How to Score a Peru Visa on an Indian Passport – From India and South America

I traveled in Peru for a little more than a month. The immigration officer at the Arica-Tacna (Chile-Peru) border crossing had stamped my passport with a one-time stay of thirty days, though I had a 183 days and one-year-valid Peru visa stamped on my blue passport. To get to stay a few days over a month, I had gone to the immigration office in Cusco to extend my visit. 

The immigration officer in Cusco listened to my pre-rehearsed story that elaborated how I was in love with Peru and a month to explore it was too short. He stamped my passport with more days and suggested me to request the border officer next time to allow me to stay the entire duration granted by my visa. I would have told the young immigration in charge at the Tacna border that I intended to stay for the whole period, but I was still new to long-term travel. 

Also, the officer at the border crossing had been bewildered to see an Indian passport; he twisted and turned my passport in his hand and was only relieved when my Chilean taxi-driver-cum-immigration-expert told him that I held a visa for the officer’s beloved motherland.

All the bags were scanned, and I was found guilty of possessing pears and plums, the life-saving rehydrating souvenirs from the desert city of Arica. As Peru is a major cultivator and exporter of colorful fruits and vegetables, I was allowed to cross only after the border officials bereft me of my fruits.

Must Read: My one-stop travel guide to Peru


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Peru was historically and culturally rich. I still have to visit a lot of countries, but I am sure Peru would remain one of my favorites for a long time. 

As I climbed the imposing summits of the mystical Machu Pichu, strolled along the cobbled streets of the bustling-yet-quaint town of Cusco, immersed myself in the serenity and the lushness of the Amazon, and watched a star-studded night from the roof of a rustic house on the remote islands of the highest navigable lake in the world i.e. Lake Titicaca, I couldn’t help but gaze at the Peruvian natural wonders and the man-made, nature-adhering solutions in awe. 

The air of Peru was filled with romance, and the politeness of the people and the rich aroma of the flavorful Peruvian food indulged me completely.

Also a helpful read for your South America trip: My list of Basic Spanish Phrases along with Hindi and English phonetics. (You can also print the guide and bring it along on your Peru trip.)

 

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Peruvians still live and dress up like old times. Gorgeous and rich culture.

 

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Peru, the master of spices. Peruvian food is flavorful and well-thought of.

 

The process of the Peru visa was worth the effort to see the gorgeous country. But the process simplified soon after I visited Peru.

Since March 2017, Indian nationals holding a minimum six-months valid visa or who are permanent residents of either US, Canada, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia, or any Schengen member country can enter Peru for one-eighty-days (180) per year without a Peru visa(for tourism and business visits). 

The maximum period of stay will be up to one hundred and eighty (180) calendar days, either as a continuous visit, or several consecutive visits, during the term of one year.

You can check out the below links to read the official order. 

The acknowledgment of the visa exemption by the Indian embassy in Lima, Peru.

The declaration of the visa exemption by the Embassy of Peru in India.

 

But those of you who do not hold any such visas or permanent residentships, please read on to understand the process of Peru visa for Indian citizens. 

I visited the Peru consulate in Santiago. The office gave me a list of documents and told me that the timeline to get the Peru visa was two days. Please note that I had a six-month temporary residentship in Chile and a Chilean identity card ( Carnet or RUT ). Later, I have also listed the process of application and the required documents if you are applying for a Peru visa from India. 

Suggested Read for Indian travelers: My comprehensive guide to visa for Indians, information of almost 60 countries, and I am constantly adding more.

 

Peru visa for Indian citizens — If you are applying from Chile.

Here is the list of the documents that I had to submit to the Peru consulate in Santiago (Given I held a temporary residentship of Chile),

  1. Passport and a photocopy of the passport
  2. A photocopy of the Chilean identity card
  3. Certificate of Antecedentes (a criminal or police record, a proof that I hadn’t engaged in illegal activities during my stay in Chile)
  4. One passport size photo
  5. Last three-month bank statements
  6. Hotel bookings during the stay in Peru
  7. Return flight tickets
  8. Completed application form

I had everything else except the return ticket. I spoke to an Indian friend who had recently traveled to Peru, and she told me she had to submit many notarized documents(from the list mentioned above) with the Peru visa application. But she did not show any flight tickets as her Chilean friend had explained to the consulate that they were going to Peru in a car. The process of visa depends a little bit on the specific consulate and the concerned officials.

Here is an Indian traveler talking about his struggles to get Peru visa while he was traveling in South America.

As none of the airlines allowed me to hold tickets, I went to the consulate with the rest of the documents. The documents were straightforward. You can get the Certificate of Background from the Civil Registry in any Chilean city. I submitted my Indian Citibank account statements which were in English, and the account balance was in Indian Rupees. My carnet was valid only for a few more days.  

