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Country Name: Bolivia
Official Country Name: Plurinational State of Bolivia
Country Code 2-Letters: BO
Country Code 3-Letters: BOL
Street: Avenida Arce 2780
La Paz, Bolivia
Fact sheet: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35751.htm
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  • Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws & Special Circumstances
  • Health
  • Travel & Transportation
Contact
Embassy Name: U.S. Embassy La Paz
Street Address: Avenida Arce 2780
La Paz, Bolivia
Phone: +(591) (2) 216-8000
Emergency Phone: +(591) (2) 216-8000
Fax: +(591) (2) 216-8111
Email: ConsularLaPazACS@state.gov
Web: https://bo.usembassy.gov/

Embassy Messages

La Paz

 


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Quick Facts
Passport Validity:


Six months (as of entry date into the country)


Blank Passport Pages:


One page per stamp


Tourist Visa Required:


Yes


Vaccinations:


Yellow Fever


Currency Restrictions for Entry:


$10,000


Currency Restrictions for Exit:


$10,000

Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy La Paz

Avenida Arce 2780
La Paz, Bolivia
Telephone:
+(591) (2) 216-8000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(591) (2) 216-8000
Fax: +(591) (2) 216-8111
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 08:00 – 17:30 and Friday: 08:00 – 12:00 (except U.S. and local holidays)
Email: 

Consulates

United States Consular Agency, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Radial Castilla S/N (In front of Santo Tomas School soccer
field). Between 3er Anillo Interno y 3er Anillo Externo
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Telephone: +(591) (2) 216-8000 
Emergency after-hours telephone: +(591) 2-216-8000
Fax: +(591) (3) 351-3478
Email: ConsularSantaCruz@state.gov
Hours: Monday and Tuesday: 08:00 – 15:00
Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30 – 15:00, and
Friday: 09:00 – 12:00  (except U.S. and local holidays)

Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Bolivia for information on U.S. – Bolivia relations.

Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements

You need a valid passport for at least six months after entry, and a valid Bolivian visa.

  • With a visitor visa, you may stay for a maximum of 90 days per calendar year.
  • If you plan to work, study, volunteer, or conduct business in Bolivia, you must apply for a separate visa (Specific Purpose Visa).
  • Make sure you obtain entry and exit stamps from the Bolivian authorities every time you enter or exit Bolivia.
  • There are limited flights within Bolivia and to neighboring countries. Flight delays and cancellations are common.
  • Minors with Bolivian citizenship must obtain authorization from the non-traveling parent or parents at a Bolivian Embassy or Consulate to exit Bolivia. All other minors remaining in Bolivia for more than 90 days, regardless of citizenship, must obtain the same authorization. See the U.S. Embassy’s website for more information.

Dual Nationality: Upon entering and/or exiting Bolivia, U.S.-Bolivian citizens may be required to show a valid Bolivian identity document, such as a Bolivian cedula de identidad.

HIV Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to, or foreign residents of Bolivia.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our website.

Safety and Security

Protests, strikes, roadblocks, and other civic actions are common. While protest actions generally begin peacefully, they have the potential to become violent.

When traveling or living in Bolivia, you should:

  • Avoid roadblocks or public demonstrations.
  • Take into consideration the possibility of flight disruptions.
  • Take extra food, water, and warm clothing on road trips.  Roadblocks may occur without warning and could strand you for several days.
  • Monitor Bolivian media and the U.S. Embassy website for updates.

Chapare and Yungas Regions: Organized criminal groups near Coroico and Carnavi cities in Yungas have committed carjackings, resulting in significant harm to foreign citizens. Additionally, government authorities have used force in past confrontations with residents over coca eradication, and pro-coca groups may attempt to target U.S. interests.  Contact the Embassy's Consular Section before traveling to these regions.

Crime: Pick pocketing, assaults following ATM withdrawals, and car theft are common.

  • Express kidnappings, in which tourists are robbed and then forced to withdraw money from ATMs, are common in La Paz.  Use only radio taxis and don’t travel alone, particularly if you’re under the influence of alcohol or it’s late at night.
  • Avoid Coronilla Hill in Cochabamba, next to the main bus terminal, due to high incidences of crime.
  • Use caution if you plan to travel from Copacabana to La Paz by bus. Arrive during daylight hours, verify the final destination, and buy tickets directly at the bus terminal. 
  • Be cautious of anyone introducing themselves as a policeman or even a fellow tourist. Organized criminal groups sometimes pose as police with the intent to rob foreigners.
  • Thefts of bags, wallets, and backpacks are a problem, especially in tourist areas. Thieves distract victims by spraying water on their neck or placing a disagreeable substance on the bag, and trick them into giving up the bag.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy. 

