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Visa for digital nomads and freelancers in Peru

Peruvian Digital Nomad Visa

A Guide to Peruvian Visas

Part 9

On November 14, 2023, a new Foreigner Law, Decreto Legislativo 1582, was published introducing a resident visa for digital nomads, remote workers and freelancers in Peru for the first time.

This new Digital Nomad Visa allows foreigners, who work independently or employed for a company outside Peru using digital communication technologies and systems, to apply for and get a resident visa in Peru.

It’s important to mentioned that the Digital Nomad Visa does not allow foreigners to work for a Peruvian company in Peru or to have any income in Peru. The income must be generated abroad while living in Peru.

The Digital Nomad Visa is valid for up to one year and then can be extended.

As the corresponding administrative regulations still haven’t been published yet, right now (January 7, 2024) we don’t know which requirements foreigners have to meet exactly and how the application process works.

As soon as there are any official news, we will update this article and explain the process in detail.

Those who already now want to read the exact wording of the legal text, check out Decreto Legislativo no. 1582, article 29.1i "Nomada Digital". Additionally, on the government website the new Digital nomad visa is introduced as well.

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    Ezra · 17/06/2024
    Hey there!  Any idea if as of yet (June 17, 2024) there's been any movement on this visa?

    My wife (Peruvian citizen/US citizen) and I (US citizen) want to move to Peru to be closer to my wife's family.  We run a service based virtual online business and have rental income.

    Normally this would be perfect for a spouse visa; except Peru doesn't recognize same sex marriage yet so we're outta luck there.

    This kind of visa seems like our best bet for me to be able to have a path towards residency down there.

    Any advice or news?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 17/06/2024
      @Ezra
      Hello Ezra,

      yes, unfortunately Peru doesn't recognized same-sex marriage. Sorry.

      So, it seems to me the digital nomad visa would be a good fit for you. But as of today still no news. We are waiting for the new TUPA, the administrative procedures, so the new foreigner law and with it the new digital nomad visa can finally be implemented.

      While according to the new foreigner law, the government has half a year to get the administrative procedures out, which would be now, usually a new, not only updated TUPA is published in July of each year.

      So, let's hope that we soon have the new TUPA and finally know the requirements and application process.

      I will update this article as soon as have any news.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Toby · 16/05/2024
    Hi Eva
    Thank you  for your prompt reply with valuable information.
    You are the best !
    Looking forward to receive your book in the near future.
    Best wishes.
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    Toby · 16/05/2024
    Hi Eva , 
    Thank you so much for your prompt reply and information. will help my daughter to take the right decisions.
    The scenario of dual citezenship  ( with Passport  for both countries),  seems  a way to go in the future but probably there is more to learn about pitfalls  that could happen entering or exiting both countries.  One step at the time  for now, my daughter should try to get t least her DNI . 
    If she obtains her DNI before her tourist visa is due,  can use her DNI to go lets say to Bolivia for few days (touristic purpose)   and enter Peru of course with this DNI ,  and then  leave Peru to Australia with her Australian Pasport, I guess there is no problems right?

    Again infinite thanks for your dedication in giving us foreigners a line of help even better in this language .
    Best Wishes  :)

    P.d. Please find the time to write the book ,A triller ?  about travels?  I will love to read it.

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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 16/05/2024
      @Toby
      Hello Toby,

      traveling with two passports isn't a big deal and there are no pitfalls if you follow the rules.

      If you have a Peruvian passport and one from another country, you can enter Peru with either, the Peruvian or the foreign. If you enter on the Peruvian passport you are in Peru as a Peruvian and have the same rights and obligations as every other Peruvian. If you, however, enter on the foreign passport you enter as a tourist and are treated like any other tourist.

      Be aware that if you enter Peru on a foreign passport you must leave the country on the same passport. If you enter Peru on a Peruvian passport or a DNI then you must leave again with the Peruvian document.

      Some countries (not sure if Australia is one of them) require that you must enter on the passport of this country if you have dual nationality. But honestly, it wouldn't make any sense for your daughter to enter Australia on a Peruvian passport as then she would need a visa.

      Your daughter can travel to Bolivia, Colombia or Ecuador only using her DNI. But, as at the moment she is in Peru as an Australian, she must leave Peru on the same document (so her Australian passport) with which she entered. She then can enter Bolivia (or Colombia or Ecuador) only with her Peruvian DNI. When she leaves she must exit Bolivia (or Colombia or Ecuador) with the Peruvian document and then can decide if she wants to enter Peru with the DNI or her Australian passport.

      If your daughter is in Peru on her Australian passport and leaves for Australia she must exit Peru with her Australian passport (and if applicable, pay a fine for overstaying).

