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Tourist Visa extension in Peru

Tourist Visa extension in Peru

How to extend your tourist visa in Peru

For the past two decades, every few years the regulations in Peru would change, determining if foreigners can extend their stay as a tourist in the country or not. Since August 2021, foreign tourists couldn't extend their time in Peru anymore. However, this general “no” for tourist visa extensions was softened with the implementation of new Migraciones administrative regulations on October 22, 2023, which allow foreign nationals from member countries of the Andean Community, and only these (!), to extend their stay as a tourist again and abolished with the new Foreigner Law, Decreto Legislativo 1582 on November 14, 2023.

The new Foreigner Law, Decreto Legislativo 1582, published on November 14, 2023, states that foreign tourists can stay in Peru for 183 accumulated days in a 365-day period; so, half a year within one year. It further describes that in case foreign tourists don't get the full 183 days, 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 or for which nationalities there might be restrictions or when foreigners might be able to extend or how it works. The only foreign nationals, who already now can extend their stay as a tourist, are Bolivians, Ecuadorians and Colombians, which is stated in the TUPA from October 2023.

Anyway, right now we have to wait for more official news.

Overview

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 unpleasant situation since August 2021 and the new development that gives hope for the future since October 2023.

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, for those you can enter Peru visa-free the "temporary authorization to enter and stay as a tourist" (which is nothing more than an entry in the Migraciones database 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 "real" tourist visa issued by 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 grace 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 the Supreme Decree 002-2021-IN, which updated and partly changed the Peruvian foreigner law (Decreto Legislativo 1350) from 2017, and in July 2021 a new TUPA, which establishes new administrative regulations and procedures under the jurisdiction of the National Superintendency of Migration, was published. Both new texts 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, August 2021 to October 2023

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, 2021 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 of leaving Peru or applying for a temporary or permanent residency.

Visitors who entered Peru in or after August 2021 might have noticed that they only got 90 days, which - except for a few nationalities - is now the number of days most foreigners are allowed to stay in Peru on a "tourist visa". See below pdf document "Visas for Peru by country and allowed length of stay - October 2021" in the attachments.

And even today nothing changed. Tourists still can NOT extend their tourist visa / authorization to enter as a tourist anymore.

Tourist visa extension in Peru from October 22 to November 13, 2023

As already explained above, since August 2021, foreign nationals, those who can travel to Peru visa-free and those who have a real tourist visa in their passport, cannot extend their stay as a tourist in Peru anymore.

Upon entry all foreign tourists get up to (!) 90 days, which - except for a few nationalities - is the number of days most foreigners are allowed to stay in Peru as a tourist in a 180-day period. But even those few nationalities, who are allowed to stay longer or who have a real tourist visa allowing them to stay longer, still only get up to 90 days upon entry.

However, while the number of days foreign tourist get when they enter the country for now seems to remain at up to 90 days, on October 22, 2023, a new TUPA, a document establishing the Migraciones administrative regulations and procedures, was published.

There you find that now foreign tourists in Peru, whose home country is a member of the Andean Community, which includes Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, can extend their stay as a tourist for up to 90 days if they don’t exceed the maximum allowed stay as a tourist of 180 days per year.

If you prefer to read the administrative procedure for the so-called "Prorroga de Permanencia de Turista por Estatuto Migratorio Andino" yourself check out the new TUPA. You find the information on page 235, which is page 238 of the PDF document.

At the moment it’s not clear how the extension works. It's as well unknown if there could be already plans allowing other foreign nationals to extend their stay as a tourist as well (or if there is a glitch in the system as we had from 2018 to 2020 making it possible that everyone, some with problems, could extend).

So, as of today, officially tourist visa extensions are only possible for foreigners from Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador. According to the current regulations, other foreign tourists still cannot extend their stay.

Tourist visa extension in Peru since November 14, 2023

On November 14, 2023, a new Foreigner Law, Decreto Legislativo 1582, was published, stating that foreign tourists can stay in Peru for 183 accumulated days in a 365-day period; so, half a year within one year. It further describes that in case foreign tourists don't get the full 183 days, an extension can be granted, unless international agreements or conventions determine a shorter period or don't allow extensions.

At the moment (end of January 2024) the administrative regulations, called TUPA, necessary for the implementation of the new Foreigner Law still haven't been published. So, we don't know, which foreign nationals can extend (exception: Bolivians, Ecuadorians and Colombians, who at the moment are the only ones, who can extend, as explained in the chapter above) or for which nationalities there might be restrictions or when foreigners might be able to extend or how it works.

Anyway, right now we have to wait for more official news. Or if you have any current information on the topic, please let us know.

Overstaying as a tourist in Peru

If your allowed time as a tourist in Peru is up, you either have to apply for a temporary or resident visa or leave the country. If you, however, decide to overstay, since January 1, 2024, a fine of S/ 5.15 (0.1% of an UIT) per overstayed day in 2024 (S/ 4.95 per overstayed day in 2023) has to be paid when leaving the country.

