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Working in Peru- requirements for backpackers?

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1. Posted by isobelaps (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y

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I am heading down to South America (firstly Peru) mid November and am backpacking for minimum 6 months.

I am looking to work whilst down there to help support myself, I know a few people who have done the same thing as I wish to do, so I know it IS possible.

I was just wondering if anyone knew if you need a separate work visa to work in Peru? I have a UK passport, so I don't need to buy a tourist visa to enter the country, however as far as I know, this does not include a right to work in the country? Only a right to be a tourist for up to 6 months. Even if you are a backpacker, do you need to apply for the 'business visa' even just for bar/pub work in Peru?

Whilst i'm on the topic, does anyone know about the same issue in regards to Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia and Argentina?


2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 1y

Why don't you start by researching the Embassy/Consulate websites of these six countries and first check their Temporary Work Visa requirements directly?


3. Posted by isobelaps (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y

I have researched it for Peru, and I am confused at to whether or not I need to get a 'business' visa. That is why anyone with any prior knowledge would be a massive help.

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 1y

You're not doing business there, you want to work. The Working Visa info is here:

That said, I suspect you're going to find it almost impossible to legally work in most places, it's not easy in South America. Even with good spoken/written Spanish (which I assume you have, yes?) remember that you have to bring something to the table that makes an employer want to hire you over a local. Do you have skills that would qualify you?

Good luck with your research.