Mar 23

Visa requirements to enter Bolivia. Tourist visa on arrival to Bolivia



Many do not need a tourist visa to enter Bolivia, and immigration formalities at airports or land crossings are normally simple. Citizens from United States are required to have Tourist Visa to enter the country.

Bolivia classifies countries into three groups. Those belonging to group I do not require to have tourist visa to enter the country, but they must have a valid passport for at least six months and sometimes they may be requested to show proof of financial means for their trip. Normally it is enough to present a credit card, cash or travelers checks. On occasion, a return ticket or a complete itinerary may have to be shown to immigration authorities, and now it is mandatory to have as well the International Vaccination Certificate for Yellow Fever.


Countries listed in group II require a tourist visa, for some of them this visa is free and for others there is a fee. The characteristic for this group is that citizens of such countries can get the visa at any Bolivian consulate quite easily, since the consular authorities do not have to request an authorization to immigration services in La Paz. In general the applications have to be done in person, and one has to present a valid passport with a least six months of validity, hotel reservations for the entire stay or a letter of invitation by a local Bolivian resident, plus the International Vaccination Certificate for Yellow Fever. We have spoken with the consulate of Bolivia in Buenos Aires and they told us they can process the visa in 24 hours for travelers from any country included in Group II. The consulates in Washington, Madrid and Tokyo can process such visas as well.


Citizens in group III have a more difficult time getting the visa, but it is not impossible, it normally means a longer application time since consular authorities have to request authorization to immigration authorities in La Paz.


United States is in group II, so they need a visa, but for Americans this visa can be obtained for sure on arrival at any of the airport or land border crossings, be sure to carry all the documents, together with proof of yellow fever vaccination and exact change. It has been said that any country in group II can get such visa on arrival (just to be sure is better to contact the consulate of Bolivia ahead to confirm that) we know for sure that Americans can get it and their fee is 135 USD.  Just be sure to get the entry stamp in your passport since sometimes we have heard that if it is not stamped one can have problems later when one is leaving the country.


Travelers from the US and Malaysia have reported to us just recently that they have been able to get the visa on arrival without problem they were still asked for invitation letters (an informal letter written by the host with a signature and details of the hosting) and full booked round trip tickets. But please always call any of the Bolivian diplomatic mission before your trip, requirements and procedures can change at any time without notice, here is a useful list with contact info of many of the Bolivian embassies and consulates around the world: Bolivian embassies


Here is the list of countries organized by groups. The best call is always to contact the nearest Bolivian consulate since regulations can change at any time.


Group I

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela

Group II

Armenia, Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Cyprus, Comoros, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Solomon Islands, Jamaica,Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Central African Republic, South Korea, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Thailand, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uganda, United States, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Group III

Afghanistan, Angola, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chad, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Nigeria, Syria, Iran, China, Congo, North Korea, Laos, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan,Timor-Leste,Yemen


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  1. Derrick

    I am a Ghanaian citizen by birth and am traveling to Jamaica to meet my fiance and her family. But since there is no direct flight, I will have to be in transit to Bolivia to Panama before going to Jamaica. I would like to know what are the procedures or things I need to do. Will there be a need to acquire a transit visa to Bolivia though am not leaving the airport. I have all the documents needed for my trip to Jamaica as well. Thank you

    1. As a Ghanaian citizen you will require to have a visa to connect in Bolivia (that is the information we just got from the consulate in Washington DC) sometimes travelers are allow to connect without the need for such visa (sorry, but in Bolivia rules are not always very clear). You can not take this as an official statement, but Citizens from Ghana can get a visa on arrival for 60 USD. If you want more official information probably it will be a good idea to give a call to the airline or to any of the consulates of Bolivia.

  2. pinky

    As a Malaysian, how and where can I apply for a Bolivian visa. I am flying to London, then to Buenos Aires and Chile before heading into Bolivia.

    1. voyageur

      The information we have is that you can apply for the visa in the consulate of Bolivia in Buenos Aires, this is their address: Plaza Miserere (Once) – Bartolome Mitre 2815, esq Pueyrredon. C1201AAA
      It is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, just keep in mind you may need more than one day for this (even when they claim that the visa is given in one day) . You will have to present a roundtrip ticket to Boliviq, and the international certificate of Yellow fever vaccination, plus you need to fill the application for the visa http://www.consuladoboliviano.com.ar
      It is always a good idea to give them a phone call to confirm all this information:52633790
      Another option you have is to contact the Bolivian embassy in Tokyo, this is their address and phone number
      Tokyo-to, Minato-ku
      Nishi Azabu 4-12-24
      Nº 38 Kowa Bldg. 804
      Embassy: 03.3499.5442 Consulate: 03.3499.5441
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    2. voyageur

      Just to Follow up with your question, We just spoke with the Vice Consul of Bolivia in Buenos Aires, he informed us that you can apply for your visa in the consulate in Buenos Aires.

