If you are thinking of making a move to Bolivia, there are a few things you should know: First, Bolivia is a very earthquake-prone country. So be prepared! Second, Bolivian culture can be quite strange and quirky. If you’re not used to living in a country where people dress in small towns in the middle of the jungle and eat llamas for breakfast, be prepared for some strange looks and behaviors. But in a good way.
What to consider when planning a move to Bolivia
So you’ve decided to move to Bolivia. Even though the country is relatively inexpensive, it’s still a big decision, and there are a few things you should check before planning your move.
First, check to see if you qualify for a residency permit. If your stay is to be longer than 6 months, you will need to apply for a residence permit at your local immigration office. The application process can take days or weeks. Make sure you are prepared to live in Bolivia for such a long time!
Also, make sure your home is covered by international insurance policies. If it is not, expect to pay a lot of money to get insurance coverage.
How to live after you move to Bolivia
Moving to Bolivia is a big step for many people. It’s not as simple as just packing your things and moving to the country. You need to familiarize yourself with the culture and get used to living in a third world country, so you don’t upset too many people or cause too much of a stir in your new home.
Here are some tips that will help you get over culture shock.
Don’t wear flip-flops
This is pretty simple, but you’ll feel a lot better right away. Bolivia is hot all year round, so dress appropriately as you would in any other country with a warm climate! Wear clothes that cover your shoulders, don’t wear anything that says “buy me” and don’t wear flip flops.
It sounds like a silly tip, but it’s true! It’s hard for Bolivians to understand foreigners who speak too fast. So if you speak English or German but not Spanish, talk slower than usual and use fewer slang words. They will not understand what you are saying if you speak quickly.
Insight into the country’s cuisine
Bolivian cuisine is very interesting and unexpected. It is not quite as typical as you are used to. If you are looking for a taste of home, you should try some Bolivian dishes.
There are many, many variations of traditional Bolivian cuisine that can be found in restaurants throughout the country. If you’re looking for something familiar, you can always order empanadas (a staple of Bolivian cuisine).
Empanadas are made with beef and potatoes and filled with cheese. A popular version is called “chicharron de pollo,” which means “chicken cracker.” There are also fried dough sticks or chatas, usually filled with meat or cheese or both!
If you want to try something new, you should try chuchaquitos – these fried plantain rings are dipped in chocolate and then covered in sugar. They are delicious!
If all that doesn’t sound appetizing, don’t worry! There’s plenty more to try – from ceviche to tamales to chocolate – the list goes on and on….
How to stay safe after moving to Bolivia
Bolivia is considered one of the most dangerous countries in South America. It is not uncommon for travelers to be mugged, attacked or even killed.
It is important to stay safe when traveling abroad, and Bolivia is no exception. If you are in Bolivia for an extended period of time, you should always remain alert and vigilant.
If you are a woman traveling in Bolivia, always pay attention to where you are going and who you are traveling with. Be aware of your surroundings and try not to get too drunk.
If you are a man traveling in Bolivia, try not to get drunk and do not wear flashy clothing or jewelry. Molotov cocktails are often thrown from passing cars or from rooftops onto busy streets, so do not wear expensive clothing.
Do you need a visa for your move to Bolivia?
Before you can even think about your move to Bolivia, you need to take care of the paperwork.
You may have noticed that there are not many travel restrictions in Bolivia. This means that if you want to enter as a Swiss citizen, you don’t need a visa or permit. You just need to show your passport at the airport and you can enter. It gets even better! You don’t even need a tourist visa: as a Swiss citizen you can enter Bolivia with your passport alone.
So you are well prepared for your move to Bolivia and can finally get on with the planning. We keep our fingers crossed that you will feel comfortable in this South American country.
If you have any questions, we will be happy to help and advise you. All you have to do is send us a message. We will reply as soon as we can and assist you with your move to Bolivia.