Report crimes to the local police at 110 and contact the U.S. Embassy at (591) (2) 216-8246. After working hours: 216-8500. The National Tourism Police provides free assistance, in English, to tourists. Contact the La Paz office at 800-14-0081. Contact the Cochabamba office at (591) (4) 450-3880.  In the city of Santa Cruz contact Interpol at (591) 3-800-14-0099.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Bolivian authorities are generally required to press official charges within 24 hours of arrest, and to release a detainee within 48 hours if no formal charges are brought. However, investigative and pre-trial periods may drag on indefinitely.

In the case you are arrested in Bolivia, the U.S. Embassy cannot:

  • Obtain your release from custody
  • Provide legal counsel or representation
  • Provide financial assistance
  • Select an attorney
  • Request preferential treatment from Bolivian authorities.

The embassy can:

  • Provide a list of attorneys
  • Visit you in detention
  • Observe your condition
  • Assist with contacting friends and family for support.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

In Bolivia, you may find products made with wild plants and animals. Many of these products could involve protected or endangered species, whose sale and export are illegal. Any protected species that is sold or transported, either live or transformed into food, medicinal beverages, leather, handcrafts, garments, etc., could be seized by Bolivian authorities. Some products, including live animals, require special permits when leaving Bolivia. Knowingly importing into the United States wildlife or plants that were taken from the wild or sold in violation of the laws of Bolivia (or any other country) violates U.S. law.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

  • Under Bolivian law, suspects can be detained for up to 18 months without formal charges during an investigation, and the detention period could be extended beyond 18 months.
  • Legal cases often drag on for years.

Mountain Trekking and Climbing Safety: Many popular trekking routes in the Bolivian Andes are at 16,000 feet or higher. Regardless of medical history or physical fitness, you may experience significant health issues due to the high altitude. Exercise extreme caution when trekking or climbing in Bolivia.

  • Trekkers must have adequate clothing and equipment, not always available locally, and should be experienced mountain travelers.
  • Don’t trek alone. Join an organized group and/or use a reputable firm to obtain an experienced guide and porter.
  • If you develop a severe headache, weakness, vomiting, shortness of breath at rest, cough, chest tightness, or unsteadiness while climbing, descend to a lower altitude immediately, and consider seeking medical attention.
  • Trekkers and climbers should purchase insurance that covers emergency services such as medical evacuations.
  • Satellite communication and internet connectivity can be limited or non-existent. Inform family members of your plans and note that you may not be reachable for extended periods.

Authentication of Documents: The Embassy is prohibited from issuing apostilles or authenticating U.S. or Bolivian-issued documents, such as birth, marriage or death certificates, or driver’s licenses. For information on where to obtain an apostille on a U.S. document, please click here.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: The Bolivian constitution prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Few buildings and streets are accessible by wheelchair. Sidewalks and ramps are often in disrepair. Most public transportation vehicles are ill-adapted.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: Bolivia has one of the highest domestic violence rates against women in South America. A very high percentage of women have experienced intimate partner violence. See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Health

Bolivia is subject to extreme drought and shortage. During the dry season, many neighborhoods, particularly in La Paz, Potosi, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca, and Oruro, may not have regular running water.

Medical care in large cities is adequate, but of varying quality. Medical facilities are generally not equipped to handle serious medical conditions, and risk of infection is high.

  • Ambulance services are limited to non-existent.
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications are widely available. However, many pharmacies only stock generic brands.
  • Much of Bolivia is 10,000 feet above sea level and higher. Consult your healthcare provider for recommendations concerning medication and high altitude tips.
  • Water treatment methods do not meet U.S. standards. Avoid consuming unfiltered tap water.
  • Sanitize all produce, and ensure all meat products are completely cooked, due to higher risks of salmonella or other contaminants.

Medical Tourism: Undergoing elective cosmetic procedures in Bolivia presents significant risks. The blood supply and regulation of doctors and medical services do not meet U.S. standards in many areas. Visit the CDC Medical Tourism page for more information.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

The U.S. Embassy does not pay or provide loans for medical evacuations. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, verify with the Government of Bolivia the medication is legal in Bolivia. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

The following diseases are prevalent:

  • Malaria
  • Dengue
  • Rabies
  • Yellow fever
  • Chikungunya
  • Zika

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

Travel & Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Use extreme caution when driving on roadways. Few highways have shoulders, fencing or barriers, and lane markings are minimal. Even when lanes are marked, it is common for drivers to disregard them.

  • Although La Paz, Santa Cruz, and Cochabamba are connected by highways, most roads in Bolivia are unpaved.
  • Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for trips outside major cities.
  • Travel during the rainy season (November-March) is difficult, as most routes have potholes, and roads and bridges may be washed out.
  • Other dangers include poor maintenance and overloaded vehicles, lack of lights on some vehicles, and intoxicated or overly tired drivers, including commercial bus and truck drivers.
  • Stop signs are rare, and drivers commonly disregard red lights, particularly at night.

Traffic Laws: Most drivers lack formal training. Maintain situational awareness on the roads and employ defensive driving skills.

  • Drivers do not normally yield to pedestrians.
  • If you are involved in a traffic accident, stay at the scene until local police arrive. Leaving the scene is illegal under Bolivian law. The police may assess a percentage of fault to you relative to their assessment of your responsibility for the incident.

