets of trekking poles etc. in my suitcases---am I going to be violating the "one set of sporting good equipment" rule? Just not sure what is defined as sporting equipment?
    I have many questions about the $500 limit. When do items become "extra items" for personal use? Most of my backpacking equipment is pretty expensive so I am worried-I'm sure I'm not the first backpacker with pricey equipment. How does Peruvian customs assess the value of those things? Having to pay an additional couple hundred to a thousand dollars to declare the things I own (and have already paid taxes on) and will just be using while travelling in Peru seems crazy.  
    For example, my sleeping bag is very expensive brand new from the store but I've used it many times so no one would value it at it's original MSRP. Should I be worried about bringing nice gear, like backpacks etc.? All this gear will be for our personal use but she won't be with me when I go through customs. Just bringing a nice pair of shoes and a jacket can easily be over $500 so this rule confuses me. Please clarify.  

    Lastly, I will also be carrying with me the engagement ring I plan to propose with! This is of course going to be valued over $500. Do I need to declare this or will it fall under the personal items section? 

    Thank you so much for doing this, it is so helpful to have some clarity on these regulations. I've been planning this trip for a VERY long time and this just tied knots in my stomach. 
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      • LimaEasy
      · 28/03/2024
      @Tim Hello Tim,

      personally, I think you worry too much. The stuff you mentioned (except the enagegment ring) belongs in the "personal items" category that you need for your travel and that will leave the country with you. Most probably no-one will be interested in your two backpacks, two sets of trekking poles (which shouldn't be considered sporting equipment) and other trekking gear/personal items. The US$ 500 limit doesn't apply for this stuff. And even if someone found it suspicious that you are bringing in women's shoes or clothes you could always say that these are for your girlfriend who is already in Peru and you have a trekking tour planned.

      But, the only thing here you should ask yourself is, if you really need this expensive gear in Peru and the only thing you should really worry about is that this expensive gear doesn't get lost or stolen.

      The engagement ring might be another story. Officially, you should declare it as it could be considered a gift which is over US$ 500. However, I know quite a few foreigners, who came to Peru with a nice ring, didn't declare it and no-one from customs bothered. One guy, however, was thoroughly searched by customs and they found the very expensive engagement ring. He was able to talk his way out of it by praising Peru and explaining that he found the love of his life and wanted to propose. He had a nice chat with the guy from customs and was let go without any problems a few minutes later.

      Have a nice trip to Peru and I hope, she says "yes".

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      Tim · 29/03/2024
      @Sunflower Thank you for the quick reply...I do worry too much! "1 set of sporting equipment" is vague so just wanted to make sure backpacking/camping stuff doesn't fall in that category because I will have 2 sets of multiple sporting equipments haha, I appreciate the clarification. 

      My girlfriend is Peruvian and lives in Lima so I can definitely see them considering it a gift--but I will be bringing the ring back with me when I return to my country for resizing so it will still be my personal item throughout the trip and I won't be gifting it to her in Peru--it would be for the romance/gesture to have the real thing when I finally pop the question! Do you think they'll buy that or is there some way to have customs make sure it's still my item when I leave and verify it wasn't a gift? 
      If I do happen to take this risk and I'm wearing this thing on a necklace around my neck and customs asks about it, do you think am I better off telling them it's a deceased family member's ring or telling him I'm madly in love with a Peruvian woman? 
      I'm still deciding if I want to take this risk or bring a dummy ring, so any guidance/opinion is greatly appreciated. Thank you again, this forum is very helpful!     
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      • LimaEasy
      · 30/03/2024
      Hello Tim,

      I'm not sure how often you have been to Peru before, but while there are lots of clear laws, rules and regulations (and many more vague) there is as well always lots of room for interpretation and in rare cases unfortunately somewhat "arbitrary" decisions from officials - either because they don't know their own rules/laws or because they just can get away with it. So, there is rarely a clear answer to a question or there are many ways things can go. No-one can give you the 100% clarification you are looking for, because it's always at the discretion of the - in your case - customs officer you may have to face. One officer might say no problem, the other is super strict. No-one can tell you.

      With this being said and as said before, most probably no-one at customs will be interested in your stuff. You will enter as the typical tourist going on a hiking trip. Your luggage, as the luggage from everyone else - will be scanned before you leave the airport, but most probably you won't be called out for a thorough customs inspection. And if, as everywhere stay with the truth: your girlfriend is already in Peru, you meet her there as you have planned a trekking tour and you bring her (!) stuff with you. In case they ask about the ring, tell them.

