Bolivia Visa and Passport Requirements
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A passport valid for at least six months beyond the intended length of stay in Bolivia is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.
Visas are not required by Australian, British, Canadian and most EU nationals, provided they are travelling for touristic purposes for a stay of under 90 days (a tourist card will be given on entry). Most visitors to Bolivia do not need a visa but the situation can change so it’s best to check with your embassy before travelling.
US citizens can acquire their visa in advance or on entry, where it must be paid for in cash; ensure your US Dollar bills are in good condition.
1. Nationals of the Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta, and Romania do require a visa to enter Bolivia.
Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.
The cost of tourist and transit visas for Bolivia depends on the nationality of the traveller; enquire at the embassy (or consular section at the embassy). For US travellers, a tourist visa costs US$160 and a specific purpose visa (eg for business) costs US$85.
Tourist visas for Bolivia are valid for 90 days from the date of entry. Specific purpose visas are valid for 30 days and can be renewed at the immigration office in Bolivia.
Bolivia transit visas are only required by those who need a visa to enter the country in the first place. Please confirm with the travel agent, embassy or airline to determine this.
For temporary stays you will need the following: a valid passport with a specific purpose visa; a notarised document addressed to the Undersecretary of Migration requesting temporary stay; a work contract specifying duration of the stay; criminal record certificate; proof of permanent address; application for temporary residency and a completed application form. The government reserves the right to grant or reject foreigners. Enquire at your embassy or consulate for further details.
It can take up to six weeks for tourist visas and special authorisation from the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Other than a passport you may need a return flight ticket or onward journey proof, and a yellow fever vaccination certificate for anyone over one year of age.
If you want to travel for over 90 days it is advised to leave the country and return the next day where you’ll be issued with a new tourist card. For other visa types, contact the embassy.
To enter Bolivia with pets you will need a certificate from a licensed vet, not earlier than 90 days prior to shipping confirming that the animal is up to date with vaccines and doesn’t carry any diseases. Include a Spanish translation and contact the airline regarding animal requirements.