Bolivia Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Bolivia – updated 19 October, 2020

As part of the "post-confinement" phase, commercial flights are permitted to operate as of 1 September. Land border crossings remain closed to foreign travelers.

Travelers, including returning residents and nationals, will be exempt from quarantine if they present a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is dated within 7 days of the flight. Foreign travelers must have their test endorsed by the respective Bolivian Consulate before arriving.

Anyone who arrives without a medical certificate and negative test result will be subject to quarantine.

Contact your airline for information on the availability of flights.

Dynamic quarantine restrictions in Bolivia

Although commercial international flights have resumed, there are very strict movement restrictions in place around Bolivia.

  • A ‘dynamic quarantine’ remains in place until 31 October
  • Each municipality may have different rules in place, based on the level of COVID-19 risk
  • There is a curfew between the hours of 12am (midnight) and 5am from Monday to Sunday
  • Face masks are required in public.

The elections were held on 18 October, and unrest, protests and demonstrations across the country may arise depending on the results. Stay alert and across the situation as it develops. Civil unrest poses a serious risk to personal safety.

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Previous trave alerts for Bolivia

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. 

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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