Bolivia Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Jun 02, 2005
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert American citizens to continued political unrest in Bolivia. This Public Announcement expires August 30, 2005.
American citizens traveling to or residing in Bolivia should be aware that various groups within Bolivia have conducted protests, demonstrations and blockades since May 16 to protest hydrocarbons (gas) policy. In addition, there are calls for the dismissal of Congress, the resignation of the President, a referendum on regional autonomy and the holding of a Constituent Assembly. The focus of the protests is La Paz and the surrounding Altiplano. While the La Paz airport, located on the Altiplano, remains open, some flights have been cancelled and others diverted. Travel from the airport to La Paz is subject to sporadic blockades. Roads running north and south from La Paz, to Lake Titicaca and Oruro, are blockaded and not open for travel.
American citizens should consider the potential for disruptions if planning travel to or within Bolivia. U.S. citizens currently in Bolivia should remain vigilant, monitor local media and review their security posture on a regular basis. Travelers in vehicles should not attempt to pass through or around roadblocks, even if they appear unattended.
U.S. citizens in Bolivia are urged to register and update their contact information at the U.S. Embassy or through the Department of State's travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov. In case of an emergency, please contact the Embassy at 011 (591-2) 216-8297 during business hours or 216-8000 after-hours; email [email protected]
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located at 2780 Avenida Arce in La Paz. The Consular Agency in Santa Cruz is located at 146 Avenida Roque Aguilera (Tercer Anillo); telephone (591-3) 351-3477, 3479, or 3480. The Consular Agency in Cochabamba is located at Avenida Oquendo 654, Torres Sofer, Room 601; telephone (591-4) 411-6313. 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, 1-202-501-4444. U.S. citizens should consult the Consular Information Sheet for Bolivia and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, available on the Department's Internet site at http://travel.state.gov.