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Tourist Visa for Peru
•Travelers need a passport valid at least half a year with at least 2 free
pages in the visa section when entering Peru.
•The maximum stay in Peru on a tourist visa is 183 days (per year)!
•You can't extent your tourist visa once you entered Peru!
•Peruvian tourist visa are single entry visa only!
•Like in most countries around the world you are not allowed to work on a
•In case you need to sign any important contracts (work contract, apartment
purchase, sometimes even a marriage certificate...) you need a permission to
sign contracts otherwise the papers aren't legal! You can get this permit
quite easily at the Immigration Office "Dirección General de Migraciones y
Naturalizacion", Av. España 734 in Breña.
According to Peruvian law foreign visitors must have a return or onward
ticket /passage when entering the country. While this law isn't enforced by
Peruvian immigrations, airlines often demand to see a return or onward
ticket when checking in for a flight to Peru. If you can't provide one, most
airlines refuse boarding the plane. So in case you are planning to leave
Peru for example by bus, check with the airline, if they accept a bus ticket
or similar to avoid unpleasant surprises at the airport.
Do I need a Tourist Visa for Peru?
In general citizens of the countries in the listing below do NOT have to
apply for a visa at an embassy or consulate before entering Peru. A passport
valid at least six months with at least 2 free pages in the visa section is
enough to get a Tourist Visa (actually it's only an entry stamp) directly at
the border or the airport. Children should travel on their own passport with
photo. Below listed countries can get a tourist visa at airport immigrations
or any other Peruvian border without applying for it at an embassy or
consulate (for a more detailed listing, please check out our pdf document
"Visa Obligation for Foreign Nationals in Peru" above as published by the
Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs):
•North America: Citizens of the United States, Canada and Mexico
•Central America: Citizens of most Central American countries (exception
Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua,
•South America: Citizens of all South American countries
•Europe: Citizens of all countries within the European Union and Switzerland
•Africa: Citizens of South Africa
•Asia: Citizens of Brunei, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Laos, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore and Thailand
•Oceania: Citizens of Australia and New Zealand
- Nationals of countries not mentioned above require a tourist visa and must
obtain it from the Peruvian consulate preferably in person.
-Nationals from Bangladesh, Cuba, China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
require authorization from the immigration office in Lima in order to obtain
a tourist visa.
Please note that it is your nationality and not a potential residence permit
in another country that is the deciding factor if you need a visa or not!
Peruvian Tourist Visa Requirements & Procedures
Nationals of a few other countries (see our pdf document "Visa Obligation
for Foreign Nationals in Peru" above as published by the Peruvian Ministry
of Foreign Affairs) need a visa even for tourism purposes. Peru doesn't
offer online visa application, so these nationals have to apply for their
tourist visa at the Peruvian Consulate that has jurisdiction over their
domicile or country of residence.
Unfortunately especially in Africa and Asia, the continents where most
residents have to apply for a tourist visa, there are only a few Peruvian
Diplomatic Missions. So finding the correct one and applying for the visa
can be a mission. As the Peruvian Foreign Ministry unfortunately doesn't
publish which consulate has the jurisdiction over which countries, we
recommend getting in contact with the nearest Peruvian Consulate in case
there is none in your country of residence. Check out our section "Peruvian
Embassies & Consulates Worldwide" to find a Peruvian Diplomatic Mission
Visa requirements for a tourist visa include, but
may not be restricted to:
•Round Trip Ticket
•Hotel Reservation, Tourist Package Reservation or Invitation Letter
•Proof of sufficient funds
•In some countries personal interview
•In some countries proof of legal residency
Extension of Peruvian Tourist Visa
Since July 2008 it is NOT possible to extend your tourist visa once you have
entered Peru!!! When arriving at the airport or border, make sure you get a
visa for the time you intent to stay. After Peruvian law the maximum time
for a tourist to stay in the country is 183 days per year.
