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Bolivia Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Dec 01, 2003

This Public Announcement is being issued to update U.S. citizens on the political and social situation in Bolivia. Following the resignation of President Sanchez de Lozada on October 17, large-scale demonstrations in La Paz and El Alto ceased and roadblocks in the Altiplano and Yungas Valley were dismantled. It replaces the Public Announcement issued October 22, 2003, and expires on February 21, 2004.

Anti-government protests, centered on the cities of La Paz and El Alto, in September and October 2003 resulted in dozens of deaths and the isolation of much of northeastern Bolivia. The political and social situation in Bolivia remains uncertain.

The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens take every precaution if traveling to the La Paz/El Alto area, overland between Oruro and Lake Titicaca, and to the Yungas Valley east of La Paz. Private citizens, including foreigners, have been subjected to unprovoked attack by campesino groups in the Yungas and the Altiplano. U.S. 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 and at the Embassy web page 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. 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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