Foreign travel advice
Severe water shortages are affecting the majority of La Paz, some neighbourhoods of El Alto and other cities. The situation is expected to continue in the short term. You should check with your hotel about their water supply before travelling. Local authorities have advised that water should be boiled and filtered before consumption.
UK health authorities have classified Bolivia as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
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. You should avoid large crowds and demonstrations.
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
18,300 British nationals visited Bolivia in 2015. Most visits are trouble free.
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.