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Tourist visa renewal

Postby Mystery » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:29 pm

I thought you could renew a tourist visa by going to the immigration office, but that's not the case. They gave me 4 months and once that's over I have to do a round-trip to the border.

I'd like to know more about the visa process.

- What is the maximum length I can get during entry and how to get the maximum?
- I may spend the entire year in Peru and go out a few times to renew the Visa. When I enter and they ask me how long I'll stay, what should I answer? Should I say I'll be there for the year even though a tourist visa doesn't allow it? Should I say the maximum length of time allowed by a tourist visa?
- Is there a limit to the amount of times I can re-enter the country in such a way? For example, could I keep doing it for 10 years?
- Is there anything I should be careful about, cases where they refuse entry? I'm Canadian so that's usually a "green-card" to go anywhere.


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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby Kelly » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:40 pm

Most of the info you need is here - http://www.expatperu.com/arica-border-hop.html

The most you can get is 183 days. You need to ask for it, or it's unlikely they'll give it to you. Be prepared to explain why you need 6 months, or you may not get it. Don't tell them you plan on staying a year, just ask for 183 days.
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby Jennifer » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:36 pm

Also depends on the mood of the official who sees you. You might get a miserable one who'll only give you two or three months. It's really pot luck. And apparently it's much easier to do the Tacna border hop than the Ecuador one, according to past posts. Alternatively, you can stay over your visa and pay a fine of $1 per day for each day extra you have overstayed. Its really not a problem and you can still come back to Peru in the future.
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby Remigius » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:08 pm

Jennifer wrote:And apparently it's much easier to do the Tacna border hop than the Ecuador one, according to past posts.


Yes, the Tacna border is way better than the one of Ecuador. Get a taxi driver from Tacna airport and since they have friends at customs, you'll have a better chance of getting a better deal on your visa. In Aguas Verdes (Ecuador) they'll rip you off.
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby Mystery » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:44 pm

What about airport crossing: flying to another country (Rio de Janeiro looks nice!) and coming back to Lima airport? Is it the same as crossing at Tecna? Is either option easier?

How much reasons do you need? I once had problems in the States because I need to prove that I won't be doing any kind of work (paid or free) and any immigrant is guilty by default and has to prove its right - thus it requires proper proofs and documentation to enter USA. I then learnt that the US tourist visa is the hardest type of visa to get and even many Canadians are getting problems. I've seen several people in the hostel in Lima who paid more or took longer flights to NOT have a transfer in the states.

I'm sure Peru isn't that way, but what should I expect? How much of a good reason do I need to stay 183 days and how much are they going to question about it?

It's good to know what to expect.
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby KenBE » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:53 pm

You can either do a border hop or just pay the $1 per day fine when you leave (I have been doing this for years now). You will not have any problems at all.
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby Mystery » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:58 pm

ah... so basically I can stay for 365$ per year. If I want to visit my family every 2 years, I just have to plan a 700$ budget to exit + 30$ airport fee and I'm fine to come back.

They're not too picky :P
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby roddd » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:23 pm

just pay the $ 1 a day fee, a few months is ok but I think you will be pushing your luck for a year
you will have to have a good explanation why you are in Peru for a year
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby markr » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:17 pm

Not that I advocate this,but go to Chile via Tacna. It can be done in a day if you plan your flight times correctly.
You will find dozens of taxi drivers at the airport who specialise in this for a living. They have all the papers that you need and will get you a maximum visa.
You only need to go for breakfast in Arica and then return the same morning.
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby KenBE » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:39 pm

roddd wrote:just pay the $ 1 a day fee, a few months is ok but I think you will be pushing your luck for a year
you will have to have a good explanation why you are in Peru for a year

Not really... I just tell them I have a girlfriend in Peru and that is usually enough. They may ask you if you work in Peru (which is not allowed on a tourist visa). Just tell them you don't.

Actually, when I left last week (after overstaying for 7 months) the guy didn't even notice I had to pay my fine. I actually had to tell him... :D
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby Mystery » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:56 pm

KenBE wrote:Not really... I just tell them I have a girlfriend in Peru and that is usually enough. They may ask you if you work in Peru (which is not allowed on a tourist visa). Just tell them you don't.

Actually, when I left last week (after overstaying for 7 months) the guy didn't even notice I had to pay my fine. I actually had to tell him... :D

hah! ok.

Actually overstaying a month is cheaper than a border round-trip.

It's not like Thailand where if you overstay you get charged $15 per day and you have a hard time entering in the future! Oh, and if they get you with a small quantity of drugs it's considered drug trafficking and they chop off your head (or whatever method they use for death sentence).
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby lyates » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:09 pm

But if you go to TACNA and are American, wouldn't you have to pay the $130 USD entrance fee? That would make an Ecuador trip a better bet, no?
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby Fia » Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:11 pm

KenBe or others with this knowledge,

Have you always paid the $1 + fine "in the Aiport upon leaving" ?
Thanks for your replies!
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby Gary » Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:21 am

lyates wrote:But if you go to TACNA and are American, wouldn't you have to pay the $130 USD entrance fee? That would make an Ecuador trip a better bet, no?


There is no entrance fee into Peru, Bolivia has a "special" $135 visa fee for Americans though. I've crossed into Peru, overland, eleven times in the last couple of years, the inland crossing at Macara, Ecuador is my favorite, always friendly and helpful. I know from a personal experience that if you need to "get something done" go to that crossing.
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby koplinfamilia » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:06 am

lyates wrote:But if you go to TACNA and are American, wouldn't you have to pay the $130 USD entrance fee? That would make an Ecuador trip a better bet, no?


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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby KenBE » Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:41 pm

Fia wrote:KenBe or others with this knowledge,

Have you always paid the $1 + fine "in the Aiport upon leaving" ?
Thanks for your replies!

Yes, I have always paid at the airport.
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby roddd » Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:37 pm

yes same here $1 per day at the airport ,as i always seem to stay longer than i intended :D
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby Kelly » Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:39 pm

Overstaying Your Peruvian Tourist Visa

Here's an article about paying the dollar a day.
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby euroman » Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:23 pm

Just overstay and pay a $1 a day fine.

Overstaying is the expats most favourite sport. It's a passion and we all love it.
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby bmike1 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:26 am

how much are you going to owe them euroman? are you ever going to leave?
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby euroman » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:14 am

bmike1 wrote:how much are you going to owe them euroman? are you ever going to leave?


I will probably have to get a mortgage to pay off my fine by the time I want to leave or win the lottery.
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Re: Tourist visa renewal

Postby pingouin59 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:21 pm

My son has Peruvian nationality and I have a tourist visa. As the father of a Peruvian citizen, can I change my status and avoid the trip to Chili?

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