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by stephan
Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best Way to Have a U.S. Phone Number in Peru
Replies: 16
Views: 4132

Re: Best Way to Have a U.S. Phone Number in Peru

I'm using http://www.localphone.com/ for a US phone number. It costs $1 per month and it works fine here in Ica. Added: For outgoing calls I use http://www.nonoh.net , it's free for many countries (including US), if you buy credit every 120 days. You can use the credit to call cell phones or countri...
by stephan
Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cusco to Ica
Replies: 4
Views: 3865

Re: Cusco to Ica

I agree that that a flight to Lima maybe more comfortable, but the information about the buses above is not completely correct. Cruz del Sur has their Cruzero Suite buses on the rout Cusco-Ica and it takes about 15 hours. The road is completely asphalt, the highway from Nazca to Abancay is used. Not...
by stephan
Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best retirement area in Peru?
Replies: 23
Views: 3496

Re: Best retirement area in Peru?

Also expect that you have to go to the bank or the company to pay your bills (water, power, etc.). You can pay bills online if you have a bank account here. I pay bills online through my Interbank acct. You can also avoid going from location to location by paying all your utility bills at the bank....
by stephan
Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best retirement area in Peru?
Replies: 23
Views: 3496

Re: Best retirement area in Peru?

I think you will encounter some of the annoyances from Panama here in Peru as well. People do tend to charge more for foreigners. Try to take a taxi in Lima, see what price you get offered and what price a Peruvian gets offered. If you know the prices there is no problem though, just tell them the n...
by stephan
Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best retirement area in Peru?
Replies: 23
Views: 3496

Re: Best retirement area in Peru?

What did you not like of Panama? Ica, maybe good place in Peru. There are many shops here, and every day there appear new shops. Another new shopping mall is being constructed now. All the big supermarkets are here now too: Metro, Plaza Vea and Totus. Running water is not an issue here, all modern f...
by stephan
Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: SerPost on indefinite strike
Replies: 13
Views: 4819

Re: SerPost on indefinite strike

I just received mail via Serpost too (Ica). I guess Serpost started to work again.
by stephan
Sat May 28, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Construction: Drywall and metal studs
Replies: 13
Views: 3534

Re: Construction: Drywall and metal studs

Drywall is available here in Peru. When I lived in Lima I had a neighbor who worked in this.

Here in Ica there is also a company that offers to build complete houses (including exterior walls) in drywall with metal framing.
by stephan
Sat May 28, 2011 1:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: SerPost on indefinite strike
Replies: 13
Views: 4819

Re: SerPost on indefinite strike

Here in Ica it happens regularly that SerPost is on strike. It happend to me several times when I wanted to send something. Usually they start working within a few days again. It never caused any problems with delivery of mail, besides that it may be some days late (I don't really have a way to know...
by stephan
Thu May 12, 2011 9:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving credit card to Peru or apply for a new credit card
Replies: 12
Views: 2823

Re: Moving credit card to Peru or apply for a new credit card

Bank transfers are expensive actually. You can check with your bank, but the cost of a transfer is usually around 20 USD for each bank. Depending on your bank, there may be intermediate banks that charge 20 USD also (we had that problem with Rabobank, with ING there are no intermediates). This is on...
by stephan
Sun May 01, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving credit card to Peru or apply for a new credit card
Replies: 12
Views: 2823

Re: Moving credit card to Peru or apply for a new credit card

It is highly unlikely that you can get any credit (or credit card) here in Peru if you do not have a Peruvian source of income. Foreign income only counts as a secondary form of income, without a stable Peruvian income it does not count at all. If you want to use a credit card for credit, I certainl...
by stephan
Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: border hopping
Replies: 23
Views: 5669

Re: border hopping

So did the Tumbes into Ecuador boarder crossing ever happen? I'm going to need to border hop soon and flights to Tumbes seem to be the cheapest and quickest... but I saw in LP that this is apparently "the worst border crossing in Latin America" which doesn't sound promising. I did this ab...
by stephan
Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Apartment for Rent - La Molina - Lima
Replies: 2
Views: 2389

