Visas

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.

The Regional Security Office adjusts processes and procedures to meet the evolving threat and to achieve the highest levels of embassy security. Because of this, you may notice changes in our procedures from time to time.

Consular visitor screening at the embassy is part of RSO’s layered approach to security to get you a safe visit. RSO’s screening procedures are intended to prevent prohibited items and other threats entering the consulate.

To make your experience safer and more efficient, you will only be allowed to enter the embassy with:

1. Documentation relevant to the interview.

2. Necessary medications.

3. A wallet (purses are not allowed)

4. A pre-packaged snack.

5. And for applicants with babies, a bag with baby items.

Any other belongings cannot go into the embassy or be kept in the embassy.

Embassy Location

The Embassy of the United States in Bolivia is located on Arce Avenue # 2780.

Hours of Operation

The business hours of the Embassy of the United States are Monday to Thursday, from 08:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., excluding Bolivian and American Holidays. However, access to the Consular Section is by appointment only.

Only non-immigrant visa applicants with a scheduled appointment and those specified below will be admitted into the embassy. Applicants should arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment. You will not be allowed to enter prior to your scheduled appointment.

The embassy in La Paz is at an elevation of approximately 3,700 meters above sea level. Some applicants may experience altitude sickness when coming from lower elevations. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend applicants to drink plenty of water before and after arriving in La Paz. We also recommend applicants to bring light snacks (pre-packaged, single-serve food items) with them to the interview. Please note that applicants will not be permitted to bring any beverages with them into the embassy compound, however drinking fountains are available at the embassy.

The following people may be allowed to enter with the visa applicant:

·       Parent or guardian accompanying children under 18 years old.

·       Interpreters for applicants who do not speak English or Spanish.

·       Assistants for the disabled.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Avenida Arce 2780
    Casilla 425
    La Paz, Bolivia
    Phone: (591) 2-216-8000
    Fax: (591) 2-216-8111