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Since May 2018 tourist visa can be extended in Peru again

Tourist Visa extension in Peru

How to extend your tourist visa in Peru

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For years it wasn’t possible to extend your tourist visa / "temporary authorization to enter as a tourist" once you entered Peru. This changed in May 2018 - however, according to latest rumors, only by accident for all nationalities.

Since May 15, 2018 tourists who got less than the from the 2017 foreigner law allowed 183 days in a 365 days period when entering Peru now could extend their tourist visa - correctly their "temporary authorization to enter as a tourist" - while in Peru quick and easy online. However, it seems that the online extension was actually only intended to work for South American nationals according to bi- and multilateral agreements and Migraciones was a bit surprised to find that all nationalities, some with problems, could suddenly extend online.

And now it gets a little bit complicated. In June 2019 the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs quietly published an updated list indicating which nationals need a tourist visa from a Peruvian embassy or consulate before coming to Peru and which nationals can travel visa-free to Peru and for how long. With this new publication the general rule to be allowed to stay 183 days in a 365 days period seems to be outdated for most nationalities.

So suddenly and mostly unnoticed, next to Schengen State nationals numerous other nationalities including for example US and Canadian nationals are only allowed to stay for up to 90 days in a 180 days period. Immigration officers increasingly apply the new regulations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs giving numerous nationalities only the for their nationality allowed 90 days upon entry.

If all these nationals still can extend online to stay up to 180 days isn't clear at the moment. So be prepared to find out that neither the online extension nor an extension in person at a Migraciones office works if you already got 90 days upon entry.

Please see our PDF " Visas for Peru by country and allowed length of stay" at the end of this article to find out how long you can stay visa-free in Peru - this PDF is an English translation of the original from the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which can be found here.

Even though we don’t know at the moment to what extent the new 90 days in a 180 days period regulation for numerous nationalities is enforced and if it affects the tourist visa extension process (online and in person), find below a guide on how to extend your stay in Peru. Be happy, if everything works smoothly, but expect difficulties. And remember that you aren’t entitled to stay a specific number of days; it’s within the discretion of immigration services as in numerous countries around the globe.

Requirements for extending a tourist visa in Peru

  • Only nationals who don’t have to apply for an actual tourist visa at a Peruvian consulate abroad, but get a so-called "temporary authorization to enter as a tourist" upon arrival can apply for the extension
  • Only those visitors with a still valid tourist visa (correctly “temporary authorization to enter as a tourist") can apply for the extension; when the visa is already expired the process doesn’t work.
  • The tourist visa (correctly the "temporary authorization to enter as a tourist") can only be extended up to the for the nationality allowed max number of days (90 days within a 180 days period or 180 days in a 365 days period) and for not more than 90 days; so if you only got 30 days when you entered Peru, you can only get an additional  60 days (if you belong to a nationality which is only allowed 90 days in a 180 days period) or 90 days (if you belong to a nationality which can stay up to 180 days in a 365 days period).
  • Be aware that for nationals of Schengen States the maximum allowed time on a "tourist visa" is 90 days within a 180 days period. The reason for that is an agreement between the EU and Peru which allows Peruvians to enter the Schengen area visa-free for tourism purposes for 90 days; the other way round Schengen States nationals therefore are also only allowed to stay 90 days (in a 183 days period) in Peru. According to reports nationals of Schengen States that already got 90 days when entering, couldn't extend their "tourist visa" online. However, most times Migraciones extended the stay when applying in person at one of their offices and giving a good reason for a longer stay.
  • Be aware that since June 2019 US and Canadian nationals among many others are as well only allowed to stay 90 days (see our PDF " Visas for Peru by country and allowed length of stay" at the end of this article to find out how long you can stay visa-free)
  • The passport of the applicant has to be be valid

How to apply for a tourist visa extension in Peru online

To apply for the extension of your tourist visa, first pay the fee of S/ 11.70 for the Migraciones administrative procedure “F-7 Prórroga de Permanencia” under code 01857 at any Banco de la Nacion branch or on pagalo.pe.

You can find detailed explanations about how to pay, what you have to do and be aware of, how to register on the online payment platform and how to find the correct fee you have to pay, in our article "Paying administration charges and processing fees in Peru".

Then enter the Migraciones website under “Prórroga de Permanencia en Línea – PRPL” and click on “Generar Prorroga”. Fill in the form.

