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Overstaying your stay as a tourist in Peru and how to pay the fine

Peruvian Overstay Fine for tourists

Overstaying your stay as a tourist in Peru and how to pay the fine

Tourists who stayed longer than the number of days they were given when they entered Peru must pay a fine when leaving the country. While this usually is a simple and straightforward process - at least if you know how it’s done - in some cases there might be the one or other hurdle to overcome.

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How long can I stay in Peru as a tourist

In general, according to the old Foreigner Law, Decreto Legislativo 1350, and the new Foreigner Law, Decreto Legislativo 1582, which was published in November 2023, foreign tourists can stay in Peru a maximum of 183 accumulated days in a 365-day period; so, half a year within a year counted from the first entry.

However, this doesn’t mean you get the full 183 days when you enter the country! The general 183 days per year was and still is limited for most foreign tourists by a publication of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE) issued in 2019 and updated occasionally. This publication allows most foreign nationals to stay in Peru as a tourist for up to 90 days in a 180-day period for touristic, recreational or health purposes; a few can stay up to 90 days in a 365-day period and a handful up to 180 days in a 365-day period.

And as it turned out over the past years, Peruvian immigration officers at the international airports and borders follow the RREE rule strictly. Since August 2021, foreign tourists are only given up to (!) 90 days in a 180-day period when they enter; even those few nationalities who, according to RREE, are allowed to stay longer or who have a “real” tourist visa issued by a Peruvian consulate allowing them the full 183 days only get a max of 90 days.

So, when you enter, in most cases, you get 90 days. But be aware that it’s always at the discretion of the immigration officer how many days he/she is willing to give you. For no obvious reason, you might only get 30 or 60 days; or if you overstayed before or if you stayed in Peru before and try to re-enter the country before your first 180-day period is over, you might as well only get anything between 3 and 30 days or, if you are lucky and haven't stayed the max of 183 days in a year, the full 90 days.

You should as well know that the new Foreigner Law further states that in case foreign tourists don't get the full 183 days upon arrival, an extension can be granted until the 183 days are reached, unless international agreements or conventions determine a shorter period or don't allow extensions.

As till today (end of January 2024) the administrative regulations, called TUPA, necessary for the implementation of the new Foreigner Law still haven't been published, we don't know, which foreign nationals can extend (exception: Bolivian, Ecuadorian and Colombian national already now can extend according to a TUPA from October 2023) or for which nationalities there might be restrictions or when foreigners might be able to extend or how it works.

 

How many days did I get when I entered

After not stamping passports during peak Corona times, in May 2022, tourists entering the country finally got an entry stamp again, making it easy to check how long they could stay in Peru.

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Peruvian entry stamp 2022

Unfortunately, at the end of May 2023 Peru eliminated the entry stamp again for those entering Peru on international flights and gradually as well for those crossing a land border.

So now, the only way to find out how many days you are allowed to stay as a tourist in Peru, is to ask the immigration officer or, if you prefer a written confirmation check online on the Migraciones website under Consultas en Linea TAM Virtual.

If you need detailed instructions about how to navigate the Consultas en Linea TAM Virtual page, have problems with it or are interested in the TAM/TAM Virtual background story, check out our article “How many days did I get when entering Peru?”. It explains in detail what the TAM and TAM virtual are, where to fill in what on the Migraciones website and gives you as well other options to check the number of days you are allowed to stay in Peru as a tourist.

While during the height of the Corona pandemic Peru eliminated the stamping of passports when entering the country, in May 2022 the entry stamp was...

 

Consequences of overstaying your allowed time as a tourist

Even though overstaying your allowed time as a tourist isn’t criminalized, overstayers aren’t actively pursued and under normal circumstances you don’t have to fear any severe consequences, we highly recommend respecting the rules and regulations in Peru, including the time you can stay as a tourist in the country.

You should be aware that from the day your tourist visa or, if you can travel visa-free to Peru, your authorization to enter and stay as a tourist for a certain time expires you are “illegally” in the country (the Peruvian Foreigner Law says, you are in the country on an “irregular immigration status”). While this seemingly won’t affect you much, there are consequences for overstaying, depending on your situation, anything from just inconvenient to not worth worrying about to becoming a problem to serious.

According to the Peruvian Foreigner Law, Migraciones has four sanction levels in place for tourists overstaying their time: an overstay fine, a re-entry ban, an obligatory departure, and a deportation. In nearly all cases, only the first two apply, while the latter are reserved for severe cases of overstaying, most often combined with other infractions.

