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Getting married in Bolivia

Hi all,

We invite all the ones who got married in Bolivia or who are about to get married in Bolivia to participate in this thread :)

What are the formalities to get married in Bolivia? Is it the same for a couple of foreigners of for a mixed couple (between a foreigner and a native of Bolivia)?

Are the procedures complicated?

How long does it take to carry out all the formalities?

Thank you in advance for participating,

Armand

I've never been married myself in Bolivia, but when travelling there a few years ago I was fortunate to be able to attend the post wedding after party and the frenzy of activity, energy and dancing was exhilirating. So much more vibrant than your traditional western ceremony and reception!

In order to get married in Bolivia, you have to enter the country with an "uso determinado" visa (pre-determined use visa). You can NOT get legally married in Bolivia if you come in on a tourist visa. To get the special visa, you will need to go through the embassy in the country you are coming from. It is not guaranteed to be a quick and easy visa to get, so you will want to plan a bit in advance. If you are marrying a Bolivian you will need this visa, if you are both foreigners, you will both need this visa. Legal residents MAY be able to get out of this.

In order to get the special visa, you will need to have (from your home country) a notarized letter from a non-family friend stating that they swear you are single. The notarized letter will need to be translated and the translation will need to be notarized and certified.

The formalities in-country aren't bad, pretty much any notary public can do the paperwork.

The most important documents for a foreigner to get married in Bolivia are:
1.Certified copy of birth certificate translated into Spanish and authenticated by the country of origin.

2.Valid passport.

3.Certification of eligibility to marry, such as death or divorce certificates for prior marriages, or certificate of no record of marriage translated into Spanish and authenticated by a Bolivian Consul in the country of origin

4.  Pre-determined use Visa (Visa de uso determinado)

This website has a good article and explains more extensively about the Bolivian laws regarding marriage

1.Certified copy of birth certificate translated into Spanish and authenticated by the country of origin.

2.Valid passport.

3.Certification of eligibility to marry, such as death or divorce certificates for prior marriages, or certificate of no record of marriage translated into Spanish and authenticated by a Bolivian Consul in the country of origin


matriqui.bo/consejo_proc.asp?Seleccion=97

The most important documents for a foreigner to get married in Bolivia are:

1.Certified copy of birth certificate translated into Spanish and authenticated by the country of origin.

2.Valid passport.

3.Certification of eligibility to marry, such as death or divorce certificates for prior marriages, or certificate of no record of marriage translated into Spanish and authenticated by a Bolivian Consul in the country of origin

4.  Pre-determined use Visa (Visa de uso determinado)

This website has a good article and explains more extensively about the Bolivian laws regarding marriage

matriqui.bo/consejo_proc.asp?Seleccion=97

I read a couple of places that there is also a requirement to prove 3 months consistent residence in Bolivia in order for a foreigner to marry a Bolivian citizen in Bolivia.   One of the sites said it's possible to have the requirement waived.  Do you know more about this?

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