Expat Retirees in Bolivia?

by Geddy


I would like to find out more about retirement possibilities in Bolivia. I didn't see a retirement forum, so will ask my questions here.
- Is there an expat retiree community in Bolivia, especially Santa Cruz?
- Are there any retiree/pensionado visas or tax benefits? (My wife is Bolivian, so probably would not need a special visa.)
- Are there any mail/courier companies that deliver US mail to Bolivia? I have seen this in other countries in Latin America. Mail Boxes Etc performs this service, as well as other companies, normally based out of Miami.
I'm sure I have more questions, so for now I would just like to make contact with other people with similar interests.

Gracias amigos,


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Feb 11, 2015
Retirement in Bolivia
by: Ken Macdonald, OCT

I would like to retire in Bolivia as soon as possible. I am 67 years of age and receive $1500 a month in Canadian pensions--hopefully this will be enough. I would like to know what has to be done for a retirement visa.

Mar 06, 2011
did you retire in bolivia?
by: BoliviaBella

Did you ever move here? Was going through our forums updating stuff ... just wondering. If you did move here, and you're interested, sign up for our expat meets here.

Feb 21, 2010
getting a residency visa as a retiree
by: Anonymous

The Bolivian government requires you to travel on an SPV (specific purpose visa, or visa de objeto determinado) to enter Bolivia if you plan to apply for residency. You get it by contacting the Bolivian consulate nearest you in your country. It costs $85 and is just your travel visa for entry.

Once you get here, you have to process your residency application at Immigration. If you are already married to a Bolivian, this may be easier for you, I'm not sure. You have to be able to show that you have a stable income because the government doesn't want foreigners to be here without a means for living and end up on the streets. They might require you to show bank account statements or some other way to prove you have an income if you don't plan to work in Bolivia.

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