Overstay fine

The most known and strictly enforced sanction if you overstay in Peru is the overstay fine. So, if you stay longer than the time you were given when you entered the country, you must pay a fine for each day you overstayed before being allowed to leave.

If you only overstayed a few days or weeks, in most cases, paying the fine shouldn’t be a big deal. However, if you have overstayed months or even a year or more, the daily fine is adding up and being able to pay it might become a problem.

Anyway, if you only overstayed a few days, weeks, or even months, once the fine is paid, you can usually leave Peru with no further punishment.

Re-entry ban

Those having overstayed not for the first time or excessively (we are talking about many months or even years), can additionally be sanctioned with a re-entry ban for a certain time (usually a year or two). If you are forbidden to re-enter Peru for a certain time or not is completely at the discretion of the immigration officer and in a few cases is even put in place for shorter time overstayer. As said, you are at the mercy of the immigration officer.

Obligatory departure and deportation

While Peru isn’t actively pursuing overstayers and you usually can even get through a random police check without anyone bothering to check your immigration status, it is always possible that you are at the wrong time in the wrong place with the wrong people. Being additionally in the country on an expired tourist visa / stay as a tourist isn’t ideal. Even though depending on the circumstances and extremely rarely enforced if you just overstayed, the Peruvian Foreigner Law allows in such cases that the foreign tourist can get a “salida obligatoria” (obligatory departure) notice; so, you must leave the country either immediately or within a certain time frame. Be aware that since April 2023 additionally a re-entry ban for up to 5 years can be imposed. If you don’t leave, you face deportation and, additionally, as well since April 2023, a re-entry ban of up to 15 years.

Even though the salido obligatoria and the deportation are rare when it comes to “normal” overstayers, a corrupt officer might use these options to threaten you, intimidate you or even bring you to the police station, just to then offer helping you out of this unpleasant situation for a certain "financial contribution".

Most common other inconveniences and consequences

Next to these official sanctions, there are a few other inconveniences or consequences that come with overstaying your time in Peru.

Your overstaying is registered in the Peruvian immigration database and when you want to return to Peru later, you might be questioned more intensively than usual or/and you might not get the full number of days tourists usually can stay in the country.

You can’t apply for a resident visa (make a so-called cambio de calidad migratoria from tourist to, for example, family, work, student, etc.) in Peru when you are in the country on an expired tourist visa / stay as a tourist. The only exception is when you regularize your immigration status by applying for a CPP (carné de permiso temporal de permanencia).

Officially, most national airlines won’t allow foreigners on an expired tourist visa / stay as a tourist to fly with them. But as during check-in usually only the passport page with your personal data is checked and as there is no immigration control, how would they know if your tourist visa / authorization is still valid? But you never know. You are at an airport and for whatever reason, you might be picked out of the crowd. It’s a bit of a gamble that many, many others in the same situation won; nevertheless, you could lose.

The same applies to long-distance busses. But here checks are even less likely and less thorough that you shouldn’t have a problem getting around by bus if you are overstaying.

 

How much is the overstay fine

No matter for what reason you overstayed your allowed time in Peru, be it by mistake, due to unforeseen circumstances or intentionally, before being allowed to leave the country, you must pay a fine of 0.1% of an UIT for each day you overstayed.

In 2024, one UIT equals S/ 5,150; so, the overstay fine is S/ 5.15 per overstayed day. Meaning that for each day you overstayed in 2024 you pay S/ 5.15. In 2023, one UIT was S/ 4,950, so, for each overstayed day in 2023 S/ 4.95 are due.

 

How and where to pay the overstay fine

The Peruvian Foreigner Law states that everyone who overstayed their welcome must pay the overstay fine before being allowed to leave the country. You can pay the fine either at the airport before departing or at the border before leaving the country. You as well can pay the fine up to a few days before you are leaving at any branch of the Banco de la Nacion or online on pagalo.pe, the latter even allowing payments many weeks in advance.

However, be aware that by paying the overstay fine in advance, you do not extend your tourist visa / stay as a tourist. The S/ 5.15 per day fine is a penalty fee or fine for staying longer than the number of days you were given when you entered, not a fee for extending your stay as a tourist. And, generally, tourist visa extensions are not possible anymore (exception since October 22, 2023: for foreign nationals, whose home country is a member of the Andean Community, so Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador).

And no matter where you pay, keep the payment receipt safe, as this is the proof that you already paid your overstay fine. You will have to present it to the immigration officer when leaving Peru.

