Visa/Passport Information – South American Region

All visa and travel information can be obtained from the United States State Department website:

Please thoroughly review the document requirements for each country you will be visiting and allow plenty of time to your passport and obtain required visas. Also, be sure your passport is valid for six months after your return date and has sufficient blank pages for each country’s immigration stamps and visas requirements (Note: the “Amendments and Endorsements” pages at the back of US passports cannot be used for immigration stamps or visas).

Note: With the current backlog at the U.S. Passport Agency, allow at least 4 months to get or renew a passport or to get additional pages. If you need your passport sooner, consider hiring an expedite company such as Passport Visas Express.

ECUADOR (including the Galapagos Islands) – *Passport with minimum validity of six months required. Visa not required for a stay of up to 90 days. For more information, contact the Embassy of Ecuador, 2535 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202/234-7200).

PERU – *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay of up to 90 days, extendible after arrival. Tourists need onward /return ticket. Business visa requires 1 application form, 1 passport photo, company letter and fee of $30 payable by money order or cash only. For further information, contact Consulate General of Peru in Washington DC, 1225 23rd Street, NW, Washington DC 20037. (202-462-1081).

When entering Peru you will be asked to fill out an embarkation card. This piece of paper is very important since it has to be given to the migratory authority when you leave the country, do not lose it. We recommend you make various copies of your passport and embarkation card in case the originals are lost.

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