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  Peru: Handbook : Airports and Customs

AIRPORTS AND CUSTOMS   

Airports and customs


Airports

There are 19 airports in Peru that receive international flights. They are located in the following cities:

Airplane City Department
Arequipa Arequipa
Ayacucho Ayacucho
Cajamarca Cajamarca
Chiclayo Lambayeque
Cuzco Cuzco
Ilo Moquegua
Iquitos Loreto
Juliaca Puno
Lima Lima
Piura Piura
Pucallpa Ucayali
Puerto Maldonado Madre de Dios
Rioja San Martín
Tacna Tacna
Talara Piura
Tarapoto San Martín
Trujillo La Libertad
Tumbes Tumbes
Yurimaguas Loreto

There are 22 additional airports with an irregular flow of air traffic, receiving only charter flights and support flights from the Armed Forces.

The Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, receives most of the international traffic and serves as a connecting point for flights between Europe, North America and the Andean countries. It provides all the necessary facilities such as: International Police services, immigration, customs as well as restaurants, bathrooms, stores selling traveling articles, magazine stands, and waiting rooms.

The airport of Iquitos, capital of the Loreto District (Peruvian jungle) also receives some international flights.

Taxes

You have to pay a tax for every international flight in all Peruvian airports (US $ 30.25).   Traveler checks are accepted.

Customs

It is forbidden to take archeological or historical objects out of the country, or any narcotics (including marijuana and cocaine).

You are permitted to enter 2 liters of alcoholic beverage and 400 cigarettes. Personal devices such as cameras, laptops, and other travel items can be brought into the country without any problems. If you purchase copies of architectural objects do so through a reliable vendor and obtain documentation from the National Cultural Institute in order to show authorities. Coca leaves are also sold legally in small quantities but they are illegal in most other countries. Although it is impossible to produce a significant amount of cocaine from these bags, it is not worth the risk to take them home with you.

There are people that sell live exotic animals in the jungles of Peru, but you need special permission to transport wild flora and fauna species.   This permission is granted by the Instituto Nacional de Recursos Naturales/National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA), and by Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agraria/National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA).

For more information about customs, please visit the National Customs Superintendence.


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