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Is Health Insurance Required When Moving to Peru?

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Is health insurance a requirement when you are moving to Peru? This article explores health insurance requirements for newcomers to Peru.

When planning a move to Peru as an expat or digital nomad, one of the essential considerations is healthcare. Peru does not have a specific health insurance requirement for entry into the country for most visitors. However, for those seeking residency, it is highly advisable to have health insurance coverage to ensure access to medical services and to protect against unforeseen medical expenses. While Peru has a public healthcare system, known as EsSalud, which residents can eventually access, having private health insurance is beneficial during the initial period before residency is granted and you are enrolled in the public system. It's important to note that the minimum coverage amounts and length of coverage required can vary depending on your visa type and personal circumstances, so it's best to consult with the Peruvian consulate or immigration authorities for the most current requirements.

Does Expat Health Insurance Meet the Requirements?

Expat health insurance policies are designed to meet the needs of individuals living abroad and can typically be tailored to meet the requirements of different countries. In Peru, while there is no mandatory health insurance requirement for obtaining residency, having a comprehensive expat health insurance plan can provide the necessary coverage during the transition period. It's important to ensure that the policy you choose offers sufficient coverage for medical treatment in Peru, including hospital stays, outpatient services, and emergency evacuation if necessary. Additionally, some residency applications may look favorably upon applicants who have secured private health insurance, as it demonstrates financial stability and preparedness.

Which local health insurers offer this type of insurance?

In Peru, there are several local health insurance companies that offer plans suitable for expats and digital nomads. Some of the well-known insurers include Rímac Seguros, Pacífico Seguros, and La Positiva. These companies provide a range of health insurance products that can be customized to individual needs, including coverage for private hospital care, specialist treatments, and prescription medications. It's advisable to compare plans and read the fine print to understand the extent of coverage, any exclusions, and the process for filing claims. Additionally, some international health insurance providers also operate in Peru and may offer plans that provide broader coverage, including medical treatment in other countries if you travel frequently.

Advice from Expats in Peru about Health Insurance

Expats living in Peru often emphasize the importance of securing health insurance that provides comprehensive coverage and is accepted by a wide network of hospitals and clinics. They recommend looking for plans that offer direct billing arrangements, so you don't have to pay out of pocket for medical services. It's also suggested to consider the geographical coverage of the plan, especially if you plan to travel within Peru or to neighboring countries. Another piece of advice is to check the insurer's reputation for customer service and claims processing, as this can greatly affect your experience in the event that you need to use your insurance. Lastly, expats advise reviewing the policy's coverage for pre-existing conditions and ensuring that the plan includes medical evacuation, which can be crucial in remote areas of Peru where medical facilities may not be as advanced.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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