I paid the visa fee of 36 USD and explained to the lady at the consulate that I was planning to travel by bus. She grabbed my documents and talked to her boss about my case. 

The inquisitive visa lady really wanted to visit India and wondered if arrange marriage still prevailed in India and if my parents had chosen a groom back home. She even asked me if I had a boyfriend. See, visa interviews and appointments aren’t all boring. 

While talking to me, she not only forgot that other people were waiting for her, but she also forgot to tell me that her bosses didn’t care about return tickets.  

Two days later, I collected my passport, which was stamped with a 183-days-long and one-year valid Peru visa.

Recommended Read: Chile visa for Indians from India and South America

 

Peru visa for Indian citizens — If you are applying from India.

You need the documents listed below ( As per the Peru embassy in India’s website.)

1.Passport with a minimum validity of six months after the expected date of arrival to Peru.

2. Photocopy of the front and back sides of the passport.

3. Two (DGC 005) forms duly typed or handwritten, in block letters and using black ink.

4. Three recent colored, passport-size photographs (4.3 X 3.5 cm) with white background. The face size should cover between 70% – 80% of the photograph.

5. A cover letter duly signed by the applicant.

6. If employed, the applicant must present a no-objection certificate furnished by the employer, indicating the date they joined the organization, as well as the purpose and the time of their stay in Peru.

7. Round-trip ticket reservation to Peru – I always use flight itineraries(not confirmed reservations) or blocked tickets or tickets on hold while applying for a visa. For if there is any problem with the visa, you will lose the money with confirmed tickets.

8. Day by day detailed itinerary while in Peru – The embassy needs this to get a rough idea on your travel plans. You can have a look at my best things to do in Peru guide and make a Peru itinerary for yourself.

9. Hotel reservation(s) in Peru – Book on Booking. If you don’t like the reservations or change your dates, you can always cancel and rebook.

10. Proof of financial solvency, e.g. bank statements, fixed deposits. These are required even if the trip is sponsored.

11. Personal Income Tax Return (ITR) of Form 16 (1 year), if applicable.

12. In case of sponsored trips:

    • Sponsor in Peru or India should present a guarantee letter attesting that he or she will be responsible to bear some or all costs of boarding and lodging of the applicant, or repatriation, if needed.
    • Valid identification document of the sponsor, e.g. Peruvian DNI, Aadhar card, Passport or any other valid national identification document.
    • Proof of financial solvency of the sponsor, e.g. bank statements, fixed deposit.

As per the embassy, the time of tourist and business visa processing for Indian nationals normally ranges within 4-5 working days. The visa fee is Rs 2250, in cash. Also, notice that the Peru embassy has clearly written -Peru does not require travellers to hold a valid yellow fever certificate.

But if you go to the Iquitos part of the Peruvian Amazon, I would advise you to get a yellow fever vaccination done. It is better to be safe, always.

As per readers and other friends who have shared their experiences with me and also as per the Peru embassy, you can apply for a Peru visa with an agent. The processing time is about 3-4 working days or more if the embassy is busy.

 

This was the story of my Peru visa.

Guys, as long as you have time and health under your arm, travel. If for nothing else, travel to see this world, that is more beautiful than anything else.

 

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Follow up reads:

My exhaustive guide to traveling in Peru – I backpacked in for about five weeks. This Peru guide is complete and a one-stop travel guide to find all the information on Peru and to answer all your Peru travel questions.

My complete travel article on Chile – I taught English in Chile for five months and traveled through the country, solo, for about 6 months. This Chile guide has all the information that I can provide on traveling in Chile and understanding the country from a foreigner’s and an Indian’s perspective.

My comprehensive guide to traveling in Bolivia – I traveled in Bolivia for about a month, solo and with friends I made in Chile. In this Bolivia guide, I have written down exhaustive travel information on Bolivia. From places to see, things to do, to Bolivia’s economy and politics, you will find it all here.

Let me know if you have any questions. A lot more South America articles are on my blog. You can find them by navigating to the South America page in the menu bar under Travel.

 

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cusco cathedral at plaza de armas in cusco peru being used for pinterest image for Peru visa for indians travel guide

 

Are you planning to go to Peru? Let me know if you have more questions about getting a Peru visa for Indian citizens. As you can see, many people are posting their experiences, asking questions, and helping out each other. Let’s keep this information exchange going so that we have the most recent information and experiences on Peru visa 🙂

 

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30 Comments

  1. VIJAY SAXENA September 27, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Hi Priyanka
    For Peruvian visa one is not required to visit personally the Embassy in Delhi. The documents can be submitted through any other third party or a travel agent. The usual processing time is approx. 3-4 working days depending upon the rush. The passport needs to be collected Physically they do not courier. As for Air tkts any travel agent can issue you a block tkt, it works fine these guys at the Embassy are not really bothered about it. I have been going to Peru since 2011 and own Businesses there I have been doing it on a Business Visa and did not bother to get a Carnet. I am a resident here in Goa.
    But it is a nice thing you travelling South America its a wonderful continent to visit and spend time.
    All the best with you future travels. God Bless.

