Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to Potosi. Industrial action in the city of Potosí has led to road closures and shortages of food and water. Transport including tourist buses are affected.

There’s no indication of how long this industrial action will last. The local authorities have arranged for foreign nationals to leave the city, and most have done so. Monitor local media, avoid any large gatherings and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Protests are taking place in the centre of La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia. There have been reports of violent incidents. You should avoid large gatherings and monitor social media.

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.