The Tarjeta Andina de Migracion (TAM or Andean Migration Card) is the simplest form of Peru tourist “visa”. You will collect and fill in this little form when you enter Peru, be it by land or air. Not all nationalities can enter Peru on a TAM alone, so always check the exact requirements with an embassy before you travel.
About the Tarjeta Andina Peru Tourist Visa
If you are flying into Peru, a flight attendant will normally give you your Tarjeta Andina during the flight (if you do not receive a TAM, ask the attendant or pick one up when you land, before going through customs). If you are crossing into Peru by land, you can pick up the form at the border post.
The TAM Peru tourist visa entitles visitors to 183 days in Peru. However, border officials will not necessarily give you the full 183 days. If they are being moody or don’t like the look of you, they might stamp your TAM (and your passport) with a 30, 60 or 90 day visa. If they are being extra mean, they might ask for proof of onward travel before letting you enter Peru.
If you want the full amount, ask for it. If you smile and ask politely, most officials will happily give you the full amount. If they ask why you need the full amount, tell them you want to explore the beautiful and enchanting nation of Peru for as long as possible (or something similar, as long as it’s flattering).
Who Can Enter Peru With a Tarjeta Andina?
You can find a full list of national visa requirements at this Peruvian consulate website. If it says “NO” in the “Turista” column, you do not need any special type of visa (in which case the TAM will suffice). If it says “SI” in that column, you need a different type of Peru tourist visa, one that you must arrange and obtain before arriving. It is always a good idea to double-check the requirements with your local embassy.
What Does the TAM Peru Tourist Visa Look Like?
Well, it looks like this:
That is obviously an English language version. You may end up with a Spanish-language version, but it isn’t too difficult to figure it all out. You can print out your TAM in Spanish or English from the Migraciones Perú website (formerly DIGEMIN).
Completing the form is straightforward (any questions, ask below). When you arrive in Peru, you hand over your passport and your Tarjeta Andina. Both will be stamped – don’t forget to ask for the full 183 days if needed. The bottom third of the form will be handed back to you; the rest is kept by the border official.
Peru Tourist Visa: Keep it Safe
Whatever you do, don’t lose this little piece of paper. It’s not the end of the world, but you will probably have to head back to Lima to get a replacement copy. A replacement is not expensive, but it could be a lot of hassle, the kind that you don’t really need when you are travelling in Peru.
If you have questions, comments or additional details about the Tarjeta Andina or other Peru tourist visas, please use the comments section below. Thanks.