Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Bolivia

The U.S. Embassy in La Paz informs U.S. citizens that nationwide demonstrations are expected to take place on October 10, 2017. According to the local media, demonstrators will gather in Plaza San Francisco in the city of La Paz, Plaza 14 de Septiembre in the city of Cochabamba, and in Plaza 24 de Septiembre in the city of Santa Cruz, to support democracy and the results of the February 21referendum.

The expected number of demonstrators is unknown. 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
  • 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).