Our article "Peruvian Overstay Fine for tourists" explains in detail the legal backgrounds of overstaying, consequences of overstaying, and how and where you can pay the overstay 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 usua...

 

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    Dar · 04/06/2024
    Hello
    I am a U.S. citizen & entered Peru on 10 Mar 2024. I was given 90 days. Today is 4 June 2024 and I want another 90 days. How does the ruling (Tourist visa extension in Peru since November 14, 2023
    On November 14, 2023, a new Foreigner Law, Decreto Legislativo 1582, was published...) apply for me to get the additional days? What do I need to do?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 04/06/2024
      @Dar
      Hello Dar,

      yes, since November of last year we have a new Foreigner Law confirming that foreigners can stay in Peru as a tourist for 183 days in a 365-day period. The new law as well stipulates that in case foreign tourists don't get the full 183 days when they enter, an extension can be granted, unless international agreements or conventions determine a shorter period or don't allow extensions.

      Unfortunately, the administrative regulations, called TUPA, necessary for the implementation of the new Foreigner Law still haven't been published. So, we don't know, which foreign nationals can extend (exception: Bolivians, Ecuadorians and Colombians) or for which nationalities there might be restrictions or when foreigners might be able to extend or how it works.

      So, right now you cannot extend your stay as a tourist. 

      If you got 90 days when you entered on March 10, you either leave latest June 8 and return hoping you get another 30, 60 or 90 days when you re-enter or overstay your welcome and pay a fine of S/ 5.15 per overstayed day when you leave.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    David · 26/04/2024
    Hello, I'm from Sweden. I visited Peru from January 15th, 2024, to March 2nd, 2024. I'm planning to return around May 20th, 2024. Will my 90-day limit 'reset' when I departed on March 2nd? Or, what will be the duration of my stay allowed in Peru starting from May 20th, 2024?  
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 27/04/2024
      @David Hello David,

      according to the Foreigner Law (Decreto Legislativo 1582) tourists can stay in Peru for 183 days in a 365-day period. However, this doesn’t mean you get the complete 183 days when you enter the country.

      A publication issued by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE), which is based on agreements Peru has with different countries, limits and in some cases divides the general 183 days per year allowing most foreign nationals, who can come to Peru visa-free, to stay in the country as a tourist for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

      You can find the list on the government website under Convenios de visas para ciudadanos extranjeros.
      https://www.gob.pe/institucion/rree/informes-publicaciones/279522-convenios-de-visas-para-ciudadanos-extranjeros

      On page 4 of the document at the bottom you find Sweden (Reino de Suecia) with the remark 90/180. So, Swedish passport holders are allowed to stay 90 days in a 180-day period; meaning 3 months in half a year.

      With this being explained and assuming you entered Peru for the first time on January 15, 2024, your 180-day period ends on July 13, 2024.

      As you already stayed 48 days (Jan 15 - Mar 02) in this 180-day period, officially (!!!) you can only stay another up to (!) 42 days until your 180-day period ends on July 13.
      However, you haven't stayed the full 183 days allowed by the foreigner per 365-day period.

      So, if you return on May 20, things can go two ways:

      - the immigration officer is doing his job by the book and, as you already spent 48 days of the allowed 90 days in the 180-day period, only gives you another month (they mostly give 30, 60 or 90 days, rather rarely an "uneven" number of days, in your case 42 days).

      - the immigration officer gives you another 90 days (or only 60 days) as you haven't spent the 183 days per 365-day period.

      Be aware that as in many countries around the globe it’s always at the discretion of the immigration officer how he/she evaluates you /your situation/your travel history and how many days he/she is willing to let you stay as a tourist in Peru. You are not entitled to get the full 90 days in a 180-day period or the full 183 days per year. It's completely up to the immigration officer how long he/she allows you to stay.

      So sorry, but no-one can tell you or guarantee how many days you will be given. You are completely at the mercy of the immigration officer.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      David · 29/04/2024
      @Sunflower Hi Eva! 

      Thank you for your answer. 

      I recall from my previous experience passing through immigration at the airport. I informed them that if my stay exceeded the allotted period (90 days), I would be required to pay a fee upon leaving Peru. Does this imply that one can extend their stay by paying a penalty for the days overstayed? Are you aware of the specific amount involved, and are there potential additional consequences for choosing this option?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 29/04/2024
      @David
      Hello David,

      With paying the penalty fine you do not extend your stay as a tourist!

      So, let's assume you get 30 days when you enter the country. You should leave latest on the 30th day. If you stay longer than the 30 days the immigration officer allowed you, you are illegally - the Peruvian Foreigner Law says "irregular" in the country.

      If you stay the allowed 30 days and, for example, another 15 days, you must pay a fine of S/ 5.15 Soles per day you overstayed (in the example 15 x 5.15 = S/ 77,25) before you can leave the country. This fine is a penalty not a fee for extending!

