Peru Tourist Visa, check! – Tarjeta Andina de Migracion(TAM), check?

The Tarjeta Andina de Migracion (TAM or Andean Migration Card) is a mandatory document used for statistical purposes which is required by the CAN countries (i.e. Andean Community of Nations; Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia). Nowadays, Peru has implemented a virtual TAM which means that the necessary information will be obtained from your passport and flight tickets and you do not need to get a printed TAM. Not all nationalities can enter Peru on a TAM alone, so always check the exact requirements with an embassy or consulate before you travel.

Old TAM processing

In the past, when flying into Peru, a flight attendant would normally give you a TAM during the flight (if you had not received a TAM, you could ask the attendant or pick one up when you landed before going through customs). If you were crossing into Peru by land, you could pick up the form at the border post. Moreover, you had to keep the TAM you received upon entry because you had to show the very same TAM when you were to leave the country. Losing your TAM meant fines, delays and other things that are not worth mentioning anymore. The Peruvian TAM used to look like this:

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In an effort to speed up and improve immigration procedures for both Peruvian and foreigners, the Peruvian authorities have implemented the necessary measures to allow for a seamless transit in and out of Peru while maintaining world class security standards.

New TAM processing

Upon your arrival, the immigration officers will ask for your passport and see your flight tickets. Depending on your situation they might ask you for your purpose of travel and then stamp your passport. The necessary information will be uploaded to the system by the immigration officers while you will have nothing to fill out or papers to keep. On your way out of the country, you will just have to present your passport and you are done.

One of the advantages of the old TAM was that you could show it at your hotel and hostel to avoid paying the 18% IGV tax that all Peruvians and residents of Peru pay at the time of purchasing any kind of product or service. Some establishments might still ask see this document in order to give you your discount. If that happens, don’t sweat it. You can look up your TAM card details online and print it out if necessary. Visit this Migraciones – TAM page to look up yours.

Please, bear in mind that TAM is a document used by the CAN countries. Although Peru and recently Ecuador have begun using virtual TAMs, you still need to make sure you follow the standard procedure at other CAN countries. If in doubt, always check their immigration websites or visit their respective embassies or consulates before traveling.

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  47 comments for “Peru Tourist Visa, check! – Tarjeta Andina de Migracion(TAM), check?

  1. Bryce Gutierrez
    August 6, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Hello, Im an American Citizen and i lost my trajeta Andina. What do i need to do to leave the country? i have a flight on monday!

  2. August 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Bryce,

    Normally, you’d head to immigrations in Breña and get a new one (I think it still costs about S/.9). Do you have time to head there on Monday before your flight? If not, I think it’s possible to get a new tarjeta andina at the airport, but I’m not 100% sure. According to this post on Expat Peru, you can get a replacement at the airport:

    http://www.expatperu.com/faq-peruvian-visas-and-migrations.html

    Being Peru, however, you never know how much hassle that could be, so heading to Breña would be a better option if you have time. Here are some details about getting a replacement (see bottom of post):

    http://theultimateperulist.blogspot.com/2008/11/2b-tourist-expired-visa-student-visa.html

    I wish I could give you some more concrete info, but I’ve never had to get a replacement myself. It might be worth asking on the Expat Peru forum – you normally get an answer pretty quickly, and might find someone who has been through the same situation recently.

    Good luck, and feel free to ask more questions here if you get stuck.

  3. Hector Zamalloa
    August 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I have Peruvian and American passport. My Peruvian passport is not longer valid. Can I get the TAM when I go to Lima, next week, then travel to Cusco, Puno. Can I use the TAM to visit Bolivia ? I am planning to go to Uyuni lake backpacking. I have to pay 135$ visa if I go to Bolivia using my american passport. I can’t use my Peruvian passport because I don’t have time to renew, I also have a valid DNI with my address in USA
    Thanks

  4. August 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Hector. If you are flying from the the USA to Lima, then you’ll get a TAM when you arrive in Lima (or you’ll be given one during the flight). When you exit Peru (to Bolivia), you will have to hand over your TAM to the Peruvian border official.

    If you have a valid Peruvian DNI, then I think you can use that to enter Bolivia (with no entry fee). If not, then you’ll have to use your US passport and pay the entry fee.

    Is there no kind of rapid passport renewal sytem in Peru? In the UK, you can pay more money and get a new passport in a few days (I think). If there is such a system, it might be worth paying for a quick passport renewal rather than spending $135 to enter Bolivia.

    Hope that helps a little.

    • Hector
      June 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks Tony for your answer. I was able to get a new Peruvian passport in one day. I never thought that could happen in Peru, but it happen. I was able to travel with my Peruvian passport I also could make it with my DNI.

      Regards

      • June 6, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        No problem, good to hear it all worked out well. A new Peruvian passport in one day! If only everything was that quick…!

    • Maria
      August 25, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      What it better ? Use my Peruvian Passport or American Passport. You have some difference.
      I am reserved hotel in machupichu and tell my if I have TAM I will not pay taxes…
      How is working this?

