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Level 4: Do not travel

Consular Emergency Notification: Bolivia

Due to widespread unrest throughout Bolivia, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Bolivia.  For U.S. citizens in Bolivia, the Department advises U.S. citizens to strongly consider departing as soon as they safely can do so.  U.S. citizens wishing to depart Bolivia should make their own travel arrangements.  Commercial flights remain available, and flights are operating from international airports in La Paz and Santa Cruz.  Do not travel to the airport unless it is safe to do so.  If you encounter a roadblock or demonstration, turn around and do not try to pass.

Due to civil unrest, on November 12, 2019, the U.S. government authorized the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and ordered the departure of their family members, and upgraded the Travel Advisory to a Level 4: Do Not Travel.  The Embassy is open for emergency assistance to U.S. citizens and scheduled routine American Citizen Services appointments. Visa appointments for November 13 remain scheduled.

Do not seek shelter at the U.S. Embassy. U.S. citizens are encouraged to make their own arrangements to safely depart Bolivia.

We are closely monitoring the situation and remain in close contact with Bolivian authorities to verify the welfare and whereabouts of U.S. citizens in the area. We encourage you to closely monitor this site for important crisis information. 

If you are in the affected area and need immediate emergency services, please contact local authorities. We urge U.S. citizens in Bolivia who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their social media status.

You may inform the Department of State of U.S. citizens in Bolivia through the following ways:

  • Email BoliviaEmergencyUSC@state.gov and provide as much information as possible (at a minimum, please provide their full name, gender, and last known location within country, if known)
  • Call us at 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. & Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (from Overseas)

Please refer to the following numbers for flight inquiries:

  • AerEuropa: 1 (844) 415-3955
  • Avianca: (+591) 800-10-8222
  • Boa: +1 (800) 584-4099
  • Copa: +1 (800) 359-2672 (from the U.S) and (800) 10-2672 (from Bolivia)
  • Iberia: 1 (800) 772-4642
  • LATAM: 866-435-9526 (from the U.S.) and +54 11 5032-0184 (from Bolivia)

Please also see the latest Alert on the U.S. Embassy La Paz website for additional information about this event, as well as contact information that U.S. citizens in the affected area can use to contact the Embassy for emergency consular assistance.

Please be assured that our offices are doing everything possible to assist U.S. citizens affected by the crisis event in Bolivia.



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