Specific Purpose Visa
Thursday September 21, 2017


Specific Purpose Visas are required for those who wish to travel to Bolivia for any purpose other than Tourism. 

A Specific Purpose Visa is required by those who intend to engage in business, education, paid work, to get married according to Bolivian law and any other legal activities not related to tourism.

Specific Purpose Visas have a validity of 30 days and are renewable, after submitting a request for extension to the immigration office in Bolivia. When applying for one, an introduction letter is required which should state the specific purpose of the travel, the dates of travel, and that the expenses will be furnished by the sending or hosting company or institution. These requirements apply to business executives, film crews, missionaries, voluntary workers, etc. 

For certain nationalities authorization from the Immigration authorities in Bolivia is required, in which case the application takes longer to be processed. It is recommended to allow at least 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. 

Applications can be made during the office hours (Mon - Fri 09:00 am - 3:00 pm) which can also be made by mail. The fee of $85.00 can be paid by Credit Card or money order payable to the Bolivian Consulate. It is recommended to use the safest way to send your passport, either registered delivery or courier. The costs of delivery are met by the applicant and no responsibility is taken by the Consulate if the passport gets lost in the post.

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Completed application form
  2. Valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of 6 months
  3. One recent 2" x 2" passport type photograph
  4. Fee of $85.00
  5. Letter of introduction explaining purpose of travel, means of subsistence and information on the company or institution 
  6. Photocopy of ticket or itinerary
  7. Bank statement or equivalent that shows economic solvency (Please note that the validity of the document should be for at least the travel period)
  8. Certificate of good conduct / Police Record

IMPORTANT: Incomplete application will be returned without being processed

Sworn Statement for Visa Application / Declaración Jurada de Solicitud Visa

Credit/debit Card Authorization Form / Formulario Para Pago con Tarjeta de Crédito

 

Additional Requirements for Group II and III

Changes for Countries in Group II

  1. There is no Tourist Visa fee for citizens from countries in Group II
  2. Visa must be obtained at any Bolivian Consulate before traveling
  3. For Specific Purpose and Student Visas, the fees remain at $85.00 and $43.00, respectively 

Additional Requirements for Countries in Group III

  1. Certificate of Good Conduct / Police Record from the applicants country of origin, translated into Spanish or English if applicable
  2. Notarized Letter of Introduction or Letter of Invitation
  3. Yellow Fever Vaccination, if visiting endemic areas
  4. The Tourist Visa fee for citizens from countries in Group III is $30.00
  5. Visa must be obtained at any Bolivian Consulate before traveling
  6. It is subject to approval from the Directorate General of Immigration of Bolivia, the processing time is between 3-5 weeks 
  7. For Specific Purpose and Student Visas, the fees remain at $85.00 and $43.00, respectively

Processing by Mail

You can complete the process by mail. Payment must be sent in Money Order payable to the Consulate of Bolivia or by Credit/Debit Card.

We recommend using a reliable, certified or express courrier mail service. Package should include a return pre-paid envelope with the correct return address.

Shipping and returns costs are covered by the applicant. The Consulate is not responsible for lost or damaged documents outside the office or during transit.

Group I - Countries That Do Not Require a Tourist Visa

ANDORRA CROATIA ICELAND MONACO SLOVAKIA
ARGENTINA CZECH REPUBLIC IRELAND, REPUBLIC OF NETHERLANDS SLOVENIA
AUSTRALIA DENMARK PALESTINE NEW ZEALAND SPAIN
AUSTRIA ECUADOR ITALY NORWAY SWEDEN
BELGIUM ESTONIA JAPAN PANAMA SWITZERLAND
BRAZIL FINLAND LATVIA PARAGUAY TURKEY
CANADA FRANCE LIECHTENSTEIN PERU UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND
CHILE GERMANY LITHUANIA PHILIPPINES URUGUAY
COLOMBIA GREECE LUXEMBURG POLAND VATICAN CITY
COSTA RICA HUNGARY MEXICO PORTUGAL VENEZUELA

 

Group II - Countries that Require a Tourist Visa

ALBANIA DOMINICA KENYA NAURU SOLOMON ISLANDS
ALGERIA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC KIRIBATI NEPAL SOUTH AFRICA
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA EGYPT KUWAIT NICARAGUA SRI LANKA
ARMENIA EL SALVADOR KYRGYZSTAN NIGER SURINAM
AZERBAIJAN EQUATORIAL GUINEA LEBANON OMAN SWAZILAND
BAHAMAS ERITREA LESOTHO PALAU TAJIKISTAN
BAHRAIN ETHIOPIA LIBERIA PAPUA NEW GUINEA THAILAND
BANGLADESH FIJI MACEDONIA QATAR TOGO
BARBADOS GABON MADAGASCAR REPUBLIC OF KOREA TONGA
BELARUS GAMBIA MALAWI ROMANIA TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
BELIZE GEORGIA MALAYSIA RUSSIA TUNISIA
BENIN GHANA MALDIVES SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS TURKMENISTAN
BOSNIA - HERZEGOVINA GRANADA MALI SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES TUVALU
BOTSWANA GUATEMALA MALTA SAMOA UGANDA
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM GUINEA-BISSAU MARSHALL ISLANDS SAN MARINO UKRAINE
BULGARIA GUNEA MAURITANIA SANTA LUCIA UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
BURKINA FASO GUYANA MAURITIUS SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
BURUNDI HAITI MICRONESIA SAUDI ARABIA UZBEKISTAN
CAMEROON HONDURAS MOLDOVA SENEGAL VANUATU
CAPE VERDE INDIA MONGOLIA SERBIA VIETNAM
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC MONTENEGRO SEYCHELLES ZAMBIA
COMOROS IVORY COAST MOROCCO SIERRA LEONE ZIMBABWE
CUBA JAMAICA MOZAMBIQUE SIERRA LEONE  
CYPRUS JORDAN MYANMAR SINGAPORE  
DJIBOUTI KAZAKHSTAN NAMIBIA CHINA, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC  

Group III - Countries That Require a Visa with Authorization from Bolivia

AFGHANISTAN INDONESIA ISRAEL
ANGOLA IRAQ RWANDA
BHUTAN KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC SOMALIA
CAMBOYA LAOS, PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC SUDAN
CHAD LIBYA SYRIA
  NIGERIA TIMOR LESTE
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC THE PAKISTAN YEMEN

Visa Requirement by Country

 

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