Dangers & Annoyances

Police Stations

Policia Main downtown police station.

Policia de Turismo Helpful tourism police.

Embassies & Consulates

Bolivian Consulate Some nationalities may need to solicit a visa up to one month in advance and pay a US$30 to US$160 fee. For some passport holders it's possible to obtain a visa at the border but it will attract an additional fee. US passport holders pay a $160 fee regardless of whether the visa is issued in advance or at the border. Check ahead on the latest regulations.

Chilean Consulate Most travelers don’t need a Chilean visa and head straight for the border instead.

Entry & Exit Formalities

Internet Access

Internet cafes are everywhere, and most offer inexpensive local, long-distance and international phone calls. Almost all hotels and most restaurants and cafes have wi-fi.


Chilean pesos, Peruvian nuevos soles and US dollars can all be easily exchanged in Tacna.

Banco de la Nación Fee-free ATMs in front of the Paseo Cívico.

BCP Has a Visa/MasterCard ATM and gives cash advances on Visa cards.


Serpost South of the Paseo Cívico.

Tourist Information

iPerú National tourist office, providing free information and brochures. There are additional branches at the border, airport and bus station.