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta October 8, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you, Vijay, for the information. Peru is a wonderful country. Did you get a chance to see the other countries in South America?

      I will add your Peru visa experience to update this visa article for applying for a Peru visa from India.

      Please keep reading. Thanks 🙂

      Reply
  2. Shilpi September 10, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Priyanka,

    I am an Indian passport holder with valid USA B1/B2 visa and temporary residence of Poland. I am planning to visit south america and would like to know which countries I can visit without visa or visa on arrival?

    Reply
  3. Jasmeet Singh September 8, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Hi,
    Just a query..i have a six month valid visa for UK and its start from Aug, 19 till Jan, 20. I am planning to visit in November. So may i dont need to apply for Peru visa. Or at the time of entry in peru my visa should be valid for six months from that date? Please clarify.

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta September 12, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Jasmeet. I think you need to have a valid visa for 6 months beyond the date of travel. Would you just email the embassy and ask them? They will definitely clarify. Let me know how it goes.

      Reply
  4. Prem August 27, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Hi Priyanka,

    Amazing post and information.

    I am traveling to Peru in September and had a few questions:

    1. How reliable/safe is Uber in Lima and Cusco ? Any tips for Uber or other local transportation ?

    2. How should I go from Lima airport to Miraflores ? Uber/Taxi/Airport Express?

    3. Is it safe to take late night bus from Ica to Lima (leaving Ica at 10pm and arriving Lima at 2:30am) ? Can you recommend transportation option from Javier Prado (Lima bus station) to airpot ? Can I just take Uber? How safe is Javier Prado at late night?

    4. Did you book a tour to Lake Titicaca ? If yes which one and for how many days? I plan to visit Lake Titicaca from Cusco but not sure how should I do it ?

    Thanks in advance :).

    -Gary

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta August 27, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Thanks Prem. Here is my Titicaca guide – https://www.onmycanvas.com/things-to-do-in-puno-and-lake-titicaca/. I didn’t use Uber in Peru when I was there. In here I talk more about the logistics of Peru- https://www.onmycanvas.com/backpack-peru-travel-guide/. If there is a Uber, go for it. If you take a night bus, make sure you book a hotel in Lima and arrange your pick up. Again bus station to airport could be done by Uber. Uber is generally reliable in most of the cities and I have heard the same about Peru, too. Or when you leave your hotel, ask them to book a reliable guy to bring you to the airport. I am not sure about the safety of Javier Prado. But at 2:30 pm I think Lima won’t be that secure that you can wander freely. Thank again. Let me know how it goes.

      Reply
  5. Sneha August 11, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Hi Priyanka,

    One query regarding the visa. I am not a holder of any other visa so will be applying for Peruvian visa directly.
    Seems like the embassy is only in Delhi (I stay in Mumbai)
    It also says documents cannot be couriered. Please let me know how do I go about it – is choosing an agent the only way to go about it, if I want to avoid flying to Delhi.

    Also – beautifully written post.

    Many thanks
    Sneha

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta August 11, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Sneha. Thanks for your message. I think if embassy is in Delhi, you will have to go to Delhi. Call the embassy and ask them or email them to check if you can courier the stuff. If not, an agent would be the way to go if you don’t want to fly. Good luck. Let me know how it goes.

      Reply
  6. Priyanka Gupta August 7, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Hi Chetan. Sorry for the delayed reply. You can stay in cheap hostels and hotels around Peru. In major cities in Peru, only a few Indian restaurants are there. In some cities like Arequipa, I could find only one. Indian businesses in Lima aren’t many. Are you planning to open one? Thanks for your comment. Hope this helps.

    Reply
  7. Arundhuti August 7, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Hi Priyanka,
    Love the post very helpful thank you 🙂
    Wanted to ask something real quick. So I have a tourist visa(B1/B2) to the USA with 10 years validity so this means I donot need to apply for a visa at the Peru embassy. What i want to know is: is there any form online that I need to fill before my travel or it is something like visa on arrival?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta August 7, 2019 at 10:34 am

      Hey Arundhuti. Thank you for reading the article.

      If a country allows entry on a USA or a UK visa they just see the visa when you arrive. I would suggest printing the official declaration of Peru that I have linked to and carry it with you when you cross Indian and Peruvian immigration.