      And even though I might overstep and might be too old to understand, but you want to propose in a nice and romantic setting, but not really, as you plan another proposal and then you want to take the ring away from your Peruvian girlfriend again? I don't know your girlfriend, but do you think taking away a ring from the girl you just somewhat proposed to is a good idea? If it doesn't fit then just have it resized in Peru.

      Personally, if you plan a romantic "proposal" on your trekking trip I wouldn't take an expensive ring with me. Having a huge (?) rock on your finger might be nice but surely isn't really practical during such a tour. Additionally, I wouldn't want to take the risk of losing it. So, probably it's wiser to just take a dummy, do what you have planned and then have the expensive ring when you propose for real / a second time.

      All the best


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    Lucy · 14/03/2024
    I am prescribed hydrocodone daily for pain, Will I have a problem traveling to Peru? 
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      • LimaEasy
      · 14/03/2024
      Hello Lucy,

      Usually customs has no interest in the personal medication of travelers. So, even though hydrocodone is an opiod, in 99.99% no one will bother to check your medication. Even if your luggage might get searched you most probably won't have any issues. Best only take the amount with you, you need for your trip (+ a couple for any emergency), have the pills in their original container and have your prescription with you.

      However, be aware that if you lose your meds, your foreign prescription won't be accepted and you will have a hard time finding replacement in Peru. For this scenario you might want to have a plan B in place.

      Wishing you all the best.

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    Rachel · 01/03/2024
    Hi there,
    I’d like to come to Peru in October to visit Machu Picchu. I am wanting to travel with my father’s cremains (he always wanted to visit Machu Picchu, but never got to before he passed so I’d like so spread a small amount of his ashes there) do you know if there are any documents I need to look at getting before visiting, or where should I even start with this? I would be so devastated if I got to customs and had his cremains confiscated.
    Thank you in advance for your help!
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      • LimaEasy
      · 01/03/2024
      @Rachel Hello Rachel,

      My sincere condolences on your father's death. 

      And what a wonderful idea to take your father with you to Machu Picchu and fulfill one of his dreams. It’s a really magical place up there.

      Honestly, I don’t know the exact requirements to make this happen but I’m sure with a little bit of preparation it’s doable.

      First, check with the airline you are planning to fly to Peru which requirements they have. Many airlines require that the ashes are stored in a sealed urn or similar container and be kept in the carry-on luggage. I assume that shouldn’t be a problem.

      Then best get in contact with a Peruvian consulate in your home country. You find all Peruvian missions abroad on the website of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under this link.

      On the map just click on the marker nearest to your residence and you get the address, phone number and e-mail address of the consulate. Officially and in case you plan to take the complete urn on your trip, you most probably need the death certificate and the certificate of cremation, perhaps even with an Apostille and a simple translation into Spanish to be allowed to enter Peru. I’m sure the Peruvian consulate can confirm the requirements and the process.

      As you said you only want to spread a small amount of your father’s ashes, you should as well consider that you must bring the rest of the remains back home again. So, you might want to check with the Peruvian consulate as well if you can leave the country with the urn without any problems and then check with immigrations or customs in your home country if you need any documents when re-entering your home country.

      I’m really sorry that I couldn’t help more.

      I wish you and your father a good trip to Peru and Machu Picchu

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      Rachel · 01/03/2024
      @Sunflower Eva, 
      On the contrary this is incredibly helpful and gives me a great place to start. Thank you so so much!
      Kind regards,
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    Jan Moyes · 05/01/2024
    is it possible to send mustard seeds to peru
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      • LimaEasy
      · 06/01/2024
      @Jan Moyes
      Hello Jan,

      it's a gamble. Officially no, you shouldn't send seeds to Peru, however, if you are lucky and have send them with the normal postal service (best use registered mail) they might slip through. Better would be to have someone bring them in their checked luggage (normal household quantities, commercially packed or hermetically sealed, correctly labeled and unopened).

      And to avoid any problems and delays why not buy them in Peru? You can find them in markets or in numerous online shops, for example, Mercado Libre.

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    Arlene · 27/12/2023
    I can only eat gluten free. Can I bring pre-packaged gluten free crackers, pasta and bread into Peru when flying in from Australia?
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      • LimaEasy
      · 27/12/2023
      Hello Arlene,

      yes, you shouldn't have a problem bringing these things into Peru.

      But, except to get by for the first day or two, actually you don't really need to bring too much. You can find lots of gluten-free stuff in supermarkets, health stores and markets. And there are quite a number of restaurants, cafés and even bakeries catering for people who can't eat gluten.

      All the best
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    Sam · 12/11/2023
    I'll be in Peru in the next few months and wanted to know whether bringing electronic adult toys in my checked luggage would be an issue? Would their value have to be below $500, or does it not matter if they're for personal use? 
    Could you clarify the $500 rule please? Does that apply to any electronics, or just to items not intended for personal use? Is it any number of items with a total value less than $500, or only one item is allowed below $500? 

