- 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!
- Like in most countries around the world you are not allowed to work on a tourist visa!
- 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 when entering the country. While this law isn't enforced by Peruvian immigrations, airlines demand to see your return or onward ticket when checking in for a flight to Peru. If you can't provide one, most airlines refuse boarding the plane.
Citizens of the countries in the listing below do NOT need to get a visa at an embassy or consulate before entering Peru. A passport valid at least six months longer than you intent to stay in Peru is enough to get a Tourist Visa 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:
- 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, Dominican Republic)
- 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
Have a look at the following PDF document to see if you have to apply for a visa before entering Peru: Countries with Visa Obligation46.58 KB. 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!
As Visa and Entry Requirements can change without prior notice, we recommend to check the current regulations before your trip to Peru with the nearest Peruvian Consulate or Embassy.
Entering Peru is quite easy. Already shortly before landing the stewardesses on your plain will hand you the "Tarjeta Andina de Migracion" (TAM). If you are entering by land, you get the form at the border. 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, 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 low part is handed back to you.
Take care of this card as you will need it again when leaving the country! If you loose it, a duplicate can be issued by DIGEMIN, Peru's Immigration Office located in Breña.
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.
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 Peru.
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.
Above mentioned information should only give you general guidelines for your visit. Due to constantly changing regulations, we cannot guarantee that everything will be exactly as described. Therefore we recommend getting in contact with the nearest Peruvian embassy or consulate before visiting.
- Clothes for personal use during your trip
- Toiletry for personal use during your trip
- Personal items and jewelry for personal use
- Drugs (medication) for personal use only
- Aids and appliances for personal medical control and mobilization (wheelchair, stretcher, crutches, blood pressure / glucose meter, thermometer, etc.)
- Other articles for personal use or consumption or presents which don't exceed a total value of $300
- Books, magazines, newspapers and documents for personal use
- 1 electric hair dryer
- 1 electric shaver
- 1 set of sporting equipment for personal use
- 1 musical instrument
- 1 conventional or digital camera
- 1 portable, non-preofesional film or video camera
- 1 portable non-professional radio or portable, non-professional audio player recorder
- 1 portable CD / DVD player
- 1 portable video game advice
- 10 rolls of film, 10 cassettes for portable video camera you carry with you
- 2 memory cards for the digital camera, video camera or video game advice you carry with you
- 1 external hard disc drive for PC and 2 USB sticks for personal use
- 20 CDs or DVDs
- 1 laptop
- 1 digital organizer or 1 tablet PC
- 1 cellphone
- 20 packets of cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams tobacco (for travelers older than 18 years)
- 3l of alcoholic beverages (for travelers older than 18 years)
- 1 domestic animal (check the veterinary regulations with the nearest Peruvian consulate and / or SENASA)
- 1 portable typewriter and 1 calculator
Information as published by Peruvian Customs. All information is subject to change!
If you are entering Peru from infected areas in Africa or the American continent, then a Yellow Fever vaccination is required to enter the country. Otherwise there are no obligatory vaccinations.
From the Health Ministry recommended vaccinations include:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatits B when you are visiting the provinces Amazonas, Loreto, San Martin, Ucayali, Junin and Madre de Dios
- Yellow Fever when you are visiting the provinces Amazonas, Loreto, San Martin, Ucayali, Junin and Madre de Dios
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