You’ll now find quite a few immigration offices in Peru (known as Migraciones, www.migraciones.gob.pe), where you can apply for various visas and permissions, sort out any issues you might have with your Tarjeta Andina tourist “visa” (such as when the online extensions aren’t working), apply for residency, etc.
It wasn’t many years ago that nearly everyone had to go to the main immigration office in Lima — a huge pain if you happened to be traveling or living in other parts of Peru – but in the last few years smaller immigration offices have opened up in more than 10 other cities. And it’s often far quicker and easier to get stuff done in these smaller provincial offices than in the main office in Lima.
The Main Immigration Office in Lima
The main immigration office in Lima (read my Lima travel guide here) is located at Prolongación Av. España 734 in the Breña District of Lima. The opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The phone number is 200-1000, although it can be difficult dealing with people there over the phone. You’ll sometimes have more luck sending a question to the Migraciones Facebook page.
It’s easy enough to get to the office, a big, blocky, five-floored building with one main entrance along Av. España. If you’re staying in downtown Lima, especially on or near Parque de la Exposición or Plaza San Martin, it’s walkable in about 10 to 15 minutes. From the Plaza de Armas it’s a bit of a trek, but certainly doable if you enjoy an urban stroll. Just try not to get run over by one of Lima’s notoriously awful drivers, of which there are many.
Otherwise take a taxi, which I think should cost around 15 to 20 soles from Barranco or Miraflores (depending on the time of day and how hard you haggle). Or take the Metropolitano to the España Station, which is about two blocks east of the Migraciones office.
For some procedures you’ll first need to create an appointment online. You can find the links for these in the right-hand sidebar on the Migraciones homepage. Foreign tourists will normally want the link that says “Citas en Línea Inmigración.”
It can be a bit hectic and confusing when you arrive at Migraciones for the first time. You’ll need to show your passport to the security guy at the main entrance, then head on in. There’s an information desk just inside the main entrance, where you can ask where to go. I think most of the immigration procedures for foreign tourists are done on the first or the third floor, but best to ask anyway.
After that, prepare yourself for unexpected bureaucratic nonsense, and hope for the best that it all goes smoothly. Sometimes it can take 10 minutes, sometimes two hours, and sometimes two days. Good luck, and if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.
Immigration Offices in Other Cities in Peru
From my experiences in the immigration offices in Chiclayo and Tarapoto, it’s a lot quicker and easier to do straightforward immigration stuff in these smaller regional offices, rather than in Lima.
There are currently 15 regional offices dotted across Peru. You won’t necessarily be able to complete all procedures in these smaller offices, but it’s worth going in and asking. Most of them should be able to help you with tourist visa extensions and other (supposedly) simple tasks.
Nearly all of these offices are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to midday.
Address: Urbanización Quinta Tristán 2do Parque, Distrito José Bustamante y Rivero, Arequipa
The immigration office in Arequipa is about 1.75 miles (as the crow flies) southeast of the historic center. I’m not sure if there’s much worth seeing out this way. Any suggestions?
Address: Calle Los Tumbos 160, Urbanización Santa Victoria, Chiclayo
Address: Prolongación Leoncio Prado Mz. C Lt. 2, Chimbote
Address: Av. El Sol 612, Local de la Prefectura, Cusco (read Cusco travel guide)
Phone: 01-2001000 (Extension 1201)
The immigration office in Cusco is directly southeast of the Plaza Mayor, less than half a mile away and passing near the Coricancha on the way (if you head down Av. El Sol).
Address: Av. Giráldez N°634 , Camara de Comercio (one block from RealPlaza), Huancayo
Address: Urbanización Enapu-Perú Mz. B, Ilo
Address: Av. Andrés Avelino Cáceres (no number), block 18, Morona Cocha, Iquitos (read Iquitos travel guide)
Address: Corner of Av. Sullana and Integración, Piura
Address: Jr. Libertad 542, Pucallpa
Address: Av. 15 de Agosto 658, Puerto Maldonado
Address: Jr. Ayacucho 270 – 280, Puno (read Puno travel guide)
The immigration office in Puno is located right in the center of the city, less than a block from the Plaza de Armas.
Address: Av. Circunvalación, Urb. El Triángulo, Tacna
Phone: 052-243231 / 052-242210
Address: Jr. Ramírez Hurtado 433, Tarapoto (read Tarapoto travel guide)
Phone: 01-2001000 (Extension 1335)
The immigration office in Tarapoto is small but the people are friendly. And if you get hungry, there’s a good cevicheria called Primer Puerto a few doors up the road.
Address: Av. Víctor Larco Herrera 1216, Urb. Los Pinos, Trujillo
Phone: 01-2001000 (Extension 1301)
Address: Av. Arica 151, Tumbes
Phone: 01-2001000 (Extension 1314)
Any Advice or Experiences to Share About Immigration Offices in Peru?
If you have any tips, tales or traumas associated with any of the immigration offices in Peru, feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks!
Well I’m here. Lock stock and barrel in Tarapoto. Yep moved to Peru. You wouldn’t believe the number of people in FLA that said “your doing what?” We have rented a house in the north/west part of tarapoto just off of a road called ”circumnavgatcion” (please forgive the spanish speeling) Also I have purchased a lot on ”progescion of Espania” we plan on building our house there. So far the best thing I found so far is that they now have crystal in pints…or tallboys as they say in the US. Between coordinating the shipping container of our stuff and dealing w/ immigration/interpol..gotta love Peruvian bureaucracy…and the plans for the new house I will try to stop by the bar. Stopped by there in Dec. but you were traveling..