Do US citizens need a visa to go to Peru?
People entering Peru for recreational purposes from the USA and Canada are not required to have a tourist visa. However, if the purpose of your trip is for study or business, then you will need to apply for a visa to Peru before your trip. The Peruvian embassy is located in Washington D.C and there are 13 Peruvian consulates in the USA.
Tourists are granted 183-day maximum stay by Peruvian authorities which cannot be extended and overstays are punishable with fines. Should you wish to exceed this period for purposes such as work or study, then the required visa must be obtained from the Peruvian consulate in your country of origin. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from date of entry into Peru.
You must also have a copy of your tickets in and out of the country (physical or electronic) to show that you will be leaving the country. Proof of financial solvency is required by providing a recent copy of a bank statement. Two colored passport photos and proof of payment of the consular fee (non-refundable) is also necessary. There is also a financial limit of $30,000 for entry and exit, and any amount over $10,000 must be declared.
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Other visa-exempt countries
The majority of travelers from South America and western Europe can gain entry into Peru without a travel visa. However, the criteria and length of stay vary depending on the country of origin.
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Tourist visas for Peru
Foreign nationals intending to visit Peru for recreational purposes can request a tourist visa if their country of origin requires them to do so. A tourist visa does now allow foreign nationals to live or work in Peru, nor does it guarantee entry into the country. Note that completing the application process does not guarantee the issuance of the tourist VISA. Applications are evaluated on an individual basis by the Peruvian consul. The submission of additional supporting documents may also be required during the process. All necessary documents must be submitted 15 day prior to traveling. The processing time is approximately 4-5 working days but depending on the application type this may take longer.
Amongst the general requirements to apply for a tourist visa are:
- a valid passport
- proof of purchase of round trip ticket
- proof of payment of Peruvian consular fee in your country of residence
- completed visa application form
- two colored passport photos
- police record certificate
- proof of tourist status with copy of reservation of hotel stay or package tour
- proof of economic funds to cover the length of stay in Peru made evident by bank or credit card statements
- a personal interview upon submission of application
The DGC 005 visa application form is available from consulate websites, or from the link below:
The consular fee is 30 Consular Soles. One consular sol is approximately equivalent to one USD.
Unlike its neighbors, Peru is known to be liberal when it comes to overstays. If you overstay your visa in Peru, you will be fined for each day you overstay. The fine is approximately $1.50 per day. This payment must be paid in cash upon exit of the country, so ensure you have change to avoid running into problems. Either way, overstaying your visa is not recommended.