      • August 26, 2015 at 9:30 am

        Hi Maria. I’d imagine that overall there won’t be much difference, but using your Peruvian passport is probably easier. I don’t know anything about any tax differences.

  5. Hanna
    November 19, 2012 at 3:24 am

    What do I mark as occupation if I am on a Gap Year?
    Thank you!

    • November 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Hi Hanna. You could just write “student” as your occupation. To be honest, I don’t think any border officials pay attention to those kind of details (you could probably leave it blank and have no problems). When I traveled using a tarjeta andina, I always put “writer” as my occupation, even though I wasn’t writing professionally back then. No one ever asked me for more info.

  6. Meghan
    December 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I’m a resident of Peru (I have my carnet de extanjeria) and I have had it for one year. Do I still need a TAM to leave for vacation? I have no idea where it could be :s

    • December 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Meghan. No, you won’t need your old TAM to exit Peru now that you have your carnet de extranjeria. I went to the UK a few months ago, also had a look for my old TAM but couldn’t find it. Maybe we handed over our old TAMs when we applied for/received our carnets?

      Just make sure your carnet is all up-to-date before you leave.

      Cheers, Tony.

  7. Tina
    February 6, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I’m resident USA, when making some hotel reservations, they say, you need a passport and TAM card when checking into hotel. Why? Do you need to log where you lodge every time you change hotels?
    Thank you

    • February 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Hi Tina. It’s normal to show a passport when checking-in to hotels in Peru (Peruvians normally have to show their national ID cards), but I’ve never been asked to show my TAM. And if you’re booking from the USA, you wouldn’t even have a TAM yet, so it doesn’t seem too logical. And no, you don’t need to log where you stay.

      Thanks, Tony.

  8. Casey blanchard
    August 13, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Hi, I’ve just been looking at the form and no. 15 name of carrier….does this just mean your name again? I’m hoping to visit Peru next year :). Thanks casey.

    • August 13, 2014 at 8:33 am

      Hi Casey. “Name of Carrier” is the name of the transport company that’s bringing you into the country. So if you fly with Delta Airlines, for example, you’d just put Delta. If you enter overland, you’d put the name of the bus company.

      Cheers, Tony.

  9. August 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Hi Tony,
    I am a US Citizen and I am wondering what to do if I arrived in Lima today and the immigrations officer stamped my passport/TAM for 60 days. I am planning on staying as long as 150 days.

    • August 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Susan,

      Unfortunately, you’re pretty much stuck with the 60 days. In other words, you won’t be able to extend your TAM without leaving and re-entering Peru. You can either overstay the allotted 60 days and pay the one dollar a day fine for the additional days (to be paid when exiting Peru), or you can do a border hop (exit Peru into Ecuador, Chile or Bolivia and come back into Peru the next day — making sure you ask for at least 90 more days).

      Cheers,

      Tony.

  10. Drew
    November 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I lost my TAM card. Can I get a new one in Trujillo cause I’m planning on heading to ecuador via land border and don’t wany to go back to Lima.
    Thanks!

    • November 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Drew. As far as I know, you can’t get a replacement in Trujillo. But you might be able to do it in Chiclayo, where there is an immigrations office. You can try calling them on 074 206838.

  11. Emma
    December 28, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Tony,
    I’m planning on teaching in Peru on a tourist visa this coming year, but have heard that sometimes immigration asks for proof of leaving the country (such as a plane or bus ticket out), before issuing a visa. Any experience to confirm or contradict this?

    • December 29, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Hi Emma. Good question and one that’s tricky to answer. From personal experience, I’ve flown in to Peru once on a one-way ticket and didn’t have any problems. In general, I’d say that most immigration officials are highly unlikely to ask you for any proof of onward travel — I’ve never been asked, either entering by air or land. The problem is the lack of consistency and the whims of individual border officials. If they want to be a pain, they can ask. Even then, I’m fairly certain that you could talk your way out of the situation. Tell them that you’re traveling to Bolivia or wherever next by bus and it’s too early to book the ticket online (something like that). Alternatively, and if you wanted some backup paperwork, you could try to purchase an international bus ticket in advance — the shortest and cheapest route possible, maybe Tacna to Arica, for example (the problem here is trying to reserve a ticket more than a few months in advance). I have to be a little cautious with what I say here — but if a close friend of mine asked me the same question, I’d tell them not to worry about it. Hope that helps, and feel free to ask more questions (and let me know how things turn out!).

      • Emma
        December 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

        Thanks, Tony!
        Advice that doesn’t pressure me to change my plans is my favorite type of advice.
        Assuming I get in to the country, I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from me soon as I try to bumble my way around Peru. Fantastic blog!

  12. Tracey
    May 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Tony, I have been reading your great advice. We will be travelling from NZ to Peru for a stay of about 44 days. My question is about #7 in the bottom portion about money, do they want to know how much you have with you. or have to support yourself?. What should I write?. We will be staying with family. How much does a TAM card cost?. I guess we will need to ask for the 44 days?.