      If you daughter is in Peru on her Peruvian DNI, she should show her Australian passport during check-in (so she won't be asked for a visa for Australia) but must (!!!) pass through immigration at the airport using her DNI (always leave the country on the document you entered it).

      Greetings
      Eva

      P.S. My book will be a novel based on my life. I traveled a lot, lived in many countries, have seen and experienced a lot. So, one day I will send you a copy. :-)


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    Toby · 15/05/2024
    Hi EVA,
    After a phone call with my distressed daughter, who went to migrations office in Peru and was left even more confused about her questions on  Tourist Visa extension, I came across your Blog, I read most cases , all I can say is THANK YOU for helping the helpless community with the valuable information in your post.    The CASE:
     She is  Australian got entry in Peru the 4 Jan 24, exit to visit other South American  countries on 6 Feb 24,  then returned to Peru 18 April24 , got visa entry for 90 days(July 15), and wish to extend her visa for another 90 days ideally.  ( thinking in the 183 days for 365 days )
    Your post clarify that is 90 days in 180 days period ( 3 months in 3 months out). If she overstay lets say until September 13 , she will be irregular and have to pay the fine  right?
     
    But in her case, she has a Peruvian Acta de Nacimiento ( issued in the Peruvian consulate - Australia ) , this document was issued in order to get a DNI ( petition submitted  in October 2023  to RENIEC,  to this date (7 months) the document has not been issued despite a personal visit of my daughter to RENIEC- Lima,  emails and call from the consulate in Australia ( they are still  waiting for their reply)

    My question, is any avenue that she can appeal for an extension until she gets her Peruvian DNI , does she has any rights as a Peruvian despite her entry to Peru with an Australian Passport?
    She has extended family in Peru, her main reason to stay in Peru is of course to visit the touristic attractions , get to know her family live for a little while with them not just visit them, and improve her Spanish and perhaps in that time write a planned book.

    Your insight will be much appreciated , thanks.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 15/05/2024
      @Toby
      Hello Toby,

      first of all thank you so much for your nice words. It's always great to year that what I'm doing helps foreigners getting through Peru's bureaucratic jungle.

      I'm not sure how you ended up here on the Digital nomad visa article, but anyway.

      At the moment there are no tourist visa extensions in Peru and no way to extend the stay!!! Sorry.
      In November of last year a new foreigner law was introduced suggesting that extending a stay as a tourist is possible again, but until today the administrative procedure, called TUPA, for the complete implementation of the law still hasn't been published. But when I remember correctly the government only has 6 months after the law was introduced to publish the TUPA, so we can just wait and hope that in the next few weeks we finally get it and see if extension are really an option again or who can extend. 
      How tourist visa extension were handled in the past and today is extensively explained in our article "Tourist visa extension". https://www.limaeasy.com/peru-guide/legal-stuff/tourist-visa-extension-in-peru

      According to the foreigner law foreign visitors can stay in Peru visa-free 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 the different countries, limits or better 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.

      Since August 2021, no foreign tourist, who can enter Peru visa-free, was given the full 183 days. The rule for everyone seems to be up to 90 days in a 180-day period. So, when you enter, in most cases you get three months after which you latest must leave the country and have to stay out of Peru at least three months before re-entering.

      However, it’s always at the discretion of the immigration officer how many days you are allowed to stay in the country. You are not entitled to get the full 90 days per half year or the full 183 days per year. And depending on the immigration officer and your situation you might (or not) be allowed to re-enter the country before your 180-day period is over, if you haven't stayed the full 183 days per year (not per calendar year but counted from the date you first entered). It's completely up to him or her.

      And even though your daughter is Peruvian (she has a Peruvian birth certificate), she entered the country on her Australian passport, so as a foreigner. Therefore she is now treated like every other foreigner. If she had entered using her Peruvian documents then she wouldn't have any problem now. I understand that she only has her birth certificate at the moment and no DNI or passport. But as a Peruvian she as well can enter Peru only with her birth certificate. But be aware she can't leave the country again without her DNI (traveling to member countries of the Andean Community) or without her Peruvian passport (traveling internationally). So, if Reniec is giving her trouble issuing a DNI and passport entering as Peruvian might be a risk, because she won't be able to leave again until she has her DNI and passport.

      With this being said, if she wants to stay longer than the days she was given when she entered, then she only has two options: Overstay (our article "Peruvian overstay fine" https://www.limaeasy.com/peru-guide/legal-stuff/peruvian-overstay-fine-for-tourists explains everything you need to know) or leave the country and return (as said above, your daughter will be at the mercy of the immigration officer and no-one can guarantee how many days she will be given. However, if she explains her situation, shows her Peruvian birth certificate and tells the officer that she is waiting for her DNI and passport to be issued he/she might be less strict.)