Paying the overstay fine at the airport

Before the introduction of the online payment platform pagalo.pe (see below) it was common practice to pay the overstay fine shortly before leaving the country either at the airport or border. If you are flying out of Peru from the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, you can still pay directly at the airport. After checking in and clearing the security check, proceed to the immigration control counters like everyone else. There, the immigration officer will calculate the number of days you overstayed and then sends you to a payment counter which is located just opposite. The counter is open daily as long as international flights depart from the airport.

While for years only cash payments in Soles or US$ (the exchange rate is miserable, so best have enough Soles on hand) were accepted, since August 2022 additionally credit card payments are an option. With the receipt, return to the immigration counter.

If you know the number of days you overstayed, you as well can first pay at the counter and then proceed to immigrations with the payment receipt. Usually, that’s it and you are free to leave.

In case you overstayed excessively, meaning many, many months or even a year or more, it might be possible that the immigration officer additionally punishes you with a re-entry ban for a certain time (usually a year or two).

Paying the overstay fine at a land border

At larger border crossings, the procedure to pay the overstay fine is similar to the one at the airport. There you usually can pay onsite. Just proceed to immigrations and either you can pay directly there or you will be directed to the payment counter, get a receipt and return to the immigration officer. Usually, you are then free to leave the country.

However, if you are crossing at a smaller land border post, there might not be the option to pay onsite. So, you are then asked to pay the fine at the nearest local Banco de la Nacion branch, which might not be that near, surely is only open during usual business hours or even shorter, and often has long or even longer lines. So, it might be wise to pay your overstay fine a day or two before crossing the border either at any Banco de la Nacion branch or on pagalo.pe.

Paying the overstay fine on pagalo.pe

If you want to have paid the fine before going to the airport or the border or even well in advance, you can use the Peruvian online payment system pagalo.pe. To use pagalo.pe you first have to create an account. Our article “Paying administration charges and processing fees in Peru” explains in detail how it’s done and how the online payment system works. I recommend reading the article first as among other useful info you find a step-by-step guide for creating an account and one for paying fees and fines including pictures for better understanding below explanation.

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Anyway, to pay the overstaying fine, first log into your pagalo.pe account

How to pay the fine for overstaying on pagalo.pe
To pay the overstay fine first log into your pagalo account

So, enter pagalo.pe and click on Ingresar (1). Then enter your e-mail address and password (2). After clicking on Ingresar you get to the main page and are logged in (3).

Now just click on the search area "Buscar tramite o entidad" and this drop-down list is displayed.

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How to pay the fine for overstaying your allowed time as a tourist in Peru on pagalo.pe

Then click on Migraciones and you get a list with all administrative procedures that you can pay online.

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How to pay the fine for overstaying your allowed time as a tourist in Peru on pagalo.pe

Select 00675 - Multa Extranjeros - Exceso Permanencia (Por Dia) and you get to the Registro de Tasa page.

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How to pay the fine for overstaying your time as a tourist in Peru on pagalo.pe

 Now just enter the information required:

  • Concepto: select the year in which you overstayed and for which you want to pay the overstay fine.
  • Costo: After you selected the year under Concepto, the payment amount for this year per day is automatically filled in.
  • Tipo de documento/Numero de documento: Select the document with which you entered Peru (in most cases passport/pasaporte) and enter your passport number.
  • Cantidad: Enter the number of days you overstayed
  • Importe total: After you entered the number of days you overstayed the system automatically fills in the total amount you have to pay.

Then click on Agregar a carrito and you get to your "shopping cart".

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How to pay the fine for overstaying your time as a tourist in peru on pagalo.pe

 Now, just accept the terms & conditions and click on Pagar.

In case you overstayed, for example, at the end of 2023 and at the beginning of 2024, first select on the Registro de Tasa page the year 2023, enter the days you overstayed in 2023 and go to the shopping cart. Accept the terms & conditions, click on Agregar otro pago and you get back to the page where you can select the authority. So as described above, click again on Migraciones, then on the Registro de tasa page select now the year 2024, enter the days you overstayed in 2024 and go to the shopping cart. When you are finished, accept the terms & conditions and click on Pagar.

You now get to the Metodo de pago page. where you can choose your payment method (any Visa, Master or American Express debit or credit card or the app Yape). Follow the instructions. Once the payment is cleared, a receipt is sent to your e-mail address. Or by clicking on the red Banco de la Nacion icon, you can choose to pay in cash at any branch or some ATMs of the Banco de la Nacion with the voucher send to you.

