If you’re applying for visas in Sucre, you may need to have passport photos made. Here’s how to go about it.
The first thing to be aware of is that the Bolivian government place certain requirements on passport photos. Most notably, Bolivian passport photos need to have a red background, so you may find that any existing passport photos you have are no good for visa applications, etc.
Fortunately, it is easy to go about getting passport photos is Sucre. There are a number of photo shops which can do it for you. Perhaps the easiest to find is the photo shop on Plaza 25 de Mayo which is located diagonally across the plaza from the Cathedral, on the corner of Arenales and Aniceto Arce. It has big Kodak signs above the doors, so it’s hard to miss.
In the shop they will take the photos of you against the red background. If it’s anything like our experience it will feel more like a photo shoot than you’d expect when getting passports taken. The photographer straightened our clothes and even got us to lick our lips to ensure the best possible photo!
Once your photos have been taken, you’ll be asked to come back in about an hour to collect them. The photos cost 15 bolivianos ($2.17) for 4. That’s it, you’ll now have beautifully posed Bolivian passport photos.