American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart Bolivia.Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from the original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Canadian citizens traveling on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. American citizens traveling into the country will need to obtain a visa. You may obtain a tourist visa at ports of entry, or apply for one through Bolivian consulates in the United States. Bolivian tourist visas cost $135.00. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassy of Bolivia for the most up- to-date information.
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Some vaccines require more than one dose or a major length of time to be effective. For that reason, it is recommended to see your doctor or health provider at least 6 to 8 weeks before your trip. Please bring vaccination certificates with you in your carry-on luggage as you may need to present them on arrival.
Currently Required Vaccinations:
A Yellow Fever vaccination may be required depending on which part of the country you are travelling to.
You may also want to ask your travel health professional about tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A & B, malaria, rabies and typhoid, depending on the areas you will be visiting.
Altitude sickness is a risk at high elevations such as the Western half of Bolivia and La Paz. Give yourself time to acclimatise before setting off into the mountains. Walk slowly and drink plenty of water.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items. Other recommended Items:
Photographers: Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery, charger and dust-resistant case.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 60Hz. In Bolivia, you will find the following sockets: Types A & C.
Phone: Coverage is good throughout most of the country. Check with your phone company to see if there are roaming agreements before your departure. In order to make phone calls within Bolivia during your stay, you can buy Bolivian SIM cards.
Internet: Service is widely available in main cities and most towns. Wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports, hotels and shopping centres. In big cities you’ll find numerous Internet cafés.
The Boliviano (BOB) is the official currency of Bolivia. It is divided into 100 cents or centavos, and comes in a variety of coins and notes. Notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 Bolivianos, while coins come in denominations of 1, 2, and 5 Bolivianos and 10, 20, and 50 Bolivian cents. The official exchange rate is published daily in the newspapers and online at www.xe.com.
AIRPORT DEPARTURE TAXES
These are to be paid locally per person. Make sure you have a separate stack of bills to cover the following departure taxes, per person:
Domestic flights: $15 USD
International flight from Lima: $25 USD
Language: Spanish, Quechua & Aymara
Currency: Boliviano (BOB)
Religion: 95% of the country is Roman Catholic
Time Zone: UTC-4
Electricity: 220 V/50Hz
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Bolivia is 591
Calling North America: Dial 011 + area code and your 7-digit number
Emergency telephone number: 110 for police, 118 for medical emergencies, 119 for fire, and 911 for general emergencies