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How to pay the fine for overstaying your allowed time as a tourist in Peru on pagalo.pe

After checking in and clearing the security check, proceed to the payment counter (located just opposite the immigration counters) to have the pagalo.pe receipt verified. You just have to show the person there your payment receipt and you will get another payment slip. Then proceed to immigrations, present your passport and the slip.

Paying the overstay fine at a branch of the Banco de la Nacion

Depending on the branch of the Banco de la Nacion, some request that you first create the voucher for paying the overstay fine on pagalo.pe, while others are fine with you just walking in and once it’s your turn giving the teller your details.

In both cases, you will need your passport (and best a copy of the page with your personal details) as the payment must be registered under your name and passport number. Additionally, if you haven’t created the voucher on pagalo.pe you have to give the teller the authority (for paying the overstay fine it’s Migraciones), the code of the administrative procedure (for paying the overstay fine it’s 00675) and of course the number of days you overstayed.

Before leaving the counter, check the receipt thoroughly. If there is only the slightest inconsistency or a little spelling mistake, the payment might not be accepted by immigrations when you are leaving the country.

 

If you can’t pay the overstay fine

If you overstayed the allowed time as a tourist, you must (!) pay the overstay fine before leaving the country; in most cases, there is no way around it. In case you don’t have sufficient funds to do so, you might be in serious trouble.

According to Peruvian regulations, if you don’t want to pay the fine or can’t, because you simply don’t have enough money, you can be held in custody until someone pays the fine for you or you can come to another agreement with the authorities. While imprisonment for not paying the overstay fine is rare, it can happen.

As you surely don’t want to end up in a holding cell at the airport or in a Peruvian prison, it is highly recommended to somehow sort out your financial difficulties before leaving the country. So, best ask friends or family if they can help, so you can pay the fine and leave.

Or if there isn’t anyone around willing to lend you the money, you seriously overstayed and have to pay thousands of Soles getting in contact with Migraciones explaining your situation might lead to a solution. Migraciones might offer a payment plan or a reduction or could as well allow you to leave without paying the fine but punishing you with a re-entry ban for anything between 1 and 15 years. Another option could be trying to leave Peru using a small border crossing by hopefully being able to bargain down your fine.

All in all, while overstaying in Peru isn't a criminal offense and in most cases - at least at the moment - nothing to deeply worry about, we highly recommend respecting Peruvian laws including the number of days you are allowed to stay in the country as a tourist and if you overstay have the financial means to pay the fine.

 

When can I return to Peru after having overstayed?

Unfortunately, Migraciones hasn’t made public for how long foreigners, who overstayed their time as a tourist in Peru, must be out of the country before they can come back. So, the following is only partly based on official Peruvian regulations.

The official rules for being in Peru as a tourist are quite clear. As explained in detail above under point “How long can I stay in Peru as a tourist” most nationalities can stay in Peru as a tourist for up to 90 days in a 180-day period (so, up to 3 months in Peru and at least 3 months out of Peru) and 183 accumulated days in a 365-day period (so, adding the number of days from all your stays as a tourist within one year counted from your first entry can’t exceed half a year).

However, you should be aware that it’s always at the discretion of the immigration officer you have to face when entering Peru if he/she lets you enter and how many days you are given. You have no right to get a certain number of days, no matter what any law says and no matter if you overstayed before or not. And you are not entitled to being allowed to (re-) enter Peru, no matter if you overstayed before or not. On the other hand, immigration officers, of course, have a certain margin of discretion and can bend the rules to a certain extent if and where they think justified and appropriate. So, the power of an immigration officer can work in your favor or not.

With this being said, it’s impossible for anyone to exactly tell you when you can return to Peru after you overstayed. But we at least can give some general guidelines.

Let’s assume you got 90 days when you entered, but overstayed a few days, a couple of weeks or up to three months, paid the overstay fine and didn’t get a re-entry ban when leaving. Usually, after 90 days in Peru, you should be 90 days outside Peru. So, even though not officially stipulated, we recommend to not return to Peru before the 90 days you should stay outside Peru plus the number of days you overstayed are over. So, if you, for example, overstayed 30 days, return to Peru only 4 months (90 days plus 30 days) after you left. However, if you come back earlier, there are a few ways things can go: either the immigration officer is doing his/her job by the book and doesn’t let you enter (extremely rare) or only gives you a few days or the number of days you have left as a tourist to reach the max of 183 days per year or doesn’t bother at all and just gives you another 90 days.  

