Up until last Saturday, *Migrations has issued 8,199 new biometric passports* to Peruvian citizens, according to the institutions’s chief, *Boris Potozen*.
Migrations announced that if you want to get a new electronic or biometric passport, *you will no longer need to make an appointment*.
*Starting July 8*, all you need to do is go to one of the Migrations offices (six in Lima, 13 in regions throughout Peru) with your *ID and the receipt of your payment to the Banco de la Nacion of S/. 98.50* for the document.
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Starting Feb. 23, Peruvians began to sign up for appointments to receive their biometric passport. And up to last Saturday, Migrations had issued a total of 8,199 of them.
According to _El Comercio_, there is no longer the option to reserve appointments and starting July 8, you can visit one of the Migrations offices without an appointment to receive a new passport. The process *takes up to 30 minutes*.
Migrations emphasized that Peruvians *can continue using their traditional passport*. However beginning July 7, they will *not be issuing more* and they will not be re-validating them.
The biometric passport was one of the primary requirements for the *elimination of the Schengen visa*. The agreement between Peru and the EU was “finalized on March 14”:http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-humala-signed-agreement-schengen-visa-109057, and Peruvians began traveling to the region visa-free the following day.