- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Natural Disasters and Climate
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
We advise you to avoid non-essential travel due to stringent flight restrictions and strict self-isolation arrangements on arrival.
Security Status Last Updated: 15 March 2020
Nationwide quarantine measures remain in Bolivia until further notice.
As of 1st of November the current measures apply across the country:
• A curfew will apply all days between 12am and 5am
• All public gatherings are prohibited, except for religious services.
• You should practice social distancing from others in public and use facemasks including outdoors.
• Penalties for breaching these measures include fines, public service and prison.
Bolivia has implemented ‘dynamic quarantine’ restrictions. Towns and cities are classified to be at high, medium or moderate risk based on coronavirus data. Different quarantine restrictions will apply depending on the designated risk level, which are re-assessed every seven days. Local authorities may impose additional restrictions, including on the movement of people, depending on the risk level of the area. Further information is available on the Bolivian Government website.
The Bolivian government has announced that flights from Europe will be suspended until 15 February 2021, and this could be extended further. During this period, if you have been in Europe in the last 14 days and plan to travel to Bolivia, please engage directly with the Embassy of Bolivia in your country of residency for further information.
While limited commercial international and domestic flights have resumed, the frequency and routes available are reduced. The Bolivian authorities require that passengerspresent a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate on arrival.. Check specific requirements with your airline and/or the Bolivian authorities based on your circumstances.
If you need consular assistance, please contact the Honorary Consulate on firstname.lastname@example.org
Further measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All travellers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend contacting your airline or tour operator and following the advice of the Bolivian Ministry of Health.
All those travelling to Bolovia should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
General Travel advice
Although the situation in Bolivia has returned to relative calm following a period of widespread protests and sporadic violence throughout the country, the political and security situation remains uncertain. Elections have been held without any major incidents and a new government is now in place as of 8th November.
Demonstrations and roadblocks could happen without notice and suddenly turn violent. We advise you to monitor local media for information and follow the instructions of local authorities. You should avoid areas where these demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place.
These demonstrations can also lead to disruption to traffic and public transportation. If you are planning to travel, you should check travel plans regularly and seek advice from transport providers.
If you need urgent consular assistance, please contact the Honorary Consulate at email@example.com
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management. To report emergencies, contact the police, an ambulance, or the fire department by dialling 911 from any phone. We suggest you learn as much as you can about Bolivia before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books.
Because there is no Irish Embassy in Bolivia, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Honorary Consul General of Ireland in Santa Cruz, Bolivia or the Irish Embassy in Buenos Aires in Argentina.
If you phone outside of working hours, please leave a message giving:
- Your name
- The nature of your problem
- Where you are now
- Your contact details (mobile phone number or phone number of where you’re staying)
We regularly monitor these messages and one of our staff members will be in contact with you.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Occasional episodes of social unrest can affect main tourist areas, transportation and domestic and international travel.
There’s a continual risk of demonstrations and strikes throughout the country. These protests can affect local travel and some interdepartmental bus routes have been disrupted as a result of a dispute between operators and the government.
Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser. And avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational.
Although the threat from terrorism in Bolivia is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime can be an issue in Bolivia and you should take sensible precautions.
There is a continuing risk of violent crimes against foreign nationals with reports of European nationals being attacked, robbed, sexually assaulted and threatened with murder. Some foreign tourists have been murdered.
You should remain extremely vigilant and cautious about your surroundings whilst travelling around Bolivia, especially on arrival in the country.
If you’re planning to drive in Bolivia, you should be extremely careful. Some of Bolivia’s principal roads are paved, but of variable quality and most roads are unpaved rough tracks, which are graded from time to time. If you want to drive:
- Bring your international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
- Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights
Jeep safari tours
There have been a number of serious road accidents involving jeep safari tours including during visits to Uyuni and other Salt Flats areas, which have resulted in the deaths of several tourists. We recommend that you check the conditions of vehicles, to wear seatbelts at all times, and we encourage drivers to drive safely and to respect speed limits.
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
- Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them.
- Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
Bolivia is the world’s third largest producer of cocaine. In their efforts to control the production, the government have harsh penalties for those caught trafficking or in possession. You should therefore be very careful with your luggage and belongings and avoid any contact with prohibited drugs.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Natural Disasters and Climate
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
If you are unsure of the entry requirements for Bolivia, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Bolivia.
You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.
It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.
Check with your doctor well in advance of (8 weeks) travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Bolivia.
There is a risk of Zika Virus (a dengue-like mosquito-borne disease) in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Irish Citizens especially those with a weakened immune system or women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) at http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/.
Bolivia is a risk country for dengue fever transmission. The disease is concentrated in the Departments of Pando and Santa Cruz de la Sierra. The other main outbreaks were in the areas of central Cochabamba, the tropical zones of La Paz [Department], and in the city of Riberalta, in the Beni region (northeast Bolivia) and the Tarija Department.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required by foreigners when entering certain high-risk areas. These areas include all of the regions of Santa Cruz, Pando and Beni, and much of Cochabamba, Tarija and northern La Paz departments. The cities of La Paz and Sucre are risk free.
Malaria risk is present throughout the country, except in urban areas and the highlands of La Paz (above 2500m/8202ft) and the two southwestern provinces of Oruro and Potos. You should discuss anti-malarial treatment with your doctor before you travel.
Outside office hours, for genuine emergencies involving Irish citizens, which cannot wait until the next working day, please call +54 9 11 5945 7483.
Embassy of Ireland
Avenida del Libertador 1068
Monday to Friday 09:00 to 13:00
Honorary Consulate Contact
Bolivia Honorary Consul
Honorary Consul General of Ireland
Av. San Martin y Calle Hugo Wast,
Comercial Chuubi, Planta Alta, Of 16,
Email: Email us
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.