Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in La Paz

United States Embassy La Paz, Bolivia

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in La Paz

August 21, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in La Paz informs U.S. citizens that demonstrators are expected to block all access to El Alto, including Yanacocha, Socabaya Colon streets and all the main streets in Avenida 16 de Julio, on August 21, 2017. Street Vendors of La Paz are protesting against the issuance of street vendor credentials. According to local media there will be approximately 2000 people. Heavy traffic is expected in the surrounding area.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

For further information about security in Bolivia:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Bolivia Country Specific
    Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia, located at 2780 Arce Avenue in La Paz, at +591-2-216-8246 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through
    Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +591-2-216-8500.
  • Contact the U.S. Consular Agency in Santa Cruz, located at Radial Castilla, S/N, Across from the Colegio Santo Tomás playing field, at
    +591-3-351-3477 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency
    number for U.S. citizens is +591-2-216-8500.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202- 501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
    Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).