Bolivia – key data
Area: 1,098,581 km² (land: 1,083,301 km², water: 15,280 km²)
Population: 10.1 million residents (July 2011, CIA)
Population density: 9.2 people per km²
Population growth: 1.694% per year (2011, CIA)
Capital: Sucre (232,670 residents, 2006)
Seat of government: La Paz (877,363 residents, 2008)
Highest point: Nevado Sajama, 6,542 m
Lowest point: Rio Paraguay, 90 m
Form of government: According to ehistorylib, Bolivia has been a presidential republic since 1967. The current constitution dates from 1994. The bicameral parliament (Congreso Nacional) consists of the Senate (Camara de Senadores) with 27 members and the House of Representatives (Camara de Diputados) with 130 members. A legislative period lasts 5 years. The head of state is directly elected every 5 years, there is no re-election. Bolivia has been independent from Spain since August 6, 1825.
Administrative division: 9 departamentos: Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Oruro, Pando, Potosi, Santa Cruz and Tarija.
Head of Government and Head of State: Evo Morales, since January 22, 2006
Language: The official language in Bolivia is Spanish, the Indian languages Aimará, Tupi-Guarani and Quechua are also widely spoken. Some business people and officials also speak English.
Religion: The state religion in Bolivia is Catholicism, which is followed by 95 percent of the population. There are about 50,000 Protestants in the country, and some Baha’i.
Local time: CET -5h. There is no summer or winter time change in Bolivia.
The time difference to Central Europe is -5 hours in winter and -6 hours in summer.
Telephone code: +591
Mains voltage: 220 V, 50 Hz; in La Paz: 110/220 V, 50 Hz; in Potosí: 110 V. Most hotels in Bolivia are equipped with two-pole sockets for both currents. Power fluctuations can occur.
Bolivia – entry requirements
is generally required for travel in Bolivia. The passport (or the temporary passport) must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry. An identity card is not sufficient when entering Bolivia.
Citizens of EU countries, Turkey and Switzerland do not need a visa for tourist trips with a maximum stay of 90 days in Bolivia. When entering the country by land, however, it can happen that only a residence permit of 30 days is entered in the passport. However, this permit can be extended up to twice by 30 days at the Bolivian immigration authorities.
Tourists from Germany are allowed to stay in Bolivia for up to 90 days per year. Several entries and exits per year are allowed.
Citizens of Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic can travel up to 30 days in Bolivia without a visa. Citizens of Bulgaria, Romania and Malta always need a visa.
Riron,who would normally require a visa do not need a transit visa if they have not left the transit area, are flying on within 24 hours and can present valid onward or return travel documents. however, nationals of China always require a transit visa.
Business travelers need a visa for Bolivia (visa de objeto determinado). Business travelers can stay in the country for up to 180 days per year.
Entry with children :
For accompanying children, the same visa requirements apply as for their parents. This means that the children’s travel documents must also be valid for another 6 months upon entry.
Minors who are traveling with only one parent with custody or traveling alone should be able to present a written power of attorney from their legal representative.
Germany: a child’s passport is accepted. German child ID cards are not accepted in Bolivia.
Austria: Children need their own passport.
Switzerland: Children need their own passport.
Foreign visitors must have sufficient funds for their trip.
Tourists older than 12 months who want to travel to yellow fever prone areas of the country must have a valid yellow fever vaccination. The yellow fever vaccination must be given no later than 10 days before entry. However, it is also advisable to be able to prove a yellow fever vaccination for trips that do not lead to Bolivian yellow fever areas, as not all officials are aware of the current vaccination regulations.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate can also be requested when leaving Bolivia for Argentina or Brazil. So keep your vaccination certificate to hand at the borders. For more information on recommended vaccinations, see the Bolivia – Health and Diseases chapter.
Entry with pets :
dogs, cats and birds require a health certificate from the country of origin when importing into Bolivia, which proves that the animal is disease-free.