Peru Visa for Indians was not an easy affair especially for a newbie like me. Fortunately, things changed for better in March of 2017. 

Cost: Rs. 2250

Mode of Payment: Cash

Processing Time: Ideally 5 working days (Mine took 6)

Website: http://www.embassyperuindia.in/visainformation.html

Embassy: Delhi (There is no embassy in Mumbai)

Duration of Visa applied: 30 days

Visa Received: 20 days multiple entry

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My Experience of getting Peru Visa with Indian Passport

I had to cut short a trip of mine to stop by at the embassy and apply for my Visa. I had gone there armed with all the documents.

I had to get a new set of pictures (It didn’t take very long and there was a photo booth very close to the embassy). The lady who was to accept the documents was extremely skeptical about everything. She misguided me a lot and I have no idea what was her issue with my application. She asked me how I intended to go from one point to another, I told her ‘I’ll take a bus’. She then told me there are no buses from Cusco to Lima which is absolute rubbish. I rarely had to book my tickets in advance anywhere in Peru as there are a gazillion companies everywhere.

I told her ‘in that case, I’ll take a flight or a cab, whichever is feasible’. I didn’t know my geography very well back then so I got a little nervous.

There was another person who I assume was from Peru and he was really nice. he was just smiling and told her ‘there are buses from Cusco to Lima’. They took my documents, wrote something with a pencil on them and I left. This was on Friday, On Monday, I got a call from the embassy asking me for a letter stating ‘I work with so and so organization and quitting on so and so date’. In addition to this, they wanted my 30-day itinerary. Each day plan and how did I plan to go from one place to another. This was like homework waiting for me after office hours. I had no clue what was I going to do except Machu Picchu. I had already distributed my time only between Cusco and Lima as showing more places meant showing more bus reservations and/or hotel bookings.

I managed to make an itinerary with a decent amount of rest days.

After 5 days, I got my Visa but with an entry for 20 days only. I was annoyed but didn’t know at that point that it was just too less. Peru had so much more to do that 20 days is just about enough to scrape through the country. 20 days is really nothing. I missed out on a lot because of this.

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After leaving Peru I did write back to the embassy requesting them to be a little more liberal with Indian travelers. It’s not fair to give a 20 day Visa to someone planning to spend months on the continent. It’s not like the Visa is free of cost either.

I spoke to two other Indian nationals who intend to travel to Peru this year and they both were granted one year Visa. What do I get? 20 days. Are you surprised by the number of Indians you meet on the road?

Peru Visa in Ecuador for Indians:

I tried to get the Peru Visa from Ecuador in an attempt to trace back my route before flying back from Sao Paolo, Brazil. However, my plan never saw the light of the day as the very first Visa I needed was Peru and they declined the Visa from a third country.

Visa on Indian Passport can only be taken from the home country or country of residence.

Note:

Starting March end 2017, Indian Nationals holding valid US or Schengen Visa, don’t need a Visa to enter Peru. The entry is for 180 days making Peru Visa for Indians a little less nightmarish.

Do you have any frustrating Visa story that discouraged you from traveling to a country?


Manisha Singh

I'm an HR (IT) Consultant by profession who loves traveling to keep from getting caught up in the monotony of regular life. I quit my job in Oct 2016 to take a career break. I'm using my time to travel around South America. When not traveling I love spending time volunteering for various activities ranging from Art to corporate citizenship. I love Running (5k mostly), reading (interest keeps varying here), playing TT (something I picked up recently), and open to just about any new experience.

6 Comments

Kuldeep Yadav · September 22, 2018 at 16:00

Hello manisha,. The same happened to me when I applied for Peru tourist visa. They are not so fair to me and declined. I was just telling them that it’s like a dream to me to visit Machu Picchu.
I submitted all the necessary documents. Even I book Inca trail by internet from here as the embassy asked me . But in the end they denied

    Manisha Singh · September 22, 2018 at 22:18

    I’m so sorry it happened. In the end travel history and bank balance matters a lot. Also, Peru is now Visa free with valid US Visa. You could try for that.

Praveen · November 17, 2017 at 12:00

Thanks Manisha! Your information was super helpful to me 🙂

    Manisha Singh · November 17, 2017 at 12:01

    I’m so glad my documenting the process helped someone. That is purpose of all this 🙂
    It’s great that Peru now accepts Indians solely on US Visa though.

the_adventures_of_jojo · July 18, 2017 at 10:14

What is the validity of the visa from the date of issue ?

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