Peru is a very welcoming country and allows citizens of many countries to visit for touristic and recreational purposes without a visa. But as soon as you are planning to do business in Peru, study, work, settle or retire in the country, Peruvian law stipulates to have the appropriate visa for it.
Peru offers a sometimes quite confusing amount of different visa types. To make the whole Peruvian visa system more transparent and easy to understand for foreigners, we compiled several articles dedicated to the most important and used visas.
In general, Peru distinguishes between temporary visas and resident visas.
Peruvian temporary visas
Temporary visas are intended for short-term stays in Peru. These include:
the tourist visa
the temporary student visa
the volunteer visa
the business visa
the temporary work visa
Visitors can apply for a temporary visa at a Peruvian embassy or consulate in the country of their residence (in case of the tourist visa, if necessary). If there is no Peruvian diplomatic mission in your country of residence, please read here on how to proceed. A listing of all Peruvian embassies and all Peruvian consulates abroad sorted by continents can be found on the website of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (don’t miss the little arrows under each section to see more results).
Peruvian resident visas
Resident visas however are for long-term stays in Peru. They include:
the work visa
the family visa
the retirement visa
the student visa
The Peruvian diplomatic missions abroad don’t issue residence visa anymore; these must be applied for in Peru. So, visitors planning a longer stay in Peru and being able to meet the requirements for one of the resident visas, enter the country as tourists and then change their immigration status at the Peruvian immigration authority Migraciones.
Important Info - Disclaimer: We from LimaEasy are not the Peruvian immigration authority or a Peruvian embassy or consulate. We publish all information to our best knowledge and should only give you general guidelines of Peruvian procedures. As regulations, requirements and practices can change without prior notice, all information is subject to change! Therefore, we recommend checking the current regulations before your trip to Peru with the nearest Peruvian embassy or consulate!
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