The website is in Spanish only, so here an explanation of all fields in English:

  • Documento (document): Choose the document with which you entered the country from the drop-down menu, most probably pasaporte (passport)
  • Número de Documento (document number): Enter the number of the document with which you entered Peru, most probably your passport number.
  • Nacionalidad (nationality): Select your nationality from the drop-down menu. All country names are in Spanish, so if you are from the US, choose EE.UU (Estados Unidos)
  • Primer Apellido (first surname): Enter your (first) last name as in your passport.
  • Segundo Apellido (second surname): If you have a second surname, enter it here, otherwise leave the field blank.
  • Nombres (names): Enter your first name(s) as in your passport.
  • Fecha de Nacimiento (date of birth): Enter your date of birth.
  • E-mail: Enter your email address. Make sure you have access to it as Migraciones will send notifications to it.
  • Días Prorroga Solicitados (requested extension days): Enter here the number of days you wish to extend your stay in Peru. Remember that you can only apply for up to a maximum of 90 days and up to the total maximum allowed 183 days within a 365 days period.

Check again if all details you entered are correct, then enter the captcha and click on “continuar”.

If you are lucky, everything works smoothly, and you end up on the next page.

If not, one of the many error messages appear on your screen. Most common messages include that the system couldn’t find your data record, that the requested extension days aren’t valid and that the systems couldn’t find the bank receipt.

If the system couldn’t find your data record, check again for a typo on your part. If everything is correct, check your so-called Tam Virtual, which shows your personal information as entered into the system by the immigrations officer when you entered Peru. Probably there is a discrepancy (the officer only entered one given name for example or misspelled your last name). If so, change your information on the tourist visa extension form accordingly. In case you can’t even get access to the TAM Virtual as the system already rejects you on the first page, there is something truly wrong. Probably a by the immigration officer accidentally wrong entered nationality or a transposed passport number might cause the problem. The problem might as well occur, because the online extension most probably wasn't intended to work for your nationality. So, your only option is to go to the nearest Migraciones office and try to apply for your tourist visa extension in person.

Problems with the number of requested extension days are super common. Even though the max is 90 days, the system often won’t except it. Try 89 days and it might work. Still no success, try any other amount of days. Seems the system loves 59 days. So, either the system is still sensitive and inscrutable or you are just not allowed to stay the number you requested. So, best check our PDF "Visas for Peru by country and allowed length of stay" at the end of this article to find out how long you can stay visa-free in the country. If nothing works, your last option is to go to the nearest Migraciones office and try to apply for your tourist visa extension in person.

Anyway, if you were lucky or could conquer the obstacles of the system, on the next page you are asked to enter some data from your bank receipt. You see a receipt from the Banco de la Nacion on which a number (número), the date (fecha) and a verification code (código de verficación) is highlighted. This shown receipt resembles the deposit slip you received when having paid in person at any branch of the Banco de la Nacion. So, entering the information is simple.

If you paid online on the pagalo.pe website, the receipt is sent to your e-mail and the necessary number, date and verification code aren’t obvious. You find them on the bottom left of the first page above the disclaimer. The “número” has 6 digits, the “Código de verificación” 7 digits (can be numbers and letters) and the date should be obvious. Just enter the details accordingly and the extension of your tourist visa should be done.

If an error pops up that the system couldn’t find the information of your payment, you either were to quick – the banking system and the Migraciones system haven’t synced yet, give it a little bit more time and try again – or somewhere else something went wrong – if you paid at a Banco de la Nacion branch the teller hasn’t entered your passport number for example. If you can’t get the system to accept your payment over a few hours, max. a day, no way around paying the nearest Migraciones a visit and do the extension there.

Once you entered all data as requested and no error messages appear, your application is accepted and you get an administration procedure number (tramite no.) and date of application. Keep these safe.

The approval process usually takes about 3 to 5 working days. If in doubt, check under “Consultar Prorroga” what's going on.

Be aware that error messages are very common when extending online. After the system was introduced many thought that it just still has too many bugs to not work properly. However, the rumor that appeared in August / September 2019 that the system was only intended to work for South American nationals somehow makes sense to me and seems plausible as the Banco de la Nacion payment code with which you pay for the extension under "prorroga permanencia" explicitly indicates that this option is only for South Americans. So probably the error messages have nothing to do with a badly programmed system, but with the for the system "wrong" nationality of the applicant.

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    Darren · 1 years ago
    Further to my last post this information is completely wrong now. You can only apply for an extension of 30 days each time online up yo a maximum 3 times. However british tourists cannot use the online service. Indeed they cannot even use the online appointment service. Ive tried both!!
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      Sunflower
      • PeruTelegaph
      · 1 years ago
      Hi Darren,

      I don’t know where you got the information that you can only extend 30 days online and this three times. This unfortunately is wrong. Years ago, when there was no online extension, Migraciones (back then called DIGEMIN) only did 30 days extension and back then you could extend three times. Then for a few years no extension of “tourist visas” was possible.

