Peru Everyday Life
Currency: New Peruvian Sol
Exchange rate: 4.45 per € (January 4, 2021)
Time zone: CET -6 hours
Country code (phone): +51
International Airport (IATA): LIM (Lima)
Climate (for capital): temperate, humid
According to a2zgov, you do not need a visa to enter Peru and the passport must be valid for at least six months upon arrival. However, when entering the country, it is essential to enter the length of stay on the entry form (Tarjeta Internacional de Embarque / Desembarque) in order to prevent the stay from being shortened.
You can find more information and a visa application to download on the website of the Embassy of Peru in Germany. Information on entry requirements can also be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.
Housing and supply
If you are looking for an apartment, a house, a car, a job or staff, then you can browse the constantly updated databases of the newspaper “El Comercio”.
Bills and coins
In Peru, you can now pay very well with credit cards in many larger shops or better hotels in the big cities and receive money from the bank with this. It is advisable to always have a certain amount of money with you. You can transfer money with various banking institutions or send it online. However, depending on the amount, the fees can be 15%. The higher the amount, the lower the fee.
Cash withdrawals in local currencies (soles) and US dollars are increasingly possible with EC cards at ATMs, provided that these bear the MAESTRO logo. At the moment, however, cash withdrawals with German EC cards are severely limited (withdrawals can be made up to a maximum of 140 US dollars per day).
The Central Bank of Peru, BCR, has minted a collection of beautiful coins in recent years, one of which is entitled “The Wealth and Pride of Peru “.
Corona virus 2020
The first corona virus case was reported in Peru on March 6th. It was a 25-year-old LATAM employee who had been in Spain, France and the Czech Republic until February 26th. From then on the events precipitated: on March 11th schools were closed, one day later also the universities, from March 13th flights from Asia and Europe were banned and on March 16th an emergency and a national quarantine for 2 weeks were declared. The next day, the night curfew was announced from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following day.
The President Martin Vizcarra declared the management of the Corona crisis a top priority. For weeks he gave a press conference every day at 12:30 pm (Peruvian time) in the government palace (now this takes place at irregular intervals). Since then, he has extended the quarantine, night and Sunday curfew five times. The last time until June 30th. At the conference on June 24, marking the 100th day of the emergency, the President took stock of the results of his pandemic response: the number of intensive care beds with mechanical ventilators is over 1,300, the number of beds for COVID patients is over 10,000 and that of those carried out Tests at 1.5 million. Within a very short time, two were for the Pan American Games The towers built were converted into hospitals with 900 beds for intensive care and equipped for emergency rooms. Ate’s new hospital in Lima is prepared for the treatment of seriously ill patients with corona virus and is also in operation.
The number of infected and dead people has increased, but the speed of infection has decreased (see graphics below). The number and the proportion of newly infected people among those tested has declined and the number of reproductions tends towards 1.
The reactivation of the economy is slow, but – as before – the precautionary measures should not be neglected.
On June 26, the government announced the nationwide lifting of the quarantine, except for seven – with high infection rates – affected regions (Arequipa, Ica, Junin, Huánuco, San Martín, Madre de Dios and Ancash). From July 1, the Sunday curfew was lifted nationwide and the daily curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Only in the seven regions with extended quarantine still applies the Sunday and night curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. until further notice.
The quarantine will be lifted nationwide from November 1st, 2020. Shops are open on Sundays, but the prohibition of private cars is still prohibited.
At the same time, the government has launched an economic aid package of around 90 billion Peruvian soles (24 billion euros), which corresponds to around 12% of GDP. A third of this will be given as an immediate measure to 3.5 million households (voucher of 380 S /. [Soles] for 2 weeks), grants to companies to maintain jobs, tax relief and a fund for micro and small businesses. Another third will be used as a liquidity injection into the financial system and the last third should be available to the economy after the Corona crisis has been overcome.
The economic measuresinitially saw a containment phase (focus on health) and a reactivation phase (focus on the economy). The latter in turn was divided into four phases, which contained a step-by-step opening of economic activities every month, so that by the end of August the economy should be 90% active again. The 4th phaseThe opening of economic activities will start on October 1st. The shopping centers and shops are now allowed to use their 60% capacity; Open restaurants and similar services as well as passenger transport by sea, rivers and inland waterways at 50%. International air traffic for business travelers will be opened on October 5th to the countries of the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia and Mexico) and Ecuador. The development of the newly infected is to be checked every two weeks so that further opening measures can be decided.
On November 9, 2020, the number of infected people was 923,527. Of these, 34,943 had died as a result of COVD-19 and 848,346 recovered (2.7% of the 33 million Peruvians), resulting in 40,238 active cases.