Peruvian customs regulations are fairly reasonable. Unless, of course, you want to enter the country with two Chihuahuas (one is fine) and a scandalous bottle of non-Peruvian pisco…
Firstly a quick tip: If travelling to or from the airport to Miraflores Lima. There is now a direct bus link between the two with the new official Airport Express Lima. Free wifi, usb charging ports, no baggage restrictions and a cheap price make this a really good option for travellers.
When you enter Peru, you’ll have to fill out a baggage declaration form before you pass through customs control. The English version looks like this:
The first section — identifying yourself — should be easy to complete, unless you drink too much on the plane and forget who you are. Try not to do that.
Sections 1, 2 and 3 are where you must declare certain belongings: anything you are carrying in your bags or on your person that might be subject to a tax payment, or that’s on the list of restricted or prohibited items.
We’ll deal with all of these below.
Travelers can enter Peru carrying all of the following items (for personal use) without any additional tax payments:
Anything not on the list, or in quantities greater than noted on the list (the second Chihuahua, for example), should be declared and is subject to “a fee of 12% on customs value.”
If you choose not to declare something (we’ve all done that, right? Even if it was by accident…) and the customs official finds it, then they can seize the item. To get it back, you’ll have to pay the taxes and a 50% penalty on the customs value of the item.
Peruvian customs regulations consider all of the following to be restricted items (this is not a complete list):
In order to enter Peru with restricted products, travelers must first be granted authorization from the appropriate authority. Entering Peru with unauthorized restricted items can lead to fines and/or criminal prosecution.
Peruvian customs regulations are a little odd when it comes to prohibited items, which aren’t nearly as state-threatening as you might imagine. They include:
Any of these will be seized and not returned. If you are caught smuggling non-Peruvian pisco brandy, you shall be stripped naked, flogged and publicly humiliated on Lima’s Plaza de Armas (maybe).
You must also declare if you are carrying cash in any currency that exceeds US$10,000. It is also “absolutely prohibited to enter or exit the country with amounts in excess of US$30,000 or its equivalent in another currency.”
If you are carrying in excess of $30,000 and need to exit Peru, I’ll happily help you spend it before you leave. I know some great bars in Lima.