Health Alert: Changes to National Quarantine Measures in Bolivia through September 30

Event: Changes to Quarantine Measures in Bolivia through September 30

On August 27, 2020, the Bolivian government announced Decree 4314 with plans to move the country into a new phase of national quarantine measures for the month of September aimed to combat the spread of COVID-19. National quarantine has been extended throughout Bolivia through September 30, but with numerous changes to regulations on transportation and commercial activity. Departmental and municipal governments will determine commercial activity and other services and activities not governed by the national decree, and may add restrictions as needed by local conditions. U.S. Citizen travelers and residents in Bolivia should verify local COVID-19 measures at their current location or intended destination.

Under the new national decree:

  • Social distancing and the use of masks in public places remains obligatory.
  • Monday to Friday: Persons and vehicles are prohibited from circulating between the nighttime hours of 20:00 and 5:00 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.
  • Classes and other large public events remain suspended.
  • Air borders will be open and commercial flights will be permitted to operate. Returning Bolivian citizens and residents, 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.
  • Intermunicipal, interprovincial, and interdepartmental transportation services will be determined by the appropriate authorities according to the determined risk level.
  • Commercial activity, such as markets and shops, will be permitted on weekends until 16:00.
  • Government and private offices, job sites, and services that are open must work a “continuous day” which means they will not close for lunch but instead will stop work several hours earlier in the afternoon.
  • The Department of State maintains a level-4 Travel Advisory for Bolivia, encouraging U.S. citizens to avoid all non-emergency travel to Bolivia due to COVID-19. For additional information, please visit our COVID-19 webpage at https://bo.usembassy.gov/.

American Citizen Services at U.S. Embassy La Paz and Consular Agency Santa Cruz are currently available on an emergency basis and by appointment only. Citizens seeking an emergency appointment should email ConsularLaPazACS@state.gov providing their contact information, service needed, and the nature of their emergency.

There are no US government-operated or funded repatriation flights to the United States currently planned. Commercial airlines operating in Bolivia have continued to run periodic special flights to Miami and other foreign destinations during Bolivian quarantine measures. Please consult Boliviana de Aviacion (BoA) and Amaszonas airlines for options. U.S. Embassy La Paz cannot provide transportation from home to airport on the day of these flights, and does not control luggage or pet restrictions for these flights or any onward travel. Passengers may be subject to additional quarantine restrictions and/or health screenings upon arrival and should inquire with the airlines or local authorities at their destination.

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. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Questions about visas and visa services should be directed to ConsularLaPazNIV@state.gov

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