Death of a U.S. Citizen

The American Citizens Services (ACS) unit provides certain assistance when a U.S. citizen dies in Bolivia. The degree and nature of consular assistance depends upon whether the U.S. citizen was accompanied by a family member or representative and whether he or she was visiting or living in Bolivia.

The ACS Unit can provide advice on funeral homes that prepare remains for repatriation to the United States and will issue a Consular Report of Death, which serves as a death certificate for probate and other legal purposes in the United States.

When a U.S. citizen dies in Bolivia, the death should be reported to the U.S. Embassy in La Paz or the Consular Agency in Santa Cruz as soon as possible.  The surviving spouse, or next of kin, should send an email to with a copy of the Bolivian death certificate, U.S. passport of the deceased, social security number, any marriage or divorce certificates, identification for the next of kin including marriage or birth certificates, and contact telephone number.