Security Alert – U.S. Embassy La Paz, Bolivia (October 10, 2019)

Location:  Nationwide

Event:  General elections are scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 2019 in Bolivia. From 00:00h until 24:00h on October 20, public and private transportation, to include public buses and the Teleféricoin La Paz, will be almost shut down. Only a limited number of vehicles with a special permit will be permitted to circulate. Additionally, all public acts, meetings, and spectacles are prohibited during this same period. A dry law prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol will be in effect from 00:00h on Friday, October 18 until 12:00h on Monday, October 21.

In addition, in the days leading up to, and following, the October 20 elections, U.S. citizen residents and travelers anywhere in Bolivia should expect political rallies, mass civic town halls (cabildos), as well as protests, strikes, and roadblocks related to a variety of issues. There are reports of ongoing roadblocks in Potosi; the duration of the protest is unknown.

Actions to Take:

  • Limit plans for leisure or business travel within Bolivia on/around October 20.
  • Bolivian-U.S. dual citizens should follow guidance from the Órgano Electoral Plurinacional on local voting procedures.
  • Travelers arriving to Bolivian airports on October 20 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.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy La Paz, Bolivia
+(591) (2) 216-8000
+(591) (2) 216-8500 (after hours)
ConsularLaPazACS@state.gov
State Department – Consular Affairs
+1 (888) 407-4747 or +1 (202) 501-4444
Bolivia Country Information
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