Re: Apartment for Rent - La Molina - Lima

I guess it is indeed rented long time ago. I haven't been in Lima for a while. There are indeed two bathrooms, one big bedroom and one tiny bedroom. Furthermore there is kitchen and a living room. This rent is for long term, minimum one year. Note that the price is a little to the high side, I was p...
by stephan
Sun Oct 03, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: which interbank account
Replies: 1
Views: 529

Re: which interbank account

Ahorro Libre should be fine. Transfering money from the US or Europe is easy and fast, I don't think the type of accounts makes much of a difference. If you plan to keep at least S/. 300 or $100 in your account take Ahorra Libre Empresario. With this account you can withdraw free in all Peru instead...
by stephan
Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: selling an apt - taxes?
Replies: 5
Views: 1242

Re: selling an apt - taxes?

I think the tax is 30% over all profits. You have to be able to prove all expenses though.
by stephan
Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying an apartment in Lima
Replies: 3
Views: 994

Re: Buying an apartment in Lima

I think your only option will be Interbank as other banks do not open accounts for non residents. Interbank will suite your needs fine. I transfered money from the US and Europe to by Interbank USD account without problems. The transfers always arrived within 3 days. The fees are reasonable too. For...
by stephan
Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: marriage documents help!
Replies: 12
Views: 3018

Re: marriage documents help!

But its the passport causing me the problem, as i have to get a copy of that notorized and then legalized, and obviously i will need to do that myself, I'm presuming i can't leave someone to get a copy of that,Ii'm guessing they need to see the original at the Peruvian consulate. I don't know corre...
by stephan
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: marriage documents help!
Replies: 12
Views: 3018

Re: marriage documents help!

The documents indeed need to go to the foreign ministry first, they have to put a stamp. It was the same when I got my documents ready for marriage in Peru. After the Peruvian embassy you also need to legalize the documents in the Peruvian foreign ministry. I found the legalization procedure on the ...
by stephan
Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: setting up phone service local/international
Replies: 23
Views: 4320

Re: setting up phone service local/international

I use:
http://www.localphone.com (incoming)
http://www.poivy.com (outgoing)

As mentioned above you do need a fast and stable internet connection with low latency (no sat) to get good audio quality.
by stephan
Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Apartment for Rent - La Molina - Lima
Replies: 2
Views: 2389

Apartment for Rent - La Molina - Lima

The apartment that I currently rent will become available in July. The owner is a nice, reliable and fair person, unlike many other Peruvians that rent out apartments. The apartment is located in La Molina, in Av. Constructores on the 3rd floor (top floor). All still looks like new and the construct...
by stephan
Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a TV at Tottus
Replies: 7
Views: 2139

Re: Buying a TV at Tottus

I don't know about the prices of tv's, but there is a Plaza Vea in Ica now. I was in Ica about 2 weeks ago and saw a big Plaza Vea there. It was not so far from the shopping mall where Tottus is.
by stephan
Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: border hopping
Replies: 23
Views: 5669

Re: border hopping

In January I did the border hop to Ecuador and I didn't have any problems. Just make sure that you are on bus taking you to somewhere in Ecuador (Quenca in my case) and you don't have any problems. The bus stops for the passport checks, stay away at least one night (3 days in my case) and come back ...
by stephan
Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: questions re visting Peru in February
Replies: 8
Views: 1877

Re: questions re visting Peru in February

Sorry to pick on you Stephan, but I want to point out you're only partially correct - what is needed is proof that you are leaving Peru. It does not have to be a return ticket. A ferry ticket, a bus itinerary, anything that shows that you have made arrangements to move on. You are right you need so...
by stephan
Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: questions re visting Peru in February
Replies: 8
Views: 1877

Re: questions re visting Peru in February

Officially you do need a return ticket, however I was never asked for this. I entered Peru at least 3 times (by air) without retour ticket without any problems. However I never flew from the US to Peru. I guess you can always say that you will leave over land, if someone asks.
by stephan
Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone having problems with VOIP (eg. Vonage)
Replies: 8
Views: 1821

Re: Anyone having problems with VOIP (eg. Vonage)

I can still call, only the time displayed on my phone is wrong. I use a SIP phone with Poivy.com by the way, I call for free to the US, Europe and Peru (landlines). I guess I can survive with the wrong time in the phone display. Actually my computer doesn't synchronize the time anymore either, to sy...
by stephan
Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone having problems with VOIP (eg. Vonage)
Replies: 8
Views: 1821

