Updated January 2020: Entry requirements for US and Israeli citizens have changed. The provisional Bolivian government announced that citizens from these two countries won’t need visas anymore starting 08/01/2020.
Find in this post all the Bolivia entry requirements and visas needed for entry into the country.
First of all, to enter Bolivia the most important entry requirement is a valid passport or ID. Citizens of these countries can travel to and from Bolivia with only a national ID:
All business travelers and persons staying longer than 90 days per calendar year must obtain a visa in advance. Please note that migration officers stamp passports for 30 days. If you want to stay longer you will need to get it extended before leaving the country. You can do this at one of the Dirección general de migración offices (Directorate General of Immigration).
Tourists who overstay, or who forget to extend their 30-day visa will have to pay, upon leaving the country, a daily fee of about 25 bolivianos (about $3.70 USD). This fee can vary.
Then, regarding tourist or visitor visa requirements, there are three country groups. Find the list of countries in groups here. Please note that this list can be subject to change)
GROUP 1 and nationals of MERCOSUR and CAN (Andean Community):
Passport holders from this group do not require a visa or need to pay any kind of fee upon entering Bolivia. This apply for tourists (if you’re traveling for business or studies please see below). Moreover, the only requirement is that you present a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months. You will have the right to stay in the country 90 days per calendar year (but will initially receive 30 days which can be extended).
Passport holders from any of these countries need to apply for a visa either at a Bolivian embassy or directly at the border. Obtaining a visa at the Bolivian embassy in advance is free of charge, however if you opt to get your visa at the border, a $95 USD fee will apply.
Tourist Visa for citizens of the countries in Group II, have an admission period of 30 days after the date of entry. The admission period may be extended at the offices of the Directorate General of Immigration.
Passport holders from countries in group 3 will need to apply for a visa prior to their arrival in Bolivia. Tourist Visa for citizens of the countries in Group 3 have an admission period of 30 days after the date of entry. The admission period may be extended at the offices of the Directorate General of Immigration.
The Cost of a Tourist Visa is $30.00 USD. Processing time is 3-5 weeks.
OTHER TYPES OF VISA
If you need to stay in Bolivia for more than 90 days in a calendar year or if the purpose of your visit is not tourism then you will have to apply to the corresponding visa. Check with your local Bolivian embassy or consulate what the requirements are and allow for 3-5 weeks for them to process.
- Firstly, one of the Bolivia entry requirements is a return ticket or a proof that you will be leaving the country. And please note that some airlines might not let you board without one or you may have to show it a the border.
- Secondly, make sure you have your certificate of yellow fever vaccinations: It’s a country entry requirement. The government of Bolivia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination. Check this, especially if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever. Your yellow fever certificate may be asked when entering the country. The Ministry of Health of Bolivia also states that all travelers visiting risk areas must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination. Risk areas are: the Oriente Boliviano, Beni, Chaco and the Amazon rain forest.
- Thirdly, if you are flying to Bolivia and landing in La Paz, be aware of the altitude as the airport is at 4,000 meters above sea level. You may experience a headache, dizziness and other symptoms related to the altitude. If these don’t disappear after a few day or become too severe, go to a clinic and/or descend to a lower altitude.
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