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Travel Alert: Visa Requirement for U.S. Citizens Visiting Bolivia
February 5, 2021

Location: Bolivia

Event: Reimposition of Tourist Visa Requirement for U.S. Citizens Visiting Bolivia Starting February 8, 2021

On February 2, 2021, the Bolivian government issued Supreme Decree 4460, which reinstates tourist visa requirements for U.S. citizens visiting Bolivia. Beginning February 8, 2021, all U.S. citizens visiting Bolivia will be required to obtain a tourist visa. A tourist visa for Bolivia can be obtained for purchase at any land or air border. In addition, a tourist visa can also be obtained at a Bolivian consulate in the United States or neighboring country. Entry is granted for 30 days. U.S. citizens who wish to extend their stay can apply for an extension through Administración Nacional de Migración (National Migration Service), which has offices in most major cities.  Please see the information below concerning visa requirements.

Entry Requirements:

  • Valid U.S. passport with at least 6 months validity remaining.
  • International Certificate of Yellow Fever.
  • With a visitor visa, you may stay 30 days per trip, not to exceed 90 days per year. A Bolivian visitor visa costs $160 US and can be paid in U.S. or local currency upon arrival. Visitors should be prepared to provide crisp, untampered bills. Bills with small tears or any other damage may not be accepted.
  • Visitors must show proof of a round-trip ticket, or confirmation of plans to depart Bolivia. U.S. citizens flying into Bolivia but departing by land have faced complications. Visitors must also show proof of lodging in Bolivia, such as a hotel reservation. If staying with Bolivian friends or family, authorities may require a letter of invitation from the host.
  • If you plan to work, study, volunteer, or conduct business in Bolivia, you must apply for a separate visa.
  • Make sure you get entry and exit stamps from the Bolivian authorities every time you enter or leave Bolivia.
  • There are limited flights within Bolivia and to neighboring countries. Flight delays and cancellations are common.
  • If you received the Bolivian visa at a land border or at an entry port and you lose your passport, you will need to get a new visa and pay the visa fee – $160 US – in order to leave the country.
  • If you obtained your Bolivian visa at the Bolivian Embassy/Consulate in the United States and you lost your passport, you will need to get an exit stamp but will not be required to pay the visa fee. Next time you travel to Bolivia, you will be required to get a new visa.
  • Minors traveling alone or with only one parent who also has Bolivian citizenship and have remained in Bolivia for over 90 days need to obtain authorization form the non-traveling parent or both parents to leave Bolivia.

Dual Nationality: Upon entering Bolivia, U.S.-Bolivian citizens may be required to show a valid Bolivian identity document, such as Bolivian carnet de identidad.

HIV Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Bolivia.

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