woodchuck wrote:Is there any legitimate reason why tourists are only now allowed 90 days?
I would imagine that allowing tourists to stay longer than 90 days would be good for the economy.
I doubt any legitimate tourist needs to stay much longer than 30 days let alone 90 or even 180 days. Doesn't he have a job back home to go back to? If there were no limits on stays, that would be an invitation to any ne'er-do-well to come into the country and squat or hide out with little documentation, I doubt they would be contributing much to the Peruvian economy.
Tourists are allowed certain privileges such as no tax on hotel stays. Should that be for unlimited tourist stays? That certainly would not be contributing to the economy.
Folks with legitimate reasons to stay in Peru are offered visas. Work, Rentista, Marriage, etc. There is no need for unlimited tourist stays with these easy to obtain visas. A country needs to know who is coming to their country. Will they be able to support themselves? Will they contribute? Do they have a criminal record?