If, for example, you were given 90 days when you entered and overstayed another 90 days, you used the maximum number of days you are allowed to be in Peru in a year; so, you can only re-enter one year after your first entry, which is half a year after you left.

Things get even more vague in case you overstayed the maximum allowed time of 183 days per year, as there is no official statement about how immigration officers take the time you stayed longer than the 183 days allowed into consideration. If you overstayed, for example, 4, 5, 6 months you not only simply overstayed your 90 days you got when you entered, but as well exceeded the maximum number of days you can be in Peru as a tourist in a 365-day period. In case you were lucky and didn’t get a re-entry ban, we recommend being outside Peru at least half a year plus the number of days exceeding the max of 183 days you are allowed to be in Peru as a tourist in a year before trying to return.

Just to point out again, it’s always at the discretion of the immigration officer how he/she handles your specific case. Yes, sometimes people who overstayed for a short or long period of time, just left Peru for a few days, returned with no problem, and got another 90 days. Others had to explain and somehow prove their situation (for example, they didn’t manage to finish the preparation work to get married or to apply for their work or family visa), the immigration officer showed empathy, bended the rules a bit and gave them enough time so that they could get married or apply for their visa. But sometimes immigration officers are strict, denying a person who overstayed and/or tried to return before the 180-day /365-day period is over entry.

So, to avoid any inconveniences and punishments of all sorts, we highly recommend not to overstay your time as a tourist. 

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    john boyce · 12/04/2023
    hi there 
     I arrived in Peru on oct 25 2022 , and applied for a temporary work visa just before my 90 day tourist visa ran out. I had a video call today with migrations who told me my application could not proceed because I didn´t present a particular document from my country of residence. A document I cant get without returning to Europe. I have a flight out of lima scheduled for May 20th, at which point i will have overstayed my 90 days by four months and my max of 183 days by a month. Is there any point in trying to explain my situation at the airport ? not so much to avoid a fine, but so i don´t have to wait six months or more to return.
    regards 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 12/04/2023
      @john boyce
      Hello John,

      you applied for a temporary work visa? Correct? Then I really wonder which document you need from your home country? Except for your passport all other requirements for a temporary work visa are documents you get in Peru. You may want to check out our Work visa article. If you applied for a resident work visa then yes, you would additionally need the Antecedentes (criminal record check) from your home country, but this is not a requirement for the temporary work visa.

      Anyway, was your application denied? Or is it just "on hold" at the moment and still in the process of being approved (or denied)? That's important to know.

      You should be aware that on the day you applied for your temporary work visa, to be precise on the day you applied for the change of your immigration status from tourist to temporary work (cambio de calidad migratoria) and got the confirmation of your application (Registro de solicitud de cambio de calidad migratoria) with the Numero de expediente (file number), the Fecha de publicacion (application date) and a Codigo de verificacion (verification code) your time as a tourist in Peru stopped.

      Since that day you are not a tourist anymore and still not a (temporary) visa holder. As you applied for the temporary work visa before your stay as a tourist expired you haven't overstayed your allowed time as a tourist.

      If your temporary work visa application was denied, then you usually have 15 days to leave the country. No overstay fine has to be paid as you applied before your stay as a tourist expired and you leave before the 15 days are over.

      If your visa application is still in the process of being approved (or denied), which I understand from what you described,  then as well you don't have to pay anything when you leave. However, you can only leave Peru during the processing time of their visa application with a special permit, which is called Autorización de Estadía fuera del País, otherwise your application is canceled.

      So, if you want to keep your application, you must apply for the "authorization to leave the country during the processing time of your visa application" before flying out of Peru. It's a simple and straightforward process which should be done around 3 days before you leave (if it doesn't work, you can as well do it at the airport). The process is explained in our article Travel Permit.

      Greetings
      Eva

      P.S. What I forgot to mention: have two printed copies of your travel permit; you have to hand the first copy to the immigration officer when you leave Peru and the second copy when you return to Peru so you won't have a problem with being allowed to re-enter and worry about how many days you get.
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    Myri · 20/03/2023
    Hello, I arrived in Peru a while ago but I'm trying to see if there's a way to avoid the fine leaving the country. My passport didn't get stamped. How can they track the day of my arrival? Thanks.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 20/03/2023
      @Myri Hello Myri,

      If you overstayed the allowed time as a tourist, you must (!) pay the overstay fine before leaving the country; in most cases, there is no way around it. Not having an entry stamp and Migraciones, as you hope, not knowing when you entered, won’t exempt you from paying as they most probably know exactly when you came to Peru.