      If someone asks, just show that.

      Hope you enjoy your Peru trip. I have many more articles on Peru, including a detailed travel guide, that might help you. Let me know if you have more questions.

      Reply
  8. Manish August 6, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I have a couple of question Priyanka.
    1. One of the requirements is a return ticket. So what if i book a ticket and they deny the visa for some reason?
    It is a lot of expense when you don’t know if they will give it?

    2. Is an international health insurance required?

    3. Also, given the most common and budget flights have stop over in London and USA, do we need a Transit visa and if yes what is the procedure?

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta August 6, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      Hey Manish.

      1. I always book a refundable ticket or print out my flight itinerary and show that. In Peru visa too, I did the same.
      2. no. But maybe you want to take a travel insurance?
      3. I stopped over in Dubai and didn’t get out of the airport for I was there at night. You don’t need a transit visa in London if it’s a stop over and you don’t get out of the airport. In the US a year back people were complaining about transit visas and there were some issues. I don’t know how the current scene is but if you are just stopping over and not getting out of the airport you don’t need a visa.

      Hope this helps.

      Reply
  9. Ajay July 23, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Hello Priyanka,
    First of all Thanks for very nice and helpful post 🙂

    I am planning to visit Peru and currently staying in Brazil and having US Business Visa.
    How can get the Peruvian visa if it is needed for me?Is there any thing visa on arrival?
    Secondly if yes I have to apply for it in Peruvian Embassy in Brasil?

    Thanks,
    Ajay 🙂

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta July 23, 2019 at 11:56 am

      Hello Ajay. Thanks for your comment. I have written in my blog that if you have a valid US visa, you can visit Peru by showing that. Kindly go through the official declaration as I have linked above. Hope this helps.

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      1. Ajay July 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm

        Thanks for the reply Priyanka.
        That probably means I don’t need to apply for Tourist Visa anymore 🙂
        Also the above declaration link is closed it seems.

        Thanks you!

        Reply
  10. Gursewak Das July 7, 2019 at 8:17 am

    I want know which is cheapest flight for Peru from India please help …

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta July 19, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      Hey Gursewak. To find a cheap flight you can go to Skyscanner and allow flexible dates and stopovers as well. I flew to South America from Mumbai and found the Mumbai route to be the cheapest.

      Reply
    2. VAISHAKH PUTHIYEDATH August 7, 2019 at 1:10 am

      Hi priyanka, as you said you just passed through dubai airport, so there is direct flight from dubai to peru?
      And i have one more query i am an indian staying in dubai with a residence visa. What will be the other documents i require to get a peru visa?

      Reply
      1. Priyanka Gupta August 7, 2019 at 10:41 am

        Hey Vaishakh. I booked a flight from Mumbai to Santiago that stopped at Dubai and Sao Paulo. I didn’t see but there might be direct flights from Dubai to Peru, too. Just check on yatra or Goibibo. That was a connecting flight and I was telling Gursewak that for connecting flights – when you book one flight but the airlines do the journey in two or three parts and stopover in between – you do not need a visa unless you are walking out of the airport. Airports are neutral transit lands. For more documents find the embassy of Peru in Dubai and check with them. Peruvians embassies are not such busy places and you will find the required information easily.

        Reply
  11. Abel Louis July 1, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Priyanka,

    Could you please tell me what is the minimum required funds they are expecting us to have for VISA approval (peru).

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta July 19, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      Hey Abel,

      I am not sure but take an approximate of the amount of time you want to stay in Peru and the expenditure per day you expect. If you want to stay for say fifteen days, you can submit a bank statement showing a lac or maybe 1.5 lacs. If they ask you can give an estimate of your hotel charges and food per day. Food in Peru is cheap so the expenditure would be limited. Hope this helps. Let me know the amount you show eventually and how the application goes. This information would be useful for other readers. Thank you.

      Reply
  12. RAJENDRA June 11, 2019 at 4:40 am

    very nicely worded useful practical information,
    ThaNKS

    Reply
  13. Santosh June 3, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Hi there,

    Very informative post! Thank you for sharing details!

    Have a quick question, this is regarding Peru, I have visit visa (TRV) for Canada, will that work to get into Peru?

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta June 11, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      Hey Santosh, I think a travel visa to Canada should let you into Peru. But I am not sure if TRV is different from a travel visa. Please check with the Peruvian embassy?

      Reply
  14. Chetan May 2, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Hi
    Wanted to know more about Peru
    The cheap accomodation for Indians.
    Also a lot more.
    And if there are any Indian restaurants and Indian businesses in Lima and other major cities in Peru
    Thanks

    Reply
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