Beginning December 1st, 2007, no longer is just a passport sufficient for American Citizens traveling in Bolivia. They must obtain an entry visa.
Things you need for your Bolivian Visa:
1. Visa application form (affidavit). The form can be requested from consulates or downloaded from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2. Valid passport
3. Hotel reservation and/or invitation letter
4. Photocopy of roundtrip ticket and/or travel itinerary
5. Economic solvency attested by credit card or equivalent document, valid for the duration of travel
6. Photocopy of international certificate of yellow fever vaccination
7. Pay a visa fee of $100
Once the application is received by the Consul, Consular Agent, or immigration officer, the requirements will be verified; in case of compliance, he/she will issue the visa for a period of 90 days and will affix the corresponding visa. In case the application is denied, the officer will return the documents to the applicant. Any expense incurred for the issuance of the visa will be paid by the applicant.
Pursuant to Bolivian constitutional principles, individuals born in Bolivia who have subsequently acquired U.S. citizenship will not be required to obtain a visa to enter Bolivia, provided that they present proof of their nationality of origin by means of appropriate documentation.
Any questions? Consult the Bolivian Embassy in Washington or your nearest Bolivian Consulate (see http://www.bolivia-usa.org/ for contact information).
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