Close

Living in Peru guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Peru with the expat guide

Write an article

Generalities

General information
  • Located in the West of South America, Peru is a Republic which is divided into 24 regions. Spanish, Quechua and Aymara are the languages spoken there.

    Article written by expat.com

Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Nationals of come countries need a visa to travel to Peru. In general, conditions vary according to the duration of stay in the country.

    Article written by expat.com

Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • To travel to Peru, you can choose between two main types of visas: the temporary visa and the resident visa, depending on the purpose of your stay.

    Article written by expat.com

Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in Peru? The digital nomad's guide to Peru will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Experiencing a real economic boom since a few years, Peru is very open towards young foreign nationals looking for internship opportunities.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Arequipa, capital city of the region bearing the same name, provides job opportunities mainly in industry, trade and construction.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Trujillo's economy is mainly driven by tourism, agri-food, leather and trade which are also the job providers of this Peruvian city.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Lima, the Peruvian capital city, makes a significant contribution to the development of Latin America. It also provides many jobs to expatriates.

    Article written by expat.com

Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Relocating in Arequipa can have several advantages such as a lower cost of living, proximity to businesses, less traffic jam, etc.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Trujillo is deemed to be a modern tourist city. However, the local rental market provides affordable housing units for expatriates.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Lima is Peru's biggest city with some 8 million inhabitants. But with proper planning, finding accommodation there should not be difficult.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Foreign nationals are allowed to buy a property in Peru. However, conditions are rather strict due to some specific restrictions.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Peru provides a range of accommodation options for expatriates: furnished and unfurnished apartments, houses, etc.

    Article written by expat.com

Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Peru hosts some 140 public and private universities. But to be eligible for enrollment, foreign students have to pass a selection examination.

    Article written by expat.com

Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Health care in Peru is provided both by the public and private sectors. You can find hospitals, clinics and health care centers everywhere.

    Article written by expat.com

Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • To be able to open a bank account in Peru, you will be required, in most cases, to produce your foreign resident card.

    Article written by expat.com

Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • Three different types of taxes apply in Peru, namely income tax, value added tax (VAT) on consumer goods and services and corporate tax.

    Article written by expat.com

Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Lima has a rather uncommon transports network compared to the rest of the country. It includes buses, trains, tramway, taxis, etc.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Peru hosts a wide transport network which will allow you to travel anywhere across the country during your stay, at affordable rates.

    Article written by expat.com

Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • During your stay in Peru, you are allowed to drive with your international driver's license for a maximum of three months.

    Article written by expat.com

Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Peru requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

    Article written by expat.com

Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Peru's telecommunication market is undergoing continuous development, thus providing quality land lines, mobile networks and Internet.

    Article written by expat.com

Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • As Peru's capital city, Lima has a rich cultural heritage. You can discover it through several leisure activities that are available there.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Peru, known as the Land of Incas, is definitely a place to discover thanks to its numerous places of interest and magnificent landscapes.

    Article written by expat.com
  • The Peruvian lifestyle is a cocktail of religion, music, dance, traditional festivals, etc. Indeed, Peruvians are very attached to traditions.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Traveling to Peru with your pet, whether it is a cat or a dog, is rather simple. In general, they have to be vaccinated against rabies.

    Article written by expat.com