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COVID-19 Information
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December 28, 2021

Last Updated 12/28/21

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***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Country-Specific Information: 

 

    • There are no national COVID-19 restrictions, but departments and municipalities have the authority to impose COVID-19 restrictions at the local level.
    • The wearing of facemasks in public places is mandatory and social distancing measures must be respected.
    • Concerning schools, departments and municipalities have the authority to determine pandemic-related education practices. Some schools have fully reopened while others are implementing hybrid or virtual education programs.
    • Most borders with neighboring countries remain open, however, some of the countries bordering Bolivia have maintained closure of their land borders and thus entering and exiting Bolivia by land may not be possible at this time.
    • In accordance with Supreme Decree 4640, public and private institutions, as well as transport services, in Bolivia will require proof of vaccination starting in January 2022.   Patrons can show proof of their completed vaccination schedule card (physical or digital), or proof of their first dose with the expectation of completing their vaccination schedule at the earliest available time. Unvaccinated patrons will have to show a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours before the time of the requested service.

COVID-19 Testing: 

    • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Bolivia? PCR and antigen tests are widely available in Bolivia.
    • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes.
    • Numerous private and public clinics throughout Bolivia offer COVID-19 testing. For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 testing centers, please visit our medical assistance page.
    • The designated government agency regulating COVID-19 testing in Bolivia is the Servicio Departamental de Salud (SEDES).
    • There are 9 branches of SEDES in the 9 Departments of Bolivia.
      • First step is to contact SEDES for evaluation at 800-10-2930.
      • Antigen and RT-PCR tests are both widely available. The two available tests are the Quick Test and the PCR test.
      • The tests are available at most private labs and in some hospitals.
      • The price for an Antigen test is around 150bs. The cost for a RT-PCR test is approximately 450bs.
      • COVID-19 tests results can be issued by email, text messages or physical copies.
    • Please note for all travelers to the United States, the ELISA quick test commonly used to test for COVID-19 antibodies in Bolivia does not meet the requirements set by the CDC for travel to the United States. Travelers will need to show proof of a negative PCR test or a negative antigen test.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

    • Has the government of Bolivia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
    • Are vaccines available in Bolivia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
    • Which vaccines are available in Bolivia? Sinopharm, Pfizer Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines are available, however, supplies for some of these vaccines may be inconsistent and limited.
    • For additional information about availability of COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the Official Site of the Government of Bolivia on COVID-19.     
    • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines    in the United States.
    • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
      • Air borders are open and commercial flights are permitted to operate.
      • Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions affecting international travel to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the Official Site of the Government of Bolivia on COVID-19  for updated information on these measures.
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
      • Certified negative PCR test for every passenger over 5 years of age.
        • The test must be taken 72 hours prior to departure, regardless of the country of travel origin.
    • Travelers who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are required have another RT-PCR test taken 72 hours after arrival and must quarantine until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result. The cost of this test must be covered by the traveler
    • Diplomats are exempt from this measure.
    • Travelers who do not have permanent residence in Bolivia must have health insurance with coverage for COVID-19 upon entry to Bolivia.
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
      • All passengers will have their temperature taken prior to entering airports and the pre-boarding areas. Individuals with a fever or a temperature over 38°C (100.4°F) will be referred to the airport medical unit for a medical evaluation.

Movement Restrictions: 

    • Is a curfew in place? No, however, municipalities have the authority to impose movement restrictions when deemed necessary to mitigate transmission of COVID-19.
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information:

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

    • Unvaccinated travelers will be required to have an additional RT-PCR test taken three days after arrival. If this test is positive, the traveler will be required to quarantine until he/she receives a negative COVID test result.

Transportation Options: 

    • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
      • Commercial flights operate between Bolivia and several international destinations such as: Miami, Madrid, Bogota, Lima, Santiago, and Sao Paulo.
      • Domestic flights are operating normally.
      • Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions affecting international travel to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
    • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
      • Social distancing and the use of masks in public vehicles places remains obligatory.

Consular Operations: 

    • What ACS services are being offered?
      • The Consular Section is providing routine U.S. citizen services.
      • U.S. citizens seeking emergency services should contact the Consular Section via email: ConsularLaPazACS@state.gov.
    • What visa services are being offered?
      • The Consular Section is providing routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services. Due to increased demand and mandatory biosecurity measures, visa applicants should anticipate longer than usual wait times for a visa interview appointment.
      • Travelers needing consular assistance for legitimate emergency travel to the United States should contact the Consular Section via email: ConsularLaPazNIV@state.gov.

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