What are the visa requirements for visiting Peru?

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Peru is a relatively easy country to enter – in fact, visas are not required for most travelers, with the exception of a few nationalities. Even the duration of the tourist visa is generous, up to six months.

With such a long travel time, visitors can plan a comprehensive tour of Peru’s impressive archaeological sites, including Machu Picchu; make your way through the list of world famous restaurants; and venture into a handful of the countless natural gems that can be found on the coast, the jungle, and the highlands. Read on for more information on entry and visa requirements as well as how long you can stay in Peru as a tourist.

What you need to know about visas in Peru

Among those who can visit Peru without a visa are citizens of the United States, Canada, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. To enter Peru, travelers from these countries must have a passport valid for at least six months on arrival and sufficient room for an entry and exit stamp.

After receiving the entry stamp at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, the immigration clerk will write down the number of days your “temporary authorization to enter as a tourist” (not technically a tourist visa) will last. ). The length of time allowed for your visit will generally be between 90 and 183 days (the latter being the maximum amount) and is dictated by the person who stamps the passports. The number on your entry stamp represents the total number of days you can stay in Peru in a 365-day period (this number does not automatically reset at the end of the calendar year).

If you are issued for less than 183 days, you can go to the migration office in Lima and request an extension of your “temporary authorization”. This must be done before your allotted days in Peru as a tourist run out. While it is theoretically possible to request an extension online through the migration site, there are often problems and it is not very user-friendly.

Capture of a photo of a condor in flight over Colca Canyon, the best place to see these majestic birds © Jjacob / Getty Images

What happens if I exceed my Peru visa?

Exceeding your “temporary clearance” will incur a fee of US $ 1 per day which must be paid in cash when you leave the country.

For those who have to stay in Peru for more than six months, whether for business or for study, the correct visa must be requested at a Peruvian consulate in your country of residence, that is to say before traveling to Peru. . It is possible to apply for the corresponding visa once in Peru, but the logistics are incredibly complicated and a lot of documents will need to be sent to Peru from your home country.

Path of red arch columns with classic colorful tiles in Lima Peru
Some of Lima’s beautiful architecture and classic colorful tiles © tr3gin / Shutterstock

Who needs a tourist visa to enter Peru?

With the exception of South Africa, all African citizens need a tourist visa, as do many nationals of countries in Asia, including India, as well as Venezuela. For the full list, click here.

In the event that your nationality requires a tourist visa to travel to Peru, it is best to check with the Peruvian consulate or embassy in your country to verify any special requirements that may be necessary.

The basic conditions for obtaining a tourist visa, regardless of nationality, include:

  • Passport with a minimum validity of six months after the expected date of arrival in Peru
  • Photocopy of the front and back of the passport
  • Two completed DGC 005 forms
  • Two recent, color passport size photographs on a white background
  • Round-trip tickets inside and outside Peru
  • Hotel reservation (s) in Peru
  • Proof of financial solvency, e.g. bank statements, term deposits
  • Payment of consular fees
    Mancora, beach and surf town in Peru
    Peru may be famous for its mountains, but the beaches are just as vast: Mancora beach © xeni4ka / Getty Images

Can we enter Peru with a one-way ticket?

Although the migration clerk rarely asks for proof of a return ticket, in the event that this happens and you have a one-way ticket to Peru, some issues could arise. The most serious of the consequences being that the Peruvian authorities refuse you entry and send you home.

Having no proof of onward travel (be it a return ticket or a bus ticket to a neighboring South American country like Ecuador or Bolivia) can even be a problem with your international airline, it is therefore better to avoid problems and secure a return flight. or check with your operator.


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