Sitting in Casona Deza, this gorgeous cafe in Trujillo, I had tried all kinds of permutations and combinations to extend my tourist visa for Peru online.
And I had failed every time. All my details were correct on TAM Virtual. I had paid the 11.70 soles to extend my visa in a branch of Banco de Nacional, and there was nothing wrong with the receipt. I kept on changing the number of days I wanted to extend on Prórroga de Permanencia en Línea – PRPL F-007.
For some reason, I had this notion that extending the visa would be a walk in the park for some reason. But, after seeing this error for the eighth time it seemed like a sick prank. Like TPing someone’s house. Wait, I did that in middle school actually.
ERROR: NO SE PUEDE CONCLUIR CON EL TRÁMITE DEBIDO A QUE NO TIENE UN INGRESO REGULAR AL PAÍS
That’s when I decided to give up and get it in an immigration office. Although not in Trujillo. I had a bus back to Lima the day after. I went to the immigration office at Av. España, Breña in Lima and I got the tourist stay extension there.
So if the online extension was a disaster, do visit an immigration office. Going there might not be all pretty and smooth, but you might be out of this jam for good.
What’s your visa status?
1. Visa exempt for Peru but not an EU national?
You are at the right place. It means you entered Peru with a “temporary authorization to enter as a tourist” or TAM, and got an entry stamp for 90 days or less at the border Examples- USA, Canada, UK, Australia etc.
2. EU national?
You are visa exempt but you get 90 days in 180 days, so technically you shouldn’t be able to extend their stay without the cooling-off period of 90 days. However, the reality is that lots of EU nationals have been able to extend their stay for 90 days right off online. So, I guess if you want you could take a shot. If the system doesn’t allow you to extend online, head over to how to extend your tourist visa for Peru at an immigration office.
3. Entered Peru with an actual tourist visa?
Sorry to say that this extension is not for you. Please check the process at an the nearest Peruvian immigration office. If you got lesser than 183 days on your visa, you should be able to get an extension. Examples- India, Nigeria, China etc.
Step 1: Getting an Appointment
You can get an appointment in an immigration office in Peru on the immigration website of Peru. Find out the nearest immigration office and get an appointment.
Just make sure to get an appointment before you run out of your initial limit. Sometimes, depending on where you are and how busy the office is, they might give you an appointment on the same day or after a few days. In Lima, sometimes it takes two weeks. No worries if the appointment date is after you run out of your limit. They will still extend your stay, but you must get the appointment before you run out of the limit. And make sure that you have paid the extension fees and have the Banco de Nacional receipt handy.
Here is the step by step process to get an appointment.
1.Download and fill in F-007
Firstly, visit the ‘Prorroga de Permanencia’ section on the Peruvian immigration website. Click on Formulario F-007 (descarga gratuita aquí) and download a free copy of Formulario F-007 . You will need to fill it and carry it with you. Then, in order to get an appointment click on the Para Generar su Cita: Click Aqui. I have highlighted both of them in the screenshot.
2.When you click to get an appointment, it will forward to another page. You will need to choose PERMANENCIA under PRORROGAS section. Click on TURISTA tab. Check the boxes for the documents that you have. For now, you can simply leave the one the last one related to INTERPOL and check the other ones. Then click on SIGUENTE.
3. On the next page, you will be asked to fill in some personal information. You need to fill in the details for the first section : DATOS DEL SOLITITANTE. You will need to leave the second section blank. After you are done, click on SIGUENTE.
Then, you will have to fill in the receipt details such as the verification code, date of payment and receipt number. If nothing funny happens at this point, it will automatically assign you to an immigration office.
In my case, I got an appointment in Lima after 2 weeks. As my tourist stay would expire before the date of my appointment, I panicked and showed up without an appointment a couple of days after. The people at the Lima office weren’t very happy about me showing up out of the blue, especially with armies of Venezuelans everywhere. But they didn’t turn me back.
Step 2 : Show up with all the documents
Carry the following documents: –
- The original receipt if you paid at the bank or the payment proof online. A printout of the online receipt if you paid online on pagalo.pe.
- Original passport.
- A copy of the TAM showing your date of entry in Peru.
- F-007 duly filled in.
And please have a couple of photocopies of all the documents including the page of the passport which has the entry stamp.
You might need to fill in a paper form that they give you in the office. It took me an hour of queuing before I got that form on the spot and 2 more hours of queuing after that.
Step 3: Don’t take no because you don’t have Andean nationality
If they turn you back saying that you do not have Andean Community nationality, try your luck one more time with another officer or at another immigration office. The reality is that the information out there is not concrete and immigration officers interpret the rules the way they get it.
And one last thing, if your date of appointment is after you are over the stay limit, don’t fret. The key is to get the appointment before you start overstaying.
Step 4: Go to a beach and have some Pisco Sour
This is what I actually did. My boyfriend and I went to a nice bar in Miraflores. He drank beer and I tried out Pisco Sour. It’s the national drink of Peru, so sort of rings with a visa extension. So if you did everything right and got the extension, it’s Pisco time.
When should I apply for the extension?
You should apply for it before your current authorization expires. It’s a good idea to extend it when you have lesser than 10 days left or a couple of weeks to be on the safe side. Once you overstay, you can’t extend it.
How much does it cost?
It costs 11.70 soles now.
How long do I get the extension for?
The temporary authorization or TAM for Peru can only be extended for at most 90 days at one go, and up to a maximum of 183 days in 365 days from the day you enter Peru for the first time.
They give you as much as extension as you can get. I got it for 90 days but I have heard people getting up to 30 days extra max if you’ve used up all the days already. Just be nice to them and ask politely.
Have you tried extending your tourist visa for Peru in an immigration office?
Extending a tourist visa for Peru is always full of surprises. Was it smooth or rocky for you? Please let us know in the comments.