      While usually overstaying your allowed time isn't a big deal in Peru, there can be problems and consequences. In our article Peruvian overstay fine for tourists I explain the details.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Nick Johnson · 12/04/2024
    Hi Eve, I have a real quick question about the length of time per year I am allowed to spend in Peru. After being out of the country since April 12th of 2023 I arrived to Peru on October 8 2023 and they gave me 30 days. I left the country for a month and came back for December 2023 and stayed till February 1st of 2024 for a total of 87 days. I flew back on April 10th 2024 and was informed that by law I couldn't enter the country until October 13th of this year (the first time I came to Peru was Oct 13 of 2019). After explaining to the officer that I assumed I could spend another 90 days because its been 6 months since Oct 8 they gave me 20 days to make preparations to go somewhere else. My question is: do tourists only get 90 days per year now? And if not is there a way I can extend my stay while I am here?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 12/04/2024
      @Nick Johnson Hello Nick,

      Since August 2021, this topic comes up often. According to the new Foreigner Law (Decreto Legislativo 1582) tourists can stay in Peru for 183 days in a 365-day period.

      However, this doesn’t mean you get the complete 183 days when you enter the country.

      A publication issued by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE), which is based on agreements Peru has with different countries, limits and in some cases divides the general 183 days per year allowing most foreign nationals to stay in Peru as a tourist for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

      You can find the list on the government website under Convenios de visas para ciudadanos extranjeros.

      If you check out the list, you will see that for most foreign nationals, who can travel to Peru visa-free, you find 90/180, which means they can stay up to 90 days in a 180-day period, for a few 180/365, so up to 180 days in a 365-day period and 90/365 (up to 90 days in a 365-day period).

      Assuming you are from the US, under Estados Unidos de America (and a few other countries) you only find 90, so 90 days. The list doesn't state if it's in a 180- or 365-day period. This leaves lots of room for interpretation and uncertainties.

      And over the past over two years, I regularly get e-mails or comments like yours - however mostly from US passport holders, who visit Peru regularly - stating that someone or an immigration officer said/showed some document that US Americans can only stay 90 days in a 365-day period.

      I've never seen such a document explicitly stating 90/365 for US Americans nor could I find it on any official site. I even contacted Migraciones and the Peruvian General Consulate in Washington a good year ago and again a few months back, but they confirmed that US Americans can stay visa-free as a tourist for 183 days per year and the 90 means 90 days in a 180-day period.

      Additionally, I know quite a number of US Americans, who had no problem staying in Peru 2 times 90 days, so the full 180 days within a year.

      However, as in many countries around the globe it’s always at the discretion of the immigration officer how he/she evaluates you /your situation/your travel history and how many days he/she is willing to let you stay as a tourist in Peru. You are not entitled to get the full 90 days or the full 183 days per year. It's completely up to the immigration officer if he/she let's you enter and how long he/she allows you to stay.

      And no, as of today there is no option to extend your stay as a tourist. Even though the new Foreigner Law, published in November of last year, states that in case foreign tourists don't get the full 183 days, an extension can be granted, it as well clearly says "unless international agreements or conventions determine a shorter period or don't allow extensions." Furthermore, the administrative regulations, called TUPA, necessary for the implementation of the new Foreigner Law still haven't been published.

      So, we don't know, which foreign nationals can extend (exception: Bolivians, Ecuadorians, and Colombians, who at the moment are the only ones, who can extend, as explained in the article above) or for which nationalities there might be restrictions or when foreigners might be able to extend or how it works.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Nicholas · 17/04/2024
      @Sunflower Thanks Eve, your website is great resource.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 18/04/2024
      @Nicholas
      Your are more than welcome. Always, good to know that what we are doing here is helpful for other.

      All the best
      Eva
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    robin · 02/04/2024
    Hello all i am from the netherlands i went from 24 september 2023 till 4 november 2023 and 24 december till 3 march 2024 now i want too back too my fiancee at 12th april will this give me problems or do you think i am still allowed?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 02/04/2024
      @robin
      Hello Robin,

      According to the foreigner law tourists can stay in Peru for 183 days in a 365-day period.

      However, a publication issued by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE), which is based on agreements Peru has with different countries, limits and in some cases divides the general 183 days per rolling year allowing most foreign nationals to stay in Peru as a tourist for up to 90 days in a 180-day period. The 90 days in a 180-day period as well applies to Dutch passport holders.

      With this being said, if your first entry was on 24.09.2023 your 180-day period ends on March 22, 2024. During this period you stayed 41 days from September to November and another 70 days from December to March; together 111 days.

      Even though it's always at the discretion of the immigration officer you have to face when you enter and therefore no-one can guarantee you anything, I think you shouldn't have a problem to return in April as a new 180-day period has started and you haven't spent the max. allowed 183 days. However, you might not get the full 90 days.

      Wishing you all the best.

