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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 unattended.

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 Embassy.

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 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.

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