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Lima: Visas and Healthcare

Moving to Lima is an exciting choice. It will give you the opportunity to experience a culture and a city that is unlike any other. But before moving to Lima, you need to ensure your visa, healthcare, and language skills are in order. Find all the info you need in this InterNations guide.

You can enter Lima for a maximum of 183 days with a tourist visa. You do not need to apply for a visa in advance if you are a resident of the European Union, the Americas, or an Oceanic country. This makes reconnaissance visits to the capital city fairly straightforward to conduct. However, if you are a citizen of an African or Asian nation, you will need to visit your nearest Peruvian embassy to learn about the visa guidelines for entering Lima. You can also have a look at this document provided by the Peruvian Consulate.

The Purpose of Your Stay Matters: Visa Categories

If you don’t need to apply for a visa before arriving in Peru, you receive a tourist visa stamp in your passport once you arrive in the country (most commonly at an airport). For this you need to show your return ticket. Peru issues tourist visas for 2 days (a transit visa), 90 days and 183 days. Simply ask for the extended tourist visa when you arrive. If you don’t, you might find yourself with only a 90-day visa even though you intend to stay longer. Once you’ve been issued a tourist visa you are not able to renew it. Furthermore, you have to pay a small fine upon departing Peru if you overstay your visa allowance.

A work visa, or a visa de negocios, is necessary if you want to do business in Lima. Your company needs to send a letter, in Spanish, to the Peruvian Chamber of Commerce, explaining what you will be doing in Lima. You also need to send a copy of your passport.

Your work visa will be valid for the duration of time that your contract is valid for. You must apply for the work visa at the Superintendencia Nacional de Migraciones, which is the Peruvian general directorate of migration in Lima. So you might want to enter Peru on a tourist visa while your work visa application is being processed.

The only way to get permanent residency in Lima is to marry a Peruvian, or to have worked there for so long that you eventually qualify for naturalization.

In Case You’re Sick: Where to Go for Medical Treatment

The most important thing for you to do before moving to Lima is to take out a decent international health insurance policy. As healthcare in Peru is not of the highest standard, this will pay dividends if you end up spending some time in the country.

Although many cannot afford the high cost of health insurance, the hospital facilities themselves are fairly good, and you will be able to find plenty of private health clinics around Lima.

It is also important to get the necessary vaccines before moving to Lima. The World Health Organization advises vaccines for hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever, and rabies. Once you are in Lima, you will be able to obtain any medicines you may need at over the counter pharmacies.

Should you need it, the emergency number across Peru is 105. The Clínica Anglo-Americana (01 616 8900) has a walk-in center with English-speaking staff near the US embassy. One of the most popular private clinics is the Clinica Internacional, located at Jr Washington 1471, Lima. Give them a call in advance at (01 619 6161).The Clínica Internacional accepts all major credit cards — useful in an emergency.


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