      It can have two reasons why your passport wasn’t stamped when you entered Peru. The first is harmless, the other one, regardless of the overstaying, might cause serious inconveniences for you. As you unfortunately only wrote that you “arrived in Peru a while ago”, I don’t know which one applies to you.

      During the height of the Corona pandemic, so from October 2020, when Peru resumed air travel, until May 2022, Peruvian immigrations didn’t stamp passports of foreigners entering the country. In June and July of 2022 some passports were stamped others not. But while foreigners who entered the country as a tourist didn’t get a stamp in their passport, their entry and the number of days they were allowed to stay was automatically registered in a Migraciones database. So, if you entered during that time frame, it’s nothing unusual that you don’t have an entry stamp and Migraciones just has to scan your passport and immediately gets the info when you arrived. And even if you came to Peru later, it also can be that an immigration officer just forgot to stamp your passport, but hopefully still correctly registered you when you entered.

      So, to check if you were correctly registered, you should have a look at your so-called TAM virtual. You can do this on the Migraciones website under Consultas en Linea TAM virtual.

      In the drop-down list choose your travel document, in most cases this will be the passport (pasaporte) and enter the passport number. Afterwards, select in the drop-down list your nationality; be aware that the names are in Spanish, so you won’t find, for example United States or US, but have to look for EE.UU (Estados Unidos); or no sign of Germany, so select Alemania, etc.

      Then just enter the day you entered Peru and the captcha. Click on “Verificar” and you should immediately get your entry in the Migraciones database showing your personal data, the day you came to Peru and the number of days you were given when you entered. That’s part of what the immigration officer will see when he/she scans your passport.

      If you get an error message, there might be a problem with your registration which isn’t good.

      Anyway, if the Migraciones website doesn’t show your TAM virtual, open the Agencia Digital, the Migraciones online platform, choose “Extranjero” (foreigner), fill in required personal data (passport and number, birthdate, nationality (names are in Spanish), date of entry) and the captcha and then click on “Verificar”. On the next page you find on the left the point "Consultas en linea"; click on it and choose "TAM virtual". Then select "personal" and enter your personal data (passport and number, date of entry and “entrada” as requested. Click on “Siguiente” and the system should show you a page with your personal data, the day you entered, and the time you are allowed to stay.

      If you get an error message here as well or the screen remains blank, chances are that you not only didn’t get an entry stamp but weren’t registered correctly when you entered. Really not good and this won’t let you off the hook not paying the overstay fine. It causes you more problems.

      A few months ago someone entered Peru by bus, when I remember correctly, coming from Ecuador. When this person tried to fly out of Lima airport a couple of weeks after entering, the immigration officer couldn’t find this person in the database and there was no stamp in the passport either (which the person hadn’t noticed). So, this person was denied leaving the country as he could have entered Peru illegally. Even though not his fault, he had to apply for a “Regularización de movimiento migratorio” proving that he crossed the border legally. The whole process took over 4 weeks until he finally was allowed to leave. So, nothing to look forward to, especially if you additionally overstayed (excessively?).

      Anyway, I hope that you entered Peru around or before May/June/July 2022, therefore didn’t get an entry stamp but were correctly registered and just have to pay the overstay fine. If you don’t have enough money to pay, ask family or friends to help you out. If this doesn’t work for you, getting in contact with Migraciones is inevitable. Explain your situation and hope that they offer you a feasible solution. Migraciones might offer a payment plan or a reduction or could as well allow you to leave without paying the fine put punishing you with a re-entry ban for anything between 1 and 10 years. Another option could be trying to leave the country using a small border crossing and hopefully being able to bargain down your fine or even slipping through without anyone noticing your overstay.

      Wishing you all the best
      Eva

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    Jacky · 08/03/2023
    I arrived To Peru on October 27th 2021 and I stayed for weeks leaving on November 11th 2021. I returned to Peru on October 5th 2022 and I stayed a total of 121 days overstaying by 31 days leaving the country on February 3rd 2023. 

    Do you believe I could come back in April to stay a total of five days? because if my math is correct I should have five days left if the 365 day period from my first stay ended on November 11th 2022. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 08/03/2023
      @Jacky Hello Jacky,

      Honestly, I can’t follow your calculations. You can stay in Peru as a tourist up to 90 days in a 180-day period and a max of 183 days per year.

      Your first 365-day period started on October 27, 2021 with your first entry and therefore ended on October 27, 2022. So, from October 27, 2021 to November 11, 2021 you spent 15 days and from October 5, 2022 to October 27, 2022 another 22 days which makes 37 days for your first 365-day period. Then your second 365-day period would have started from which you would have used 99 days (121-22 from the first 365-day period) leaving you with over 80 days in your second 365-day period. But usually that’s not the way Migraciones calculates.

