COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

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Last updated: [04/12/21] 

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days 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.  All travelers must also complete and sign the CDC Passenger Disclosure and Attestation affidavit.  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.
  • Schools partially reopened in February 2021. Departments and municipalities will have the authority to determine education schedules and if students will return to the classroom in-person. 
  • The border of Cobija (Pando) with Brazil is now open. The rest of the borders with Brazil will remain closed until April 16, 2021. 
  • 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. 

COVID-19 Testing: 

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Bolivia? PCR tests are widely available in Bolivia, but antigen testing is still unavailable at this time.  
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.  
  • 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 PCR 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 is US$ 50.00 and the PCR test price averages is US$ 135.  The costs of the test are paid in full by the patient.
    • 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. 

For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html

Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To submit information in support of an exemption, email ConsularLaPazACS@state.gov.

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? Only for U.S. citizens with permanent residency in Bolivia. 
  • Which vaccines are available in Bolivia?  The Bolivia Ministry of Health has approved the use of the Sputnik V and Sinopharm vaccines. The government of Bolivia is carefully considering the approval, emergency use, and purchase of other COVID-19 vaccines.  
    • The Bolivian government will give priority to front-line healthcare workers and vulnerable communities, such as the elderly. The U.S. Embassy does not have an estimation about when a COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available in Bolivia. U.S. citizens should consult their local healthcare providers for additional information.   
  • 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.
      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.
    • 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 are required to quarantine for at least 10 days after entering Bolivia. Diplomats are exempt from this measure. 
    • Travelers will be required to submit a sworn statement of location of stay within Bolivia.  
    • All travelers entering Bolivia will be required to have another RT-PCR test taken 7 days after arrival. The cost of this test must be covered by the traveler; 
    • 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. 
  • 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? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information:

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes

  • Travelers are required to quarantine for at least 10 days after entering Bolivia.
  • Travelers will be required to submit a sworn statement of location of stay within Bolivia.
  • All travelers entering Bolivia will be required to have another RT-PCR test taken 7 days after arrival. The cost of this test must be covered by the traveler.

Transportation Options: 

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Commercial airlines operating in Bolivia have continued to run periodic 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.
  • 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?
    • Due to the resurgence in COVID-19 cases in Bolivia and the resulting impact on the health care system, the Consular Section has temporarily suspended all routine U.S. citizen services. U.S. citizens seeking emergency services should contact the Consular Section via email: ConsularLaPazACS@state.gov.
    • Please monitor the Embassy website for information concerning the resumption of consular services.
  • What visa services are being offered?
    • Due to the resurgence in COVID-19 cases in Bolivia and the resulting impact on the health care system, the Consular Section has temporarily suspended all routine visa services. Travelers needing consular assistance for legitimate emergency travel to the United States should contact the Consular Section via email: ConsularLaPazNIV@state.gov.
    • Please monitor the Embassy website for information concerning the resumption of consular services.

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