Visas nowhere I want to be


This is odd. Upon checking the visa requirements for my upcoming trip to South America, I realized that I would need a visa for Bolivia and another for Brazil. These requirements are basically to punish the US for the cost and hassle that citizens of these countries must undergo to come here, and I think they are right to do so until the US changes its visa requirements. Anyway, I dutifully got my passport photos and filled out the forms I had downloaded from each respective embassy’s website. I made my way to the Bolivian consulate yesterday, where they told me that they had “run out of” visas for the foreseeable future, and that I could just get mine when entering the country from Peru. And when I called the Brazilian consulate today to ask about the exact visa fee, I was told that once obtained, the visa must be used for the first time within 90 days of issuance or it would expire. That means it would be worthless to me, and so I will need to get my Brazilian visa when I am in Argentina. Aren’t you glad I am here to share these valuable travel tips with you all (both of you)?


  1. Kelly says:

    So glad….

    but I do have the question–why is the visa worthless to you? Don’t you plan to travel to SA within 90 days?

  2. Stephen says:

    South America, yes…but I won’t be in Brazil until more than 90 days after my trip begins as it is the last place I am going.

  3. peeky says:

    our visa requirements aren’t there to harass tourists. maybe you haven’t noticed: we are under a pretty big threat from terrorists, who hate us because we are free. bolivia is mainly under threat from its new socialist casto-style president, who hates America because… it’s a free country. go figure.

  4. Stephen says:

    Ah yes, the freedom we have. I feel it so very deeply too, especially when learning about how we torture, do away with habeas corpus, or secretly tap our own citizens’ communications.

  5. peeky says:

    OK, i really disagree with the gist of your comment. we are basically now being libeled for our treatment of the people who exist only to kill, convert or destroy us. And yet on June 12, 2008, the Supreme Court ruling in Boumediene v. Bush recognized habeas corpus rights for the Guantanamo prisoners. And we have used rough questioning on a handful of men, all of whom are still alive and well as far as we know. And the wiretaps are done under the laws of our freely elected government, aimed only at people who time and again use our humanity against us. Even Obama voted for it. I absolutely salute the people who risk their lives, and occassionally get their hands dirty, so me and you can continue to breathe freedom and freely exchange ideas.