In a bid to enhance its immigration system and open its doors to remote workers, Peru has introduced the Digital Nomad Visa (DNV). The new visa, an amendment to the existing foreign immigration law (Legislative Decree No. 1582), came into effect on November 15, with specific details yet to be disclosed.
The Digital Nomad Visa is anticipated to be valid for one year and renewable, with issuance handled by the National Superintendence of Migration. Holders, however, are restricted from engaging in local paid activities within Peru. Although eligibility criteria and additional visa details are pending publication, the move aims to fortify immigration processes, ensuring legal entry for international visitors.
To qualify for the Digital Nomad Visa, applicants must meet the following conditions:
1. Valid Passport: Ensure the validity of their passport.
2. Remote Work: Engage in remote employment with a company established in another country or work as a freelancer serving clients abroad.
3. Minimum Income Requirement: While the specific amount is undisclosed, Peru will enforce a minimum income requirement.
4. Health Insurance: Applicants are expected to have international health insurance to cover their stay.
This decision aligns Peru with over 50 other countries that already provide similar digital nomad visas. Among South American nations, Peru joins the ranks of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, and Uruguay in offering such programs.
Peru’s Digital Nomad Visa is poised to attract a substantial number of remote workers, given its lower cost of living compared to many other destinations. Affordable accommodation and reasonably priced services make Peru an appealing choice for those seeking remote work opportunities. Additionally, Peru’s renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu, adds to the country’s allure, drawing visitors each year.
While Peru already welcomes international visitors through various visa categories, the introduction of the Digital Nomad Visa underscores the country’s commitment to adapting to evolving work trends and positioning itself as a welcoming destination for remote professionals.