      Greetings
      Eva


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      robin · 03/04/2024
      @Sunflower Hello Eva, Thank you so much for your answer! it is clear even with 60 days i will be really happy
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 03/04/2024
      @robin
      Wishing you all the best.

      Just be aware that in case you stay another 60 days or longer then that's it until the end of September 2024.

      And be aware as well that the immigration officer might tell you you already stayed the allowed time (even though you haven't) - they like to do it with foreigners staying in Peru and returning frequently. Just be friendly and tell him/her that you only stayed x days and the foreigner law allows you to stay 183 days.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      robin broeder · 03/04/2024
      @Sunflower Thank you for the great tip it is important because the plan is that i will gonna be marry in june that is why i think i also will use that explain the reason why and yes we are really bussy working on getting my fiancé to the netherlands 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 03/04/2024
      @robin broeder
      If you plan to marry, even better. Then, if necessary, just tell that you love Peru, found the love of your life and want to get married. That should do the trick in case the immigration officer is a bit tricky.

      And if you plan to marry in Peru, our "Marrying in Peru" article might be helpful. 
      And bring all required documents with Apostille with you when you return to Peru.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Simon Grant · 16/03/2024
    Thanks for the super informative article.

    If somebody is overstaying their visa in Peru is it a problem to fly domestic? I am about 1 month away from overstaying my visa (unless they start to allow extensions ASAP haha)

    I am curious if there's been any update on the new visa extenstion rules? Is it possible to extend to the 180 days yet?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 16/03/2024
      @Simon Grant
      Hello Simon,

      no, still no news on the visa extension. We are still waiting for the administrative procedures for the new Foreigner Law to be implemented.

      Anyway, 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 for national flights only the passport page with your personal data is checked (never heard that an airline actively checks online if tourists are legally in the country) and as there is no immigration control, how would they know that your tourist visa/stay as a tourist is expired? 
      On the other hand you never know. You are at an airport and for whatever reason, you might be picked out of the crowd. It’s a tiny bit of a gamble that many, many others in the same situation won and never ever had a problem; nevertheless, you could lose.

      By the way 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.

      Wishing you all the best.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Stephanie · 05/03/2024
    Hello and first, thank you for all the helpful articles!

    My partner and I from Germany only got 60 days (since 24th of January) when we crossed the border into Peru and would like to extend our tourist visa to 90 days.
    We have paid the fee at the Banco der la Nation (apparently more expensive now 17.70 S.) and have been trying to get an appointment for days in vain. Everything is always fully booked 2 weeks in advance and when we try to get help from the "agenciavirtual" via video call, we get through after a long wait, but the video never starts (even with different browsers). We have also tried calling the 1800 ALO MAC, but our Spanish is not good enough to understand what is being said.
    We are slowly running out of ideas... We would prefer to go to the office in person, but we have often read that you can't get in without an appointment.
    Maybe someone else has some advice? 

    Thanks in advance 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/03/2024
      @Stephanie Hello Stephanie,

      since August 2021, the extension of your stay as a tourist isn't possible anymore. And even though the new Foreigner Law, Decreto Legislativo 1582, published at the end of November 2023, states that in case foreign tourists don't get the full 183 days, an extension can be granted, it cleary says as well unless international agreements or conventions determine a shorter period or don't allow extensions. Additionally, the administrative procedures (TUPA), which are necessary for the implementation of the new Foreigner Law still haven't been published.

      So right now, we don't know, which foreign nationals can extend or for which nationalities there might be restrictions (as there is an agreement in place between the EU and Peru for a few years now allowing Peruvians to travel to Europe visa-free for up to 90 days in a 183-day period and and vice-versa passport holders of EU member to stay 90 days in a 183-day period in Peru I assume (!!!) that EU passport holders might fall under the "unless international agreements or conventions determine a shorter period" part).

      Anyway, at the moment only Bolivians, Ecuadorians and Colombians can extend their stay as a tourist in Peru as determined by a TUPA that was published already in October 2023, so before the new Foreigner Law.

      And when I understand correctly you paid the Migraciones code 07565 - Formulario PA - Prorroga de Permanencia under concept Prorroga de Permanencia de Turista por Estatuto Migratorio Andino. This Estatuto Migratorio Andino is the agreement between member states of the Andean Community (so, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador) allowing their nationals to stay in the other countries for up to half a year and extensions. As you are German nationals this concept doesn't apply to you.

      And while Bolivians, Ecuadorians and Colombians can apply for an extension of their stay as a tourist quickly and easily on the Agencia Digital, this option isn't (shouldn't be) available for you as a non-Andean-Community foreigner.

      With this being said, I fear that you cannot extend your stay as a tourist (at least not until we hopefully soon get a new TUPA explaining the requirements, process and restrictions of the tourist visa extension as described in the new Foreigner Law).

      Getting in contact with Migraciones is a nightmare. And yes, without an appointment you cannot talk to anyone in person at a Migraciones offices, which you must book on the Agencia Digital in the main menu on the left under "citas en linea" and "informes". The appointments are usually always booked. However, some MAC centers allow "walk-ins". So, you could try to pay one of the MAC centers a visit and ask if you can talk to someone without an appointment or how to get one.

