Do I need a passport or visa to enter?
To enter and depart Bolivia, you are required to have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months from the date of your proposed entry into Bolivia.
U.S. citizens visiting Bolivia as tourists must obtain an entry visa. You can apply for a Bolivian tourist visa at Bolivian ports of entry, such as at Bolivia’s international airports and at land border crossings, as well as by mail or in person at Bolivian consulates in the United States. You should allow plenty of time for processing if you plan to apply at a Bolivian consulate. Bolivian tourist visas are valid for five years from the date of issuance and allow the bearer to enter the country three times in a year for a cumulative stay of not more than ninety days. The tourist visa currently costs $135.00. USD You can pay the fee in cash, by deposit to the Bolivian consulate’s bank account, or by money order. If you choose to apply for your visa upon your arrival in Bolivia, you must pay the $135.00 in cash to immigration authorities.
In addition to the $135.00 visa fee, you must present a visa application form with a 4cm x 4cm color photograph, a passport with a validity of not less than 6 months, evidence of a hotel reservation, or a letter of invitation in Spanish, proof of economic solvency (credit card, cash, or a current bank statement), and an International Vaccination Certificate for yellow fever.
Arrival by Land: Some tourists arriving by land report that immigration officials did not place entry stamps in their passports, which causes problems at checkpoints and upon departure. Make sure you get entry and exit stamps from the Bolivian authorities every time you enter or leave Bolivia.
Lost/Stolen Passports: If your U.S. passport is lost or stolen while you’re in Bolivia, you must obtain a replacement passport and present it, together with reports of the loss or theft from the Tourist Police and/or Interpol, to a Bolivian government immigration office in order to obtain a replacement visa at a cost of $80.00. For more information on replacement passport procedures, please consult the U.S. Embassy’s website.
Exit Tax: The Bolivian government charges an exit tax for air departures from the country. If you have Bolivian citizenship or residency, the Bolivian government requires an additional fee upon departure. While the Bolivian government does not currently require travelers to purchase round-trip air tickets in order to enter the country, some airlines have required travelers to purchase round-trip tickets prior to boarding aircraft bound for Bolivia.
Additional Requirements for Minors: In an effort to prevent international child abduction, the Bolivian government has initiated procedures at entry/exit points. Minors (under 18) who are citizens or residents of Bolivia and who are traveling alone, with one parent, or with a third party must obtain a travel permit from the Juzgado del Menor. In order to obtain this permit, the parent or guardian must present a copy of the minor's birth certificate, parents' identification, and written authorization from the absent parent(s) or legal guardian, specifically granting permission to travel alone, with one parent, or with a third party. When a parent is deceased, Bolivian authorities require a notarized copy of the death certificate in lieu of written authorization. If the documents are prepared in the United States, you must have them translated into Spanish, notarized, and authenticated by the Bolivian Embassy or a Bolivian consulate within the United States. If documents are prepared in Bolivia, only notarization by a Bolivian notary is required. This requirement does not apply to children who enter the country with a U.S. passport as tourists unless they hold dual U.S./Bolivian citizenship or have been in Bolivia for less than 90 consecutive days.
Upon departure, U.S./Bolivian citizen minors traveling alone, with one parent, or with a third party, who have been in Bolivia for ninety (90) days or longer, will be required to present a travel authorization issued by the Juzgado del Menor, a copy of the minor's birth certificate and a copy of parents' identifications to immigration at the airport or land border. These travel authorizations are only valid for 90 days after they are issued and notarized, and a minor may not be allowed to leave the country if their authorization has expired. The new visa requirement states that unaccompanied minors to Bolivia must present an official Parental Authorization and Consent Certificate duly provided by the appropriate authorities. Until the Bolivian government provides further specifics on this document, the Embassy recommends that all unaccompanied minors to Bolivia carry a letter of permission from their parents or legal guardians authorizing travel.
Extended Stays: For more information on in-country visa procedures and requirements, please consult the Bolivian Immigration Service at Avenida Camacho between Calle Loayza and Calle Bueno, La Paz, Bolivia; fax/telephone (591-2) 211-0960. Note: If you submit your U.S. passport to Bolivian authorities for visa purposes, you may be able to retrieve it in an emergency. However, under current regulations, you would then need to submit and pay for a new application.
Please visit the Embassy of Bolivia website for the most current visa information. Bolivian consulates in the United States are located in San Juan, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
There are limited flights within Bolivia and to neighboring countries. Flight delays and cancellations are common. You should keep this information in mind when making your travel plans.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to, or foreign residents of, Bolivia.