Peru Will Enforce 6-Month Passport Rule

Peru Will Enforce 6-Month Passport Rule

Before coming to visit Peru, verify that your passport will be valid for at least six months from your planned date of arrival.

The U.S. Consulate in Lima issued an alert that effective January 1, 2019, immigration officials will begin enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past time of entry into Peru.

“Peruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.” So, if your passport is due to expire in five months, you should get it renewed before coming.

This rule has always been on the books, but rarely was it strictly enforced.

Peru does not require a tourist visa for entry for citizens of most American and Western European countries who arrive with a valid passport. The maximum period of stay granted is 183 days.

Citizens of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela and Chile may enter with their valid national identification document.

Check here if you need a visa.

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There are 8 comments for this article
  1. Kelvin cheeranjie at 1:17 pm

    I am due to travel to Peru with for three weeks with a confirmed return ticket. Passport expires in four months. Will I be permitted?

  2. Rick Vecchio at 11:08 am

    Hi Kelvin,

    Chances are when you pass through immigration at Jorge Chavez International Airport they won’t look twice, but there is no guarantee, especially since they announced that they were going to be enforcing the regulation more strictly. It is luck of the draw. You are at the mercy of the immigration official seated behind the kiosk. If you want to play it safe, you have your tickets already purchased, so you can get a new expedited passport in the U.S. for an additional fee of — hold on, I’m looking it up — USD60:

    Hope this info helps.

    You’re going to love Peru!

    Best regards,


  3. John at 1:39 am

    Hi, I am due to travel to Peru in a month but my passport is expiring in 5 months but passport is already under process, so our embassy extended the validity of my passport instead. Can I travel with an extended validity of my passport?

  4. Rick Vecchio at 10:13 am

    Hi John,

    I’ve never heard of an embassy doing that. Pretty cool. The short answer to your question is, I don’t know. Have you contacted the Peruvian Consul?

    Peruvian Embassy in Doha, Qatar
    Street 835, Building 42, Lejbailat Zone 64
    P. O. Box 24062
    TELEPHONE(+974) 4491 5944
    FAX(+974) 4491 5940


  5. Sarah Doyle at 4:02 pm

    Hey Kevin.

    Can I ask what happened?
    Did you get let I. To Peru with 4 months left on passport?

  6. Enrique at 3:47 pm

    I traveled to Peru in July 2019 with a confirmed two weeks return ticket. My USA passport still had 4 months before expiration date. I was not allowed to enter the country. Was harassed by immigrations officials for trying to enter their country without knowing their laws and was deported. Not a good experience, will never try to go back. Yet a friend traveled to Japan at the same time with USA passport with 3 months before expiration; had no problem. Should have gone to Japan.

  7. Presilla at 2:30 am

    Hello! I am a US citizen leaving for Peru on October 18 and coming back to the US on October 30. My passport expires April 26, 2020. Will I be let into Peru even though my passport will be expiring in less than 6 months by the time I return back to the states?

  8. Rick Vecchio at 5:05 pm

    Hi Presilla,
    I can’t imagine you would have a problem under the circumstances you describe. Everyone is basically at the mercy of the immigration officer they encounter when they arrive, but the folks at Jorge Chavez International Airport are super professional and for the most part really, really nice. They are not looking to keep bona fide tourists out of the country if they have six months left on their passport upon arrival and are only going to be here for a couple of weeks. That’s my opinion.
    You’re going to love Peru!

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