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Mail in Bolivia

Post Offices in Bolivia are signposted as Correo, and you can find them in almost every small town or city. Smaller post offices will only deal with letters or small parcels. In villages that have no post office, mail can normally be sent on the buses. You can also send large parcels on the flota buses between major cities in Bolivia – the person you are sending it to needs to pick the package up at the bus company’s office. All parcels must be clearly marked with the recipient’s name and phone number and the destination.

Letters and small packages

Most larger post offices will have one area for posting letters and packages up to 2kg, and another area for parcels over 2kg.

For mailing international letters and small packages, go to the main desk, pay the cost of the postage and your package will be on its way. There shouldn’t be any custom formalities, but come with packages unsealed just in case. A parcel up to 2 kg costs $40/$30 to Europe/USA and should take a couple of weeks by airmail.

Larger Packages

For international parcels over 2kg you will need to have the content checked by customs, so leave it unwrapped. Go to the area signposted encomiendas to send your parcel.These packages are normally wrapped in brown paper, which you will have to buy at the post office. Bring your passport and a couple of photocopies. A parcel up to 3 kg will cost $50/$60 to Usa/Europe.


For anything particularly urgent or important, send it by DHL or Fed Ex, which have offices in major cities across the country.

Receiving mail

All the major post offices have a poste restante service where you can receive mail. The mail should be sent to: your name (with surname in capitals), Poste Restante, Correo Central, city name, Bolivia. Bring your passport to collect it. Items will only be kept here for two or three months.

You can also get letters and small packages sent to your hotel or residence, but if someone is not there when it’s delivered it will get taken to the post office, from where it can be difficult to pick up.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Bolivia: Sucre Communications and GSM Technology in Bolivia.

18 Dec 2009

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