If you’re looking for the perfect vacation spot after your strenuous hike to Machu Picchu or a hectic visit to a big city like Lima, then you should consider visiting one of Peru’s most famous beaches, Mancora. Located along the Panamerican highway only a few hours south of the Ecuador border, you can put hiking through the Andes on hold and get ready for a completely new landscape. Read more “Mancora Beach”
When you live at low altitude and suddenly get to travel up to 3000+ meters you are likely to feel some effects from notorious altitude sickness. Here you have a few tips to deal with it, so that it doesn’t spoil your trip. Read more “Altitude Sickness: How to Deal with it”
Huaraz is the dream place for all trekking lovers. Nested at the foot of the amazing Cordillera Blanca mountain range, there are a number of treks that depart from there. Among the full day tours there is one that definitely stands out. We are talking about Lake 69, one of the most emblematic lagoons of Peru, a real must-do of the region.
Global warming, as the name says, is a ”global” issue. This means that we don’t have to go too far to find a glacier that is currently melting and slowly disappearing – no matter where we live, there will be a mountain range close to us that is suffering from this catastrophe. There are regions though, in which this process is happening faster and is much more visible to the human eye than elsewhere. Read more “Pastoruri: the Melting Glacier”
Among the requirements to get a Peruvian residence permit and ID, you need to get the ”Ficha de Canje Internacional” issued by the Interpol. Here you have a clear guide on the steps you need to follow to do it without bad surprises. This post is updated to June 2017.
You can download the list of the requirements from the Interpol website but that is not updated and there are a few more things you need to know. Read carefully if you want to avoid disappointment!
First of all, you have to go to Lima. No matter where you are living and which Migraciones office you are doing your tramites at: you have to go to Lima.
The Interpol is located at the Comisaria de Monterrico, Av. Manuel Olguin Cuadra 6, Santiago de Surco 15039, Lima. This is not easy to reach by public transport if you are not familiar with it, especially early in the morning, so you’d better catch a taxi. As of today, a Uber from Miraflores charges around 15 PEN, regular taxis might be slightly more expensive.
Interpol opens from Monday to Friday at around 7.30/8.00 AM, but you have to be there earlier. They only accept a limited number of people per day. Make sure you are there by 6.30 AM to try to be included in the first group — there is a limit of about 25 people to be dealt with at a time. The rest keeps waiting in the line. Make that effort and wake up early! Thank us later.
So you will see the line and start queuing. It’s a bit boring but that’s it unfortunately. Once they let you in the room, they will check that you have everything you need – let’s see one by one what your requirements are:
*PLEASE NOTE – these are the general requirements for those who do this for the first time. There are additional requirements for those who already have an ID, as well as for people coming from specific countries such as USA, Canada, Colombia, Venezuela and more. Please check these on the Interpol webpage (those are updated).
Invoice for bank deposit at Banco de la Nacion (code 08141) – 80.50 PEN. You can do the payment a few days in advance, no problem, and in any other city if you are not in Lima. The only thing that matters is that you double check that your passport number on the invoice is correct. No typos allowed.
A picture of you, passport size and white background. Only 1 needed. If you forget to bring one you can do it there at Interpol but might cause some delay so best to have it.
Copy of your passport of both the info page and the page of the latest entry stamp to Peru. They can be on the same sheet or two different pages no problem.
Formulario. There is a template for the official request that can be downloaded from Interpol website but as of today that is unnecessary and out of date. They will give you one there so don’t bother. Make sure you write all correctly and clearly as there is no second copy.
A black pen. You can borrow one but best to have your own.
Your contract is not necessary, and no other formularios are needed. You will also fill up a couple of more sheets (provided) that will be for your fingerprints and dental check. From the first room you make your way to the dentist office, where you will be quickly checked (matter of a few seconds), and then to a second office for the fingerprints. That is the last step – they will return your passport to you (they will collect all of your passports at the beginning, in the first room) and then you are ready to go.
You need to go back a week later from 8 AM to 11 AM to get your Ficha de Canje Internacional de Interpol. One week means that if you do your tramite on a Tuesday, you will need to go back there the following Tuesday. The Ficha consists of only 1 signed sheet, and you will check that your details are all correct before you leave the office. Validity is 3 months from the issue date.
Finally, please remember: you are nothing but a number at Interpol. No personal questions will be asked other than the information that needs to be filled in each sheet, and there will be no exceptions if you forgot about something or left your passport at home.
We hope that you found this useful and wish you the best of luck for a speedy and painless progress towards the issue of your Peruvian ”carnet de extranjeria”!
The greatest of all celebrations of the year in Cusco is without a doubt the so-called Inti Raymi, or the ”Sun Festival”. This is a ritual that is held every year on June 24th and carries a massive symbolic importance in the traditions and history of Cusqueans. Read more “Inti Raymi, or the Sun Festival”
June is not just like any other months, at least not in Cusco. A number of festivals and parades take place during this time, celebrating a mixture of Inca and Catholic traditions that fill the streets of this beautiful city with loads of colors, music and unique vibes. Read more “Corpus Christi – Cusco 2017”