A valid passport is required to enter and depart Bolivia. In 2007, the Bolivian government announced that all U.S. citizens are also required to have a visa to enter the country, which can be purchased on arrival in the country for $135, and you must have a yellow fever vaccination. On rare occasions evidence of return flights, proof of funds, or hotel reservations are asked for. Visas, which last for 5 years, can also be applied for before your journey at the nearest Bolivian consulate. Visas are not required for stays of up to 30 days if you're a citizen of one of 44 designated countries, which include the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Germany, and Switzerland. (Visit www.bolivia-usa.org, or check with your local embassy to determine whether you'll need a visa.) It's very easy to extend the visa for an additional 60 days by requesting one at a branch of the Oficina de Migración (Immigration Office). In La Paz, the office is located at Camacho 1433. It's open Monday through Friday from 9am to 12:30pm and 3 to 6pm; it's best to go late in the afternoon. For more information, call tel. 0800/10-3007.
Bolivian Embassy & Consulate Locations
In Australia: The Consulate of the Republic of Bolivia is located at 74 Pitt St, Level 6, Sydney NSW 2000 (tel. 02/9235-1858)
In Canada: 130 Albert St., Suite 416, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G4 (tel. 613/236-5730; fax 613/236-8237)
In the U.K.: 106 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AD (tel. 020/7235-4248 or 020/7235-2257; fax 020/7235-1286; firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the U.S.: 3014 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202/483-4410; fax 202/328-3712; www.bolivia-usa.org)
Visitors to Bolivia are legally permitted to bring in up to $2,000 worth of items for personal use. If you bring in any new consumer goods with a value of more than $1,000, you must declare it at Customs.
There are very strict laws regarding removing national treasures. Beware: The Customs officials at the airports do search every person (for both drugs and national treasures) leaving the country.
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