Information on Bolivia - ID card of Bolivia

-Surface area : 1 098 581 Km2
-Administrative capital : Sucre (160 000 inhabitants)
-Capital :La Paz (1.4 million inhabitants)
-Population : 7 669 868 inhabitants
-Political system : Presidential republic
-Religion : Catholic (95%)
-Languages : Official language: Spanish
- Others: quechua, aymara, guarani
-Currency : Boliviano
Time difference :
From April to September (Bolivian winter): GMT minus 6 hours.
From October to March (Bolivian summer): GMT minus 5 hours.


French citizens and most others must have an electronically readable passport valid for 6 months after the date they leave Bolivia.
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No visa is necessary for a stay of under 30 days.

On arrival (in Bolivia) you will be issued with a "tourism card" (in duplicate), this allows you to stay in Bolivia for a duration of under 30 days (this card is free). Once filled in, one copy is kept by immigration authorities and the other is for you to keep, till you leave the country. Do not lose it.

We know that these regulations currently apply to Belgian, Swiss, and Canadian citizens, but we suggest that everyone checks the formalities with their local Bolivian Embassy or Consulate, as there are frequent changes to the regulations.

The duty free allowance is 2 litres of alcohol, 400 cigarettes, and 50 cigars per person.

There are no currency regulations.

Airport Taxes

25 US$ per person for international flights leaving Bolivia.
8 to 10 US$ per person for internal flights.

La Paz airport:

The airport "El Alto" is situated 35 minutes from the center of town.

For individual travellers the easiest method of transfer to the city is by taxi, which costs about 6 US$.

It is used for both international and national flights.


Vaccinations: no vaccinations are obligatory*

*You have to have a vaccination for yellow fever if you arrive from an infected area.
However it is strongly advised to have it done if you go to the north of the country or to the Santa Cruz area.

Ensure that your normal vaccinations like: tetanus, hepatitis A, and polio are up to date.

It is advised to have the hepatitis B and anti-typhoid vaccines.


Hepatitis A is transmitted by contaminated water, where as type B is transmitted through sexual relations, blood contact, and sometimes through the saliva.

An anti malaria treatment is strongly advised especially if you go to tropical areas below 2000 metres.
The areas concerned are in the north of the country (in particular the regions of Beni and Pando).

Amazonia is classified as a zone 3 area (on a scale of 3). The rest of the country is classified as a zone 1.
Advised medicaments: molequine. In any case it is wise to get your doctor to prescribe an anti-malaria chemo-preventative for you.

Think about taking anti-insect sprays for use in the doubtful regions, even if they are not a guarantee.

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