The Tarjeta Andina de Migración (TAM or Andean Migration Card) is a simple tourist “card” that allows most tourists (see tab below for nationality requirements) to enter Peru without the need for an actual tourist visa. I say “card” because the traditional paper version of the TAM has been replaced by the TAM Virtual, a digital version that requires no form-filling or physical paper.
I won’t yet be removing the instructions for filling out the old paper form (see below) as it’s possible that tourists entering Peru via smaller overland border crossings might still be given the paper version. But since November 2016, Peru — as well as Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia — began rolling out the new digital system, alongside the installation of new biometric gates at their principal airports. So most tourists, including anyone entering Peru through Lima Airport, will be automatically assigned a TAM Virtual.
Can I enter Peru with just a passport and a Tarjeta Andina or TAM Virtual?
Passport holders from the following countries can enter Peru as a tourist with just a valid passport and a Tarjeta Andina:
- From North America: All (USA, Canada and Mexico).
- From Europe: All European countries, with the exception of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Georgia and Turkey.
- From Oceania: All.
- From South America: All.
- From Central America and the Caribbean: All except Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
- From Africa: Only South Africa (all other African citizens must apply for a tourist visa for Peru).
- From Asia: Only Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand (all other Asian citizens must apply for a tourist visa for Peru).
The TAM Virtual, or Digital Tarjeta Andina
The TAM Virtual is a digital version of the old Tarjeta Andina form that tourists once had to fill in when entering Peru. It’s mainly used for statistical purposes. When someone enters Peru, information from their passport and flight tickets is used to generate the TAM Virtual. You do not need to fill out any forms and you do not need to get a printed TAM. The border official might ask you about your purpose of travel.
If for some reason you need a physical copy of your TAM Virtual, or you need to check the status of your TAM, you can do so by visiting this page at the Migraciones website. You’ll need to enter your passport number, nationality and either your date of entry or exit into/out of Peru (you can check your passport stamp for this). If you have any problems finding your TAM Virtual, which is quite common, you can contact Migraciones by email at email@example.com.
Some hostels or hotels in Peru might still ask to see your TAM so that you can avoid paying the 18% IGV tax that Peruvians and residents of Peru pay at the time of purchasing any kind of product or service. You can either show them your TAM Virtual at the webpage above, or print it out and give it to them.
The Old Paper Version of the Tarjeta Andina
For posterity’s sake, and in case some small border crossings are still using it, here is the old Tarjeta Andina, the paper form that everyone used to have to fill in and keep until they exited Peru.
How Long Can I Legally Stay in Peru?
When you enter Peru with a Tarjeta Andina (TAM Virtual), you can legally stay for a maximum of 183 days (six months) in any 365-day period (for more about this, read How Long Can You Stay in Peru as a Tourist?). The border official, however, will probably give you 90 days, which seems to be standard at the moment, although they sometimes go as low as 30 days.
Be sure to ask for enough days to cover your travel plans; ask politely, and the border official will normally give you 90 days. If you later want more time in Peru, you can do the online visa extension to extend your stay up to the maximum of 183 days. If you have problems with the online extension, you can go to one of the immigration offices in Peru and ask for help.
Some people also end up staying in Peru beyond their officially alloted time. If this happens, you’ll have to pay the Peru overstay fine when you leave the country.
Is the virtual TAM still used?
hotels still seems to ask it
is there a way you can get a paper version
or an app so you can show it on a mobil phone?
Hi Veerle. It is virtual now. As far as I know, no one gets a tarjeta andina anymore at the airport.
and what about paying the 18 % VAT in hotels.
Do they ask for the Tarjeta our is a forein passport enough?
Thanks for the article! They gave me 90 days since 20.03.2019, so my permission expires at 18.06, so in 8 days, yet I still encounter the error:
NO SE PUEDE ASIGNAR PRORROGA. LOS DIAS TOMADOS DEL PERIODO SOBREPASA LOS DÍAS DE PERMISO DEL PERIODO.
Moreover, I’m not even sure about my TAM as the virtual platform doesn’t seem to be working.
Given that situation I’d like to ask: is paying the fee first going to change my situation and the system is likely to work? How long does it take for the request to be approved?
I’d be grateful for a prompt answer and thank you very much, Stefan.
Hi Stefan. Sorry, I’m probably too late to help out, but hopefully you managed to get it done. The best option when you get an error message is to go to the nearest Migraciones office and try there, rather than online. Thanks, Tony.
Hi Tony I was wondering what is the process to het a tourist visa to Peru for Turkish citizens? Thanks a lot.
Hi Ozgur. I don’t think Turkish citizens can enter Peru with a simple Tarjeta Andina, so you’ll probably need to apply for an actual tourist visa. I guess you’ll have to go to the Peruvian embassy in Turkey and apply there, maybe, or apply online? Thanks, Tony.
When you get your TAM, is it a multiple entry visa? I plan to go to La Paz and return by bus into Peru. Do I have to specify that when i get the TAM?
Hi Miguel. Unless they’ve changed something recently, then no, it’s not multiple entry. Your TAM will basically end when you leave Peru, and then you’ll start on a new one when you come back in. But it’s worth asking about it when you first get your TAM, just in case. Thanks, Tony.
HI thank’s for this article, really usefull but i can’t get through ….
They gave me 90 days when i entered Peru on the 03.11.18 and now i would like to extend it up to 50 days more ..
The error message : ERROR: NO SE PUEDE ASIGNAR PRORROGA. LOS DIAS TOMADOS DEL PERIODO SOBREPASA LOS DÍAS DE PERMISO DEL PERIODO .
I don’t get it… because it’s not right… besides when i do the TAM VERFICATION it appears like a said above.
The thing is before paying i wanted to check if i get through, till the page where the ask for the code in order to be sure not to pay in vain. Should i pay before ? is it why there is a bug ?
Thank’s again , seems like it helped a lot of travellers.
Hi Denis. Sorry about the late reply. Did you manage to extend? I can’t think of any reason why you’re getting that error message, as you should be able to extend for another 90 days. Let me know if you’re still having problems. Thanks, Tony.
Yo tambien tengo este problema.
Do you know if I have to be in country before the virtual TAM is available? I thought I could just print it out ahead of time for the hotel, but it just says no records found when I try to use that link to obtain the TAM.
It’s processed when you enter, so no, as far as I know there’s no way to get it before you arrive. Have a good trip! Tony.
I see the EE.UU. Thank you very much! That wasn’t clear at all when looking at the options.
Hello Tony, could you please tell me the current TAM situation? Traveling to Peru in a few weeks and I am required to present “a copy of TAM” in order to be exempt of 18% hotel tax. Do you know whether this exemption also applies to restaurants? I hope I’ll get your kind answer via email. Thank you very much.
Hi Lily. You’ll get a Tam Virtual, so no paper involved. But I think you can print something out from here once you’ve arrived: https://cel.migraciones.gob.pe/ConsultaTAMVirtual/VerificarTAM. Or just get your hotel to check your TAM on that page, to get your 18% off. Doesn’t apply in restaurants. Thanks, Tony.
On the virtual TAM, United States is not in the second drop down box where nationality is listed. How can I complete the TAM?
Hi Derek. That’s strange. Are the nationalities listed in English or Spanish? Does it say Estados Unidos anywhere? That’s all I can think of right now.
Both English and Spanish are available. My phone offers pages to be translated.
Do you see the option EE.UU? That’s what you need to select (Estados Unidos). They should really make that clearer.