- This commment is unpublished.· 22/04/2022@Manoj Hello Manoj,
Even though the consulate might have issued a business visa with a validity of 180 days, it’s always at the discretion of the border official when you enter how many days, he allows you to stay in the country. At the moment it seems, everyone is only getting 90 days.
As far as I know since last year you can’t extend a business visa in Peru. But I might be wrong, so checking with Migraciones (best use the chat on the Agencia Digital, or write an e-mail to informes @ migraciones . gob . pe, or try to call their hotline 200-1000) is probably the best way to get a 100% correct answer and instructions on how to proceed.
As Peruvian business visas are multiple entry visas, you always have the option to leave the country and return if it’s not possible to extend.
Foreigners who travel temporary to Peru for business related reasons that do not include actual labor or gainful employment have to apply for a business visa at a Peruvian consulate before entering the country or, if they can travel visa-free, must make sure to enter the country as a business traveler (negocio) and not as a tourist.
So, if you plan to visit Peru for business such as any sort of business activity of commercial or professional nature, establishing business contacts, exploring business opportunities, taking part in meetings, signing contracts or agreements, making business related financial transactions, etc. you have to enter Peru as a business traveler.
Please check below attached PDF "Visas for Peru by country and allowed length of stay" to find out if you can enter visa-free as a business traveler or if you have to apply for a business visa at a Peruvian consulate before coming to Peru for business purposes.
If you can travel visa-free to Peru for business purposes
If you are a national of a country that doesn’t have to apply for a business visa at a Peruvian consulate before coming to Peru, you just have to inform the immigration officer when entering the country that you are visiting for business. He/she might ask you a few questions and then stamps your passport.
Make sure that the immigration officer not only writes the number of days you are allowed to stay on the upper part of the stamp (which would mean that you enter as a tourist and are allowed to stay x days), but also “NEG” (the abbreviation for negocio, so business).
In the picture above, you see a Peruvian entry stamp for business travelers. In the middle of it, is the entry date, above “NEG” (negocio) and the number of days you can stay in Peru doing business (in this case, even though it’s hard to decipher, 30 days) and below the immigration control post where you entered.
Usually, business travelers are granted 30, 60 or 90 days. Once in Peru, your business stay cannot be extended. So, when entering, make sure you get the number of days you need.
If you have to apply for a business visa before coming to Peru
Nationals who need a visa to travel to Peru for business purposes must apply for a business visa at a Peruvian consulate before entering the country.
Visa requirements for a Peruvian business visa include, but may not be restricted to:
- Application form
- Receipt for paid application fee
- Passport photos
- Passport valid with at least 2 free pages in the visa section that is valid for at least another 6 months upon arrival
- Round-trip ticket
- Letter from the company sponsoring the business trip, showing the purpose of the visit to Peru, the length of the stay, and assurance that the business person is travelling with sufficient funds to last the duration of the trip
- If the business trip is about visiting a certain company in Peru, a letter from this Peruvian company indicating the reason for and the length of the visit as well as a guarantee that enough financial means are available to sponsor the trip
- Proof of legal residency in the area or country under the consulates jurisdiction
Best get in contact with a Peruvian consulate for detailed information on the application process and exact requirements.
The Peruvian business visa issued at a consulate is a multiple entry visa and entitles its holder to enter Peru within a time period of usually 6 or 12 months from the date of issue. The maximum stay on a business visa is 180 days in a 365-day period, but the consulates abroad reserve the right to grant visas for shorter stays.
Be aware that even if the consulate granted you 180 days, the immigration officer you have to face when you enter Peru may only give you 30, 60 or in most cases 90 days. As Peruvian business visas cannot be extended once you are in Peru, you might have to leave the country and return if you need to stay longer.
!!! As visa and entry regulations can change quickly without prior notice, we highly recommend confirming current visa requirements with the nearest Peruvian consulate !!!