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Expat guide to living in Peru, the healthcare system, visa application & more

Expat guide to living in Peru, the healthcare system, visa application & more

Living in Peru

Travelers in Peru will be surprised that they’re not alone. The country has multiculturalism at its core with expatriate employees running about the busy streets and crevices of this Latin American destination. The cultural mixture isn’t just a thing of the present, it’s part of the Peruvian heritage that draws from both Inca and Spanish roots seeped into the heart and history of the locals. Even the landscape is an eclectic mix of old and new from colonial Spanish promenades and spires to towering modern skyscrapers; Peru is one dynamic and vibrant place to live in. If you’re moving to Peru soon, check out the information below to help you picture your new adventure.

Peru Lima

Expat Clubs

The American and Canadian Association of Peru
The American and Canadian Association of Peru is an organization dedicated to affording American and Canadian citizens the opportunity to enjoy the culture and heritage of their native countries while enjoying and adapting to the customs and history of Peru.
Address: Av. Angamos Oeste 1155 Miraflores, Lima 18, Peru
Tel: +51 1 441 4545
Fax: +51 1 222 6359
Email: office@acap-peru.org

International Schools 

Cambridge College
This is a British Peruvian school for boys and girls. The school follows the Peruvian curriculum where required by law, but also offers a bilingual education according to the British system. In Primary school the following subjects are taught in English: maths, science, history, geography and English as a Second Language. These subjects are based on the U.K. National Curriculum requirements.
Curriculum: British
Address: Alameda de los Molinos 728 - 730, La Encantada de Villa, Chorrillos, Lima 9, Perú.
Tel: 254-0107, 254-0163, 254-0298
Fax: 254-0149
Website: www.cambridge.edu.pe  
Fleming College - The British International School of Trujillo
Fleming College is a bilingual, co-educational school serving students from 2 - 17 years old. Founded in 1990, Fleming has approximately 600 students who receive a mixture of British and Peruvian education.
Address: Av. America Sur 3701, 1310 Trujillo, Peru
Tel: +51 44 280395
Website: www.fleming.edu.pe/home.htm  
Newton College
Newton College is an Anglo-Peruvian, co-educational, bilingual, day school for students aged 2 to 18. The curriculum draws on the best of Peruvian and British educational systems and is based on the programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organisation and I.G.C.S.E. (Cambridge University).
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Address: Av. REcardo Elias Aparicio 240, Lima 12, Peru
Tel: +51 1 479 0460
Email: college@newton.edu.pe
Website: www.newton.edu.pe
St Georges School
St. George's College provides a non-denominational, bilingual education in English and Spanish, based on a British international approach in its traditions and curriculum. The school's curriculum is based on the English national curriculum, the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the school is in the process of being authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma as from March 2011.
Address: Av. Gral. Ernesto Montagne N° 360, Miraflores, Lima 18, Perú
Tel: +511 445-8147, +511 445-9932
Email: informes@stgeorgescollege.edu.pe
Website: www.sanjorge.edu.pe

Local News in English

Lima Post
Latest News in English from the World news network
Website: limapost.com
Peruvian Times
Providing News in English in Peru since 1908.
Website: www.peruviantimes.com  
Total Peru
Peru English News Blog
Website: news.totalperu.com

Country Information 

Location: South America
Capital City: Lima
Other Important Cities: Cuzco
Currency: Nuevo sol
Language: Spanish, Quechua
Calling Code: +51
Internet TLD: .pe
Electricity: Peru runs on 220V 60Hz.
Emergency Numbers:   
Ambulance: 117
Fire: 116
Police: 105

Country Information

Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Nationals from certain countries including the North American territories, the EU, Australia and some in Asia may enter the country and stay for up 90 days. South American countries may enter with an ID card. Other countries will have to obtain a visa through a Peruvian embassy or consulate. The Peruvian Ministry of External Relations has a list of countries with their corresponding visa exemptions and regulations.

The general requirements for a visa in Peru are:
  • Form F007
  • Proof of Visa fee payment
  • Copy of passport, legalized by a Peruvian consulate
For expats opting for an extended stay, they will need a resident visa. This visa applies for foreigners seeking work, studies, religious missions, transience and investment.