Public Transportation: Although violent assaults on public transportation are rare, petty theft is common.

  • Avoid taking unlicensed taxis, and use radio taxis whenever possible.
  • The majority of intercity travel is by minibus, with varying levels of safety and service. Bus accidents are responsible for death and severe injuries. The old Yungas road is considered one of the most dangerous routes in the world.

See our Road Safety page for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight:

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Bolivia’s Civil Aviation Authority to be in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Bolivia’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information
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Washington, DC (202) 232-4827 (202) 232-4828 (202) 232-8017

Houston, TX (832) 916-4200 (832) 916-4201

Los Angeles, CA (213) 388-0957 (213) 388-0475 (213) 384-6272

Miami, FL (305) 358-6303 (305) 358-6304 (305) 374-6305

New York, NY (212) 687-0530 (212) 687-0531 (212) 986-3280 (646) 430-5132 (212) 687-0532

San Juan, PR (787) 722-5449/3504 (787) 723-8457

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Hague Questions | Learn More Links
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention? Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention? No
Learn why the Hague Abduction Convention Matters: /content/travel/en/International-Parental-Child-Abduction/for-providers/laws/important-feat-hague-abdtn-conv.html

General Information

For information concerning travel to Bolivia, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Bolivia.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

 

Hague Abduction Convention

Bolivia is a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention). The U.S. and Bolivia are not partners under the Convention nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Bolivia and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.

Return

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  The government of Bolivia maintains information about custody, visitation, and family law.

Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Bolivia and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction.  For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child.  The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.

Contact information:

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues
CA/OCS/CI
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Fax: 202-485-6221
Website 
Email: AskCI@state.gov

Parental child abduction is a crime in Bolivia.  Here is Bolivia’s penal code that addresses international parental child abduction.

Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court.  Please see Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.

Visitation/Access

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Bolivia and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.

The Office of Children’s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States.  Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Bolivia for information and possible assistance.

Retaining an Attorney

Neither the Office of Children’s Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Bolivia are authorized to provide legal advice.

The U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia posts a list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list.  Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

Mediation

In Bolivia, neither government agencies nor non-governmental organizations offer mediation services in parental child abduction cases.

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  • How To Adopt
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  • After Adoption
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Hague Questions
Hague Adoption Convention Country? Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
Hague Convention Information

Bolivia is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption ( Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore all adoptions between Bolivia and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.

One of the requirements of the Convention is to have access to an authorized adoption agency in Bolivia to process inter-country adoptions. Unfortunately, to this date the Bolivian Government has not implemented regulations for international adoptions nor authorized any U.S. adoption agencies to operate in this country, making the process very difficult if not impossible. If your plan is to adopt a child and immediately go back to the U.S. you must meet all the requirements of the Convention.

Note: Special transition provisions apply to adoptions initiated before April 1, 2008. Learn more.

U.S. Immigration Requirements For Intercountry Adoptions

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Bolivia, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.

Who Can Adopt

Adoption between the United States and Bolivia is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Therefore to adopt from Bolivia, you must first be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn more.

In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Bolivia also has the following requirements for prospective adoptive parents:

  • RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: U.S. citizens must be legal residents of Bolivia in order to adopt in Bolivia.
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS: Prospective adoptive parents must be between 25 to 50 years of age or 15 years older than the adopted child to adopt a child in Bolivia.
  • MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS: Bolivia allows both married and single people to adopt.

Who Can Be Adopted

Because Bolivia is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Bolivia must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. For example, the Convention requires that Bolivia attempt to place a child with a family in-country before determining that a child is eligible for intercountry adoption. In addition to Bolivia's requirements, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adopteefor you to bring him or her back to the United States.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

ABANDONMENT REQUIREMENTS:

In order to be eligible for adoption, a Bolivian child must be "abandoned." Abandonment is a legal finding made by the Bolivian court, and must occur before the child is assigned to prospective adoptive parents. In effect, this prohibits so-called "direct" adoptions, in which the birth parent gives a child directly (or via an intermediary) to specific prospective adoptive parents for adoption. In addition, this effectively bars adoptive parents from searching for and locating a child on their own. Prospective adoptive parents must work with the Vice-Ministry of Gender and Generational Affairs to locate a child that is eligible for adoption.

WAITING PERIOD

Adoption proceedings can, by law, take from 25 to 45 working days from the date of the first hearing, although it is not uncommon for the procedures to take even longer. The length of the process often depends on which court has jurisdiction over the case.

How To Adopt

BOLIVIA'S ADOPTION AUTHORITY

The governmental authority responsible for adoption matters in Bolivia is the Vice-Ministry of Gender and Generational Affairs (Viceministerio de Género y Asuntos Generacionales), which may be reached via the following contact information:

THE PROCESS

Because Bolivia is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adopting from Bolivia must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention's requirements. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is given below. You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements.

