Several questions have been raised on this forum regarding how to obtain a tourist visa for Bolivia so am sharing what we have learned.
The cost for the visa in advance is $160 in US dollars.
It is good for 5 or 10 years (Consulate website is inconsistent)--will let you know what the actual visa says once we get it back next week.
Although the Consulate in Washington DC claims that you should be able to submit your visa application online, we found this did not work at all. You enter your email address and they are supposed to send you a validation code. We never received the validation code via email to complete our application. We tried two separate email addresses multiple times--nothing arrived.
So, my husband took all of the paperwork etc. down to the Consulate in Washington DC yesterday. After telling him that he should have entered the information online (which we tried but were unsuccessful doing), they entered the information onto the online form, printed it out (same form you have to fill out but it now included a scan of the photo at the top of the first page) and said he can come back next week to pick up the visas.
What you need to have in hand:
Sworn Statement For Visa Application
One recent 2" x 2" passport type photograph
Original Passport with at least 6 months of validity
Copy of the hotel reservation or invitation letter from Bolivian friends or relatives indicating the host address (if invitation letter is from friend or family, it must be personal, institutional invitations is only for Specific Purpose Visa)
Round trip ticket or copy of travel itinerary
Bank statement or equivalent that shows economic solvency (Please note that the validity of the document should be for at least the travel period). Parent's or Legal Guardian's Economic Solvency documents are accepted for underage applicants.
Visa fee: US$ 160.00
Here is a link to more information and where you can start the process online (if you are so lucky): http://www.boliviawdc.org/consulate/visas/tv
If you are successful in getting the validation code, then you can proceed with submitting it online, but, will have to scan all documents including the photo before uploading the documentation.