  3. Debbie


    For Malaysia, can I apply Bolivia tourist visa at Lima,Peru before heading into Bolivia?
    How long will get the visa if apply at Lima?


    1. voyageur

      Dear Debbie thanks for your comment.
      We spoke with the Bolivian consulate last week in Buenos Aires.
      They informed us that Malaysian citizens can apply for the visa in any of their consulates, or they can get it on arrival in Bolivia.
      You need proof of funds, roundtrip tickets, name of hotels where you are staying and the yellow fever vaccination.
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  4. samuel mburuu

    Im a Kenyan Citizen residing in Kenya , scheduled to attend a 3 days meeting which will take place in the city of Santa Cruz de la sierra ,Bolivia from July 7th-9th.When can i apply the visa in Kenya?Samuel

    1. voyageur

      There is no Bolivian Consulate in Kenya, so no way to apply there for the visa. It would make more sense to fly to Buenos Aires and apply for the visa from there. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

  5. Tea

    I am a Norwegian citizen, and I wish to stay in Bolivia for 5 months. Is it possible to extend the tourist visa, or do I need to leave the country after 90 days? If so, do you know for how long until I can return and get a new tourist visa?
    Thank you in advance

    1. voyageur

      Hi Tea,

      We will look into the question further, for now here is some information on a 150 day extension that one local has written about:


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    2. voyageur

      H Tea, my name is George. I am the head of Social networks in traveladept.com
      I just want to add some information to the answer of my colleague.
      I actually lived in Bolivia for seven years, so I have a good understanding of how to deal with immigration offices there.
      Sorry to say this, but in Bolivia almost anything is possible 🙁 but it takes money, time and a lot of patience).
      As the rule says you can extent your stay for up to 60 days for free, even when in general this is easy, it takes a lot of patience and even when it says it is free it will takes as well a lot of tips.
      Then you can extent it for up to 150 days, but that is really a headache, you need official declarations from a lawyer among other documents. The problem in Bolivia is that there is a lot of bureaucracy (and little payments to do) most people after spending two days in cramped public offices, paying one dollar here and one dollar there and 50 to the other person, will just give up.
      So in general it is possible to get such extension, but once again it will take a lot of your time and your money.
      If you have any question please do not hesitate to write to us.

  6. Keith

    Hi team,

    I’m Indonesian passport holding currently residing in Singapore.
    Can I get Bolivia visa in Peru? I will be in Peru one week before my entry into Bolivia.

    Thank you for the great assistance.

    1. voyageur

      The information that we have is that you can get the visa in Peru. Since you have Indonesian passport, the situation is more complicated. You belong to what they called group three. So your visa will take at least ten working days, because all the consulate requires the approval from La Paz to give you the visa, so your time may not be enough to get the visa.
      If you have any other question, please do not hesitate to send us a message

  7. Nat

    I’m Thai living in Bangkok. I plan to go to Chile and Bolivia next year. Could I get the visa at the border of Chile-Bolivia?
    Or do I have to get it in Santiago?

    And one more question,my friend (who will travel with me to Chile-Bolivia) will go to Sweden next month. Could i have her do the visa for all of us at consulate of Bolivia in Sweden?

    Many thanks in advance.

    1. voyageur

      Thanks very much for your message
      It has been said that Thai citizens can get the visa on arrival to Bolivia, but there is a lot of conflictive information about that.
      I personally will recommend yo to get the visa in Santiago. You may be able to get the visa in any of their other consulates in Chile, but I would first confirm that with the consulate, here is the list with their contact info http://www.consuladobolivia.cl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=102&Itemid=53
      You have to apply in person for the tourist visa. It normally takes 24 to 48 hours.
      If you have any other question about this issue or anything related with travel please don’t hesitate to send us another message.
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  8. Amin qalbisafi

    Am akenyan residing in South-sudan
    I want to travel to Bolivia end of august
    And here in east africa we don’t have Bolivia Embassy
    But I heard that kenyan passport holders can get bolivia visa on arrival…how far is that true? And if so, what kind of documents will they require on arrival?
    …your assistance will be highly appreciate .tnxs

  9. Mohammad Sohan

    i am a bangladeshi resident.i am study in mauritius belongs to IT.i am fond of tour.so i want to go the highest city in the world at la paz in bolivia for 2 months.so how can i get a invitation letter………..and how can i go to bolivia….

    1. voyageur

      The best place to start would be to contact a Bolivian Consulate. As there seems not to be one in Bangladesh we recommend you contact one in a country that has one.

