Here are the necessary requirements to enter Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the most spectacular countries in the world, it has an incomparable variety of landscapes, climates, and cultures. From a semi-desert plateau through valleys to the Amazon, which has an impressive variety of species. The cultural part is not far behind: it has 35 indigenous nations, with more than 20 languages, with different forms of organization, each one with a musical and culinary diversity that any tourist visiting South America should know about.

In this blog we will detail the necessary requirements to enter Bolivia and the documentation that is needed to enter with peace of mind. These requirements depend on several factors, mainly the nationality you have.

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Visa requirement to enter Bolivia

The first thing to verify is your nationality. Nationals of the countries on the following list do not need a tourist visa to enter Bolivia for 30 days (extendable to 90 days, this extension must be made in Bolivia before the General Directorate of Migration):

For these countries that do not need a visa to enter Bolivia, a Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months and an international certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required (Required only if the person requesting the visa will travel to endemic areas in the Bolivian Amazon) .

Nationals of countries that are not on the shared list need a tourist visa to enter Bolivia and must meet the following requirements and show them at the time of the interview in original and copy:

  • Visa Application Form filled out online, with the code generated by the system.
  • Bank statement or credit card statement in the name of the interested party, or proof of income; for example, monthly payment slips (last three months).
  • Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months.
  • Round trip plane ticket.
  • Hotel reservation.
  • International certificate of yellow fever vaccination (It is required only if the person requesting the visa will move to endemic areas in the Bolivian Amazon).

The visa is free, except for the following nationalities:

Sanitary requirements for entry to Bolivia

In the reopening of borders, many countries have chosen to require sanitary measures in addition to immigration to enter their territory. If you are thinking of traveling to Bolivia soon, keep in mind that you must meet the following requirements, otherwise, the authorities could deny you entry to the country.

Health requirements to enter Bolivia (at least one of the following must be met):

  • Have a vaccination certificate against COVID-19 in a physical or digital format with a two-dose or single-dose schedule, completed at least (14) days before the date of entry, or;
  • Submit a certified negative PCR test for people over 5 years of age, carried out no more than 72 hours before boarding (when the entry is by air) or from the entry (when it is by land, river or lake) or;
  • Present a certified nasal antigen test for people over 5 years of age, carried out 48 hours before boarding in the country of origin when entering by air or 48 hours before entering Bolivia when entering by land.

General recommendations

When planning a trip to a foreign country, the main thing that must be taken into account are the requirements that exist. Not having the necessary documentation may cause the customs authorities not to allow access to the country.

We also share the following general recommendations for your trips:

  • Make sure you are taking a safe and reliable route.
  • It is essential that you maintain contact with family or friends throughout the journey, as well as have information on support organizations in the places of transit and destination.
  • Do not give the documentation to anyone other than an immigration agent or security force and always keep a copy on file.
  • When you receive help from third parties, try to verify that they are reliable people.
  • Always choose the recommended routes or where more people travel, and never go down unknown or lonely paths.
  • Remember: enter through an authorized passage, crossing through a clandestine passage, in addition to being dangerous, can hinder or prevent subsequent regularization.
  • Check the status of your identity documents, that they are not broken, damaged, or expired, and that they are valid, and not an update process document or something similar.
  • We recommend that you carry photocopies of your documents in your suitcase as a backup.