Security Alert: United States Embassy, La Paz, November 10, 2019

Location: La  Paz

The instruction given to U.S. diplomats and their family members to shelter at home was lifted at 12:00PM on November 10. In consideration of the current civil unrest and an evolving security situation, as noted in the Travel Advisory update for Bolivia of November 8, U.S. diplomats and their family members in Bolivia have instructions against traveling to El Alto or downtown areas of La Paz on personal travel, and must obtain Chief of Mission approval for all in-country travel outside of the La Paz metropolitan area.

Actions to take:

  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds; be prepared to remain at home if necessary.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not require U.S. government assistance.
  • Contact your airline or travel agency prior to travel, and make contingency plans to leave the country.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Bolivia.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.


U.S. Embassy La Paz, Bolivia

+(591) (2) 216-8000

+(591) (2) 216-8500 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs

+1 (888) 407-4747 or +1 (202) 501-4444

Bolivia Country Information

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