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.
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.
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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