Nation-Wide Population Census in Peru This Sunday
Every ten years, the organization that manages statistical information in Peru, INEI, conducts a country-wide census to collect official figures regarding changes in the economic situation, population numbers and migration within Peru.
This year´s census will take place this Sunday, October 22, 2017, between 8:00 in the morning and 5 in the evening. Everyone who will be in the country on that day, including Peruvian nationals, foreign residents, and even tourists must participate in the census.
In an attempt to collect precise numbers, everyone must participate. As a result, a nation-wide “curfew” will be enforced during the abovementioned hours with police blocking roads and inspecting anyone who is not at their house during that time.
The census will consist of a questionnaire with 47 questions on a range of topics which include marital status, employment status, housing situation, and education level, among others.
Airports and train stations will operate normally on census day, although there will be considerably less traffic. Cities around Peru will be eerily quiet with most businesses closed during the curfew and almost everyone at their residence.
Travel agencies, tour operators, tour guides and restaurants at tourist destinations as well as taxi operators and transport service providers can request special permission from INEI allowing them to pursue their activities as usual.
As is the case every ten years, the Peruvian Statistical Office INEI carries out a nation-wide population census in Peru on October 22, 2017, to get an updated insight into the population development, the social, economic and employment situation as well as the migration movement in the country.
Interesting Details for Travelers about Census Day in Peru
Airports and train stations will operate normally on census day. Cities around Peru will be eerily quiet with most businesses closed during the curfew and almost everyone at their residence; a rare opportunity to enjoy a quiet and peaceful moment of an otherwise bustling country of Peru.
Peruvians and foreign residents of the country that want or have to travel nationally or internationally on census day, must visit the nearest INEI office before census day showing proof of their travel. After having answered the census questions, they receive a special permit allowing them get to the airport, port or train station or to travel to their destination on census day, but only in vehicles authorized to drive around that day.
Hotels and other accommodation providers usually coordinate with INEI the participation in the census for their guests that have been in Peru on the night from October 21 to 22 at 12.00 am. This way most foreign tourists or travelers will get an authorization to be exempted from the curfew so they can continue their travel or visit sights.
All persons arriving in Peru after 12.00 am on the night from October 21 to 22 don’t have to participate in the census. They receive a special permit upon their arrival allowing them to get to their hotel or home in vehicles authorized to circulate.
Churches, supermarkets, markets, shops and stores, restaurants, cafés and bars (except those that applied for a special permission to open), cinemas and other businesses are not allowed to open their doors during the “curfew” from 08.00 am to 05.00 pm. They may open before and after that time.
INEI, however, confirmed on October 17, that museums, tourist attractions, sights, other monuments and national parks are allowed to open their doors.
Even though the census in Peru might be inconvenient for some, we recommend enjoying this time; you will never see Lima and other larger cities in Peru that quiet and peaceful.