Should I receive a vaccination before traveling to Peru?

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If you are going to travel to Peru you must know the sanitary means that the country has. Also if you need to get vaccinated and some health advice.


There is no mandatory vaccination to travel to Peru but the yellow fever vaccine is recommended if you are planning to visit jungle areas. Remember that the yellow fever vaccine must be administered, in order to be effective, at least ten days before the date of the displacement. It is also advisable, although not essential, to be vaccinated against typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A and B.

It should also be noted that in recent months there have been significant dengue outbreaks in certain areas of the Amazon rainforest and some cases have also been recorded in the departments of Piura and Tumbes.


The sanitary conditions in Peru are generally good, but it is advisable to take out medical insurance.

If you are going to visit the jungle of Peru you must vaccinate against yellow fever and also the use of prophylaxis against malaria is recommended.

Use an insect repellent on any trip to the jungle and wear long sleeves especially at dawn and dusk.

In the mountains, above 3,000 meters, can affect the altitude sickness. Rest when you reach a high destination, especially if you arrive by plane from the coast (for example the Lima-Cuzco trip), eat light foods and drink tea.

Uses high factor sun protection. Especially in Arequipa, where solar radiation rates are among the highest in the world.

Do not drink tap water or eat vegetables and fruits without disinfecting.

It is not recommended that you eat fish, vegetables and fruits in establishments with few sanitary guarantees. Take, in case, anti-diarrheal medicines.

2017-05-23T10:21:06+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Trip Preparation|

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