Passports & Visas Information For Central and South America Travel


  • Visas:
  • Depending on your country of residence some countries require foreign visitors to obtain visas in advance. Other countries will issue a tourist visa upon arrival at the port of entry. It will depend on your citizenship and what countries you are visiting. The following website is a good reference - VisaHQ.

    For U.S. citizens, visas/tourist cards are required in order to enter Paraguay and Suriname. 

  • Paraguay – A Tourist Visa is required for citizens of United States of America to enter Paraguay. A visa can be applied for online or directly at a Consulate of Paraguay. U.S. citizens can also obtain a visa on arrival* in Paraguay for a stay of up to 90 days.

    *This is ONLY available at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asunción (ASU) and the fee of US$160.00 (as of June, 2018) must be paid IN CASH. Entry via any other airport or land border crossing requires a visa in advance. Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of your proposed entry into Paraguay. Passport MUST contain one blank visa page for the visa to be issued.

  • Suriname – E-Tourist Visa (multi-entry) or E-Tourist Card (single entry) is required to enter Suriname. Visa or Card can be obtained online here

    All persons entering Suriname must have their yellow fever vaccination and their international yellow fever card.

  • BrazilAs of June 16, 2019, U.S. citizens do not need a visa if they are traveling to Brazil for tourism, business, transit, artistic or sport activities, with no intention of establishing residence.

  • BoliviaBolivia tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States of America for a stay up to 90 days. 

    **Yellow fever vaccination is recommended to people travelling to risk areas in Bolivia, such as:

    • Caranavi in Los Yungas in La Paz
    • Madidi National Park
    • Chapare and Carrasco National Park in Cochabamba
    • Amboró National Park and Jesuit Missions in Santa Cruz
    • Other places in Bolivian jungle


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