Living in La Paz, Bolivia: Safety and Extra Fee Tips--American Woman?

by C. Garner
(USA)

Hello, I want to know about safety tips as an American woman going to La Paz, Bolivia to work for a year. Should I fear anything regarding abuse or mistreatment upon entering the country?

Also, I have read that Americans often find themselves paying extra fees upon entering and leaving the country. How does this system work? Should I expect to have any rights, as a foreigner, in this country?

Is there anything else I should look to expect or questions to ask regarding entering and leaving Bolivia as an American (assuming all passport and visa requirements are accounted for)?


Best regards,
C. Garner

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May 12, 2014
I'm Not Sure Who You Spoke With
by: Alex

I worked previously with an NGO that receives 150+ volunteers a year to Bolivia, maybe half of whom are American.

I never heard of any mistreatment. There is no reason to worry.

Yes, Americans have to pay $135 for the tourist visa. Most Europeans get in free. Apart from that, there's nothing else to expect...

Also, long-term visas suck for everyone. It won't make a difference where you're from.

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