      I assume (!!!) that when you entered on October 5, 2022 they started a new 365-day period giving you 90 days. After staying the 90 days as a tourist you should be outside the country for 90 days before returning. Additionally, you overstayed, never good.

      Anyway, with this being said, returning to Peru already in April (so you have been outside the country for just two months or so) is possible but no one can say what will happen. Be aware that you don’t have the right to get this or that amount of days, it’s always up to the immigration officer you have to face if you are allowed to enter and for how long he/she allows you to stay as a tourist.

      I doubt that you are refused entry, as far as I can see there is no reason for that as your overstay was just a month, but depending on the officer you might get another 90 days without any problems, or he/she starts lecturing you about your overstay, citing some laws, calculating back and forth and finally giving you 30 or 60 days or whatever number of days he/she thinks appropriate. Don’t get intimidated. Stay calm and friendly and, if necessary, just apologize for your overstay and ask for the 5 days you need. Personally I think you should be fine.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Xavier · 14/02/2023
    If you were given 90 days and you overstayed 30 wouldn’t it be safe to come back after only two months instead of four months from your example? Because after two months away a 180 days would have passed from your date of arrival to Peru and you would have 63 days left in the 365 day time period. So you would be given 63 days upon returning to Peru, no? Or would you have to wait four months as you said?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 14/02/2023
      @Xavier
      Hello Xavier,

      as explained above, Migraciones hasn’t made public for how long foreigners, who overstayed their time as a tourist in Peru, must be out of the country before they can safely return. This makes it impossible for anyone to exactly tell you when you can come back to Peru after you overstayed.

      Additionally, our guideline of staying outside the country for a certain amount of time is just a recommendation based on our and other travelers experiences which hopefully allows you to re-enter the country without any problems (especially not being denied entry) and getting you the most days possible.

      Furthermore, as everywhere around the globe,  it's always up to the immigration officer at your point of entry, if he/she allows you to enter Peru and for how long.

      So, with this being said, there is no right to return after this or that amount of days after leaving and no being entitled to get this or that amount of days. It doesn't make sense to crunch numbers and interpret the rules to make them fit.

      As in the end it's at the discretion of the immigration officer and how he/she interprets the rules and your case, there is no clear answer if you could return after 2 months because your 180-day period is over (and those who overstayed 60 days then could return after just 1 month and still get another 30 days? ).

      Anyway, if you return 2 months after having stayed 90 days plus 30 overstayed days, you might get lucky and just get another 60 days (surely not 63 days) or the immigration officer isn't pleased because you disrespected Peruvian regulations when you have been a guest in the country before and denies you entry or just gives you any amount of days he/she thinks appropriate. 

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Peter · 12/02/2023
    When departing Peru (from the main airport in Lima) I will have overstayed my allotted stay by about 90 days (as of February 2023). So I have to pay the overstay fine (nearly 500 soles?).  I believe I do this at the immigration departure counter when I am stamped out of Peru.  My question is, can I pay this by debit/credit card using a card reader (do they have one there?), or do I need to pay in cash?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 12/02/2023
      @Peter
      Hello Peter,

      yes, as described in our article above under How and where to pay the overstay fine, you can pay the fine for overstaying directly at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima. After checking in and clearing the security check, proceed to the immigration control counters like everyone else. There, the immigration officer will calculate the number of days you overstayed and then sends you to a payment counter which is located just opposite. The counter is open as long as international flights depart from the airport.

      While for years only cash payments in Soles or US$ (the exchange rate is miserable, so best have enough Soles on hand) were accepted, one of our readers informed us that at least since August 2022 additionally credit card payments are possible. So, let's hope that the terminal is working when you want to pay your fine. With the receipt, return to the immigration counter. If you know the number of days you overstayed, you as well can first pay at the counter and then proceed to immigrations with the payment receipt.

      Another option is to pay your overstay fine a few days before leaving either at any Banco de la Nacion branch (cash) or on pagalo.pe where credit and debit card payments are possible.

      Be aware that for days you overstayed in 2022 you must pay S/4.60 per overstayed day while for days overstayed in 2023 it's S/ 4.95 per overstayed day.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Mary johnsin · 24/12/2022
    My fiancé is being held there for a short over stay and is looking at prision time for 3 years  wtf this is so messed up he had ticket to leave there today but was arrested yesterday this is so wrong
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 25/12/2022
      @Mary johnsin Hello Mary,

      I hope you get to see my answer as you unfortunately used an invalid e-mail address and won’t get our notification. Anyway, I’m sorry that your boyfriend and you have to go through this. But honestly, something isn’t adding up here.

