Do I need a visa to travel to Peru?

Peru has visa-free travel agreements with many countries. Foreign nationals, including those from the United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand and Canada, do not require a visa to enter Peru for tourism purposes. Eligible foreign nationals will be issued a free visitor permit in the form of a passport stamp upon arrival.

The duration of a Peru visitor permit ranges between 30 to 183 days and is normally determined by border officers on arrival. If you're issued a permit for 30 or 90 days and want to extend your trip, you can request an extension before your initial permit expires. You should also note that you cannot extend a 183-day permit, so if you intend to stay longer, you'll need to apply for the relevant visa at your nearest Peruvian embassy or consulate before you depart.

If you overstay your visitor permit in Peru, you may be fined when leaving the country. The fine is around US $1.50 per day and must be paid in cash. It's essential to ensure border officials stamp your passport on arrival, or you might have to go through a potentially long and expensive process to leave the country – either by requesting an entry stamp at the National Superintendent of Immigration in Lima or applying for an exit order.

Peru entry requirements

If you're not eligible for a visitor permit on arrival, you'll need to apply for a tourist visa prior to departure at your local Peruvian consulate or embassy. This includes passport holders from Venezuela, Kenya, Nicaragua and Cuba.

Check which nationals are eligible for a visa-free entry permit on the Peru Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

For passport holders not eligible for a visitor permit

All travelers entering Peru must meet certain entry requirements, including:

  • A passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry (nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Chile can enter Peru with a national identity document)

  • At least two blank pages in your passport

  • Proof of onward travel, e.g. a return flight or bus ticket

  • Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay.

The page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates.

Last updated: 27 June 2023

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