For a workers residence permit, expats will need to submit the same general documents including a copy of work contract from a Peruvian company, legalized by a notary or authenticated by DIGEMIN, the Peruvian immigration authority. Expats would travel to Peru on a tourist visa, look for a job, and then apply for a work permit. For a detailed guide on how to obtain a worker's visa, click here>>


Expats in Peru are mostly concentrated in the bigger cities for employment opportunities, quality housing and cultural activities. The most preferred mode of accommodation is renting an apartment; houses are in short supply in the country. Rentals are usually unfurnished with cost of utilities separate from the rent. Furnished apartments are also available; however these would be considerably more expensive.

Lima is the most expensive of all the cities in Peru, with prices ranging between $380 to $620 per month for a single bedroom apartment. The city is very traditional despite the business atmosphere from commercial complexes and modern buildings.

A cheaper city to live in is Trujillo, with apartment rentals going as low as $133 per month. Just to the northwest of Peru, it’s a bustling city with a considerable number of residents. Cuzco is another economical city and enjoys an influx of tourists all year round.

The housing shortage has prompted many expats to seek out real estate agencies to facilitate the search. A popular site is Peru Inmobilaria: peru.inmobiliaria.com/lima/.
Rental contracts come in two types: the time-limited contract valid for up 10 years, and the indefinite contract where termination can be done by either parties provided a 30 day notice is given.

Driving License

Expats may use an international license to drive legally in Peru for a limited period of 6 months. After, they will have to obtain a Peruvian driving license. Obtaining this local license is easy and straightforward, requiring just a few documents. Expats will need to take medical exam and a psychological test through an approved center by the Ministry of Transport and Communication.

Documents required:
  • 2 carnet size photos
  • Copy and original passport and residence card
Applicants will then take a written test about the Peruvian traffic rules and regulations. Applicants who have less than 3 years of driving experience will have to take a practical test.


Public and private healthcare is available in Peru, however these are unevenly distributed across the country. Most of these facilities are in Lima. The quality of care is can be sub-standard in public hospitals with long waiting lines and underfunded system. Private healthcare provides better services.
Employed expats are eligible to avail the national insurance EsSalud, which is consequently funded by employers and expats’ minimal contributions. Nevertheless foreigners are advised to private insurances and seek private healthcare.
Insurance Companies
EsSalud Seguro Social de Salud del Peru
This is the national health insurance system funded by contributions from employers and employees.
Address: Av. Arenales 1402, Jesús María, Lima 11 – Perú
Website: www.essalud.gob.pe  
Rimac Internacional
Peruvian insurance and reinsurance company Rimac Seguros , part of local financial group Brescia, is the country's oldest insurance company.
Address: Av. Paseo de la República 3074, San Isidro, Peru
Tel: 51-1-4210555
Website: www.rimac.com.pe/wps/portal/rimac/inicio/seguros/personas


Peruvian insurance and reinsurance company.

Tel: 213-3333
Website: http://www.mapfre.com.pe/
Clinica Anglo Americana
In February 2013, the Clinic became the first and only health center in Peru, to obtain a comprehensive high-level international accreditation by the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, which certifies medical activities of the institution based on safe, quality patient care, a distinction that puts Peru in a list of the 5 countries with such certification in the South American continent. Today, Anglo American Clinic continues to innovate and lead the way for private medical care, thanks to its revolutionary technology and its professionals, committed to serve with quality and warmth.
Address: Avenida Alfredo Salazar, 3rd Block, San Isidro, Lima, Peru
Tel: +51 1 221 3656
Fax: +51 1 442 8274
Website: www.angloamericana.com.pe
Their brand new clinic has digitally optimized treatment rooms, each with state of the art dental technology including digital instant x-rays, in-chair entertainment and Cerec 3D CAD CAM one-appointment restorations.
Address: 355 Monterrey St, 4th Floor, Chacarilla, Lima-Perú
Tel: (+51) 1 202-2222 
Email: info@perudental.com
Website: www.perudental.com
Instituto de Salud del Nino
Address: Children's Hospital of Lima, Avenida Brasil 600, Brena, Lima 5, Peru
Tel: +51 1 424 1996
Fax: +51 1 425 1840
Instituto Oncologico de Lima
Address: Calle 22 No. 202 san Borja, Lima 41, Peru
Tel: +51 1 476 0823, + 51 1 475 7142
Fax: +51 1 225 7084
Corporacion Nacional de Angioplasta
Address: Sede Central Av. Miraflores, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Tel: +51 1 225 3153
Fax: +51 1 225 1892
Travel Medicine & International Vaccination Center
Address: Centro de Medicina del Viajero & Vacunacion Internacional, Ciudad Universitaria - Universidad San Marcos, Ave. Venezuela cdra 34, Lima 1, Peru
Tel: +51 1 9805 3121

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