    Lastly, would there be any issues with packing chocolate in my luggage? I don't see it mentioned above. 

    Thank you!
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      • LimaEasy
      · 12/11/2023
      Hello Sam,

      (electronic) adult toys are not listed in the publication of Peruvian customs. So, I would categorize them into the "Other items" group. 

      According to Peruvian regulations this means that foreign visitors can bring items for their personal use or consumption and gifts, "which due to their quantity, nature or diversity are not presumed to be used for commercial purposes" into Peru tax-free. The total amount of all these items cannot exceed US$ 500, otherwise officially tax has to be paid.

      But most probably if you are a "normal" visitor entering Peru with a "normal" mix of items in your luggage, most probably no-one will care and no-one will start adding the value of each item. So, if you bring a few toys that are clearly for personal use and clearly not intended for sale you should be fine.

      And, yes, you can bring chocolate into Peru. Here as well the general rule applies: as long as you bring "normal household quantities" you won't have a problem.

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    Tammy · 25/10/2023
    I want to bring herbs for tea: stinging nettle, camomile, hibiscus leaves and green tea.  Can I package them in ziploc bags and label them? 
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      • LimaEasy
      · 25/10/2023
      Hello Tammy,

      you might be lucky and no-one will check your bag or even bother about the herbs you are bringing into Peru. But officially, you can only bring mentioned items dried (not fresh) and they must be commercially packed or hermetically sealed and correctly labeled.

      So, if you want to avoid any problems, take only dried herbs with you and, if possible, shrink-wrap them or put them into a lovely little paper bag or something like that and put a nice sticker on the package. Looks commercially packed. Problem solved and you avoid any inconveniences.

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    MS · 25/10/2023
    Hi Eva! You mention different import restrictions for in-person vs shipped. I see plenty of copies of the in-person customs form online (and, of course, on this page), but can't find the list for shipped/posted/couriered goods. Do you happen to be able to point me in the right direction? Best, Mark
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      • LimaEasy
      · 25/10/2023
      Hello Mark,

      many, many years ago Serpost, the Peruvian postal office had a nice listing on their page of restricted and prohibited products. Since they re-designed their website a year or two ago it's unfortunately gone and you now only get this. Not really informative.

      Then you could check with different courier services in Peru. Some have short lists on their websites (and some other useful info). Just as an example, check out ScharffPeru Courier or Tiendamia.

      The official place / website to look is SUNAT. Here you find lots of infos about import  regulations, which as well apply to stuff private persons get shipped/posted to Peru . Don't miss the little menu on the right. Might be a bit confusing here and there. And here something about restricted and prohibited items. Not really informative or clear or nicely presented, but a list of all products can be found in the menu on the right.

      Hope this helps a bit.

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      MS · 26/10/2023
      @Sunflower Thanks for the detailed response, Eva. As you say, SUNAT isn't the easiest site to navigate - but ultimately it seems that the information is accessible (if you know how to describe the item you're importing). 

      One follow-up...I recall being told that I can receive items through the post tax free up to value of $200 only three times a year. The SUNAT website mentions the $200 figure - but doesn't seem to place a restriction on number of times a year (meaning that I could just break down orders into max $200 per package)?? Any thoughts?
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      • LimaEasy
      · 26/10/2023
      Hello Mark,

      yes, you can get shipments up to US$ 200 tax-free (be aware that usually the shipping costs are added to the value of the shipment and this amount can't exceed the 200). And yes, as far as I remember only three times per year, then you must pay taxes. But if you send the stuff with the normal postal service (only use registered mail) and the shipment is just a kilo or so,  it should be delivered by Serpost to your doorstep. It won't be registered in the Serpost or SUNAT database, no tramite, nothing, so it's possible to receive more shipments without having to pay taxes (been there, done that). But as soon as you have to pick up the package at a Serpost post office or you use a courier service, which I wouldn't recommend, then it's three times.

      Honestly I don't know, where you find that information. It should be somewhere on the SUNAT or the government website. Yesterday, it wouldn't load, so I couldn't link anything. And I really don't understand how you can find anything properly on the government website as it's so user unfriendly. Here, one of the many (if you find them) articles about "Importaciones", which is a good start  (from there just use the links in the text or on the right to get to the other related articles).

      Good luck

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      MS · 26/10/2023
      @Sunflower Thanks again. Your link led me to the right place...my takeaway is that <$200 no taxes or declarations at all; $200-$1000 taxes due but no RUC etc required if max three times a year; above $2,000 paperwork and taxes required. I couldn't work out what happens if $1,000 to $2,000.

