Mexico Lifts Visa Requirements for Peruvians

Peru’s Foreign Relations minister, Rafael Roncagliolo, said Friday that Mexico has agreed to lift visa requirements for Peruvians visiting that country.

Patricia Espinoza, Mexico’s Foreign Relations minister, told Roncagliolo of the change during a meeting in Colombia, state news agency Andina reported.

Peruvians are now able to travel to Mexico for up to 180 days without a visa, Roncagliolo said, adding that the change is a good sign and will help increase tourism and economic activity between the two countries.

The decision also signals a migratory shift due to Peru’s continuing economic stability, in which fewer Peruvians are travelling north to seek jobs in Mexico or illegal entry into the U.S.

Roncagliolo and Espinoza were in Colombia for a meeting of the Pacific Alliance, created earlier this year and which includes Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia. It aims to promote economic and trade between the member nations.

It has also been seen as a counter to the growing influence of Brazil and Mercosur, an economic and political group that includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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