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Bolivia

Summary

Local media are reporting blockades on access roads to the city of Sucre and on four border crossings across Bolivia: Tambo Quemado & Matarani (with Chile), Puerto Suarez (with Brasil) and Desaguadero (with Peru).

Public transport between La Paz, Cochabamba & Oruro and Santa Cruz is also affected. Avoid demonstrations, monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities.

Cases of Zika virus have been reported in 2015 and 2016. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Seek advice from a health professional if you have any further questions or concerns.

Social conflict is common in Bolivia and blockades may occur along the main roads. Public transport can be disrupted at very short notice and strikes may result in widespread road blockades, including on roads to and from airports. You should never try to cross a blockade. See Road travel and Road blockades

There is a risk of ‘express kidnappings’. Take care when travelling around Bolivia, particularly when you first arrive. If you take a taxi, use a registered company. See Crime

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Carry a photocopy of your passport, including the personal details, entry stamp and disembarkation card with you at all times in case it is requested by immigration officials or the police. See Local Laws and Customs

Parts of Bolivia, including La Paz are at high altitude. See Health

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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