Legal Stuff & "Red Tape" - Peru

Fighting your way through the bureaucratic jungle of a foreign country, being aware of important rules and regulations or even laws and knowing how certain things work or are done can be challenging, especially here in Peru.

Our “Legal Stuff” section gives visitors and (newly) residents of Peru important information on the most common topics and hopefully helpful guidelines for the most often needed procedures.

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Tourists who stayed longer than the number of days they were given when they entered Peru must pay a fine when leaving the country. While this usually is a simple and straightforward process - at least if you know how it’s done - in some cases there might be the one or other hurdle to overcome.
Foreigners in Peru who applied for a visa - to be precise who applied for a change of their immigration status (cambio de calidad migratoria) or a change of their visa type (cambio de clase de visa) - as well as those who applied for an extension of their residence visa can only leave the country during the processing time of their application w...
Foreigners, who have lived or are still living in Peru, as well as Peruvians quite often have to provide a police clearance certificate or a criminal background check, for example, when applying for a new job in Peru or abroad, when applying for a resident visa in other countries, when getting a degree or even when driving a vehicle with tinted ...
To travel abroad (so to leave Peru) alone, accompanied by only one parent or by another adult, or to travel in Peru alone, Peruvian minors but as well underage foreign residents need a special travel authorization allowing the child to clear immigration unhindered. If this travel authorization isn’t presented, the minor won’t be allowed to leave...

Marrying in Peru

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You are planning to marry in Peru? First, “Congratulations”! Tying the knot in Peru is a simple and easy process, at least if you have a general understanding about the process and, in case a foreigner is involved, have all the necessary documents on hand.
While in many first world countries an unaffordable luxury, in Peru having a so-called empleada (domestic worker) that does your cleaning, laundry, cooking, watching the children or even driving you around is quite common and for middle and upper-class Peruvians and foreigners still affordable.
Peru is a beautiful country, the economy is booming, employment opportunities are everywhere and living expenses are low, easy-peasy!? This is in short and probably a little exaggerated what quite a few articles about emigrating to Peru, finding a job and working legally in the country want to make us believe.
Indefinite-term employment contracts are the rule of thumb for hiring in Peru. Without prejudice to the foregoing, fixed-term and part-time employment contracts may be executed in special cases.
Visitors who come to Peru as tourists or on any other short-term temporary visa can drive with their national driver’s license in Peru for up to 183 days. To be prepared for all eventualities it is however recommended to apply for an international driving license in your home country before visiting Peru, this way avoiding language barriers and ...
When traveling by plane, especially during busy holiday seasons, delays, canceled flights and damaged or lost luggage, unfortunately are nothing uncommon. While annoying, frustrating or just inconvenient, there are actually only two things you can do when affected: keep your cool and know your rights.
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