Summary

Pope Francis will visit La Paz and Santa Cruz from 8 to 10 July. Thousands of visitors are expected to come to Bolivia. You may find it difficult to secure accommodation or transport on these days.

Pope Francis is due to arrive in La Paz on Wednesday 8 July. The local traffic department has announced that roads between El Alto and La Paz will be closed. The bus station will also close for the day. Most of the city centre will be closed to traffic.

If you’re flying in or out of La Paz on 8 July, monitor local media, consider changing your travel plans and give yourself plenty of time to travel to the airport.

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.