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Bolivia Visa Regulations

Tourist visa

Citizens of the United States are now required to purchase a tourist visa to enter Bolivia. South African citizens also need a visa, which needs to be purchased at a Bolivian consulate in South Africa. Citizens of most EU countries, Australia, Canada and New Zealand don’t need a tourist visa and are permitted to stay for either 30 or 90 days depending on the country.

Tourist visas for US citizens can be purchased from any Bolivian Consulate (by mail or in person) or on arrival at the airport or border in Bolivia. There are also companies that will do your application online for a hefty fee. You can download the sworn statement for the visa application from a link on the website of the Bolivian Embassy in the United States at Detailed instructions of the process are also found here, as can assistance in finding a hotel where you can make a reservation. You can also pick up a form at any Bolivian consulate in the US, or elsewhere.

To submit your application, you need to complete the sworn statement, including a passport photo (you’re not allowed to wear glasses in the photo); show a copy of a hotel reservation or an invitation letter from a Bolivian friend or relative, which indicates their address; show a return ticket or a copy of your travel itinerary; have a copy of a bank statement or other document that proves ‘economic solvency’ (this can be a copy of the front of your credit card); provide a yellow fever vaccination certificate (in theory, you also need a copy which has been translated into Spanish); and finally the fee of $135 in cash or by money order or bank deposit (obviously bring cash if you’re purchasing your visa in Bolivia). The visa lasts for five years and you are allowed to be in Bolivia for a total of 90 days in any one year. This can either be three 30 day visits, or one stay of 90 days (you will have to go to immigration in Bolivia to get your initial 30 days extended).

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Bolivia: Bolivia Work and Volunteer Visa,

18 Dec 2009

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