      Then, did you read our Migraciones article? There I explain the different options of contacting Migraciones. Calling AloMac or using the video call option on the Agencia Digital is always in Spanish; sorry. But, after Migraciones discontinued their e-mail support a year ago, for a few months now the MAC centers can be reached under infomac @ pcm.gob.pe. Writing an e-mail is always easier than calling and hopefully you get an answer.

      And the last two options for you if you cannot get hold of anyone is to either leave Peru before your stay as a tourist expires and return (you most probably will get at least another 30 days or, if you haven't stayed the full 180 days within the last year, probably even 90 days) or overstay your time and pay the fee of S/ 5.15 per overstayed day before leaving.

      All the best.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/03/2024
      @Stephanie
      It's me again.

      Sorry, I copied the wrong e-mail address: If you want to email the MAC center this is the correct e-mail address infomac @ pcm.gob.pe.
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      Stephanie · 05/03/2024
      @Sunflower Thank you very very much 🙏

      Yes, we have already read in your article that only residents of the Andean regions can extend, but we have read different things about this everywhere.

      At least now we don't have to wait on hold every day :)
      We'll try the email you have us and see what we can do.
      Thank you!!!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/03/2024
      @Stephanie
      Hope everything works out for you.

      Eva
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    Snøfrid Steen Tellesbø · 10/02/2024
    Hi! This article is helpful, but I just want to make sure I'm in the clear.

    It seems like I do not need to apply for a visa inicially. I can just enter. 
    After 90 days I am planning to do a visa run to Ecuador. 
    Then I will come back to Peru and stay another 90 days - making it 180 days. And then I will leave the country. 

    Does this sound like an okey plan?
    Would I need to apply to enter again?

    Thank you!
    Snøfrid
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/02/2024
      @Snøfrid Steen Tellesbø
      Hello Snøfrid,

      according to the Peruvian Foreigner Law, in general, foreign nationals can stay in Peru as a tourist for 183 days in a 365-day period; so, half a year in a year. But a few years ago, a publication of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE) eliminated this general 183 days in a 365-day period rule for most nationalities, who can travel to Peru visa-free, and divided it into two times 90 days in two consecutive 180-day periods.

      Even though the new Peruvian Foreigner Law (Decreto Legislativo 1582), which was published in November 2023, confirms that foreign nationals can stay as tourists in Peru for a maximum of 183 days in a 365-day period, the RREE publication is still in place.

      And as explained above the new Foreigner Law further states that in case foreign tourists don't get the full 183 days, an extension can be granted, unless international agreements or conventions determine a shorter period or don't allow extensions.

      But at the moment the administrative regulations, called TUPA, necessary for the implementation of the new Foreigner Law still haven't been published. So, we don't know, which foreign nationals can extend (exception: Bolivians, Ecuadorians and Colombians, who at the moment are the only ones, who can extend) or for which nationalities there might be restrictions or when foreigners might be able to extend or how it works.

      So with all this being said, at the moment foreign nationals who come to Peru as a tourist in most cases only get 90 days upon entry and an extension of the stay as a tourist is not possible (exception: Bolivians, Ecuadorians and Colombians).

      If you leave Peru after you already stayed 90 days and return before your 180-day-period is over, things can go two different ways: the immigration officer is doing his/her job by the book and could deny you re-entry (extremely rare) or gives you just a few days/weeks. Or, most probably, as you haven't stayed the full 183 days allowed in a 365-day period, you as well might get another 90 days without any problems.

      It's completely up to the immigration and his/her evaluation of your situation if you are allowed to re-enter and how many days you get.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Snøfrid · 12/02/2024
      @Sunflower Thank you so much! I guess i will just have to test my luck!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 12/02/2024
      @Snøfrid
      Have a nice stay in Peru and all the best.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Sebastian · 29/01/2024
    Hello there! thanks for the helpfulness here! 

    I'm in Peru travelling to learn with the Q'ero people here. I'm living with them at the moment and wish to stay longer. I arrived on December 6th and I'm planning on going back in June but I'm not sure how long I'm allowed to stay and if there is a way to extend the VISA beyond 90 days or even 180? Also, is there a way to avoid the fine that goes beyond 90 days ,as I'm on a very limited budget i'm looking at my options.

    Am I correct in that I am allowed to stay 90 days and then about 1 dollar per day up until 180 days? What happens after that ? Thank you so much! 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 29/01/2024
      @Sebastian Hello Sebastian,

      According to the old Foreigner Law, Decreto Legislativo 1350, and the new Foreigner Law, Decreto Legislativo 1582, which was published in November of last year, tourists can stay in Peru for a max of 183 days in a 365-day period. However, this general rule was and still is limited by a publication of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE) for most foreign nationals, who can travel to Peru visa-free, to 2 times 90 days in 2 consecutive 180-day periods.

