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Warning: Driver’s License Extension

There is a Circular DVT-DGEV-CIR-2020-73 which was sent to MOPT by their Sub General Director Maria Eugenia Salazar Salaverry, stating that it is their obligation to recognize Immigration’s rules regarding the validity of entry stamps. The

There is a Circular DVT-DGEV-CIR-2020-73 which was sent to MOPT by their Sub General Director Maria Eugenia Salazar Salaverry, stating that it is their obligation to recognize Immigration’s rules regarding the validity of entry stamps.

The Circular specifically states that Transportation is obliged to respect the fact that per Resolution N°DJUR-0132-09-2020-JM, Immigration extended the validity of entry stamps for tourists who enter the country between December 18, 2019, and November 30, 2020, until March 2, 2021.

Please keep in mind, as addressed in this article, there has been a change of interpretation from Immigration, people who enter the country starting November 1, 2020, onwards will no longer enjoy the automatic extension of their entry stamp until March 2, 2021. People who enter the country as tourists starting November 1, 2020, will be allowed to stay depending on their insurance. Therefore, if a person purchases a 10-day insurance, they will receive a 10-day entry stamp only. The maximum permitted stay is 90 days.

In theory, this would mean that people who entered/enter the country during the above period could continue to legally drive until March 2, 2021, by carrying their foreign drivers’ license and passports. However, we personally spoke to MOPT this morning and when asked if this Circular is all people need to legally drive, the response was:

No, the Circular is for internal communications only. You need to wait for the official Resolution issued by the Ministry.

Hence, once that Resolution is published, we will immediately inform the community.

MOPT has provided confusing information up until today, claiming that there would be no more extensions, then stating that they were considering a new one, and now they have stated that in the next few days the extension shall be published.

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