The following nationalities do not require a visa for short stays of less than 90 days as a tourist: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.
Since 30 July 2014, Israelis have been required to have a visa for Bolivia, as the Morales government ended the visa agreement between the two countries.
Most people who require a tourist visa can obtain one on entry, with the exception of the following nationalities: Afghanistan, Angola, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chad, East Timor, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, USA, Yemen and those from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. However, in urgent and special circumstances, foreign nationals from this group may obtain a visa at the port of entry. US citizens are normally issued a triple-entry visa, valid for 3 entries per year over a 5-year period.
Note that all business travellers and people who want to stay for more than 90 days per year must apply for a visa in advance.
Unless you are less than one year old, you will need a yellow fever vaccination certificate to apply for a visa.
If entering by land from Peru, tourist visas for US citizens can be requested at the border. Officially, a visa application form, a copy of the passport, a copy of the yellow fever vaccine, a copy of the exit itinerary from Bolivia, proof of economic solvency, a hotel reservation or written invitation and a passport photo (4 cm x 4 cm) are required. A fee of $135 is also required, payable in cash. Old or marked tickets are not accepted. Photocopiers are available at the border crossing.