      Since 2018 however you can extend again, either at a Migraciones office or online one time for up to 90 days.

      According to the Migraciones website “La prórroga de permanencia en línea será por un tiempo menor a tres meses y otorgará siempre y cuando no exceda los 183 días permitidos en un periodo de 365 días”; so you can extend online for less than three months if you haven’t exceeded the allowed 183 days in a 365 days period (for Schengen state nationals it’s only 90 days within a 183 days period).

      Additionally, since 2018 you can only extend the “tourist visa” one (1) time online; not three times. So, if you already did an extension, the online extension doesn’t work anymore.

      If you wish to extend for more than 90 days or if you already have extended your “tourist visa” once before, the Migraciones website states that you have to present the so-called “Ficha de Canje Internacional” issued by Interpol at a Migraciones office. As far as I’m aware the requests of extending multiple times are mostly denied and it is suggested to apply for a residence visa or to leave the country.

      So, taking your former comment into consideration as well, the error message you receive makes sense to me now. I assume that you already extended your “tourist visa” once and therefore the system wouldn’t allow you to extend again.

      Furthermore, I don’t get why you claim that British nationals can’t use the online extension service. Many before you did so.

      Greetings

      Eva
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    Darren · 1 years ago
    Doesnt seem to work for Brits. Error message translated by google says "for citizens whose nationality requires tourist visa does not process this online process" Shame. Will now have to line up for hours at the immigration office again
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      Sunflower
      • PeruTelegaph
      · 1 years ago
      The error message is strange, because British passport holder do not have to apply for a tourist visa at a Peruvian consulate before coming to Peru, but get their "tourist visa" (temporary authorization to enter as a visa) upon entry. If the system doesn't has one of its problems, the online extension works for all nationalities that don't have to apply for a tourist abroad before entering Peru. You did get your "tourist visa" upon entry or did you apply for whatever reasons for one abroad? Have you tried to check your TAM virtual? Probably the immigration officer who entered your data clicked a wrong nationality? Only other option: visit Migraciones to get the extension. But why lining up for hours "again"? You've visited Migraciones before? Did you already before extended your "tourist visa"?
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        Darren · 1 years ago
        Ive tried using different days etc but each time it says the problem is with my nationality or country. I live in Cusco and any visit to immigration means waiting for many many hours due to the huge numbers of venezuelan migrants doing the same. Because British nationals cannot use the online appointment service it just makes the situation worse.
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          Sunflower
          • PeruTelegaph
          · 1 years ago
          Again, hi Darren,

          When I put all the little bits and pieces you remarked here in this and above conversation together, I assume that you already extended your “tourist visa” once. With this you are done, no more extensions no matter how many days you got. The times of extending 30 days three times are long gone (probably this hasn’t reached Cusco, I don’t know). You either have to leave the country, pay an overstaying fee when leaving on an expired “tourist visa” or pay Interpol a visit for the ficha (can only be done in Lima – please someone correct me, if this changed over the last couple of months; expect long lines and Migraciones might not accept your application for another extension).

          Even though the online tourist visa extension doesn’t work in your case (probably not because you are a Brit, but because you already extended once or there is another problem), doesn’t mean it won’t work for other Brits; it actually does. It works for all nationalities except those that have to apply for a real tourist visa at a Peruvian consulate abroad before coming to Peru.

          And as far as I’m aware the online appointment system at the moment only works for the Migraciones offices in Lima (we point that out in our texts at several places), but even here you can’t make an appointment for a tourist visa extension, you just pop in, wait your turn and hopefully get everything done as quick as possible. So, not being able to make an appointment has nothing to do with your British nationality, but with your location in Cusco and the type of tramite.

          If you could give me an exact overview of your situation (when did you enter Peru, how many days did you get, did you extend your tourist visa before, ….), I might be able to help and give you advice on how to proceed.

          Greetings

          Eva
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            Darren · 1 years ago
            Hi. I have not extended my tourist visa before and it definitely is NOT for Brits online as the very clear message on screen declared. Same with the online appointment system. This was also confirmed by the immigration office in Cusco. I am having to leave peru and re enter to get more days. Also there is now an interpol office in Cusco so no need to go to Lima which is good news.
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              Sunflower
              • PeruTelegaph
              · 1 years ago
              So you have been to the Cusco immigration office? That's good news. What did they say? And why didn't they extend your tourist visa while you were there, but told you to leave and re-enter? Very strange. Unfortunately you didn't give me any more details (when you entered Peru, how many days you got, etc.), so be aware that your max. stay in Peru on a tourist visa is 183 days within a 365 day period. So if you already stayed 183 days in the last 365 days, they might not let you enter again or only give you a few days.