NOTE: If you filed your I-600a with BoliviaY before April 1, 2008, the Hague Adoption Convention may not apply to your adoption. Your adoption could continue to be processed in accordance with the immigration regulations for non-Convention adoptions. Learn more.

  1. Choose an Accredited Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
  3. Be Matched with a Child
  4. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Immigration to the United States
  5. Adopt the Child in Bolivia
  6. Bring your Child Home
  1. Choose an Accredited Adoption Service Provider: 

    The first step in adopting a child from Bolivia is to select an adoption service provider in the United States that has been accredited. Only these agencies and attorneys can provide adoption services between the United States and Bolivia. Learn more.

  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt:

    After you choose an accredited adoption service provider, you apply to be found eligible to adopt (Form I-800A) by the U.S. Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn how.

    Once the U.S. government determines that you are "eligible" and "suitable" to adopt, you or your agency will forward your information to the adoption authority in Bolivia. Bolivia's adoption authority will review your application to determine whether you are also eligible to adopt under Bolivia's law.

  3. Be Matched with a Child:

    If both the United States and Bolivia determine that you are eligible to adopt, and a child is available for intercountry adoption, the central adoption authority in Bolivia may provide you with a referral for a child. Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of the particfular child and provide a permanent family placement for the referred child.

    Once the prospective adoptive parents are matched with a child, they must then apply to the Bolivian court that has jurisdiction over the child. A Bolivian attorney must submit the request for adoption to the Vice-Ministry of Gender and Generational Affairs along with a copy a social worker's report of the prospective adoptive child.

  4. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption:

    After you accept a match with a child, you will apply to the U.S Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for provisional approval to adopt that particular child (Form I-800). USCIS will determine whether the child is eligible under U.S. law to be adopted and enter the United States. Learn how.

    After this, your adoption service provider or you will submit a visa application for to a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy. The Consular Officer will review the child's information and evaluate the child for possible visa ineligibilities. If the Consular Office determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States, he/she will notify the Bolivia's adoption authority (Article 5 letter). For Convention country adoptions, prospective adoptive parent(s) may not proceed with the adoption or obtain custody for the purpose of adoption until this takes place.

    Remember: The Consular Officer will make a final decision about the immigrant visa later in the adoption process. 

  5. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Bolivia:

    Remember: Before you adopt (or gain legal custody of) a child in Bolivia, you must have completed the above four steps. Only after completing these steps, can you proceed to finalize the adoption or grant of custody for the purposes of adoption in Bolivia.

    The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Bolivia generally includes the following:

    • ROLE OF THE ADOPTION AUTHORITY: Once the final adoption decree has been issued, the adoption is recorded in a national registry maintained by the Vice-Ministry of Gender and Generational Affairs. At this point, at least one of the adoptive parents will need to the I-800A and I-800 in the United States with the Department of Homeland Security. If approved, the 800 petition will be returned to the Consular Section's Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit in La Paz for visa processing. The Immigrant Visa Unit will then coordinate with the adoptive parents to arrange an immigrant visa interview on behalf of the child. For further information regarding U.S. immigration requirements and how to apply for a visa for adoptive children, please see the sections below entitled "U.S. Immigration Requirements" and "Applying for a Visa for Your Child at the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia."
    • TIME FRAME: Bolivian adoptions can be time-consuming. Recent experience suggests that the total time required will be several months to over one year. When a married couple is adopting, it is sufficient for one spouse to remain in Bolivia for the duration of the adoption process; it is not necessary that both do so. However, both adoptive parents must be present for the preliminary hearing on provisional placement, the evaluation, and the ratification of the adoption by the court. At least one prospective adoptive parent should plan to stay in Bolivia for approximately four to six weeks. Adoptive parents are advised NOT to make travel plans for an adoptive child until they have the child's U.S. visa. The Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz will do its best to process adoption visa paperwork quickly; however, unexpected delays in the adoption process are possible. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and consular officials have no authority to intervene in any Bolivian legal process.
    • ADOPTION FEES: In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process, your agency will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process.

      The U.S. Embassy in Bolivia discourages the payment of any fees that are not properly receipted, "donations," or "expediting" fees, that may be requested from prospective adoptive parents. Such fees have the appearance of "buying" a baby and put all future adoptions in Bolivia at risk.
    • DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: The following is a general list of documents that are required for adoption in Bolivia. Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that other documents may be required. Prospective adoptive parents are advised to have several extra copies of each document on hand when traveling to Bolivia. Documents to be submitted by the prospective adoptive parents include (but are not limited to) the following:
      • The adoptive parents' birth certificates;
      • The adoptive parents' marriage certificate(s), if applicable;
      • Home study conducted by an approved adoption service provider;
      • Physical and psychological health certificates;
      • Financial and employment certifications
      • 2-3 Personal references and police clearances;
      • Evidence that prospective parent(s) has participated in and completed a parenting workshop (this may be undertaken in the United States).

      Each document must be authenticated in the United States (see the following section for information regarding the authentication of documents).