Re: Anyone having problems with VOIP (eg. Vonage)

I'm using Telmex and I have similar problems with my VOIP phone (not Vonage). Here it shows a date in the year 1900 though. I thought it was a problem with the phone, a problem similar to the year 2000 problem (as it started with the start of 2010). Telmex blocking the time server makes more sense i...
by stephan
Sat Jan 02, 2010 2:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Real Estate
Replies: 34
Views: 6164

Re: Real Estate

Make sure you always contract your own lawyer to go over the paperwork and to check title etc. This is especially important if you plan to pay in cash (no mortgage from a Peruvian bank). Do not trust on the notary to warn you about problems, especially if you use the notary chosen by the seller. It ...
by stephan
Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hiding Internet Location?
Replies: 8
Views: 1714

Re: Hiding Internet Location?

It can be done with Tor ( http://www.torproject.org/ ), but it may be to slow for video. It is free though. I used it once to buy something in Holland when the website didn't allow me to pay with my Dutch credit card from Peru. Standard it uses random exit nodes (any country) but it is possible to f...
by stephan
Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Happy Holidays
Replies: 6
Views: 950

Re: Happy Holidays

Happy holidays to All!
by stephan
Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Low-cost air tickets?
Replies: 30
Views: 7549

Re: Low-cost air tickets?

You may want to go to Madrid first. I'm not sure if there are cheap flights from Belgrade to Madrid, but I went through Madrid last year. I went from Brussels to Madrid and from Madrid to Lima. In total I paid only 600 Euro for this trip. I flew by two airlines (Air Brussels & LAN), I took a lot...
by stephan
Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Taxation of foreign companies in Peru
Replies: 3
Views: 827

Re: Taxation of foreign companies in Peru

I understand that any personal income, be it salary or dividend, will be taxed in Peru. It makes perfect sense that the company would only be taxed by the country where it is legally registered. Unfortunately, this is not the case in all countries. As people could easily evade taxes by forming a com...
by stephan
Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Taxation of foreign companies in Peru
Replies: 3
Views: 827

Taxation of foreign companies in Peru

Several countries in Europe and possible also the US have anti tax evasion laws which can make foreign companies taxable as a local company if the foreign company is managed from within the country. For example if I live in The Netherlands and setup a company in Panama, but run it from The Netherlan...
by stephan
Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Visa or Western Union?
Replies: 17
Views: 3071

Re: Visa or Western Union?

Xoom is indeed not so interesting if you don't have a US bank account. I don't know if ING Bank is active in Belgium, but I have an account with them in The Netherlands. I can withdraw money with my debit card for free at BCP and Scotia. The exchange rate (euro to soles, and euro to usd) are better ...
by stephan
Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Chile Border Hop Paranoia
Replies: 26
Views: 4295

Re: Chile Border Hop Paranoia

I was in the immigrations office some moths ago, they told me that there is no way to extend a tourist visa anymore. You have to cross the border and get a new 90 or 180 day visa. They also told me that there is no limit on the number of times you can do this. The guy also told me to say I really lo...
by stephan
Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Internet/Phone/TV Service Package?
Replies: 13
Views: 2701

Re: Internet/Phone/TV Service Package?

I have Telmex here in La Molina, but this connection is really slow. I'm not sure if the speed varies per district, but here we have two computers and an Internet phone connected. When we load a picture or other heavy email attachment Internet all other connections become extremely slow (several min...
by stephan
Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Introduce Yourself!
Replies: 937
Views: 261427

Re: Introduce Yourself!

Hi all, My name is Stephan. I'm from The Netherlands and I'm living in Peru since January. I live in La Molina with my (future) wife Karina, who is Peruvian. We are both running our own businesses from home. Me as software engineer and administrative work, mainly for Dutch companies. My wife has her...
by stephan
Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cashing a US check
Replies: 23
Views: 7576

Re: Cashing a US check

I tried to cash a US check too some time ago. In Interbank the employees don't seem to know the cost and conditions for this though. I went for Interbank because I have an account there. I asked about this several times and got a different answer each time, even in the same office... Finally they sh...

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