Foreign arrivals to Peru witness sharp rise

Published on : Friday, January 17, 2014

peru-flagA total of 307,811 foreigners entered Peru in November 2013, a 3.8 percent rise against the same month a year earlier, according to the country’s national statistics institute INEI.

INEI said that most visitors came from neighboring Chile, which accounted for 44% of the total, followed by the US (10.6%), Ecuador (7.8%), Bolivia (5.4%), Colombia (5.2%), Brazil (4.7%), and Spain (4.2%). Of the total, 53.7 percent were men.

Between January and November 2013, the number of foreigners entering Peru rose by 9.1% compared to the same period the year before.

Meanwhile, foreign citizens who entered the country with work visas totaled 3,930 in November, a 15.4 percent increase compared to the year-earlier month.

In the first eleven months of the year, the number rose by 13.2 percent year-on-year.

Colombian workers represented the largest slice of the pie, with 15.6% of the total. Following Colombia are Chile (14.8%), Argentina (12.9%), and Spain (10.1%).

The data released also showed that Peruvians leaving the country totaled 228,775 in November, up 2.3% from the same month a year earlier.

The most popular international destinations for Peruvian travelers were Chile (47.9 percent), Bolivia (11,8%), the United States (10,8%), Ecuador (6,4%), Argentina (3,9%), Brazil (3,3%), Mexico (3,2%), Colombia (2,9%), and Panama (2,8%).

Most people either leaving or entering the country went through the migrations control at the Jorge Chavez international airport in Lima or the Santa Rosa border control station in Tacna.

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