OBTAINING A VISA TO BOLIVIA
If you are a United States citizen traveling to Bolivia, you will need to secure a tourist visa prior to your departure. The Bolivian tourist visa is valid for 10 years, allowing you to enter the country for stays of up to 30 days.
The application for this visa requires several documents, which must be submitted electronically and also mailed in as hard copies. If you have any specific questions about the documents to submit, you will want to contact the consulate of your jurisdiction, as each consulate processes documents independently. The contact information for each consulate is below.
The following is a list of the current requirements for a Bolivia Tourist Visa application. (Please note, the online Sworn Statement will require you to upload several of the documents listed below as PDF files, and to upload your photo as a JPG file. All uploaded PDFs have a maximum file size limit of 500 kb.)
- A signed Sworn Statement form, found here: http://www.rree.gob.bo/formvisas/ (Directions to fill out this form can be found here.)
- A copy of your flight schedule (with confirmation numbers) and/or your Vaya itinerary
- A Letter of Invitation signed by a Bolivian citizen or legal resident -OR- a copy of your hotel reservations*
- A copy of a recent bank or credit card statement (with the account numbers blocked out)
- A 2” x 2” passport photo (a maximum file size limit of 150 kb)**
- A money order for $160 USD, payable to CONSULADO DE BOLIVIA
- Your current U.S. passport, valid for 6 months beyond your intended stay in Bolivia, with at least one complete blank page (this will be returned to you)
- Your immunization statement or yellow WHO card (this will be returned to you)
- A self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for the return of your passport and your immunization statement/yellow WHO card
*Upon request, your Destination Specialist will provide Vaya Adventures travelers with this document as required/related to the itinerary.
**For the passport photo, you will need a JPEG file that is 150 Kb. You can use the following free image resizer: http://www.picresize.com
Directions to use the free image resizer are as follows:
- Upload the photo you would like to resize
- Click “Continue”
- Scroll down to “4) Save As”
- In “Max Filesize” type 150
- Click “I’m Done, Resize My Picture!”
- Click “Save to Disk”
Mailing in your materials
After submitting your application online, you will need to mail the required documents to the Bolivian Consulate of your jurisdiction. There are five Bolivian Consulates in the United States. It is recommended to reconfirm the address of the consulate prior to mailing the documents for your visa, as this information may have changed.
States of Jurisdiction: District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin
Address: 1825 Connecticut Ave NW #200c / Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 232-4827 / (202) 232-4828
States of Jurisdiction: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Address: 800 2nd Ave #430 / New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 687-0530
States of Jurisdiction: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee
Address: 3750 NW 87th Ave Suite 240 / Doral, FL 33178
Phone: (305) 358-6303 ext. 103
States of Jurisdiction: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Address: 2401 Fountain View Dr Suite 110 / Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (832) 916-4200
States of Jurisdiction: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Address: 3701 Wilshire Blvd #1065 / Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (213) 388 0475 / (213) 388 0957
For further details about the Bolivian tourist visa, please click here to review the site of the United States Consulate in Bolivia.
Normally, the time it takes from submitting your application to securing your visa is approximately two weeks; however, we recommend you begin the application process for your Bolivian Tourist visa three to six months prior to your departure. The visa is an adhesive document that will be applied directly to one of the pages in your passport. Be prepared to present your passport upon entry to Bolivia.
That’s it! If you are thinking about a trip to Bolivia, one of our qualified Destination Specialist will be happy to assist you. Click here to discover our Bolivia itineraries.