Bolivia Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Oct 17, 2003
This Travel Warning is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the unstable
political and security situation in Bolivia and accompanying shortages of
goods and services, particularly in La Paz. U.S. citizens are warned to
defer all travel to Bolivia at this time, and those already in Bolivia
should depart if the situation allows. This Travel Warning supersedes the
Public Announcement of October 14.
An unstable political and security situation and shortages of fuel and food
supplies in La Paz have led to deaths, injuries and property damage. The
availability of key goods and services has been affected. Ground
transportation throughout the country is operating on a limited basis.
There has been violence in major metropolitan areas, including La Paz, El
Alto and Cochabamba.
International flights into and out of the airport serving the national
capital of La Paz have been interrupted in recent weeks, leaving many
travelers stranded. International air service into and out of Santa Cruz
and Cochabamba has continued. American citizens with secure access to those
airports should depart Bolivia. The State Department warns U.S. citizens to
defer all travel to Bolivia at this time.
U.S. citizens residing in or visiting areas affected by the protests are
advised to remain vigilant and off the streets whenever possible. If
traveling, citizens should avoid demonstrations and makeshift roadblocks
consisting of large stones. Under no circumstances should anyone attempt to
go around or through a road blockade, even if the blockade appears to be
The U.S. Embassy in La Paz continues to review its security posture and may,
from time to time, close for routine services. U.S. Consular personnel
remain available to provide emergency information and services to American
citizens. U.S. citizens in need of Embassy assistance should call the
Embassy's Consular Section at (591-2) 243-3812 during working hours or
243-0251 after hours or on weekends before attempting to travel to the
Additional information is available in the Consular Information Sheet for
Bolivia at http://travel.state.gov and at the Embassy web page
http://bolivia.usembassy.gov. U.S. citizens with concerns can contact the
Consular Section via e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at
(591-2) 243-3812 during working hours or 243-0251 after hours or on
weekends. The Consular Section is located at 2780 Arce Avenue, La Paz.