Foreign travel advice

Bolivia

Summary

A 24-hour transport strike has been announced in the city of La Paz on 17 May 2017. Roads may be blocked and travel to and from the airport could be affected. Monitor local media and check with local authorities before travelling.

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

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.