More than 200,000 Venezuelans in Peru
Over 200,000 Venezuelans are currently in Peru.
The majority of the Venezuelans who came to Peru as tourists will stay in the country for a maximum of 183 days. Besides that, more than 36,000 Venezuelans will spend one year in Peru since they got a Temporary Resident Permit (PTP) which allows them to study, work, access health services, open a bank account and pay taxes in Peru.
According to Peruvian Migration Superintendent Eduardo Sevilla, the migration of Venezuelans affects not only Peru, but also the whole region. Therefore, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Refugee Agency asked South American countries to receive Venezuelans.
Because of that, Peru introduced the PTP, the Temporary Resident Permit, in 2017. Columbia implemented the Special Permit of Permanence (PEP) and Chile will offer a Democratic Responsibility Visa for Venezuelans. Columbia has already given away more than 171,000 PEPs.
Some of the Venezuelans want to receive Peru’s PTP. Other Venezuelans pass the country on their way to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Since more and more Venezuelans cross the border to Ecuador or go to Chile, Peru is not just a destination, but also a transit country.