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Bolivia Public Announcement

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Dec 12, 2007

This Public Announcement is to inform U.S. citizens of the potential for political unrest throughout Bolivia leading up to and following sessions of the country's constituent assembly to prepare a new draft constitution.  The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens defer non-essential travel to Bolivia .  This Public Announcement expires on January 11, 2008.

Political and social tensions have escalated in Bolivia due to the highly polarized nature of Bolivia's Constituent Assembly process.  Recent protests and demonstrations have led to violent clashes, resulting in casualties and mass injuries in various locations throughout Bolivia .  The Department recommends that U.S. citizens defer non-essential travel to Bolivia at this time.  U.S. Embassy La Paz is restricting the official travel of U.S. Government employees to Bolivia during this period.  Since protests and demonstrations can break out with little or no notice, U.S. citizens in Bolivia should monitor local media sources for the latest developments.  U.S. citizens should avoid demonstrations at all times and exercise caution.

Strikes and road blockades are a constant risk in Bolivia and are likely to disrupt transportation at the local and regional levels.  U.S. citizens are advised not to attempt to cross these blockades.  In addition to affecting transportation, blockades and strikes may limit access to services and amenities.  During the month of October, the Santa Cruz Administration and Auxiliary Services of Aerial Navigation suspended services in and out of Viru Viru International Airport and all domestic and international flights were cancelled for a 24-hour period.  U.S. citizens should contact their airline and/or tour operators prior to commencing travel for the latest travel information.

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Bolivia are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in La Paz and/or the U.S. Consular Agencies in Cochabamba or Santa Cruz, Bolivia .  Registration may be done online and in advance of travel.  Warden messages detailing the most recent information for American citizens registered with the Embassy may be found on the Embassy's website at http://bolivia.usembassy.gov   Information on registering may be found at the Department of State's Consular Affairs website at https://travelregistration.state.gov.  U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's consular information sheet for Bolivia and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, which are available via the internet at http://travel.state.gov.  U.S. citizens may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada , or 202-501-4444 from overseas.

U.S. citizens may contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, via e-mail at consularlapaz@state.gov, or by telephone at (591-2) 216-8297 during working hours or (591-2) 216-8500 after hours or on weekends.  The Consular Section is located in the U.S. Embassy at 2780 Arce Avenue in La Paz, Bolivia.  The Santa Cruz Consular Agency can be reached by telephone at (591-3) 351-3477 and the Cochabamba Consular Agency can be reached by telephone at (591-4) 411-6313.  The Embassy's website, http://bolivia.usembassy.gov, contains complete information about services provided and hours of operation.      

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