      But 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.

      However, at the moment the necessary administrative regulations for the new Foreigner Law still haven’t been published. So, right now we only know that foreign tourists in Peru, whose home country is a member of the Andean Community, which includes Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, can extend their stay. Who else can extend or for which nationalities there might be restrictions or when foreigners might be able to extend or how it works is still written in the stars.

      With this being said, you most probably got 90 days when you entered the country. To confirm this, best check your so-called TAM Virtual on the Migraciones website under Consultas en Linea TAM Virtual. How it’s done is explained in our article How many days did I get under subpoint “Option 1 - Migraciones website”.

      If you got 90 days, then you must leave Peru by March 5.

      As the tourist visa extension is, as of today, not possible (except if you are a Bolivian, Colombian or Ecuadorian passport holder) - this could change tomorrow, next week or next month or whenever we finally get the new administrative regulations - you have two options:

      Overstay and pay the fine of S/ 5.15 (approx. US$ 1.35) per day you overstayed. And no, no way around paying the fine. If you overstayed you must pay. Sorry.

      Leave Peru and return a few days later hoping that the immigration officer will give you another 90 days. As it’s always at the discretion of the immigration officer, there is no guarantee that you get another 90 days, you might only get 30 or 60 days. Or you might even be denied entry as you already stayed 90 days in half a year.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Med · 17/12/2023
    Hi I am canadian, they only gave me 30 days visa but I need 40 days, what should I do?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 18/12/2023
      @Med
      Hello Med,

      unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do. Either leave the country when your 30 days are up or overstay for 10 days and pay the fine.

      You find more info about overstaying in Peru and how to pay the fine in our article Peruvian overstay fine.

      Wishing you all the best
      Eva
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    beeGee · 04/12/2023
    peruvian nationals get a 6 months tourist visa for USA. So it should be reciprocated the other way around. but the govt has changed the time to 90 days in 180 days - thats how it works for peruvians in schengen countries. so why has the govt applied this 90 day rule to US citizens when Pervuvians can get a 6 months tourist visa for USA? It doesnt make any sense at all!

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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 04/12/2023
      @beeGee
      Hello beeGee,

      Sorry, I can't answer your question. You should ask the US Department of State why they negotiated certain conditions for US nationals visiting Peru.

      Anyway, I'm not sure if you are aware, but Peruvians cannot travel to the US visa-free. Even for tourism they must apply for a tourist visa at a US consulate. A long and frustrating process. And if Peruvians finally get an appointment after months of waiting most application are denied.

      So, I'm not sure, but would you prefer the same treatment?

      Right now US nationals can easily travel to Peru visa-free and stay up to 90 days for tourism purposes. To me this looks like the better deal.

      And you are right, the agreement between Peru and the Schengen States is fairer for both. Peruvians can travel to Schengen States visa-free for up to three months in half a year and nationals of Schengen States can travel to Peru for up to three months in half a year visa-free.

      Why the US treats Peruvians the way they do and why Peruvian authorities not only allow this but don't implement the same processes for US nationals visiting Peru, really doesn't make sense. But nothing we can change. And as you as US national seems privileged nothing to complain about.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      beeGee · 04/12/2023
      @Sunflower That is not just the Peruvians. But most nationals have to apply for a tourist visa to travel to the USA. Even Schengen countries. But once given, it is for 6 months. This is a general rule. Its a long and frustrating process because if you just looj number-wise, there are too many people who want to go to the USA and I mean not just from Peru but from all over the world.
      If Peru wants to reciprocate, they can change it from visa-free to having to apply for a visa prior to coming to Peru and then grant 180 days.
      But still keep the visa-free option of 90 days who dont want to go through the visa application process. I am in Indonesia at the moment and they do exactly that. Plus you can apply for visas online. No need to go to the embassy. In fact they give only 30 days visa-free which can be extended by another 30 days only. But they have a 6 month visa that everyone can apply for before coming.
      The loss is Peru's because that severely hinders the tourism economy. Take the example of Bali. Bali has become rich and is the number 1 hot spot tourist and digital nomad (even though they dont even have a digital nomad visa) destination in the world today.
      The govt can keep arguing why the USA does this and that...and get caught in the tit for tat. Or ramp up and get practical.

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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 04/12/2023
      @beeGee
      First of all, Schengen State nationals do not need a visa to come to the US for tourism and business purposes. I know because I am one. They can visit the US for up to 90 days visa-free and just have to fill in the Esta.

      All the other countries you mentioned honestly have nothing to do with the bilateral relations between the US and Peru. 

      Additionally, your argument that US nationals can only stay 90 days in a 180-day period hinders the tourism economy isn't really a strong one. When I remember correctly, a US tourist stays on average just 8 days in Peru.

      Anyway, I'm publishing a website, I'm not in politics and diplomacy. So, I highly recommend you get in contact with the US Department of State and complain there why US nationals can only stay 90 days in a 180-day period visa-free. They are the one who signed the agreements.