              I'm really surprised that the Migraciones office in Cusco told you that the online appointment system isn't for Brits. The online appointment system is ONLY available in LIMA (main office in Breña or for changing the immigration status in Miraflores). Cusco does NOT HAVE an online appointment system. See attached photo; click on it to enlarge.
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    David · 1 years ago
    Hi there. What do you mean by "your application is accepted and you get an administration procedure number (tramite no.) and date of application"? Will I receive an email with these details or it will just show up on the page? And do you know if EU nationals can do the extensions same way as the other nationals? I read that they can, but I am not clear.
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      Sunflower
      • PeruTelegaph
      · 1 years ago
      Hello David, when having completed the application process successfully you should get a confirmation email. But one thing I learned in Peru, don't trust the system. So when at the end of the whole online process the message pops up on your screen that your application was accepted best make a quick screenshot in case you never receive the email.

      And yes EU nationals can extend online as any other national.

      But be aware that according to the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs EU nationals are only allowed to stay on a "tourist visa" up to 90 days in a 183 days period while the Peruvian Immigration Law 1350 from 2017 states that foreigners, who don't need to apply for a tourist visa at a Peruvian consulate abroad, can visit for a maximum of 183 days within a 365 days period - two contradicting regulations that even some immigration officials aren't aware of and if are interpreted by each differently.

      Anyway if you apply for an extension online the system might only allow you to extend your stay to the 90 days allowed for EU nationals. For example, when you entered Peru you got 30 days, so the system might only allow you to extend for another <60 days.

      However a few EU nationals reported they hadn't had any problems extending the max of 90 days to 180 days (they got 90 days when entered and then extended another 90 days) online. Other EU nationals said they could only extend to 90 days and others that the system wouldn't allow them to apply online (error messages popped up, number of days wasn't accepted), but had no problems extending the max of 90 days at the Migraciones office.

      So even though the online process improved over the last few months, it's still not perfect and sometimes a little challenging. Just try it out and see what happens. If you for whatever reasons can't manage you can always pay the nearest immigration office a visit and extend there.

      Greetings

      Eva
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        David · 1 years ago
        Hi Eva, I am German. I have been trying to do it from yesterday. I have tried to extend it for 89, 59, 30, 60 days etc. But the system is not accepting me. All my details on TAM virtual and the bank receipt match perfectly. So I don't know what's going on. I am thinking about going to the Migraciones in Lima. Can I show up without an appointment? And what documents do I need to carry? Passport, bank receipt- anything else?
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          Sunflower
          • PeruTelegaph
          · 1 years ago
          Hello David, for me the question is how many days did you get when you entered Peru? Already 90 days? That might be the reason the system wouldn't accept your request. Is your "tourist visa" still valid or are you already over the time? What's the error message? Anyway if you prefer to go to Migraciones you need your passport and a copy of the page with your personal details and the page with the entrance stamp, the bank receipt (best have a copy as well) and the filled in formulario F-007 (you can either download it here https://www.migraciones.gob.pe/formularios/FORMULARIO%20F-007.pdf or get it at the Migraciones office; just in case make a copy of it as well). As far as I'm aware you don't need an appointment for the extension, but this info is from the end of last year, so not sure if it's still accurate; sorry. I would really appreciate it if you could share your experience at Migraciones with me so that I can update this page if and where necessary. Thank you so much and good luck Eva
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    Chris · 2 years ago
    Visa extension

    I just extended my visa by following the instructions, I was issued 30 days on arrival and I kept getting errors when trying to get a 90 day extension. Finally I got approved when I had all details correct and extended for 59 days, not even 60. If you keep getting error messages, keep double checking all information you input on the forms, I had sooo many errors and just kept trying and kept changing numbers of days for extension and finally was approved for a 59 day extension. Hope this helps someone, it was kind of a nightmare for me.When I first put in 90 days for the extension it said i had to go to my nearest immigration office and bring forms.
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      Sunflower
      • PeruTelegaph
      · 2 years ago
      Hello Chris, thank you so much for giving us feedback on the new visa extension procedure in Peru. So it seems the system doesn't work flawlessly; it might take some time until all the "teething troubles" you had to conquer, are eliminated. The only thing that really makes me wonder is why you only could extend your visa up to 89 days. Are you a EU national or other national that only can stay in Peru on a tourist visa 90 days within a 183 days period? And by the way, if the system doesn't work you can always pay Migraciones a visit and do the extension in person. Thanks again! Saludos
      Eva