Peru does not require any vaccinations for entry.
However we recommend that at least two months before departure for Peru, you visit a travel clinic or an individual doctor specializing in travel medicine to discuss any possible vaccinations.
We follow the vaccination guidelines of the Centers For Disease Control for Peru (CDC).
The CDC recommends:
Routine vaccines: Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Hepatitis A Hepatitis: You can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Peru, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Peru. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
Malaria is not present in Lima and Cusco where our volunteer programs are based.
Zika is a risk in Peru. Pregnant women should not travel to Peru because Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. All travelers should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual exposure to Zika virus during and after the trip. For more information, see Zika Virus in Peru.