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COVID-19 Information
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June 13, 2022

Last Updated 6/13/22

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***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

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 in some municipalities.
    • Concerning schools, departments and municipalities have the authority to determine pandemic-related education practices. Most schools have fully reopened.
    • 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 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, Moderna 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, for unvaccinated travelers
      • Travelers to Bolivia must comply with the following requirements.
        • Present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, or
        • Present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test (for persons older than 5 years) taken no more than 72 hours prior to embarkation, or
        • Present a negative COVID-19 nasal antigen test (for persons older than 5 years) no more than 48 hours prior to embarkation.

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

Transportation Options: 

    • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
      • Commercial flights operate between Bolivia and several international destinations such as: Miami, Madrid, Bogota, Lima, Santiago, Panama 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.
      • The use of masks in public spaces (and vehicles) remains obligatory in some municipalities.

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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