      NOTE: Additional documents may be requested. If you are asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic, we can help. Learn how.

  6. Bringing Your Child Home:

    Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for three documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States:

    • Birth Certificate 
      You will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child, so that you can later apply for a passport. Your name will be added to the new birth certificate. 
    • Bolivian Passport 
      Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Bolivia.
    • U.S. Immigrant Visa 
      After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to apply for an U.S. visa from the United States Embassy for your child. After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted, visit the U.S Embassy for final review and approval of the child's I-800 petition and to obtain a visa for the child. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you. As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the "Panel Physician's" medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage.

      Prospective adoptive parents should advise the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia when Bolivian adoption formalities have been completed and provide the Consular Section with originals and one set of copies of the documents listed below.
      • Original Birth Certificate of the child;
      • Original New Birth Certificate of the child;
      • Medical Certificate of the child;
      • Copy of valid passports of adoptive parents;
      • Copy of child's Bolivian passport;
      • Final Decree of Adoption of the child; and
      • Other documents as requested by consular officials.

      Note: Visa issuance after the final interview now generally takes at least 24 hours and it will not normally be possible to provide the visa to adoptive parents on the day of the interview. Adoptive parents should verify current processing times at the appropriate consulate or embassy before making final travel arrangements.

CHILD CITIZENSHIP ACT

For adoptions finalized abroad: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your child to acquire American citizenship when he or she enters the United States as lawful permanent residents.

For adoptions to be finalized in the United States: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your child to typically acquire American citizenship when the U.S. state court issues the final adoption decree. We urge your family to finalize the adoption in a U.S. State court as quickly as possible.

*Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible. Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting.

Learn more about the Child Citizenship Act.

Traveling Abroad

APPLYING FOR YOUR U.S. PASSPORT

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Bolivia. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print-all in one place.

OBTAINING YOUR VISA

In addition to a U.S. passport, you also need to obtain a visa. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit. Where required, visas are attached to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.

To find information about obtaining a visa for Bolivia, see the Department of State's Country Specific Information.

STAYING SAFE ON YOUR TRIP

Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The State Department is a good place to start.

The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

STAYING IN TOUCH ON YOUR TRIP

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to register your trip with the Department of State. Travel registration makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there's a family emergency in the United States, or a crisis in Bolivia, registration assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Registration is free and can be done online.

After Adoption

What does Bolivia require of the adoptive parents after the adoption?

We strongly urge you to comply with the wish of Bolivia and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to that country's history of positive experiences with American parents.

What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

Here is a good place to start your support group search:

Note: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Bolivia
American Embassy - Consular Section
Avenida Arce 2780, between calles Cordero and Campos
La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivia's Adoption Authority
Av. 16 de Julio #1219
La Paz, Bolivia
Telephone: 591 - 2 - 212 4725; 591- 2 -212 4727
Email: vicejunite@alamo.entelnet.bo

Embassy of Bolivia in the United States:
3014 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 483-4410

*Bolivia also has Consulates General in Houston, Miami, New York, Oklahoma City and Seattle

Office of Children's Issues
U.S. Department of State  
CA/OCS/CI  
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
E-mail: AskCI@state.gov http://adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)

1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)

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Classifications
Visa Classifications

 
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 24 Months
A-2 None Multiple 24 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 A None One 3 Months
E-2C 12 None One 3 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 24 Months
G-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-3 None Multiple 24 Months
G-4 None Multiple 24 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 24 Months
N-9 None Multiple 24 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8

Country Specific Footnotes

Country Specific Footnotes

  1. The Government of Bolivia has given notice of termination, effective June 10, 2012, for the bilateral investment treaty between the United States and Bolivia. As of June 10, 2012, the treaty ceased to have effect except that it continues to apply for another 10 years after that date to covered investments existing as of June 10, 2012. Posts must request an advisory opinion from CA/VO/L/A if the applicant: (1) previously has not received an E-2 visa or acquired E-2 status in the United States, or (2) is applying on the basis of an investment in a different commercial enterprise than the enterprise identified at the time the applicant qualified for the last E-2 visa or (if no previous E-2 visa) the change of nonimmigrant status to E-2.

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Visa Category Footnotes

  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

General Documents | Birth, Death, Burial Certificates | Marriage, Divorce Certificates
General Documents

The following certificates are issued by the Civil Registry Offices (Oficialías de Registro Civil) and/or SERECI (Servicio de Registro Cívico):

1. Birth Certificate
2. Marriage Certificate
3. Divorce Certificate (On the back of the Marriage Certificate)
4. Death Certificate

The same special security standardized pre-printed format and paper stock is used.

