From next November 9, Peruvian tourists who want to travel to the United Kingdom will not need to issue a visitor visa. This was announced today, Tuesday, October 18, by the British Embassy in Peru.
“These changes strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, facilitating visits by Peruvians to the United Kingdom,” reads the official Twitter account of the British Embassy.
In a press conference, Gavin Cook, British ambassador to Peru, explained that the visa will not be required for trips for periods of less than six months.
“More cultural, commercial and academic doors are opening, bringing you closer to the British Museum, Anfield, Edinburgh Castle and much more”, he highlighted.
“The doors of the United Kingdom have always been open to Peru, our friend and ally country,” he added.
In this sense, the British diplomat stressed that with this decision Peruvian tourists will be able to enjoy the more than 2,500 museums in the United Kingdom or the Premier League matches, one of the most prestigious soccer leagues in the world.
In addition, he stressed, the national delegations will have facilities to participate in international events and thus expose “Peruvian culture to the rest of the world.”
It is necessary to specify that the United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Peruvian Foreign Ministry highlights bilateral agreements with the United Kingdom
Subsequently, the Peruvian Foreign Ministry welcomed the provision of the United Kingdom and stressed that the visa will not be mandatory for short-term trips to the island nation.
“The British decision shows the high level reached in the bilateral relationship as strategic, preferential and reliable partners, facilitating and increasing the trips of Peruvians to the United Kingdom for visits for up to six months”, can be seen in the tweet from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
UK also will not require a visa from Colombian tourists
On Monday, October 17, the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, announced that the United Kingdom will eliminate the tourist visa requirement for citizens of this country.
In 2015, Colombia signed an agreement with the European Union to eliminate visas for stays of up to 90 days in the Schengen area, which opened the door for nationals to travel to 26 countries of the European bloc, plus Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland.
With the decision that, according to Petro, the United Kingdom took, which is not part of the EU or the Schengen area, Colombians can travel to practically all European countries without any type of requirement.