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Plurinational State of Bolivia

 

The Republic of Bulgaria has no functioning embassy in Bolivia. The servicing embassy for Bolivia is the one in Argentina.

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Argentina
Address: Sucre 1568, C1428DUT, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: +54 11 4781 8644; +54 11 4786 6273
Office hours: Mon to Fri, 09.00 - 17.30 h
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/argentina

Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Austria
Address: Waaggasse 10/4 A-1040 Wien – Austria
Telephone: +431 587 4675; +431 586 6800
Fax: +431 5866880
E-mail: [email protected]

Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Bonn, Germany
Address: Konstantinstrasse 16, D5300, Bonn 2 – Germany
Telephone: +228 362038

Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Great Britain
Address: 106 Eaton Square London SW1W 9AD - Great Britain
Telephone: +44171 2354248; +44171 235-2257
Fax: +44171 2351286
E-mail: [email protected]

Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Russia
Address: Lopukhinsky Per. 5 Moscow 119034 - Russian Federation
Telephone: +795 2014846 2012513
Fax: +795 201 2508
E-mail: [email protected]

Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Spain
Address: Calle Velázquez No. 20 - 7o piso 28001 Madrid – Spain
Telephone: +341 5780835; +341 5781018; +341 5781070
Fax: +341 5773946
E-mail: [email protected]

General information

general information

Local currency

Bolivian boliviano (ВОВ)

1 boliviano = 100 centavos

Interesting facts

Bolivia is world's third producer of coca, traditionally used by the population in religious ceremonies and in medicine.

The Constitution of the country recognizes 37 official languages, including Spanish, as well as all languages of the Indian tribes in the territory of Bolivia.

Specifics of legislation

In Bolivia, there exist illegal bars. If one is found in such a bar, he may be detained for interrogation, particularly if drugs were found in the bar. Bolivia is the third largest producer of cocaine in the world, although the use of drugs is illegal. In its efforts to restrict the production, the government imposes severe punishments for the persons accused of illegal trade in or possession of drugs. The minimum sentence for drug trafficking is 8 years.

Road traffic and telecommunications

Transport network covers about 68,000 km roads in very bad condition. A small part of them are paved, but most are dirt roads or roads covered with gravel. The railway network covers about 3,700 km and Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile can be reached by train. However, there are over 1,000 airport terminals for small planes in various regions throughout the country. Over 10 000 km river trade routes in the areas of the Amazon, Paraguay-Parana, Plata are also used.

Telecommunications are under development. Distribution and connection to the Internet are the lowest in the region - about 4.4%.

Climate

The country's climate is very diverse - from tropical in the eastern plains to arctic cold in the western Andes. Summers are hot and humid in the east and dry in the west. Major climate changes were triggered by the climatic phenomenon El Nino.

Travel papers and visas

Your passport should be valid for 6 months after the last day of your stay in the country.

Bulgarian citizens need a visa, unless in transit (24 hours). The tourist visa is valid for 30 days but can be extended to up to 90 days. To obtain Bolivian visa, the following documents are required:

  • Two passport-size photos;
  • Completed application form;
  • Passport with remaining validity of at least 1 year;
  • Paid fee;
  • A return ticket or travel itinerary as a proof of return travel;
  • A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required;
  • Copy of confirmed hotel reservations;
  • Specific purpose visa: a letter from the respective company or institution as evidence of business plans and travel dates.

Note: The rules and required documents change very often. Before travelling it is advisable to seek information from the above listed Bolivian embassies.

When visiting the tropical part of the country, you should have documents proving you have received the required immunizations.

Practical advice

 

Entry and exit stamps are free of charge and any attempts to be charged must be met with polite refusal or request for receipt.

Passport with the visa must be carried at all times, but it is safer to carry a photocopy, not the original.

It is best to carry US Dollars, as sometimes there are difficulties with the exchange of the Euro. Currency can be exchanged at casas de cambio (exchange offices), in some banks in larger cities, travel agencies and some shops. Cambistas (street exchange bureaux) operate in most cities, but exchange Dollars only and tourists should be wary of counterfeit notes and very high fees.

In Bolivia there are illegal bars. If one gets into such a place, he/she may be detained for questioning, especially if drugs were found in there. Bolivia is the third biggest producer of cocaine in the world, although the use of drugs is illegal. In an effort to curb production, the government imposes severe penalties on those convicted of traffic or possession of drugs. The minimal sentence is eight years.

Overall, prices are slightly lower in Bolivia than in neighbouring countries, and the largest costs are those for transportation. Most tourists spend between $ 25 and $ 50 per day.

Competitive service

Certification and Legalisation

In order to be valid in Bulgaria and recognised by the Bulgarian institution any documents issued by the authorities in the Bolivia must bear the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After that they should be certified by the embassy of Bolivia in Brazil. The signature and certification of the embassy of Bolivia in Brazil should be certified at the consular service of the embassy of Bulgaria there.

The documents should then be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria and certified by the Certifications and legalisations department of the Ministry of foreign affairs.

Emergency Travel Document

In case of emergency (lost passport) Bulgarian citizens may seek assistance locally by the diplomatic mission of any EU Member State for the issuance of an Emergency Travel Document.

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