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Country Information

Bolivia

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
in addition to:
  • Banknotes in US dollar (USD)
    Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • Cash withdrawals often only with a PIN four digit possible.

Credit cards

  • Credit cards accepted in large cities. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Boliviano BOB
Import local currency
unlimited
Import foreign currency
Unlimited; USD 50'000.00 or more (equivalent if authorized by the Banco Central de Bolivia.
Export local currency
unlimited
Export foreign currency
Unlimited; USD 50'000.00 or more (equivalent if authorized by the Banco Central de Bolivia.
Note
  • Travelers are advised to bring cash in US dollar (in small amounts).

Time difference with Switzerland

- 5 h / - 6 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
Spanish, Quéchua and Aymará
Language capabilities
English

Capital

Sucre and La Paz

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110/220 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival, return or onward travel ticket.
Find out in advance about the documents necessary to obtain a visa.
Travelers are advised to carry with them their passport or a photocopy thereof.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

La Paz, Calle 13, esquina Av. 14 de Septiembre
Tel.: +591 2 275 12 25

Opening hours

Banks
8.30 - 12.00 and 14.30 - 18.00 h (Mon - Fri)
Stores
9.00 - 12.30 and 14.30 - 18.30/20.00 (Mon - Fri)

Driving

International driver's license required.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).
Additional risks result from the unpredictable behavior of many road users who often disregard the traffic rules in effect. Particular attention should be paid in La Paz.
Use so-called Radio Taxis (illuminated roof sign displaying the company name and telephone number) or hotel taxis.
Agree on the taxi fare with the driver in advance; possibly inquire about usual fares at the hotel beforehand.

Health situation

Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Year-round risk of malaria throughout the country.
Vaccination against yellow fever, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security
Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.
Relatively high crime rate, especially in the cities La Paz, El Alto and Santa Cruz.
Observe elementary safety precautions.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Avoid nighttime driving.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.