Peru Visa Information
Nationals of the UK, EU, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa do not require a visa to visit Peru for stays of up to 183 days.
All nationalities, however, need a tourist or embarkation card (tarjeta de embarque) to enter Peru, issued at the frontiers or on the plane before landing in Lima. Tourist cards are usually valid for between sixty to ninety days - only sixty for US citizens. In theory you have to show an outbound ticket (by air or bus) before you'll be given a card, but this isn't always checked. For your own safety and freedom of movement a copy of the tourist card must be kept on you, with your passport, at all times - particularly when traveling away from the main towns.
Should you want to extend your visa (between 30 and 60 days), there are two basic options: either cross one of the borders and get a new tourist card when you come back in; or go through the bureaucratic rigmarole at a Migraciones office - easiest in Lima, but expect it to take the best part of a day, and arrive before 8.30am to be at the front of the queue. It costs $20 for the recibo de pago, plus a further $7 for the Migraciones forms, and you may also be asked to provide evidence of a valid exit ticket from Peru. Migraciones is also the place to sort out new visas if you've lost your passport (having visited your embassy first) and to get passports re-stamped.
Student visas (which last 12 months) are best organized as far in advance as possible through the British Embassy in Peru, the Peruvian Embassy and the relevant educational institution. Business visas only become necessary if you are to be paid by a Peruvian organization, in which case get your Peruvian employers to do this for you. Having a business visa means that you are eligible for taxation under Peruvian law and will not be allowed to leave the country until this has been accounted for, which entails obtaining a letter from SUNAT (the Peruvian State Taxation Agency) stating that all outstanding taxes have been settled.
Peruvian embassies and consulates
180 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1830, Chicago, IL 6-601
5177 Richmond Ave, Suite 695, Houston, Texas 77056
3460 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1005, Los Angeles 90010
444 Brickell Ave, Suite M135, Miami 33131
100 Hamilton Plaza, Twelfth Floor, Paterson, New Jersey 07505
215 Lexington Ave, Twenty First floor, New York, NY 10016
870 Market Street, Suite 579, San Francisco, CA 94102
1700 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036
52 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9SP
40 Brisbane Ave, Barton, Canberra
(tel 02/6273-8752, fax 6273-8754)
36 Main Street, Croydon, Melbourne
Level Three, 30 Clarence Steet, Sydney
(tel 02/9262-6464, fax 9290-2939)
130 Albert Street, Suite 901, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G4
10 Mary Street, Suite 301, Toronto M4Y 1P9
Level Eight, Cigna House, 40 Mercer Street, Wellington
(tel 04/499-8087, fax 499-8057)
199-209 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Source: TravelNow Destination Guides
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