COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

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Last updated:  09-01-2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Bolivian Government extended national quarantine measures through September 30, 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • The wearing of facemasks in public places is mandatory and social distancing measures must be respected.
  • Schools and other public and religious events remain suspended.
  • Government and private offices, job sites, and other services that are open during the COVID-19 pandemic are working on reduced hours and generally close earlier than usual business hours.
  • Markets and supply centers operate from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Departmental and municipal governments will determine commercial activity and other services not governed by the national decree and may add restrictions as needed by local conditions.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Air borders will be open and commercial flights will be permitted to operate. Returning Bolivian citizens and residents, foreign nationals, diplomats, members of special missions and international organizations, technical specialists, and drivers of international goods and cargo will be permitted to return to the country with no enforced quarantine upon their arrival provided that they submit a valid certification of the PCR test specifically for COVID-19 with a negative result prior to the flight.
    • All land, river and lake borders remain closed.
    • Travels should be prepared for additional travel restrictions affecting international travel to be put into effect with little or no advane 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.
    • Returning Bolivian citizens and residents must present a negative COVID-19 (PCT-TR) test dated within seven days of the return flight.
  • 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.
  • Bolivian Immigration has announced special measures for foreign tourists in Bolivia and residents who may be caught out of the country due to COVID-19 crisis. Visit the Bolivian Immigration website for updated information on these measures.
  • Minors under 18 may only travel with a parent or legal guardian.
  • Minors of any nationality who have been residing in Bolivia for over 90 days and will be traveling with only one parent, will need to get a travel authorization from the Juzgado del Menor.
  • Children may not travel unaccompanied.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
    • Monday to Friday: Persons and vehicles are prohibited from circulating between the nighttime hours of 20:00 and 05:00, but may circulate during the day. These measures vary by municipality.
    • Saturday and Sunday: Vehicles are allowed to circulate between the daytime hours of 05:00 and 16:00. People may circulate on foot during those same hours.
    • People may leave their houses if they need medical assistance.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
    • The Bolivian Government announced an extension of national quarantine measures through September 30, 2020 to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
    • Under Supreme Decree 4309: Returning Bolivian citizens and residents are no longer required to quarantine at a designated hotel when they arrive into Bolivia.
    • Passengers may be subject to additional quarantine restrictions and/or health screenings upon arrival and should inquire with the airline or local authorities at their destination.

Covid-19 Testing:

  • 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.
    • The two available tests are the Quick Test and the CRP test.
    • The test can be done through SEDES or at a private Hospital or Lab.
    • In either case, the price for the Quick Test averages in: US$ 50.00 and the CRP test price averages in: US$ 135.  The costs of the test are paid in full by the patient.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Commercial airlines operating in Bolivia have continued to run periodic humanitarian flights to Miami and other foreign destinations during Bolivian quarantine measures.
    • The two local airlines currently operating international and domestic flights are BOA and Amaszonas. Ecojet is only operating domestic flights.
    • Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions affecting international travel to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
    • For domestic flights, passengers are required to present a medical report indicating the passenger does not have Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
    • Social distancing and the use of masks in public vehicles places remains obligatory.
    • Monday to Friday: Persons and vehicles are prohibited from circulating between the nighttime hours of 20:00 and 05:00 but may circulate during the day.
    • Saturday and Sunday: Vehicles are allowed to circulate between the daytime hours of 05:00 and 16:00. People may circulate on foot during those same hours.
  • Intermunicipal, interprovincial, and interdepartmental transportation, including both public and private services, will be determined by the departmental and municipal governments according to the determined risk level.

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

  • Fines for non-compliance vary by municipality. Masks are required in the whole country; however, there is no established penalty for not wearing one.
  • La Paz:
    • Pedestrians who are caught outside after 8:00 pm from Monday to Friday and after 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday may be imprisoned for 8 hours. Drivers without a circulation permit may be imprisoned for 8 hours and may be fined Bs. 2,000.
  • Santa Cruz:
    • Circulating in your vehicle from Monday to Friday after 8:00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday after 4:00 pm without transit permit: Bs. 2,000 fine and vehicle will be impounded until September 30.
  • Cochabamba:
    • Failure to use a face mask and/or biosafety measures carries a fine of Bs. 300.
    • Monday to Friday: Persons and vehicles are allowed to circulate from 5:00 am until 8:00 p.m. according to the last digit of their identity document which can be a passport for foreigners or Bolivian carnet for nationals
    • Saturday: Persons and vehicles are allowed to circulate from 5:00 am to 2:00 pm according to the last number of their identity document, which can be a passport for foreigners or Bolivian carnet for nationals.
    • Sunday: Vehicles are not allowed to circulate. People may circulate on foot around their neighborhood.
    • People who fail to comply with this provision will be subject to arrest for 8 hours in addition to a fine of Bs. 1,000.

Consular Operations:

  • The consular section of the U.S. Embassy in La Paz remains closed for all routine appointments due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and current health situation.  However, the American Citizen Services section is open for emergency citizen services, including passport applications, consular reports of birth abroad, and some limited notarial services.  To request an emergency appointment, please e-mail ConsularLaPazACS@state.gov.
  • In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. At the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments have been suspended since March 20, 2020.
    • Visa applicants with urgent travel needs can request an expedited emergency visa appointment at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/es-bo/niv. Requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

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