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Tourist Visa extension in Peru

Tourist Visa extension in Peru

How to extend your tourist visa in Peru

For years it wasn’t possible to extend your tourist visa / "temporary authorization to enter as a tourist" once you entered Peru. This changed in May 2018; however, it seems to might have changed back in August 2021.

To understand what's going on with tourist visa extensions in Peru, first some important background information about the situation from May 2018 to March 2020 and from March 2020 to August 2021 and then the current, quite unclear situation since August 2021.

Tourist visa extension in Peru, May 2018 to March 2020

From May 15, 2018 to March 2020, when Covid hit Peru, tourists who got less than the from the 2017 foreigner law allowed 183 days in a 365-day period when entering the country could extend their tourist visa - correctly their "temporary authorization to enter as a tourist" - while in Peru quick and easy online. The procedure was and still is called "Prórroga de Permanencia – PRPL". However, it seemed that the online extension process was only supposed to work for South American nationals according to bi- and multilateral agreements and Migraciones was a bit surprised to find that all nationalities, some with problems, could suddenly extend online.

Back then, the platform to extend a “tourist visa” was embedded in the Migraciones website - where you still, however unfunctional, can find it - and didn’t work properly. While some foreigners could extend without any problems, others got seemingly never-ending error messages from “no data record found”, to “information of the bank receipt not found”, to “requested extension days invalid”. If the problems were just the result of bad programming or that the system supposedly only was intended to work for some nationalities - which makes sense to me and seems plausible as the Banco de la Nacion payment code with which you paid for the extension under "prorroga permanencia" explicitly stated that this option is only for South Americans - we will never know.

Anyway, in June 2019 it got a bit more complicated - welcome to Peru. The Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs quietly published an updated list showing which nationals need a tourist visa from a Peruvian consulate before coming to Peru and which nationals can travel visa-free to Peru and for how long. With this new publication, the general rule to be allowed to stay 183 days in a 365-day period became outdated for most nationalities.

So suddenly and mostly unnoticed, next to Schengen State nationals, many other nationalities including, for example, US and Canadian nationals were only allowed to stay for up to 90 days in a 180-day period. Immigration officers increasingly applied the new regulations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, giving many nationalities only the for their nationality allowed 90 days upon entry, which resulted in an increasing number of visitors in need of an extension and challenging the system.

Please see our PDF " Visas for Peru by country and allowed length of stay" at the end of this article to find out how long you can stay visa-free in Peru - this PDF is an English translation of the original from the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which can be found here.

Tourist visa extension in Peru, March 2020 to August 2021

Then, in March 2020, Covid hit Peru, borders and airports were closed from one day to the other and thousands of tourists were stuck in the country for months. The Peruvian government assured all visitors that they can stay in the country, even with an expired "tourist visa" without having to fear any reprisals. As long as Peru is under the State of Emergency “tourist visa” extensions wouldn't be necessary and all overstaying fees would be waved. Additionally, visitors would get a 45-day time period to leave the country after the State of Emergency is lifted.

Then in mid-2020, Migraciones - back then all offices were still closed - introduced a completely new online platform for Peruvians and foreigners, the Agencia Digital. Since then foreigners can for example change their immigration status (so apply for or change their residence visa), extend their residence visa, apply for different permits (such as the permit to sign contracts), check the status of several procedures, etc. online. One menu point of the Agencia Digital is named “Prórroga de Permanencia”, so the extension of your temporary stay which technically includes the tourist visa / authorization to enter as a tourist.

However, in March 2021 a new law (Supreme Decree 002-2021-IN), which changes the Peruvian foreigner law from 2017, was published, and in July 2021 the new TUPA (Administrative Procedures of the National Superintendency of Migration), which establishes new administrative procedures under the jurisdiction of the National Superintendency of Migration. Both lack any information regarding tourist visa extensions and only establish the rules and regulations for extending "real" temporary visas, such as a temporary student visa or the temporary work visa.

Tourist visa extension in Peru from August 2021

Despite still being in a State of Emergency, in mid-August 2021 Migraciones announced that - with air travel being possible for months now - the grace period for foreigners being in the country on an expired tourist visa /authorization to enter as a tourist is over. Starting August 20 foreigners who are in the country on an expired tourist visa / authorization to enter as a tourist have to pay the overstay fee of S/ 4.40 (0.1% of an UIT) per day they overstayed when leaving. Furthermore, it was communicated that at the moment the "tourist visas" of those that are already in the country are not extended anymore. Those visitors only have the option to leave Peru or apply for a temporary or permanent residency; with the second option not really being possible, as you have to be in the country on a valid (!) visa / authorization when you apply which those foreigners aren't since August 20.