Expired Tourist Visa
If your tourist visa is for whatever (intentional or unintentional) reasons
expired, you don't have to fear extreme consequences. When leaving the
country you will be asked to pay a "fine" of US$ 1. - per day since the
expiration of your visa. Depending on where you leave the country, you can
pay this fee at a branch of the "Banco de la Nación" (i.e. within the
vicinity of the airport). After that you get your exit stamp and can leave
If you can't pay this fee you will be held in custody until someone pays it
for you. Better be prepared and have the cash in US Dollar on hand.
Of course we would like to advise you, to have your visa up-to-date at all
times! Even if you usually don't get any trouble, there is always a slight
possibility someone will check your passport. In the worst case scenario
this might lead to your arrest and deportation to your home country.
Business Visa for Peru
Regardless of the nationality, anyone traveling to Peru for business
purposes, especially when business contracts or agreements are signed or
business related financial transaction are made, has to apply for a business
visa at a Peruvian Consulate before entering the country. The Peruvian
business visa is a multiple entry visa and entitles its holder to enter Peru
within a time period of 12 months from the date of issue. The maximum stay
on a business is 183 day per year, but the consulates abroad reserve the
right to grant visas for shorter stays. Peruvian business visa can't be
Visa requirement for a Peruvian Business Visa
include, but may not be restricted to:
•Round Trip Ticket
•Letter from the company sponsoring the business trip, indicating the
purpose of the visit to Peru, length of the stay, and assurance that the
business person is traveling with sufficient funds to last the duration of
•Proof of legal residency in the country you are applying
Students planning to study at a Peruvian educational institution or wanting
to do an internship / apprenticeship (without payment) at a Peruvian
company, have to apply for a student visa. Please note that the Peruvian
educational institution or training facility has to be recognized by the
Peruvian Ministry of Education or the National Assembly of University
Peruvian Diplomatic Missions abroad don't issue Student Visa anymore.
Students or interns have to enter Peru on a tourist visa and then change
their immigration status at Peru's immigration office DIGEMIN.
Requirements for a Student visa include, but may
not be restricted to:
•Passport valid at least 6 months
•Valid (tourist) visa at the time of application
•For Students: Enrollment certification issued by a recognized educational
•For interns: Official letter from the foreign university or higher
education institution, legalized by the Peruvian Consulate (or stamped with
an Apostille) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
•Proof of sufficient financial resources to fund your studies or internship
•Application form and fee
Peru has no special visa for volunteers. Travelers planning to volunteer in
Peru enter the country on a tourist visa and are allowed to volunteer
(without payment) at a charitable organization or institution for a maximum
of 183 days.
Entering Peru is quite easy. Already shortly before landing the stewardesses
on your airplane will hand you the "Tarjeta Andina de Migracion" (TAM) and a
customs declaration form. If you are entering by land, you get the forms at
The Andean Migration Card is available in Spanish and English. Fill out your
personal data and after disembarking hand it together with your passport to
the immigration officer at the immigration control. If you are not obliged
to apply for a visa at a Peruvian consulate in your home country before
entering Peru, the officer will stamp your passport and write a number on or
next to the stamp indicating the numbers of days you are allowed to stay in
the country. Even though the maximum stay on a tourist visa is 183 days, the
immigration officers reserve the right to grant any number of days up to 183
days they think appropriate. Make sure you get the amount of days on your
tourist visa at immigration you intent to stay in Peru. The upper part of
the TAM stays with immigrations; the bottom part is handed back to you.
Take good care of your part of the TAM! Hotel personal will ask you for it
when checking in as you are exempted from paying 19% Peruvian VAT on your
bill. Additionally you need it again when leaving the country. If you lose
the TAM, a duplicate can be issued by DIGEMIN, Peru's Immigration Office
located in Breña or at the airport.
At customs hand in your filled out customs declaration form. Below find a
listing of items you can temporarily bring duty-free into the country.
Please note: if you are carrying more than US$ 10,000.- in cash when
entering or leaving the country, you have to declare it. Carrying amounts
over US$ 30,000.- is forbidden when entering or leaving Peru.
Check out as well two short videos about the procedures when arriving and
departing from Lima International Airport.