    • May 28, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Hi Tracey. Just leave it blank, that’s what I always did when I traveled with a TAM. No one ever said anything about it. If they do ask you about it when you exit Peru (you keep the bottom section until you exit the country), just scribble something down, maybe a rough approximation of what you think you spent.

      The TAM doesn’t cost anything. You’ll probably be given one on the plane before arriving (if not, pick one up in the airport); fill it in before landing and then hand it over with your passport to the immigrations official. It’s normally a very simple process. You’ll probably be given 90 or 180 days — it varies depending on the whims of the official. Ask them for 90 days just to be sure they don’t do something silly like give you 30 days (which is unlikely).

      Have a good trip!

  13. Bieke
    July 27, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Hello Tony,

    My boyfriend and I will be travelling through South-America for 4 months, and we start and finish in Lima. I suppose we have to hand in the TAM document if we cross a border, but can we get another one without problems a month later?

    Thanks!
    Bieke

    • July 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Hi Bieke,

      Yeah, you’ll hand over your TAM when you exit Peru, then be given a new one to fill in when you re-enter. You shouldn’t have any problems at all — you’re allowed a maximum of 183 days in Peru per year.

      Have a good trip!
      Tony.

  14. carole
    November 16, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    We are Americans living in Ecuador. We have Ecuadorian cedulas. Can we use our cedulas instead of our USA passports?

    • November 17, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Hi Carole,

      Honestly, I’m not too sure. If the Ecuadorian cedula is like the Peruvian foreign resident card, then yes, you should be able to travel to some South American countries (especially the Andean nations, which seem to have some kind of easy access thing going on between them). But… I don’t know much about the Ecuadorian cedula, so you should probably check with the immigrations office in Ecuador.

      Thanks, Tony.

  15. Ashley
    December 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Tony, is the TAM required to get into Michu picchu? I read on a website that we can’t enter without it

    • January 7, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Hi Ashley. I’ve never heard of a TAM being required for entry into Machu Picchu. Normally they just want to look at your passport.

  16. bill
    March 13, 2016 at 5:49 am

    what U.S. crimes will keep you from visiting Peru.

  17. Kate
    June 30, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Hi Tony, great blog. My son just got to Peru, and left his TA papers on the plane to Cusco. When everyone was off the plane, a worker went in to look for them, but didn’t find them (he got replacement ones). Now I’m wondering if his identity could be stolen, if someone picked them up? Just another thing for a mother to worry about!

    • June 30, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Hi Kate. I’ve been living in Peru for seven years and my mum still worries about me! As for the risk of identity theft, I’d say it’s highly unlikely. Most likely one of the cleaners picked up the TAM and threw it away. I’m no expert when it comes to ID theft, so I don’t know what someone could do with the info on a TAM. I guess there’s a risk, so it’s worth bearing in mind in case you ever see or hear something suspicious in the next few months (for example, if you receive a phone call from Peru with someone claiming to know your son; that’s a phone scam that happens on rare occasions). But overall, I don’t think you should worry about it. If I left a completed TAM on a plane, I wouldn’t worry. Let me know if you have any more questions or concerns. Tony.

  18. Kim
    December 13, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Tony! We have been in Peru for about 10 days and have had no issues with our immigration card, however we just got to Puira and the hotel receptionist told us that because our immigration card is not stamped with a date we have to pay the 18% Peruvian fees. Should our card have been stamped in the Lima airport when we arrived 11 days ago? We have stayed at 5 hotels in that time and we have not had any issues yet. Do we need to be concerned we will be charged the 18% at our next hotels? Thanks!

    • Ana
      December 19, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Hi Kim,

      Usually the Immigration Officers should stamp both the TAM and the passport, not sure how they missed yours. The requirements in order to get the tax exempt is turning in both stamped documents with a clear date on them. Some hotels would let that slide as they are looking to get business in, so usually what they look at is mainly the stamp on your passport. Hopefully your next accommodation won’t be as strict. Good Luck!

  19. Camp
    November 14, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    I came to Lima on Oct 24..I asked very nicely for the 183 days and the lady who was attending me told me she could only give me 60…I knew better than that but I also know that if I argue I am not going to get anyplace so I accepted it I really want to stay longer as my time is up on Christmas day. Can I go to immigration at the airport and ask for an extension or do I have to leave the country and come bacl
    Bennett

  20. Leslie
    February 8, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Hi,

    I arrived in Peru on November 9th 2017 and via a miscalculation I have overstayed my 90 days by 3 days it being the 8th February today. What is my best course of action: a) do the border hop to Tumbles (I’m in Mancora) and pay the fine there and re-enter or b) go to Piura pay the fine and apply for a further 90 days?

    Thx

  21. Gislaine
    July 8, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Hello
    I’m french so sorry for my poor vocabulary.
    I will stay 61 days in Peru, and some hotels talk about the tax 18% I will have to pay, because it’s more than 60 days. And others say “no tax”, without knowing how long I stay!
    What do you think about this?
    Thank You

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