Bolivia Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Apr 30, 2004
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert Americans to the ongoing volatility of the political and social situation in Bolivia. It expires on June 4, 2004.
The Confederation of Bolivia Workers (COB) has called for an indefinite nationwide general strike beginning May 1. Previous COB calls for general strikes have met with mixed results, ranging from partial to near-total adherence, with greatest participation in urban areas of the Bolivian Altiplano. In addition, the Sole Confederation of Bolivian Peasant Workers (CSUTCB) has called for indefinite road blockades in the Altiplano beginning May 1. Previous CSUTCB calls for road blockades have affected overland travel from Lake Titicaca to Oruro, including La Paz/El Alto. Travelers should not attempt to pass through or around roadblocks, even if they appear unattended.
American citizens should consider the calls for a general strike and road blockades if planning travel to or within Bolivia and are encouraged to contact the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz with any questions.
Additional information is available in the Consular Information Sheet for Bolivia at http://travel.state.gov and on the Embassy web page http://bolivia.usembassy.gov. Current information on travel and security in Bolivia may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or, from overseas, 1-317-472-2328.
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. Consular Agencies are located in Santa Cruz and Cochabamba.