The Thailand Tourist Visa
In this post, you'll learn abut the Thai Visa requirements, application process, and exactly how US citizens can apply for a Thai Tourist Visa. After this post, you'll be able to confidently apply for your next Thai Visa.
Flora and Fauna is the only phrase that can describe the beauty of Bolivia, oh and also Llamas. Loads and loads of Llamas, just living their best life. I love to see when animals flourish in their natural habitat, which is exactly what you'll see when you visit Bolivia. Bolivia offers a Bolivia Tourist Visa, which you can apply for now!
Let me show you how easy it can be:
There are three groups when it comes to the Bolivia Visa. These groups are:
If you're from a country in group two or three, you have to get a visa before entering Bolivia, but the visa requirements and application process change.
You fall under the Bolivia Visa for group one if you're from one of the following countries:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine Panam, Paraguay, Peru Phillippines, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, and Venezuela.
These countries' nationals don't need a visa to travel to Bolivia for visits for up to 30 days. Then, once you're in Bolivia, you can extend your stay for 90 days.
If you want to stay in Bolivia for longer than 90 days, you have to apply for a visa from one of the Embassies or Consulates of Bolivia abroad. But, first, go to the Bolivian Embassy nearest to where you live or the one where it is most convenient for you to go.
You fall under the Bolivia Visa for group two if you're from one of the following countries:
Albania, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bosnia, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkin Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Darussalam, Djibouti, Dominica Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Malaysia and many more.
If you're a nationality from one of the mentioned countries, you need a Bolivia visa before you travel. You can get your Bolivia Visa from the Consulate of Bolivia or a Bolivian Embassy or get it on arrival for a fee.
You fall under the Bolivia Visa for group three if you're from one of the following countries:
Afghanistan, Angola, Bhutan, Camboya, Chad, The Democratic Republic of The Congo, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Laos, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Timor Leste, and Yemen.
If you're from one of these countries I mentioned, you have to apply for a Visa to Bolivia at an Embassy or the Consulate of Bolivia. However, the visa process will be longer since they have to request authorization from the National Migration Service in Bolivia.
Yes, US citizens need a visa to enter Bolivia. If you're a US citizen traveling to Bolivia for tourism purposes, you must apply for a Bolivia Tourist Visa before you travel. You must apply at a Bolivia Embassy or Consulate.
A Bolivia tourist visa is valid for 30 days per entry. You can apply for a visa extension before the visa expires in Bolivia. If you have a multiple-entry visa, you may be able to stay for up to 90 days within one year (no more than 30 days per entry). The decision regarding the duration of your visa is up to the immigration officers at your port of entry or the Embassy or Consular authorities where you obtain the visa.
The cost of a Bolivian Tourist Visa depends on your nationality. If you are from one of the countries in Group 2, then you may be able to receive a visa-free of charge if you apply before your trip at an Embassy or Consulate. However, if you apply on arrival, you must pay a fee, which is around USD 160.
Please note, however, that this is an estimate, and the price is subject to change based on your nationality, purpose of visit, and changes in immigration rules.
When applying for a Bolivian Tourist visa, you must submit documents that support your application this is also known as entry requirements. If you don’t submit all these required documents it might slow down the processing time or in worst cases, they’ll deny your visa. The required travel documents are:
The passport validity is at least another six months and at least two remaining blank pages for visa stickers. If it’s not valid for the required time, you need to renew your passport before you start your application process.
Your passport-size picture should meet the following requirements:
You need to provide proof of Hotel reservation or a letter of invitation from your host. In either case, the document must include the dates you will stay there and when you'll leave.
You need to provide a copy of your bank statements or credit card statements to prove that you have enough funds to cover your stay in Bolivia.
Because there are 3 different groups, there are three different ways to apply. Your application process depends on which group you're in (groups I mentioned earlier in this post). I'll discuss how you can apply for your Bolivia Visa in depth. As I mentioned, your visa application process depends on your group.
As a citizen of the countries included in the second group, you have two options when it comes to applying for a Bolivia visa:
Applying for a Visa can stress some people, but I'm here to make it easier. Just follow my step-by-step guide.
Find the Embassy or Consulate that’s most convenient for you to go to. There is not a Bolivian consulate in every country.
Contact them to learn about general information like their application requirements, whether you have to make an appointment, and how you can submit the application. This is also where you need to complete the visa application form and attach all the travel documents I mentioned earlier in this post.
Print out the confirmation page (downloaded as a PDF) and then sign it.
Pay the Bolivia visa fee as per the requirements of the Bolivia Embassy or Consulate. In some cases, you may not have to pay a visa fee if you're applying before the trip.
Submit the documents at the Embassy or Consulate during opening hours or on your appointment date. Depending on the Embassy or Consulate, you can also submit the documents via mail.
Wait 10-15 work business days for the visa to process. Once there's a decision made on your visa application, officials will notify you via email or phone. Then all you need to do is receive your visa. So, for example, if you applied in person, you might have to go to the Embassy or Consulate yourself to obtain your visa, whereas if you applied by mail, they could mail the documents back to you.
If you cannot access a Bolivian consulate or Embassy, you can also receive a Bolivia Visa On Arrival at the Cochabamba, La Paz, and Santa Cruz airports. However, the Bolivian immigration authorities don't have the most detailed information regarding how eligible applicants can receive their Bolivian visas on arrival. Although it's possible, the application process may not always be the same.
However, if your only choice is to obtain a Bolivia visa on arrival, you must have all the required documents for a visa with you. You can get your Visa on arrival at your land border or point of entry. You must also have the necessary cash (in US dollars) to pay the Bolivia visa on arrival fee. The bills for the visa fee have to be in good condition since the visa officers at the entry may refuse to accept them otherwise.
To apply for a Bolivia visa, as a national of the third group, you have to find the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Bolivia or the most convenient one for you to go to. Then you need to contact them to learn about their requirements and see whether you have to make an appointment.
Remember to ask whether you can send your application and documents to the Bolivian Embassy or Consulate by mail rather than make a trip there. Some may offer the option, but not all.
Complete an online Bolivia visa application form and print it out. In addition, you have to attach electronic copies of the required travel documents.
Next, you need to go to the Bolivian Embassy or Consulate to apply for the visa. Then, submit your passport and documents or send the documents by registered mail if the option is available.
The Bolivian Embassy or Consulate will forward your application to the National Migration Service in Bolivia. Three to five weeks later, they will notify you about their decision. However, in some cases, the decision can take up to three months. Finally, if the application is successful, you will receive your visa. If you have to take your documents to the Embassy or Consulate, you need to get your visa in person. Otherwise, they'll mail it to you.
If you're in group three, you'll have to wait three to five weeks for their decision, and sometimes it can take up to three months. If you're in group two and applied at a Bolivia Embassy or Consulate, processing your visa application takes about 10-15 business days. You'll receive a Visa On Arrival after immigration officers allow you entry into Bolivia.
Let that travel bug take over and experience life outside of your home country. International travel is available for everyone, and now you can start your journey in Bolivia. A place full of mountains and life!