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LATAM Governments Ease Immigration Policies for Visa-Less US Travelers

Latin American countries continue to loosen their immigration policies in hope of attracting foreign tourists, with some governments allowing US citizens to stay for up to 180 days without a visa.

In Peru, US citizens can stay for more than 180 days, reported citing data obtained from the US State Department.

Other countries where US citizens are allowed to stay for that long without documentation include Colombia, Chile, Panama, El Salvador, Mexico and Brazil.

Mexico recently opened “e-gate lanes” which will further facilitate the entry of Americans with virtually no screening.

Although most other countries have an initial 90-day limit, US travelers can extend their stay for another 90 days. Visitors can stay for up to nine months if they are granted a digital nomad visa.

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The only requirement is leaving a couple blank pages in your passport so that the immigration officials can stamp a seal on them. Chile is an exception to this rule, though. The country charges a US$100 fee for an extension.

US citizens could only stay 90 days in El Salvador until recently. Now, Americans can ramein for 180 days after the thanks to changes in the country’s immigration law.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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