All Bolivian documents must comply with the following specifications:

  • Birth/Death/Marriage/Divorce Certificates must be issued within the last year at the time of the interview.
  • Certificates issued by FELCC/FELCN/REJAP must be issued within the last year at the time of the interview.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  Local currency 50 Bs. (USD 7)

Document Name: CERTIFICADO DE NACIMIENTO

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry Offices (Oficialías de Registro Civil y Oficinas del Servicio de Registro Civil SERECI sereci.oep  or  gob.bo/tramite

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Pale gray color - Micro printing: SERVICIO DE REGISTRO CIVICO TRIBUNAL SUPREMO ELECTORAL
  • Logo for the Servicio de Registro Civico on the upper left corner.
  • Serial type and year on the upper right corner.
  • Certificate number on the upper center ( usually seven numbers preceded by N°)
  • Serial number on the lower left corner disappears if rubbed.
  • At the bottom stamp name, ID number and signature of Civil Registry Officer. Also, number of Oficialia Computarizada de Registro Civil.
  • Same special security standardized pre-printed format and paper stock for Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate.
  • Coat of arms watermarked in the center.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Civil Registry Officer (Oficial de Registro Civil)

Registration Criteria:

  • Certificate of Live Birth
  • Father and/or mother or legal guardian with valid ID's must be present.
  • Child must be present.
  • Fill out a request form at the Civil Registry Office.
  • 2 witnesses over 18 might be also required. (No blood relation)
  • According to law 2616 registry can be carried out until minor is 12 (Late registry).

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Must be obtained personally and present current and valid Bolivian ID or
  • A representative of the interested party with a power of attorney.

Certified Copies Available: For current certificates. No copies of previously issued records.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:

  • Bolivian birth certificates must be issued within the last year at the time of the interview. The certificates must be computerized to be valid. Handwritten certificates will not be accepted.
  • According to the Supreme Decree of April 5, 1945, anyone born before 1940 could have the birth entered in the record of the Registro Civil by presenting after a legal procedure, a petition to the judge. The former Oficina Municipal de Estadística (Municipal Statistical Office), established before the Registro Civil for the registration of all births located in La Paz, was closed in 1940. Therefore, the administrative process should be conducted at the Main SERECI Office in La Paz - Plaza Venezuela N°23 (Downtown La Paz) in order to obtain a valid updated computerized certificate.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: Local currency 51 Bs. (USD 7)

Document Name: CERTIFICADO DE DEFUNCIÓN

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry Offices in all cities throughout Bolivia. (Oficialías de Registro Civil - Oficinas del Servicio de Registro Civil - SERECI) sereci.oep or gob.bo/tramite

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Pale gray color - Microprinting: SERVICIO DE REGISTRO CIVICO TRIBUNAL SUPREMO ELECTORAL
  • Serial number on the lower left corner disappears if rubbed.
  • Certificate number on the upper center ( usually six nubers preceded by N°)
  • At the bottom right stamp name, ID number and signature  of Civil Registry Officer and number of Oficialia Computarizada de Registro Civil.
  • At the bottom left corner QR code.
  • Same special security standardized pre-printed format and paper stock for Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate.
  • Coat of arms watermarked in the center.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Civil Registry Officer (Oficial de Registro Civil)

Registration Criteria: A medical death report is necessary. The Certificado de Defunción may be obtained from the office of the Civil Registry in all cases of death occurring within Bolivian territory as long as it has been properly registered/recorded.

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Must be obtained personally and present current and valid Bolivian ID or
  • A representative of the interested party with a power of attorney.

Certified Copies Available:  For close relatives.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:

  • Death Certificate indicates TOD, COD, MD and subject requesting registry.
  • When late registrations (after 24 hours) a Judicial Order is required.
  • Handwritten certificates are not valid.
  • Bolivian death certificates must be issued within the last year at the time of the interview.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees:  Local currency 51 Bs. (USD 7)

Document Name: CERTIFICADO DE MATRIMONIO

Issuing Authority: Oficialías de Registro Civil - Oficinas del Servicio de Registro Civil (SERECI) sereci.oep  or  gob.bo/tramite

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Pale gray color - Microprinting: SERVICIO DE REGISTRO CIVICO TRIBUNAL SUPREMO ELECTORAL
  • Serial number on the lower left corner disappears if rubbed.
  • At the bottom stamp name, ID number and signature of Civil Registry Officer. Also number of Oficialia Computarizada de Registro Civil.
  • Same special security standardized pre-printed format and paper stock for Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate.
  • Coat of arms watermarked in the center.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Civil Registry Officer (Oficial de Registro Civil)

Registration Criteria: Marriage is registered as soon as it is celebrated.

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Must be obtained personally and present current and valid Bolivian ID or
  • A representative of the interested party with a power of attorney.

