Peru Essentials

A list of essential information about Peru, including language, currency, visa requirements, time zone, dialling code and emergency numbers.

Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara

Currency: Nuevo sol (PEN) – check latest exchange rates on

Visas: Free / 90-day issued at border with proof of onward travel; see visa requirements for more details

Time zone: GMT -5 (BST -6)

Dialling code: 51

Emergency codes: Police 105, Medical 106

Capital city: Lima

Population: 31,151,643

Tipping: Some restaurant and bars will add a 10% gratuity. It’s not necessary to tip taxis.

Insurance: We recommend travel insurance from – available in over 150 countries.

Electricity: 220V/60hz. Peru uses the below two AC power plugs and sockets. We recommend the OREI travel adaptor. It works in over 150 countries and includes a USB charger.

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