So, it seems that at least for the time being it is not possible to extend your tourist visa / authorization to enter as a tourist. As we still have hopes that this might change again in the near future, we for now leave the "old" requirements for extending a tourist visa in Peru below.

If you have any information on the topic, please feel free to contact us, so we can update the information here.

 

Requirements for extending a tourist visa in Peru (2018 - 2020)

  • Only nationals who don’t have to apply for an actual tourist visa at a Peruvian consulate abroad, but get a so-called "temporary authorization to enter as a tourist" upon arrival can apply for the extension
  • Only those visitors with a still valid tourist visa (correctly “temporary authorization to enter as a tourist") can apply for the extension; when the visa is already expired, the process doesn’t work.
  • The tourist visa (correctly the "temporary authorization to enter as a tourist") can only be extended up to the for the nationality allowed max number of days (90 days within a 180 days period or 180 days in a 365 days period) and for not over 90 days; so if you only got 30 days when you entered Peru, you can only get an additional  60 days (if you belong to a nationality which is only allowed 90 days in a 180 days period) or 90 days (if you belong to a nationality which can stay up to 180 days in a 365 days period).
  • Be aware that for nationals of Schengen States, the maximum allowed time on a "tourist visa" is 90 days within a 180 days period. The reason for that is an agreement between the EU and Peru, which allows Peruvians to enter the Schengen area visa-free for tourism for 90 days; the other way round Schengen States nationals therefore are also only allowed to stay 90 days (in a 183 days period) in Peru. According to reports nationals of Schengen States that already got 90 days when entering, couldn't extend their "tourist visa" online. However, most times Migraciones extended the stay when applying in person at one of their offices and giving a good reason for a longer stay.
  • Be aware that since June 2019 US and Canadian nationals among many others are as well only allowed to stay 90 days (see our PDF " Visas for Peru by country and allowed length of stay" at the end of this article to find out how long you can stay visa-free)
  • The passport of the applicant has to be valid
 

How to apply for a tourist visa extension in Peru online

With above mentioned changes and uncertainties in mind the application process should work similar to other procedures in Peru. So, first pay the fee for the Migraciones administrative procedure “Prórroga de Permanencia” at any Banco de la Nacion branch..

You can find detailed explanations about how to pay, what you have to do and be aware of, how to register on the online payment platform and how to find the correct fee you have to pay, in our article "Paying administration charges and processing fees in Peru".

Then open the Migraciones Agencia Virtual. Choose "Extranjero" and enter the data requested. Enter your personal data exactly as in your passport. On the next page you find on the left the point “Prórroga de Permanencia”. Just click on it and sorry, from there you are on your own, but should only have  to follow the steps as indicated (have the receipt from the bank on hand as you have to enter some data from it - if you don't know where to find the requested bank information on your receipt, click on the question mark) .

If everything works smoothly you get a document with an administration procedure number (tramite no.) and date of application; download it and / or print it. Within a few days you should get the official confirmation of the successful extension of your tourist visa via the Buzon Electronico. Keep it safe.

And once again: if you have any detailed information about the tourist visa extension process in 2021, please share them with us. Thank you.

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    J · 27/09/2021
    I am from the US. My visa is about to expire 90 days. If I overstay is the fine the only thing to worry about? Will it affect my being able to come back again later? And also years ago I used to be able to go get the extension at the immigration office on Ave. España, is that not possible anymore? Tha ks
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 28/09/2021
      @J
      Good morning,

      For years the application for the tourist visa extension is done online; in pre-Corona times you did it on the Migraciones website and only when this didn’t work, you could do it in person at the Migraciones office. Now the tramite is supposed to be done using the Migraciones Agencia Digital which was introduced last year. However, as quite a number of our readers reported over the last couple of weeks, they either didn’t have the button “tourist visa extension” when they entered the Agencia Digital, or an error appeared when clicking on the “visa extension”, or they couldn’t fill in the application form, or they filled in the online application, and nothing happened. When they then visited Migraciones and asked for the extension, all got the same answer: no tourist visa extension anymore. If this is only temporary or will become permanent, we don’t know.