Certified Copies Available: Yes. Previous marriage and divorce processes.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:

  • Previous marital status for both, nationality and DOB is indicated on Marriage Certificate.
  • Handwritten certificates are not valid.
  • Bolivian marriage certificates must be issued within the last year at the time of the interview.
  • Under Bolivian Law (LAW No 603 Article 137) cohabitating couples and common-law relationships are considered equal to civil marriages under Bolivian law and entitled to all of the same benefits and rights. Therefore, common-law and cohabitation relationships in Bolivia are recognized by the U.S. government as legal marriages for immigration purposes.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: Local currency 51 Bs. (USD 7)

Document Name: CANCELACIÓN DE LA PARTIDA DE MATRIMONIO - CERTIFICADO DE DIVORCIO

Issuing Authority: Oficialías de Registro Civil - Oficinas del Servicio de Registro Civil (SERECI) sereci.oep

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Pale gray color - Microprinting: SERVICIO DE REGISTRO CIVICO TRIBUNAL SUPREMO ELECTORAL
  • At the bottom stamp and signature indicating name of Civil Registry Officer and number of Oficialia Computarizada de Registro Civil.
  • Divorce certificate information is printed on the back of the Marriage Certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Civil Registry Officer (Oficial de Registro Civil)

Registration Criteria: Once the decree of final divorce is effective, the record of marriage is dissolved or annulled at the Civil Registry by appropriate annotation and divorce certificate can be issued.

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Must be obtained personally and present current and valid Bolivian ID or
  • A representative of the interested party with a power of attorney.

Certified Copies Available: Previous marriages and divorces.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:

  • Divorce certificate is printed on the back of the Marriage Certificate with 3sections:
            1) Dissolution 2) Annulment 3) Notarial Divorce
  • Handwritten certificates are not valid.
  • Bolivian divorce certificates must be issued within the last year at the time of the interview.

Adoption Certificates | Identity Card | Police, Court, Prison Records | Military Records
Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: SENTENCIA DE ADOPCIÓN

Issuing Authority: Minor and Adolescent Judge Court (Juzgado del Menor)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Stamp and signature of Judge
  • Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge for Minors and Adolescents (Juez de la Niñez y Adolescencia)
  • Registration Criteria: Variable
  • Procedure for Obtaining:
    • Couple must hire a lawyer and request adoption thru lawyer to the Minor and Adolescent Judge Court.
    • Social worker and family psychologist present a formal report on adoption petition and eligibility.
    • Judge makes decision and issues Adoption Sentence.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: There is no procedure for obtaining.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:

  • Sentencia de Adopción must be executed to be valid. (Debe estar ejecutoriada)
  • No international adoption in effect or adoption agencies operating at the moment though Bolivia and the US are part of the Hague Convention.

Identity Card

Available

Fees: Local currency 17 Bs. (2.5 USD)

Document Name: CÉDULA DE IDENTIDAD

Issuing Authority: SEGIP (SERVICIO GENERAL DE IDENTIFICACIÓN DE PERSONAL) National Identification Services

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Green plastic standardized card
  • Microprinting: ESTADO PLURINACIONAL DE BOLIVIA in red and below CÉDULA DE IDENTIDAD

FRONT:

  • Digitized and integrated photo on the left
  • Bar code on the lower left corner
  • ID number in red below photo preceded by N°
  • Date of validity below number
  • Coat of arms watermark in the center within a circle
  • Subject signature at the bottom center
  • Right thumb fingerprint on the right

BACK:

  • Coat of arms watermark in the center within a circle
  • Signature of the Regional Director
  • Information on full name, DOB, POB, marital status, occupation and address.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Regional Director (Director Departamental).

Registration Criteria: Usually new records are registered for minors with a birth certificate and both parents present.

Procedure for Obtaining: if not already in the SEGIP system, present a birth certificate and a bank deposit in advance. Request in person:  segip.gob

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Police Certificate:  CERTIFICADO DE ANTECEDENTES DE LA FUERZA ESPECIAL DE LUCHA CONTRA EL CRIMEN (FELCC)

Available: To those 16 and older.

Fees: Local currency 25 Bs. (4 USD)

Document Name: CERTIFICADO DE ANTECEDENTES DE LA FUERZA ESPECIAL DE LUCHA CONTRA EL CRIMEN (FELCC)

Issuing Authority: Police Record Registry Offices from the Bolivian National Police

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Green special security standardized pre-printed format and paper stock.
  • Current photo on the upper right corner (Not digitized or integrated)
  • Usually seal over photo and ID number on photo
  • Color shifting sticker next to serial number on top.
  • Few security fibers
  • Right thumb fingerprint on the left
  • If there are records, report is usually in the back.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chief of Registry Office and Chief of Police Record Registry (Jefe Departamento de Registros y Jefe de la División de Certificación de Registro y Antecedentes Policiales).

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:

Must be obtained personally and present current and valid Bolivian ID and current photo 4x4 cm.in red background. For more information go to gob.bo/tramite.

Certified Copies Available: Current certificate has all previous records.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:

  • For immigrant visa processing, the Consular Section in Bolivia requires:
    • 1) Certificado de Antecedentes de la Fuerza Especial de Lucha Contra el Crimen (FELCC) which covers the records from the Bolivian National Police ,           
    • 2) Certificado de Antecedentes de la Fuerza Especial de la Lucha Contra el Narcotráfico (FELCN) which covers all records from the Antinarcotic Offices and
    • 3) Informe de Antecedentes Penales del Registro Judicial de Antecedentes Penales (REJAP) which covers all the records from the Judicial/Court system.
  • Certificates issued by FELCC/FELCN/REJAP must be issued within the last year at the time of the interview.

