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Bolivia Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Oct 22, 2003

This Public Announcement is being issued to update U.S. citizens on the ongoing volatility of the political and social situation in Bolivia. It replaces the Travel Warning issued October 16, 2003, and expires on January 22, 2004.

Anti-government protests, centered on the cities of La Paz and El Alto, in September and October resulted in dozens of deaths and the isolation of much of northwest Bolivia. The political and social situation in Bolivia remains volatile. During the protests, all commercial air travel from the international airport serving La Paz was interrupted when access to the principal airport was blocked. These blockages could recur.

U.S. citizens are advised to take precautions if traveling to the La Paz/El Alto area, overland between Oruro and Lake Titicaca, and to the Yungas Valley east of La Paz. Some blockades remain in these areas and in the Chapare region east of Cochabamba. Citizens should avoid demonstrations and makeshift roadblocks. Under no circumstances should anyone attempt to go around or through a blockade, even if the blockade appears to be unattended.

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. Up to date information on security conditions can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S., or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-317-472-2328.

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