      And if you don't like it, you can always choose another beautiful country that allows you to stay as a tourist whatever number of days.

      Wishing you all the best
      Eva


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    Nick · 21/11/2023
    Hi,

    My friend from Colombia when passing land border from Ecuador to Peru had got their exit stamp from Ecuador and made an error and didn't get an entry stamp to Peru, they have stayed 2 weeks and leaving soon.

    Can you please let me know what will happen when they exit Peru soon?

    Thanks 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 21/11/2023
      @Nick
      Hello Nick,

      stamping of passports was eliminated when entering through Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima on May 29, 2023 and in the following months as well when crossing into Peru on a land border.

      So, your friend should check his TAM Virtual on the Migraciones website under Consultas en Linea TAM Virtual and see if his entry was registered correctly. 

      How it's done is explained in detail in our article "How many days did I get under chapter "How to check your TAM virtual" Option 1: Migraciones website.

      If the entry is displayed, no problem, he can just leave.

      If the entry isn't displayed, he must get in contact with Migraciones.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    robin · 19/11/2023
    Good afternoon,

    I have a question, I am engaged to a peruvian woman, i went from 28 september to 4th of november already too Peru. But had too stay a week extra in Peru. now i wat too go the 30th of december to 4th of march because i dont know if that is allowed i hope somebody can say it is.



    Thank you already for answering.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 20/11/2023
      @robin
      Hello Robin,

      According to the foreigner law (Decreto Legislativo 1350) and a modification of the foreigner law (Decreto Legislativo 1582), which was published just a few days ago, tourists who can travel visa-free to Peru can stay 183 days in a 365-day period. However, this general rule is limited or better divided by a publication of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which allows most foreign nationals, who can travel to Peru visa-free to stay in Peru as a tourist for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

      But be aware that it's at the discretion of the immigration officer how many days he/she gives you when you enter.

      As you only stayed 5 weeks last time (and assuming you haven't been in Peru within the past half year or year and already spent all the days allowed), when you return at the end of December, you can re-enter without a problem. But nobody can tell you if you get the full 90 days. As said before it's up to the immigration officer.

      Greetings
      Eva


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      robin · 20/11/2023
      @Sunflower Hi eva this was in 2023 i hope i can go end 2023 too my fiancé , but i am a little nervous hoply you can help me with it 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 20/11/2023
      @robin
      Hello Robin,

      Peru doesn't count in calendar years but 180- and 365-day periods. So, if you only stayed the 37 days in September, October, November you shouldn't have a problem returning to Peru at the end of December. But no-one can guarantee that you get the full 90 days upon entry.

      It's at the discretion of the immigration officer. He/she might give you the full 90 days as you haven't stayed the max allowed 183 days over the past 365-day period or he/she could as well only give you 30 or 60 days. No-one knows. It's completely up to him/her.

      Nevertheless, as said before, you can return and, if necessary, ask for the full 90 days.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Rena · 26/10/2023
    I was told by my AirBnB person that you could apply for an extension to stay beyond the 90 days.  Trying to understand the legalities as I arrived in mid-August and have been here for about 60 days or so and was planning on visiting Columbia in mid-November and returning late November. Thing is, I will be leaving Peru for Columbia on the 86th day I have been here and returning 12 days later. Would I be given an updated number of days to stay in Peru? Was wondering if I should just visit Columbia from Peru and return before that 90 days just to save myself the hassle. Need advice. Thanks!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 26/10/2023
      @Rena Hello Rena,

      Already since August 2021, you cannot extend your stay as a tourist in Peru anymore. The only exception, which was implemented just a few days ago, are foreign tourists from any of the member countries of the Andean Community.

      So, if your AirBnB host told you that you can apply for an extension of your stay as a tourist, you might want to ask him how it’s done. I’m really curious about this, so please let me know.

      Then, if you got 90 days when you entered Peru in August (you can check the number of days you got on the Migraciones website under Consultas en Linea TAM Virtual) and leave after 86 days you won’t have a problem.

      Depending on your nationality, you can most probably stay in Peru as a tourist for 90 days in a 180-day period and a max of 183 days per year. So, when you try to re-enter just 12 days after you left, things can go many ways.

      According to the regulations, as you already stayed 90 days, you can only come back to Peru after the 180-day period is over, which would be somewhere in February. Over the past few months, I heard from other travelers that there are a couple of immigration officers at the airport in Lima following the regulations strictly and even denying foreigners re-entry.

