Travel advice for Bolivia.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Bolivia.

Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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in US dollar (USD)

  • Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas

Local currency / ISO Code

Boliviano BOB

Further Information

Credit cards


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Practical Information:


110/220 volt / adapter required

Time difference with Switzerland

- 5 h / - 6 h during our summer time

National language

Official language

Spanish, Quéchua and Aymará

Language capabilities



Sucre and La Paz

Country code for calling Switzerland

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

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


8.30 - 12.00 and 14.30 - 18.00 h (Mon - Fri)


9.00 - 12.30 and 14.30 - 18.30/20.00 (Mon - Fri)

  • 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


  • 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.

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