      My main problem is that I can't reliably use Serpost because I live in a rural area with no delivery service. But I've been getting parcels under $200 (and with free international shipping) sent to associates in Lima to forward to me, and they seem to be coming through just fine.

      As always, thanks for the comprehensive advice.
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      • LimaEasy
      · 26/10/2023
      Perfect. I didn't see the passage when scrolling through the page(s). So great that you found it.

      Have a nice day!

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    Barbara Liznick · 18/10/2023
    I want to know if I can bring smoked salmon from Canada into Peru?
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      • LimaEasy
      · 19/10/2023
      @Barbara Liznick
      Hello Barbara,

      you won't have a problem bringing smoked salmon into Peru as long as the fish is commercially packed or hermetically sealed, correctly labeled and unopened. And just bring "normal household quantities".

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    JB · 06/10/2023
    Hi, I have seen you said can't bring in CBD and THC even though medical. But is CBG regulated also?
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      • LimaEasy
      · 06/10/2023
      Hello JB,

      There are a few things to bear in mind.

      1. Cannabis and its derivates are still illegal in Peru for recreational use and only allowed exclusively for medicinal and therapeutic purposes in accordance with strict regulations. To be allowed to buy and use medical marijuana in Peru, patients have to go through a consultation from a registered physician and get his or her authorization. Then their treatment plan must be registered in a special database and be approved by the Health Ministry. Only then a prescription is issued, which can be filled in authorized pharmacies or cannabis dispensaries. Prescriptions from other countries aren’t accepted; they are null and void in Peru.

      2. Peruvian regulations only state "Cannabis and its derivates". There is no mention of CBD, THC or CBG.

      3. Even though you might be able to travel with cannabis, THC, CBD, CBG products in your home country (if you are, for example from the US, even that can be tricky), it's always a different story when crossing a border.

      With this being said, a big no to bringing cannabis leaves, stems and flowers into Peru. 

      A grey area are still cannabis derivatives such as CDB / THC oil or even Hemp powder (when I remember correctly, CBG derives from hemp). While most probably no-one will care when you enter the country with small amounts for personal use, you could end up being questioned, arrested and charged. 

      As its a gamble that might have serious consequences I highly recommend not trying to enter Peru with these products. If you can't live without CDB / THC oil and hemp, they are readily available in Peru. So, better buy locally.

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    Caryl Jayne Horan · 27/09/2023
    Hello Eva, I would like to bring hand and toe warmers (Hot paws disposable chemical packs) for my high altitude hiking trips...I get cold easily. Will I have a problem bringing them in? If so, can I buy them there?  Thanks, Caryl
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      • LimaEasy
      · 28/09/2023
      @Caryl Jayne Horan
      Hello Caryl,

      No, you shouldn't have a problem bringing them with you.

      Have a nice trip!

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    Samantha Ochs · 26/09/2023
    I am visiting for 3 weeks in February and have Multiple Sclerosis, one of the medications I take is Pregablin (brand name Lyrica) which has recently been made into a class 3 drug in the UK. I will have a letter from my neurologist to say they are prescribed to me for neuropathic pain, a copy of my prescription, and the box they came in from the chemist, as I kind of expect this to be a tricky one to travel with? The only thing I can see online is that drugs containing narcotics are not allowed into the Peru, but I can't see a list of what Peru might consider to be on the 'bad' list. I emailed the Peruvian embassy in the UK to ask for clarification, but got a reply that made me think they hadn't quite got the gist of what I was asking. I do not want to be arrested at the airport when I arrive and innocently declare my medication! Where do i find the list of medication that Peru class as narcotics?
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      • LimaEasy
      · 26/09/2023
      @Samantha Ochs
      Hello Samantha,

      Interesting that the Peruvian embassy wasn't able to give you a clear answer.

      Anyway, as long as you don't have drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, opioids, meth, or other narcotics on you, you surely won't be arrested for bringing medication for your personal use with you when visiting the country. Most probably no-one will even bother to check your pills. And Pregabalin is neither a narcotic nor an opioid.

      Additionally, Pregabalin is registered in Peru and widely available in pharmacies in different strengths, though only with prescription.

      So, you shouldn't have a problem bringing Pregabalin with you.

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      Samantha Ochs · 30/09/2023
      @Sunflower Thank you Eva, that has lifted a big worry. Now I just need to learn enough Spanish phrases to get me through customs when I declare my meds!
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      • LimaEasy
      · 30/09/2023
      @Samantha Ochs
      Hallo Samantha,

      while it's surely great to learn at least some Spanish before coming to Peru, you don't have to declare your medication!

      Medication for personal use (except those mentioned above, which yours don't belong to) can be brought into the country without having to declare them.


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