Can I send only a copy of my passport to get a visa to visit Bolivia?

by Andreea
(Dubai, UAE)

I am planning to go to Bolivia for 15 days. I have a Romanian passport and I am resident in Dubai, UAE. There is no embassy here; the closest one is in Cairo. I am a bit affraid to send my passport and plus, because of the nature of my job I have business travels so I might need my passport anytime. Please advise!

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May 23, 2018
You must send your original passport
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately, the visa must be affixed to your original passport. However, you can get the tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Bolivia, when you are from a country that doesn't have a Bolivian consulate. You need to be sure your passport has a minimum of 6 months of validity on it (won't expire sooner than 6 months) and you need to be sure you have cash to pay for the visa at the airport.

If you are nervous about traveling to Bolivia and getting the visa on arrival, or are unsure that you will qualify for one upon arrival (and since you need the passport for other travels) what I can suggest is that you send your passport to Cairo by courier with tracking and requiring a signature.

Inside the courier package, along with your application for the visa and your passport and payment, you include another courier package that has been pre-paid by you and is addressed from them TO you.

So once they have affixed the visa to your passport, they can use your own pre-paid courier envelop to send it back to you. That's how we solve it here in the U.S. sometimes and by using couriers you are also reducing the time it will take to mail your passport and get it back. So hopefully that won't interfere with your business travel.

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