Foreign travel advice

Bolivia

Summary

There will be elections on 3 December 2017, for the Supreme Constitutional Court. During elections, vehicles will not be allowed on the roads where voting is taking place. In La Paz, a small number of taxis will have permission to take passengers to the airport. You should plan extra time to travel. It’s also forbidden to drink alcohol, both in public and in private until midnight on 3 December.

There is a dispute between local communities on the Island of the Sun (Isla del Sol) on Lake Titicaca, and foreign tourists have been affected. You should remain vigilant, and before travelling to the Island you should seek local advice.

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.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Bolivia, attacks can’t be ruled out. 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

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.