If you plan to work in Bolivia you must not travel to Bolivia on a tourist visa. ALL foreigners in visa groups 2 and 3, must request a specific purpose visa (visa de objeto determinado) if they plan to live and work in Bolivia.
If you travel to Bolivia on a tourist visa, and then decide you'd like to stay in the country to live and work, requesting residency will be very complicated and difficult. Bolivian law does not allow you to change your migratory status once you have already arrived in the country. This is why it is very important you arrive on the correct visa if you plan to live and work here. If you request a visa de objeto determinado (specific purpose visa, needed for applying to residency) after entering the country on a different visa, (and IF the Bolivian Immigration Service agrees to exceptionally
void your tourist visa and issue you a specific purpose visa, you will be charged approximately Bs. 2500 to obtain one.
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| Group 3THERE IS ACTUALLY NO SUCH THING AS A "WORK VISA"
The specific purpose visa, which you will need if you plan to live here, is not a work visa. It is simply a travel visa (or visa for entry into the country). It gives you only 30 days to be in Bolivia, during which time you must begin your residency application process. Some people incorrectly call it a work visa because it is the visa you need to enter the country with if you plan to work here.
If you plan to work in Bolivia, the government requires you register your work contract (or, if self-employed, your company incorporation papers) with the Ministry of Labor. You will process this at the Ministry of Labor once your application for residency has been approved. This work permit is also sometimes mistakenly called a work visa.
Because people tend to call both of these documents a work visa, it causes a lot confusion among foreigners. However the easy way to avoid confusion is this: there is no such thing as a work visa. This page was last updated on 3 July 2015.