Peru is a very welcoming country and allows citizens of many countries to visit for touristic and recreational purposes visa-free. But as soon as you are planning to do business in Peru, stay longer, study, work, settle, or retire in the country, Peruvian law stipulates that you 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 most used visas.
In general, Peru distinguishes between temporary visas and resident visas.
Temporary visas are intended for short-term stays (depending on the visa for up to 3, 6 or 12 months) in Peru. These include, but aren't restricted to:
Officially, if necessary, foreigners should apply for a temporary visa at a Peruvian consulate abroad (you can find a list of all Peruvian consulates worldwide on the website of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs). However, since August 2021, an increasing number of Peruvian diplomatic missions abroad don't issue temporary visas (except tourist and business visas) anymore. So, foreigners must enter Peru as a tourist and then change their immigration status from tourist to the temporary visa at Migraciones in Peru.
Resident visas are for long-term stays in Peru. They include, but aren't restricted to:
Officially, you can apply for a residence visa at a Peruvian consulate abroad or at Migraciones in Peru. However, since August 2021, an increasing number of Peruvian diplomatic missions abroad don't issue resident visas anymore. So, foreigners 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 Migraciones.
Important Info - Disclaimer: We from LimaEasy are not the Peruvian immigration authority Migraciones or a Peruvian consulate. All information is published to our best knowledge and should be seen as general guidance introducing you to Peruvian procedures. All information is subject to change, as regulations, requirements, and processes can change quickly without prior notice! Therefore, we recommend checking the current regulations with the nearest Peruvian consulate or, if you are already in Peru, with Migraciones!