Superintendent of Migrations, Boris Potozén, announced that so far the office has distributed 9,000 biometric passports, the primary requirement to achieve visa-free travel with the Schengen region.
Between March and April the amount reached about 9,000 biometric passports issued to Peruvians, with each new ID carrying biometric information and advanced security features.
Potozén emphasized that more and more Peruvians are lining up for the biometric passport, and recalled that they are safer because they contain a chip that provides in depth information on citizens.
“Biometric information is inserted into the chip with details like identity, photos, fingerprints and signatures. These passports will go through immigration controls and the information will be verified,” said Potozén according to _Andina_ news agency.
Currently, Migrations in the district of Breña, Lima, is distributing 350 passports on a daily basis. And starting July 8, Migration will only issue the electronic passport, leaving behind the traditional passport–although they remain valid for use until they expire.
Schengen region countries where Peruvians can travel visa free include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland.
Not included for Peruvians however are Ireland, United Kingdom, (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).
However, the hope is that the Foreign Ministry of Peru will soon begin negotiations with the United Kingdom to also eliminate the visa and facilitate travel for Peruvians.
In February it was reported that travel from Peru to Europe would “increase by 15% in 2016”:http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-number-of-peruvians-traveling-to-europe-to-increase-by-15-in-2016-108853 due to the elimination of the Schengen visa