      Wishing you and your daughter all the best.

      Greetings
      Eva

      P.S. And please encourage your daughter to write a book. It's on my bucket list for over 2 decades and until now I never found the time and leisure doing it.

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    Audrey · 12/04/2024
    You all are INCREDIBLY resourceful. So grateful to know about this page. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 12/04/2024
      @Audrey
      Hello Audrey,

      thank you so much for your nice words.

      Hope everything works out for you.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Richard · 11/03/2024
    I really hope this VISA still goes into use this year. I'm a freelancer working remotely and my novia lives in Peru, and I would love to stay there with her on a more permanent basis, rather than 2 X 90 days per year.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 11/03/2024
      @Richard
      Hello Richard,

      yes, there are lots of people waiting for the digital nomad visa. 

      I really hope, we soon get the administrative procedures so the visa can be implemented. When I remember correctly, according to the law this should happen within half a year after the publication of the law.

      So, let's cross our fingers and hope for the best.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Richard · 11/03/2024
      @Sunflower Thanks, Eva!

      My eyes are glued to this page :-)

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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 11/03/2024
      @Richard As soon as I get any new information I will update this article.
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    Rena Saldan · 10/03/2024
    Good afternoon. I arrived in Peru in August 2023 and left mid-January 2024. How soon can I visit peru again this year?  
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/03/2024
      @Rena Saldan
      Hello Rena,

      if you entered in August 2023 and stayed until January 2024, you have been in Peru for around 5 months and, as you most probably were only allowed 90 days when you entered, overstayed for around 2 months. And with being in the country as a tourist for around 5 months you already nearly stayed the maximum allowed 183 days for tourists in a 365-day period.

      As it's always at the discretion of the immigration officer you have to face when entering Peru how he/she evaluates your case and if he/she lets you enter and how many days you he/she is willing to give, it’s impossible for anyone to exactly tell you when you can return to Peru and how many days you will get.

      If you already stayed (nearly) 183 days allowed per year, then you officially can only return to Peru in August 2024 (so, when your 365-day period is over).

      If you only stayed, let's say, 150 days, then you could return to Peru and if you are lucky could get another 30 days, or if the immigration officer has a good day even another 90 days. But you as well could be denied entry as you have no right to get a certain number of days per year, no matter what any law says  especially as you overstayed before.

      So, depending how many days you already stayed since August 2023, when you first entered, returning to Peru before August 2024 might be a gamble.

      Greetings
      Eva

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    Iván · 18/01/2024
    Thanks a lot for the awesome information! This was very helpful
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 21/01/2024
      @Iván
      Hello Ivan,

      Great to hear that our short article about the digital nomad visa was helpful. Unfortunately there are still no news about when foreigners finally can apply for it.

      Let's hope we will soon get some more official information

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Kinsey · 06/01/2024
    Thank you so much for providing this information! 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 07/01/2024
      @Kinsey
      Hello Kinsey,

      unfortunately, there are still no official news when the digital nomad visa will finally be available. But as soon we get any information we will update this article with all the necessary details.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Rena S. · 11/12/2023
    This is great news! I, myself, am a digital worker for a US based company so may consider this as an option for my next visit to Peru. Was wondering though if spouses can be grandfathered in to this digital visa. I will be on the lookout for additional details. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 11/12/2023
      @Rena S.
      Hello Rena,

      yes, it is great news and might be an option for many digital workers to consider moving to Peru or to finally live legally in Peru.

      As far as I know, until now the administrative procedures haven't been published. So, I can't tell you anything about exact conditions and requirements.

      But I assume (!!!) that the digital nomad visa will be a full resident visa. If it will be a full resident visa, then the perks of other Peruvian resident visas should apply to it as well. Therefore, I assume (!!!) that the spouse of a digital nomad visa holder can apply for a family visa.

      But who knows, we will have to wait and see until we finally get the official publication with conditions and requirements.

      All the best

      greetings
      Eva

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    sean · 30/11/2023
    i want to be updated when this is updated. thanks
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 30/11/2023
      @sean
      Hello Sean,

      Right now nobody knows when Migraciones publishes the administrative procedures for the digital nomad visa; might be tomorrow, in a week, a month or two or three.

      As soon as we get any information about the digital nomad visa we will publish it here.

      We provide lots of information and help here in our free time free of charge. So, you might understand that we are unable to update you personally when we get any news. You could hire an immigration lawyer or tramitador, who updates you as soon as there are any changes.

      All the best.

      Greetings
      Eva

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