Security Alert – Restrictions Related to General Elections in Bolivia

Location: Nationwide

Event: Restrictions related to general elections scheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2020 in Bolivia.

The Plurinational Electoral Body issued the following nine nationwide restrictions that will be in effect on the days before and during the general elections schedule on October 18.

  1. Any form of public demonstration in support of or against any of the candidates is prohibited from 00:00h on Thursday, October 15 until 18:00h on October 18.
  2. It is forbidden to sell or consume alcoholic beverages in public or private spaces from 48 hours before general elections until 12:00h on the day after the elections.
  3. It is prohibited to carry firearms or dangerous instruments from 00:00h on October 18 until the day after the elections.
  4. Stores, restaurants, food courts, supermarkets, and markets are prohibited from opening on election day.
  5. It is also forbidden to carry out acts, meetings, or public shows of any kind.
  6. It is forbidden to move voters from one precinct to another using any means of transportation.
  7. It is forbidden to drive public and private vehicles from 00:00h on October 18 until the day after elections. Only those authorized by the TSE may circulate.  Drivers who do not comply with the vehicle restrictions will be detained until 00:00h on October 19.  The vehicle will be returned once the fine is paid.
  8. Cable car service is suspended, as well as land, lake, rail, and air transportation services throughout the country from 00:00h on October 18 until the day after elections.
  9. Domestic flights, inter-departmental and inter-provincial travel is prohibited from 00:00h on October 18 until the day after elections, with the exclusion of TSE officials to travel based on their work.

International flights originating in, arriving in, or going out of Bolivia are exempt from the ban.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid areas of election related activities, including hotels, restaurants, bars, and polling stations.
  • Limit plans for leisure or business travel within Bolivia on/around October 18.
  • Bolivian-U.S. dual citizens should follow guidance from the Órgano Electoral Plurinacional on local voting procedures.
  • Travelers arriving to Bolivian airports on October 18 should assure ground transportation plans beforehand or prepare for long delays.
  • Avoid roadblocks and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests.
  • Do not attempt to pass through roadblocks forcibly.
  • Plan for alternate travel routes or remain in place if planned travel is inhibited.
  • Monitor local media for updates on road conditions.
  • Monitor the ABC website for official reports at http://transitabilidad.abc.gob.bo/mapa/.
  • For emergency assistance, contact the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy using the information below.

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