Since November 23, Bolivian doctors have carried out a strike protesting changes to Bolivian malpractice law. Striking medical professionals have stopped or reduced services in Bolivia’s public and private hospitals, with many pharmacies also closing their doors or limiting operating hours in solidarity. Some medical providers remain open to provide emergency services only on a limited basis. Non-emergency, elective, and deferrable medical services have been greatly reduced during the strike.
Due to the nature of the doctor’s strike, the availability of medical and pharmaceutical services in
Bolivia will be unclear and dependent on day-to-day developments. U.S. citizens should take this uncertainty into account when planning travel and take precautionary measures to stock up on needed medications when possible.
Continued demonstrations supporting the strike are expected around the country affecting traffic, public plazas, and government buildings. 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).