      The fine for overstaying your welcome is 0.1% of an UIT. So, in 2021 you have to pay S/ 4.40 for each day you overstayed. The fee is paid when leaving the country at the Banco de la Nación under code 00675 “Multa Extranjeros -Exceso permanencia (por día)”. Usually, you don’t have to fear any consequences when overstaying; however, you should be aware that you are illegally in the country, which could result in deportation.

      Additionally, at least before Corona the border-hopping times, so just crossing the border and returning the same or a few days later, to get a new tourist visa stamp in the passport were over. After the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs eliminated the general rule that tourists are allowed to stay 183 days in a 365-day period in June 2019 and implemented new regulations allowing most nationalities only to stay 90 days in a 180-day period (including US nationals), border officials increasingly applied these new rules giving foreigners only the allowed days when entering for the first time and wouldn’t let border-hoppers re-enter (or only for a few days) when they already stayed the maximum allowed time as visitor in the country. So, right now, we don’t know how immigrations will handle that in the future.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Alex · 27/09/2021
    I had previously spent 7 months in Peru due to covid and therefore have used my '183 days in a year' period, I have been outside for Peru for 3 months now. Because the 183 day rule was suspended does my previous time count towards this? or do I start from 0 now it has been reintroduced? I would like to go back in November, is this possible? Thank you for any advice
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 27/09/2021
      @Alex Hello Alex,

      Sorry, but I can’t answer your question, especially not the exact way you are looking for. In Peru, nothing is black and white. In this case, we have a foreigner law from 2017 generally stating that tourists can stay in Peru for up to 180 days in a 365-day period; then we have a publication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs contradicting this general rule and allowing certain nationalities only to be in Peru as a tourist for up to 90 days in a 180 or 365-day period; now in 2021 we got a new foreigner law which however didn’t clarify these discrepancies; additionally we have immigration officers who can give foreigners entering Peru any number of days in the timeframe they think appropriate; and to top it all we have the whole Covid situation where enforcing the regulations was suspended and generous grace periods were in place which now have ended.

      So, at the moment I don’t know and as re-enforcing the regulations just started a few weeks ago and only a few tourists come to Peru right now, I don’t have any experience on how strict immigrations works.

      Nevertheless, personally I think you won’t have any problems entering Peru in November and assume that the date of your entry will be the first day of your new 180 or 365-day period (depending on your nationality), but you most probably will only get 90 days.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Alex · 27/09/2021
      @Sunflower Hello Eva, 

      Thank you for this, I know it is quite complicated and migraciones can be a bit of a challenge to understand on a good day. My girlfriend and her family live in Peru so they will ask around as well to see if they can work out the rules. I will post an update if I ever find out what the situation is! 

      Thanks, Alex
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 27/09/2021
      @Alex That would be great. Thank you so much.
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    Luca · 19/09/2021
    I am Italian and I arrived in Peru on September 16th 2021, planning to stay until February and forgetting about the Schengen related changed. I got 90 days only (my flight back is in February), and I was told to go to Migraciones to extend it one month before it expires. I can access the Agencia Virtual and I will let you know if I can extend it from there, if I have to go to Migraciones instead and in the end if I will be able to extend it or I'll have to pay the fine when I leave... The virtual agency page doesn't seem to provide the correct options to ask for an extension though, at least for me...
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 20/09/2021
      @Luca
      Hello Luca, honestly we don't know at the moment how tourist visa extensions are handled in the future. So yes, it would be great if you share your experience once you tried to get the extension.
      Thank you so much
      Greetings
      Eva
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      Tom · 22/09/2021
      @Sunflower I have filed the Prorroga online having gone through the proper process. I also emailed immigration. They confirmed that this Trámite is no longer available so I have accepted needing to overstay and pay the fine 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 22/09/2021
      @Tom Thank you so much for sharing. That's a real bummer.
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      Luca · 22/09/2021
      @Tom The online process only shows me an option "Consult" and if I click on it it asks me to look for my "transaction code/number", which of course I do not have.
      I will try to go to the immigration office (cannot schedule an appointment online, they are all filled in forever, and waiting in a queue for a call is another endless pain), but it doesn't look promising at all
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 23/09/2021
      @Luca
      Yes, I fear - at least for now - no tourist visa extension anymore. All the best.

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