Bolivia Travel Alerts and Warnings

Get the latest information on COVID-19, natural disasters, political instability, civil unrest and how it may affect your travel plans to Bolivia.


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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) travel restrictions and lockdown in Bolivia – March 2020

All international flights to and from Bolivia have been suspended, and all land border crossings are closed.

Bolivia is in a state of emergency, and there are increasingly strict measures being put in place. On 25 March, a sanitary emergency was declared until 15 April.

From 26 March, one person per household only will be allowed to go outside to buy food, between the hours of 7am and 12pm (midday). The person must be between the age of 18 and 65 years old, and rules around which days the person can leave the house are based on the final number of your ID card or passport.

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Civil unrest in Bolivia over political tensions – November 2019

Bolivia is experiencing civil unrest following a failed referendum, which has led to anti-government protests throughout the country. Political and social tension poses a serious risk to your personal safety if you are traveling in Bolivia.

Be aware of large crowds congregating in urban areas, as these may turn violent unexpectedly. Stay away from protests or demonstrations.

Keep a close eye on local news reports, and be prepared for your travel plans to be disrupted – including transport delays or flight cancellations.

What happened in Bolivia?

Following a presidential election in October 2019, concern grew over electoral fraud when Evo Morales was announced the winner, and an investigation showed "serious irregularities" in the results of the vote. Violent protests erupted, and Morales was told to step down to end the deadly civil unrest, which has so far led to three deaths and hundreds of injuries. 

A new election will be held, but there is no date yet.

Landslide in La Paz – May 2019

Hundreds of residents have been displaced as a landslide destroyed hundreds of houses in the San Jorge Kantutani hillside community in the capital, La Paz. The landslide had resulted from heavy rains and ground instability due to a former landfill site. No deaths have been reported, however, five people are still missing. The location has been cordoned off and rescue efforts will begin once the location has been officially declared safe.

Travelers should keep updated with local news reports, government travel advisories and follow all official warnings. Carry identification with you at all times. 

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