Requirements for Peruvians
Peruvians traveling to France for short trips can do so without having to apply for a visa until 2022 thanks to the Visa Waiver Agreement between the European Union and Peru.
This visa-free condition that citizens of Peru enjoy when visiting the EU will carry an additional mandatory requirement when ETIAS France is fully implemented towards the end of 2022.
ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. This visa waiver online registration aims to increase security within the Schengen borders. ETIAS will also further the fight against terrorism in Europe.
To achieve this, ETIAS will pre-screen all passengers who currently travel to Europe without a visa against multiple security databases such as SIS, VIS, EURODAC, INTERPOL, EUROPOL, and the ETIAS Watchlist. This includes Peruvians visiting France, as well as travelers from another 59 countries.
ETIAS France for Peruvians will not reintroduce visa-like conditions. The ETIAS visa waiver for citizens of Peru traveling to France will be quick and easy to obtain.
ETIAS France Personal Information
In order to apply for an ETIAS to visit France, Peruvian citizens must fill out the application form with the following details:
- Full name —exactly as it appears on the passport
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Travel purpose
- Country of passport
- Passport date of issuance and expiration
- Estimated arrival date to the Schengen Area
- First Schengen country of arrival —the traveler may then visit all 26 other Schengen countries once their ETIAS is approved
Next, applicants will be required to answer some basic security questions such as declaring whether they have a criminal record —applicants with a criminal record may still be eligible to apply for an ETIAS depending on the type of conviction and whether it is considered to pose a risk for the security and wellbeing of Europe.
Peruvian nationals, as all eligible applicants, will also have to answer health-related questions in order to determine whether they are carriers of any disease that may be considered a public health risk for the Schengen Area.
Once the form is complete, the application form will prompt users to submit their payment information in order to finalize their ETIAS France request. Their application will then be processed.
The vast majority of ETIAS France applications should be approved within the first 24 hours. However, some may take slightly longer, so it is best to apply for an ETIAS France at least 3 business days prior to the traveler’s intended departure date towards Europe.
ETIAS France Required Documents for Peruvians
The only documents Peruvian nationals need in order to apply for an ETIAS France are a valid passport and a credit or debit card.
Travelers from Peru with more than one valid passport due to dual citizenship applying for ETIAS France must choose one of their passports. The chosen passport must be used for applying for the ETIAS travel authorization for France as well as traveling to the country.
ETIAS remains electronically associated with the passport number used in the application form. The visa waiver cannot be transferred once it is approved, therefore, not carrying the exact passport the ETIAS was approved on can carry problems when arriving at border control.
Peruvian nationals traveling to France with underage children must apply for an ETIAS on behalf of their kids. This can be done by completing the application form with the child’s personal and passport information.
Medical Info for Peruvians Visiting France on ETIAS
ETIAS holders from Peru are advised to have medical insurance that covers any healthcare needs that may arise during their stay. Although health insurance is currently not mandatory, it is good practice to have adequate coverage in order to have peace of mind when traveling —especially to a country where medical costs can be quite high.
Peruvian nationals who need to carry prescription medication during their stay in France —or the rest of the Schengen Area— should keep it in its original packaging along with the doctor’s prescription.
ETIAS France Application for Peruvians
Applying for an ETIAS France from Peru is an easy process —unlike traditional consular visas, travelers will not need to visit an embassy or consulate nor wait in line for hours to get the paperwork done.
Obtaining an ETIAS France for Peruvians just requires an internet connection, since the entire process can be completed online in under 10 minutes.
ETIAS France requirements for Peruvians are simple and straightforward —applicants must comply with the following:
- Visiting France —or the rest of the Schengen Area— for up to 90 days per 180-day period
- Travel purpose is business, leisure, tourism, or transit —ETIAS is required for stopovers, regardless of how short the layover in the Schengen Area may be
- Be in possession of a valid electronic Peruvian passport that remains current at least 3 months beyond the intended travel dates to France
- Have a valid email address the applicant has access to —this is where the ETIAS France will be sent once it is approved. Applicants will also receive notifications via email regarding the progress of their ETIAS application
- Carry a credit or debit card to cover the ETIAS issuance fees
Once the Peruvian national has the above requirements at hand, they will have to fill out a simple online ETIAS France application form with their personal, passport, and travel information.
Traveling from Peru to France on ETIAS
As soon as the Peruvian national has an approved ETIAS France, they can depart towards the Schengen Area.
Peruvian ETIAS France holders can:
- Transit through the Schengen Area
- Stay for up to 90 days per 180-day period
- Enter all 26 Schengen Area countries
- Visit the European Microstates: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City
- Attend conferences, take vacations or business trips multiple times in the EU
The ETIAS France visa waiver is a multiple entry travel authorization that grants holders unlimited entries into all 26 Schengen nations during its 2-year validity period.
When a Peruvian ETIAS holder arrives to France —or another Schengen nation should they land there first— they will be asked to show their passport. The Peruvian passport will be checked to ensure the passenger has a valid ETIAS visa waiver and complies with the European entry requirements.