 

Police Certificates - Narcotic Certificates - CERTIFICADO DE ANTECEDENTES DE LA FUERZA ESPECIAL DE LUCHA CONTRA EL NARCOTRÁFICO (FELCN)

Available: To those 16 and older.

Fees: Local currency 25 Bs. (4 USD)

Document Name: CERTIFICADO DE ANTECEDENTES DE LA FUERZA ESPECIAL DE LUCHA CONTRA EL NARCOTRÁFICO (FELCN)

Issuing Authority: Police Record Registry Offices from the Bolivian National Police - FELCN Offices (Antinarcotic Offices)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Special security standardized pre-printed format and paper stock.
  • Current photo on the upper right corner (Not digitized or integrated)
  • Logo of the institution in the center
  • Few security fibers
  • Microprinting: DIRECCIÓN NACIONAL DE FISCALIZACIONES Y RECAUDACIONES POLICÍA BOLIVIANA
  • Right thumb fingerprint on the left
  • If there are records, report is in the back 

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Revising Officer (Possible only 1 of the 2 signatures)

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:

Must be obtained personally and present current and valid Bolivian ID and current photo 4x4 cm. in red background. For more information go to  felcn.gob  or  gob.bo/tramite

Certified Copies Available: Current certificate has all previous records.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Certificates issued by Fuerza Especial de Lucha Contra el Narcotráfico (FELCN) must be issued within the last year.

 

Court Records

Available:  To those 16 and older.

Fees: Local Currency 50 Bs. (USD 7)

Document Name: INFORME DE ANTECEDENTES PENALES del REGISTRO JUDICIAL DE ANTECEDENTES PENALES (REJAP)

Issuing Authority: Dirección Nacional de Registro de Antecedentes Penales.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Security standardized pre-printed format and paper stock.
  • Bar code on top below title INFORME DE ANTECEDENTES PENALES
  • Red serial number on the upper right corner (part of the pre-printed format)
  • Colored Bolivian coat of arms on the upper left corner
  • signatures from two (2) judicial authorities

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: National and District Officers for the Penal Record Registry (Usually Responsable REJAP Nacional y Encargado del REJAP).

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  

Must be obtained personally and present current and valid Bolivian ID. It can be processed in Bolivian diplomatic offices in the United States..

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available. All information on records is registered on this certificate.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:

  • Locally process takes 24 to 48 hours (1-2 working days).
  • Certificate issued by Registro Judicial de Antecedentes Penales(REJAP) must be issued within the last year at the time of the interview.

 

Prison Records

Available: Yes. To those 16 and older.

Fees: Local Currency 50 Bs. (USD 7)

Document Name: INFORME DE ANTECEDENTES PENALES del REGISTRO JUDICIAL DE ANTECEDENTES PENALES (REJAP)

Issuing Authority: Dirección Nacional de Registro de Antecedentes Penales.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Security standardized pre-printed format and paper stock.
  • Bar code on top below title INFORME DE ANTECEDENTES PENALES
  • Red serial number on the upper right corner (part of the pre-printed format)
  • Colored Bolivian coat of arms on the upper left corner
  • Signatures from two (2) judicial authorities

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: National and District Officers for the Penal Record Registry (Responsable Nacional y Responsable Distrital del Registro de Antecedentes Penales)

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  

Must be obtained personally and present current and valid Bolivian ID. It can be processed in Bolivian diplomatic offices in the United States..

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available. All information on records is registered on this certificate.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:

  • Locally process takes 24 to 48 hours (1-2 working days).
  • Certificate issued by Registro Judicial de Antecedentes Penales(REJAP) must be issued within the last year at the time of the interview. 

Military Records

  • Unavailable

Passports & Other Travel Documents | Other Records | Visa Issuing Posts | Visa Services
Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available: Regular

Fees: Around 485 Bs. (Around 72 USD)

Document Name: PASAPORTE REGULAR

Issuing Government Authority: General Immigration Direction (Dirección General de Inmigración)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Not an E-passport
  • Color: Bordeaux
  • 32 pages
  • Bio data on page 2 with digitized and integrated photo also bar code and MRP section
  • Passport assembly in the middle pages 16/17

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Bolivian Immigration Office

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Request in person. Applicant will be asked to make deposits after verifications. migracion.gob.bo

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:

The issuing center for Bolivian passports for Central & North America is the Bolivian Consulates in Washington, DC. This process is valid since December 2011.

Other Records

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: US Embassy

Address: 2780 Arce Avenue

Phone Number: 591-2-2168000

Email IV: consularlapaziv@state.gov

Email NIV: consularlapazniv@state.gov

Visa Services: IV and NIV

Comments / Additional Information:

HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1700 - Friday 0800 to 1200 (No interviews)

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Bolivia.