Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Peru. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Personal safety is an ongoing concern in Lima. Poverty, unemployment and congestion have led to theft, vandalism and assaults. The most common crimes are bag snatching, pick pocketing and break-ins of parked cars.

Combined with the normal safety precautions, some extra tips include:

  • Keep expensive watches, jewellery and other valuables in the hotel safe.
  • When travelling by car or taxi, bags and briefcases should be kept under the seat or in the boot and keep the doors locked.
  • Travel by road outside the major cities after dark is not advisable.
  • Motorists rarely stop at pedestrian crossings.


Avoid eating from the vendors cooking in pushcarts along the streets – cases of typhoid and cholera among their customers is high.

Tap water is processed differently in Peru, so we recommend you drink mineral water, either ‘con (with) gas’ or ‘sin (without) gas’. Care should also be taken with fresh fruit juices if there is a possibility that water may have been added.