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  10. dana

    Me and my husband is going to La Paz – Bolivia. We are having problem with the Bolivia Visa.
    1) We are holding Malaysia Passport
    2) Our plan / itnearary is as follow :-
    -18/11 night arrive to Ria De Jeneiro @ ETA 21:25hrs BA249 (LON-RIO)
    -19/11 to 21/11 in Rio De Jeneiro
    -22/11 depart Rio De Jeneiro to Quito @ ETA 16:00HRS AV260/AV8373 (RIO-DOG-UIO)

    The point is we only reach La Paz from Quayaqil on the 5/12 til 9/12 and 9/12 till12/12 La Paz to Uyuni

    I understand the we only can apply visa in Rio De Jeneiro or Quito. But 20/11 is Rio De Jenerio public holiday.
    My question is when , how & where can we apply the Bolivia Visa in order to visit the beautiful place

    Appreciate if you could help me to solve my problem and you may email to me if you need more information.
    FYI we have issued out all the air ticket.
    Thank You


    1. voyageur

      Thanks for your comment.
      We are sending you an e-mail with all the info.

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  11. lora

    An American Citizen needs invitation letter from a Bolivian to travel to Bolivia,

    How can I get this?

    Thank you!

    1. voyageur

      Thanks for your message.
      Why are you traveling to Bolivia?
      Are u a tourist? If you are a tourist you don’t need the invitation letter but confirmed reservations of your hotels and the other details.
      You need an invitation letter when you are going to visit someone and in that case you already know someone who can provide such letter.
      If you have any other question please us another message.
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  12. Md Rony Ahmed

    Sir, I am From Bangladesh Can I apply For my Bolivia visa to Bolivia consulate in Buenos Aires., if yes then how By Courier like DHl/Fedex/UPS.

    1. voyageur

      Hi Rony,

      We advise you to contact us via Facebook in order that we can address your questions more directly. You can do so here:

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  13. rahat

    Hi i m a bangladeshi can i get a on arrival visa in boliva as a tourist?

    1. voyageur

      Hi Rahat,

      we welcome your specific questions in our Facebook page messenger:

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  14. Angie

    Is it still possible for American citizen to get a visa on arrival? I have checked U.S. based Bolivian consulates sites, and they say nothing about this option. As to the visa fee, it has increased to 160 USD recently.

    1. voyageur

      Hi Angie,

      If you could post the same question to our Facebook messages one of our team mates will be able to interact with your question there in a more direct way.

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  15. merhawi

    hi i am eritrean can i get tourist visa on arrival

    1. voyageur

      We recommend you contact us through Facebook to get a more personalized answer to your question

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  16. surya

    hi i am indian, can i get the visa on arrival in santa cruz or cochabamba. plzz help

    1. voyageur

      For a more direct answer to your question we invite you to contact us through Facebook message where we will be happy to answer your question.

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  17. Veronica

    I am a citizen of Belarus.
    I see lots of contradictional information on the Internet about the requirements for getting a visa to Bolivia for me.
    The embassy’s (which is in Moscow, Russia, for us also, we don’t have one in Belarus) address and e-mail seem incorrect, not approachable.
    Mostly, it is said that I can get it on arrival. But I am worried if I need some special documents to prepare.
    I would like to visit my friends there and to stay for three months if it is possible. The tickets are very costly for me, so I don’t want to take any risk.
    Could you please tell me exactly what I need to be sure I will not have troubles.
    I would be very grateful for help in getting a chance to visit this wonderful country.

    Sincerely yours

    1. voyageur

      Hi Veronica,

      Please submit your question through Facebook message to our page so that we can more accurately answer your question there.


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  18. Lena

    I am a German citizen planning to travel during three months (tourism), before taking two months of Spanish classes. I would hence spend a total of five months in Bolivia. Can I enter the country as a tourist (which should allow me to stay 90 days) and apply for a student visa for the remaining time once I am in Bolivia?

    Any help/feedback/experiences would be highly appreciated!

    1. voyageur

      Hi Lena,

      we would urge you to pose this question to our Facebook team as they handle some of the more direct questions about the Bolivian Visa from their experience. You can find and like us here:

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  19. Ang


    I am from Malaysia. My friends and I are going to Bolivia this Nov’16. We would like to know that is there any Bolivia embassy at Rio as we will be stopping over there for 2 days before heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We only have a day there. If Rio unable to proceed, is it possible for us to get the Bolivia visa within a day in Buenos Aires? If it is unable, can we do it on the spot when we cross over to Bolivia via La Quiaca? What’s the time take if do it at La Quiaca? Confirm the documents that we need to prepare as below:
    1) Valid passport with a least six months of validity
    2) Hotel reservations for the entire stay or a letter of invitation by a local Bolivian resident
    3) International Vaccination Certificate for Yellow Fever
    4) Fill up form http://www.consuladoboliviano.com.ar
    Do we need any photo?

