Peru Mulling Reciprocity Fee
What does a reciprocity fee mean for Peru's tourism industry?
A new bill is making its way through Peru's legislative branch that would impose a "reciprocity fee" on tourists whose governments currently charge Peruvian tourists fees to their respective countries. If passed, this bill will likely affect half of Peru's current arrivals, especially those from countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, or the UK.
Although this will undoubtedly generate important revenues for the Peruvian Government, it will also cause some to reconsider a tour of Peru or the Amazon River. Since riverboat tours on the Amazon are not exactly inexpensive vacations, these additional costs are sure to hurt travelers on a budget.
Similar taxes have been implemented in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. If this bill is passed, it may mean that some travelers will be forced to pay an expensive fee in order to enter Peru. For example, in the case of Brazil the cost of a tourist visa for U.S. citizens is $140; for citizens of Canada $65; and similar or lower amounts for other countries such as Australia, Japan, North Korea (admittedly, North Koreans don't make up a high percentage of tourists to South America!), among others.
This will certainly have an impact on the arrivals for Peru when it competes internationally with a number of countries with attractive destinations. It is our hope that they scrap the measure to ensure that more and more travelers make their way to the Peruvian Amazon to enjoy the natural wonders that an Amazon riverboat cruise tour can offer.