      However, most immigration officers are much more relaxed, especially at land borders. So, if you haven’t spent the max allowed time of 183 days over the past year in Peru (and/or can prove that your flight home leaves from the airport in Lima) you can get any number of days; 30, 60 or even the full 90 days. No-one can tell you. It’s completely at the discretion of the immigration officer.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Rena · 26/10/2023
      @Sunflower Sorry for not indicating my nationality. I am an American and yes, as for the 2023 calendar year, my first date of entry was mid-August so thus far, I have about 60 days for the 2023 calendar year. So,  if I were to leave for Columbia before the 90 days is reached and return say 12 days later to Peru within that 90 day period, would my return to Peru would be less of a hassle? I understand that upon my return, Peru could potentially reset my number of days allowed which could vary with immigration officer.  It seems traveling prior to the 90 days would be more prudent. I thought this process would be easier. 

      I will check with the AirBnb contact if he knows something you don't but based on my online research, appears you are right. 

      Thanks!


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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 26/10/2023
      @Rena
      Rena, Peru doesn't count in calendar years but in 180-day and 365-day periods starting with your first entry. You can stay up to 90 days in a 180-day period and a max of 183 days in a 365-day period.

      So, for example, if you first entered Peru on August 15, 2023 and got 90 days you could stay until November 13, 2023.

      I don't understand what you mean that you have 60 days left this year. No, you haven't.

      Calculated from August 15 until today, you already have been in Peru for 72 days, which leaves you as of today with exactly 18 days for this 180-day period, which ends on February 11, 2023.  

      After that a new 180-day period starts, you officially can enter again and stay another 90 days. Your 365-day period ends on August 14, 2024.  So, overall, between your first entry on August 15, 2023 until August 14, 2024 you can only stay a max of 183 days.

      So, honestly I really can't follow your train of thoughts.

      And as said already in my first reply, if you leave Peru after having stayed around 90 days, and try to re-enter after just being outside the country for 12 days, you want to come back before your 180-day period is over. The immigration officer might or not let you re-enter and might give you another 90 days (no reset, an advance) as you haven't yet spent the max allowed 183 days in a 365-day period.

      So, let's assume you leave Peru on November 10, 2023, all good, and you want to return to Peru on November 22, 2023. You are lucky, the immigration officer is nice and without any problems gives you another 90 days. This means that you can stay in Peru until February 20, 2024. However, adding your two stays of more or less 90 days, you spent all allowed days in your 365-day period, which only ends on August 14, 2024. So, officially you will only be allowed to return to Peru after August 15, 2024.

      I hope the situation is now clearer.

      Greetings
      Eva

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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 14/11/2023
      @Rena
      Hello Rena,

      just for your info, today a new Foreigner Law was published (decreto legislativo 1582, see attached screenshot) allowing extensions again. Migraciones hasn't published the corresponding procedures, but might be worth to have a look at it.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Rena · 14/11/2023
      @Sunflower Thank you for the update. 
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    Kata · 20/10/2023
    Dear Eva,

    Thank you for all the information here, it is very helpful. I would be very grateful to hear your opinion about our situation.
    My husband and I, both Hungarian citizens, arrived in Peru on the 24th of September. We have planned our trip to be a bit less than 90 days, we have booked our accommodation, and bought our outward bus tickets to Bolivia in advance. However today we realized through the TAM virtual that even though I got 90 days, my husband only got 60.
    We would like to stay here as we had originally planned. Thanks to your articles we know about the overstay fees, which seems not to be a big deal, however if it is possible, we would love to solve it legally. We are thinking about border hopping before the end of the 60 day period.
    Do you think it might be a solution? Is there a chance that they will not let us come back?

    Thanks for your answer in advance,
    Kata
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 20/10/2023
      @Kata
      Hello Kata,

      that's so typical Peruvian giving you 90 days and your husband only 60.

      Anyway, as you can't extend your stay as a tourist anymore in Peru, you only have two options:

      1. Do nothing. Stay in Peru the time you planned and when you leave play dumb and be surprised that you got 90 days and your husband only 60. If necessary pay the fine for him and you will be good to leave. 

      Usually, I always recommend to not overstay and respect the time you were given. But honestly as your husband will only overstay two or three weeks, I don't know, if it's worth the hassle to leave and return. In such a case even I would just overstay and pay the fine.

      2. Leave Peru before your husband's stay as a tourist expires and return. Be aware that no-one can tell you what exactly will happen when you try to return to Peru. It's always at the discretion of the immigration officer if he/she lets you enter and how many days he/she is willing to give you.

      Nevertheless, as Hungarian passport holders you can stay in Peru up to 90 days in a 180 day period. So, most likely when you return  you shouldn't have a problem re-entering the country and getting at least another 30 days or even more (at least if you haven't stayed for more than 183 days in Peru within the last year).

      Which option you choose is up to you.

      All the best

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Scott · 05/09/2023
    Hello! What are the options in paying the overstay fee? Can I pay with CASH or can I pay with a CARD? Thanks in advance
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/09/2023
      @Scott
      Hello Scott,

      you can pay at the airport, at a border, at a Banco de la Nacion branch or on pagalo.pe. At the airport you can in cash in Soles and US Dollar as well as with credit card.

      More information about paying the overstay fine can be found in our article Peruvian overstay fine.

      Greetings
      Eva

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