Peruvians can receive biometric passport without appt. starting July 8

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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.

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Hillary Ojeda

Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.