      Overstaying in Peru is not a civil nor criminal offense and for just staying a short time longer than you are allowed as a tourist, you are not arrested and don’t face 3 years in prison.

      According to the Foreigner Law, immigration officers must (!) use the mildest measure to punish foreigners breaking Peruvian laws and regulations. In case of short overstays, that's having to pay the fine of S/ 4.60 per day or in rare cases a re-entry ban. If your boyfriend already had his flight ticket out of the country for the next day, no-one would even bother to start any legal actions against him. And how did anyone find out that he overstayed? Why was he checked, what happend?

      Anyway, there is either more to your boyfriend’s story that even you don’t know about or don’t want to share publicly, he was at the wrong time at the wrong place with the wrong people, he knowingly or unknowingly broke some law (be aware that parts of Peru are in a state of emergency) or he is the victim of a corrupt police officer.

      Not knowing the complete story, I unfortunately can only recommend finding out what the charges are, getting in contact with the embassy or consulate of his home country immediately and finding a lawyer.

      All the best.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Diederick · 12/12/2022
    I am in the process of getting my visa, I have to go to Migraciones on the 17th, but my contract got suspended/quit my job, do I still need to pay the fine? I have been here ''illegally'' since the beginning of august, but somewhere in november or october I paid my overstay fine for those days already. so I could start my visa process
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 12/12/2022
      @Diederick Hello Diederick

      Sorry, but I really can’t follow your explanation and don’t understand your situation.

      So, your stay as a tourist expired in August. You paid the overstay fine and applied for a resident (work?) visa in November? That’s the first thing I don’t understand. Usually, it’s not possible to apply for a resident visa when your stay as a tourist is expired, even if you have paid the fine. You must pay the fine, leave the country and then return. So, how did you just pay the fine and apply without your application being rejected? Or did you apply for a CPP?

      Anyway, you have an appointment at Migraciones on the 17th. For what? Biometrical data appointment? Or was your visa approved and you go to pick up your carné? Or something else?

      In case you pick up your carné, I can only say, congrats. But, assuming you applied for a resident work visa, you only have 30 days to inform Migraciones about any changes. And you have big changes, your contract, so the basis for your visa application, is null and void. And if you can’t provide a new contract, your resident work visa will be canceled, and you are usually given 15 days to leave the country.

      So, this brings me to your actual question. On the day you applied for your resident visa or your CPP time stops; so even though your stay as a tourist expires the next day or during the approval process you don’t have to pay the overstay fine.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Owen · 05/11/2022
    Hello, I have a question regarding multiple entry so I'm entering Peru on the 6th of December, for 34 days then I'll go home but I'll want to re enter Peru again in March for 20 more days will this be possible?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/11/2022
      @Owen Hello Owen,

      no, you won't have any problems. You can stay up to 90 days in half a year. So, if your first visit is only 34 days, you have plenty of days left to come back in March.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    nina · 20/10/2022
    Hello Sunflower
    Thank you so much for provoding all this useful information - it is very much appreciated!

    I (Swiss citizen) entered Peru on 7 September and have a flight out of Lima a few days before Christmas. 
    Because of the limit to 90 days I was thinking of leaving for Chile or Bolivia at the end of Nov for a few weeks and then just coming back for the flight.
    Now that I found out about this fee, however, I am thinking of just staying and paying the fine, it would only be for roughly 3 weeks.
    And as I understand, it should be fairly easy paying the fine at Lima airport. 
    I should not expect to get in any trouble about this, right? 

    And if I do leave for a few weeks in the meantime, it should be no problem to come back to catch a flight, correct? 

    Thank you
    Nina
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 20/10/2022
      @nina Hello Nina,

      While I always recommend respecting the regulations in Peru and not overstaying your stay as a tourist, if you overstay for just three weeks, you won’t have any problem. Just pay the fine of S/ 4.60 per overstayed day (this amount is for the days you overstayed in 2022; in 2023 the fine might be slightly higher).

      If you leave Peru for a few weeks and then re-enter to catch your flight home, you as well shouldn’t have a problem. However, the immigration officer might only give you another 30 days or so, which won’t affect you as you are heading home anyway.

      Enjoy your time in Peru

      Greetings
      Eva

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