    Bolivia embassy at Beunos Aires:
    Plaza Miserere (Once) – Bartolome Mitre 2815, esq Pueyrredon. C1201AAA (830am-430pm)

    How about Rio address if we need to do there?


    1. voyageur

      Hi Ang,

      we would invite you to pose the same question to out Facebook page as our travel team members there will more accurately be able to answer your question.

      You can reach it here:

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  20. Wendy

    Hi Voyageur,

    Saw a lot of Malaysian asking questions 😉

    Am a Malaysian too & I will be entering Bolivia from Chile. Isn’t Bolivian visa issued on arrival?

    As I will be doing overland crossing to Bolivia, I will not have any flight evidence as you have advised my other fellow Malaysians. How can I solve this problem?

    If it is not Visa on arrival, I would prefer to get my visa before my travel. Is that possible?

    Thanking you in advance


    1. voyageur

      Hi Wendy,

      We recommend you contact our Facebook page for the most detailed information on this question. We will be happy to give you specific recommendations there:

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  21. Robin vir

    I m Bangladeshi passport holder,
    I just know from Wikipedia the Bangladeshi passport holder they can travel 41 countries without visa.
    Here is the one of the country Bolivia.
    We can get Bolivia Visa , visa on arrival.
    I think that will true.
    If u have more idea infrom us.

    1. voyageur

      Bolivia is a very unique country. Some people we have spoken with in your situation from Bangladesh have been told yes they can get the visa on arrival and other have been told no. To be honest we recommend contacting the nearest Bolivian consulate and following their instructions. If getting the visa ahead of time is a possibility we recommend that as you will be more assured you can access the country.

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  22. Nurul Islam

    I am Bangladeshi citizen .l am very interesting to visit Bolivia.Can i visit by visa on arrival?Bangladesh is on group2.

    1. voyageur

      We recommend you contact the nearest Bolivian consulate where you can ask directly for information. That is the best way to get a sure response, since it is sometimes complicated.

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  23. abdirahman

    Hello dear sir/madam
    My name is abdirahman hussein ali .I am a citizen of kenya do I need visa or it is on arrival. Because I needed to go for a holidayear 2 weeks and now I am leaving in southafrica.

    1. voyageur

      Hello Abdiraman,

      It is our understanding that you as a Kenyan citizen need to apply for the visa before you take a trip to Bolivia. We recommend you contact your nearest Bolivian Consulate in South Africa.

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  24. Efrem

    Hello I Am an Eritrean Citizen Currently Residing in United Arab Emirates(Dubai). As my Annual Vacation is Coming I want to Travel to Latin America to Watch the Olympic Games. But on my way I would like to Visit Bolivia. So I am asking what are the odds that I will not get a visa? The Visa Fee I am required to pay. and any other requirement I have to satisfy before applying to the embassy in United Arab Emirates, Dubai?

    Thank You
    Kind and Best Regards,

    1. voyageur

      Hello Efrem,

      In terms of odds we are not qualified to say. We are travelers who write tips and experiences. If you do everything required that is the best you can hope for when applying to any visa. If you have concern about getting it on arrival it may be best to apply for one at a consulate ahead of time. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

  25. Gerard Simonette

    I am a US citizen and will be traveling to Bolivia next month. I would like to know if it is possible to obtain the required tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in La Paz. I have gotten conflicting information when I called two Bolivian Consulates; Miami said yes, but New York said no, that it had to be obtained before hand at one of the consulates in the US. If any US citizen reading this has actually been successful in getting the visa upon arrival in Bolivia, please let me know. Thank you. Gerard


    Am a Ghanaian and i want to visit Bolivia,so i want to know documents i need to acquire for the tourist visa at the point of entry?Thank You,hope to hearing from you soon,this is my email address:lordnyame@yahoo.com/

    1. voyageur

      Hi Lord,

      We recommend you go to the Consulate webpage for Bolivia and locate the documents needed for your type of visa. We recommend you get the formation there because that is the official documentation of what you need.

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  27. Hanh Pham

    it is so nice to hear that Vietnamese can obtain a visa on arrival to Bolivia. Does this policy remain unchanged?

    1. voyageur


      These rules and policies are constantly under change. It is best to call your nearest Bolivian embassy to be sure. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

  28. KBRI

    it is nice to hear that ERITREAN passport holder can get visa on arrival can visit BOLIVIA for one month am living in UAE

  29. Annie

    Hello, I´m a chinese currently living in Brazil for several months. I want to visit bolivia in the end of the year from brazil to Peru to Bolívia. I will fly from cusco to La paz. Is it possible for me to get visa on arrival in bolivia? Or I have to apply visa in advance? Hope to hear from you soon, Thank you!


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