Salvadoran Tourists Will No Longer Need a Visa to Enter Peru

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Nov 29th, 2023

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador reported that the Government of Peru had eliminated the visa requirement for Salvadoran tourists who want to enter that country. The Foreign Affairs Ministry announced the visa change via its X (Twitter) account on November 28.

As per Salvadoran authorities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru has affirmed that the exemption of visas is granted due to the perception that Salvadorans pose no threat to internal security, attributed to the notable reduction in the country’s crime rate.

Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, Haitians, and Cubans were the only ones in Central America and the Caribbean who needed a visa to enter Peru.

As of October 2006, the Peruvian Government implemented a visa requirement for citizens of El Salvador in response to the high crime rates recorded in El Salvador during that period.

Salvadoran tourists no longer need a visa to enter Peru. El Salvador welcomes the decision of the Peruvian government to eliminate this immigration requirement. The above is the result of the good relations between our countries and the outstanding achievements in terms of security in our territory. Foreign Ministry of El Salvador.

The government of El Salvador has committed to reciprocate this measure, especially considering that Peruvians currently need a visa to enter El Salvador.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru (Mincetur), the influx of tourists from El Salvador to Peru surged by 588% between 2021 and 2022, escalating from 739 Salvadorans to 5,088.

Peru will join the 134 countries to which Salvadorans can travel without needing a visa. In 2023, El Salvador was ranked 38th in Henley & Partners’ global passport rankings.

The maximum duration allowed for Salvadorans to stay in Peru will be up to 183 calendar days, whether taken as a single continuous visit or through consecutive visits within one year.

The Salvadoran government stated that this measure would bring many benefits and would allow the strengthening of tourism, investment, trade, economy, and culture. Salvadoran tourism has increased due to security improvements.