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.
Temporary visas are intended for short-term stays in Peru. These include, but aren't restricted to:
If necessary, in most cases visitors can apply for a temporary visa at a Peruvian consulate in the country of their residence. You can find a list of all Peruvian consulates worldwide on the website of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Resident visas however are for long-term stays in Peru. They include, but aren't restricted to:
Officially, you can apply for residence visas at a Peruvian consulate abroad or at Migraciones in Peru. However, some diplomatic missions, especially in countries where nationals can enter Peru as a tourist without having to apply for a tourist visa at a consulate first, either don’t or prefer not to issue resident visas or processing times can be long as the Peruvian immigration authority Migraciones has to approve the application. So, most 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!