Travellers from The United States must apply for a visa before entering into Bolivia. The U.S. is one of the few countries who are required to do so.
Here are all the requirements one must need for getting into Bolivia, keep in mind that you can stay for 90 days and the Visa is good for 5 years.
- Pay the Bolivian Bank $160 (or $130 depending where you pay, I paid $160 in Puno) crisp US Dollars
- Copy of your passport – this means just the page with your information and picture on it.
- Copy of your passport picture – this does not mean making a scan of your passport again, this means purchasing and taking new photos. Don’t worry there are places everywhere to do this and you can even take one with the Virgin Mary or change your clothes on the extra pictures your $5 soles takes you.
- Copy of the Malaria Vaccianations
- Bank Statements – 2 months will do
- Itinerary – make something up about where you will go on what date and be sure to include in it where you will be staying etc. You don’t have to make reservations just create a word document and make it look like it’s from a tourist agency.
- Completed application from the Bolivian Consulate.
Then, after they give you your passport and bias you must make a photo copy of it and give it back to the consulate.
Puno is about 2.5-3 hours away from Copacabana, making it quite an easy border crossing. It was only $20 Soles for a bus ticket. The bus waits for you to stop in the police station and border control then to walk across the border and get your entry stamp into Bolivia.