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1. Posted by johnstar (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y

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Hello everyone,

I plan to stay in Surco (in Lima), Peru from March 2008 and want to stay for at least 3 months, although i would prefer 6 months and i just want to know about visa requirements for a stay of more than 3 months....has anyone from UK or europe stayed out in Peru for more than 3 months? would i need to pay extra for this and obtain a certificate?

I will live with my girlfriend in Surco and i have a decent level of Spanish although i plan on improving a lot when im out there, i dont have a job out there which is why i will save enough money to survive for 6 months and i have a figure of 2,000 pounds (10,000 soles) which im sure will be enough to last this time.

Another potential problem would be the availability of airlines as i've only travelled from Madrid-Lima via Iberia last year which was fine, but for a six month trip the only real available airlines are "aircomet", "LAN- Chile S.A" and "LAN-Peru S.A" and i havent travelled with any of those, so if anyone has any advice about this i would be very grateful for some feedback.

My final point is about car hire in Lima....is this expensive per month? I wanted to travel around Lima and perhaps to other parts of the country such as Puno, Arequipa and possibly Cusco although i think that might be pushing it...

Many thanks

Johnstar

2. Posted by PeruPlanet (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y

Hi John.
My name is Victor I run a travel agency here in Lima and i can answer your questions. As you said you have a good level of spanish i will answer them in spanish cause it will be easier for me:

I plan to stay in Surco (in Lima), Peru from March 2008 and want to stay for at least 3 months, although i would prefer 6 months and i just want to know about visa requirements for a stay of more than 3 months....has anyone from UK or europe stayed out in Peru for more than 3 months? would i need to pay extra for this and obtain a certificate?
Los extranjeros q no trabajan en Peru y solo vienen como turistas no necesitan visa para ingresar a peru y permanecer por 6 meses. luego de eso o sales del pais y reingresas por otros seis meses o tienes que solicitar una extencion de tu estadia o visa

I will live with my girlfriend in Surco and i have a decent level of Spanish although i plan on improving a lot when im out there, i dont have a job out there which is why i will save enough money to survive for 6 months and i have a figure of 2,000 pounds (10,000 soles) which im sure will be enough to last this time.
10000 soles es una buena cantidad para vivir 6 meses aqui, teniendo en cuenta que no vas a gastar en alojamiento ya que vas a vivir con tu novia

Another potential problem would be the availability of airlines as i've only travelled from Madrid-Lima via Iberia last year which was fine, but for a six month trip the only real available airlines are "aircomet", "LAN- Chile S.A" and "LAN-Peru S.A" and i havent travelled with any of those, so if anyone has any advice about this i would be very grateful for some feedback.
Todas estas lineas aereas brindan un buen servicio, puedes escoger cualquiera mi recomendacion es por LANPERU

My final point is about car hire in Lima....is this expensive per month? I wanted to travel around Lima and perhaps to other parts of the country such as Puno, Arequipa and possibly Cusco although i think that might be pushing it...
Es los costos de alquiler son muy variables dependiendo del tipo de auto, pero para conocer Puno arequipa & cusco es recomendable tomes un bus o viajes por avion

Hope you understand my spanish answers, if u dont i will try to translate it

best regards

victor

3. Posted by johnstar (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y

Muchisimas gracias por la respuesta Victor, entendi perfectamente y te agradezco para buen consejo :)

tambien yo he oido que Lan Peru son bastante bueno para viajes.

Y donde esta tu agencia de viajes en Lima? cerca de Miraflores o algo asi?

Hasta luego

4. Posted by PeruPlanet (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y

;) Un verdadero placer el poder ayudarte!!
Mi agencia queda en miraflores y mi telefono celular para cualquier consulta adicional a cualquier hora es (511)95464050 .

Saludos

Victor

5. Posted by gallegos (Full Member 72 posts) 8y

Hi there,
Actually, Victor's information is not exactly accurate. As tourist, you can get a visa for up to 90 days at the airport upon arrival, make sure to ask for 90 days because the inmigration officer might give you only 30 or 60 days. After the 90 days, you have to go to the Inmigration Office in Lima, and request an extension for another 30 days. The cost is 30 dollars. You have to do it every month for the next 3 months. You cannot stay in Peru more than 180 days (6 months) as a tourist. After those 180 days you have to leave the country, but you can re-enter without problems for another 180 days more if you want the day after you leave the country.

In regard to the airlines, I highly recommend to avoid AirComet, they have a terrible customer service, Iberia either. I highly recommend LAN, you can get a direct fly from Madrid to Lima. Iberia has a shared-code flight with LAN, the flight is run by LAN, but Iberia can sale tickets as it would be on one of their planes. My suggestion is to try LAN's website first: www.lan.com

Regarding car rental, I agree with Victor. To drive in Peru is a risk, and distances are too long, so you better fly instead, or travel on a comfortable night-bus.

Have a safe stay in Peru,
Ivan

6. Posted by johnstar (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y

Ahh muchas gracias Ivan,

Some great advice there too, i've actually just read some reviews about Aircomet and almost everyone says they offer a terrible service so i will avoid them completely and go with Iberia, LAN or KLM airlines from Madrid, Barcelona or Amsterdam....

Interesting advice about the immigration office, i knew i could stay for up to 90 days but i wasnt sure about staying longer so its definitely 90 dollars for an extra 3 months?

Ive also heard the drivers in Peru are quite reckless and inconsiderate so i will use the public transport option instead

And i would imagine the immigration office is close to Larcomar etc in Miraflores, verdad?

Many thanks for the advice )

John