On November 12, 2019, the State Department issued a “Level 4 Do Not Travel” advisory for Bolivia due to civil unrest. It also announced the mandatory departure of USG family members and the authorized departure of non-emergency personnel assigned to the US Embassy in La Paz.
Do not travel to Bolivia due to civil unrest.
Country Summary: On November 12, 2019, the Department ordered the departure of family members and authorized the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees due to ongoing political instability in Bolivia. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Bolivia.
There are recurring demonstrations, strikes, roadblocks, and marches in major cities in Bolivia. Roadblocks and strikes cut off traffic on main avenues, highways between cities, and airport access. Protestors in major cities are intermittently occupying or blocking access to public institutions and infrastructure, denying access to transportation hubs, banks, and other services. Some protests have resulted in violent confrontations, and local authorities have used crowd control measures to discourage protests.
Domestic and international flights may be delayed or cancelled, and road travel around and between cities is regularly impeded.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Bolivia:
- Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
- Have evacuation plans that do not require U.S. government assistance.
- Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
- Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
- Contact your airline or travel agency prior to travel, and make contingency plans to leave the country.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for Bolivia.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
NEW: The State Department's Michael Kozak says U.S. officials "look forward" to working with Sen. Jeanine Áñez as Interim Constitutional President of Bolivia as she and authorities "arrange free & fair elections as soon as possible"
— Axios (@axios) November 13, 2019
How Evo Morales fell and plunged Bolivia into chaos https://t.co/74fY1py7pw
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) November 13, 2019
The FT’s Latin America editor Michael Stott explains how Bolivia has been dangerously polarised by the sudden departure of former president Evo Morales. Read the latest update here: https://t.co/EWPoiZAeIH pic.twitter.com/vahooxpR3Y
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) November 13, 2019