Harvard University


Risk Ratings  

    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Bolivia
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Bolivia

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry Rules: Air borders are open and commercial flights are permitted to operate. Returning Bolivian citizens and residents, diplomats, members of special missions and international organisations, technical specialists, and drivers of international goods and cargo will be permitted entry to Bolivia with no enforced quarantine.
(Until further notice)
Test Requirements: All arriving passengers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within three days of arrival if coming from a country bordering Bolivia, within seven days of the flight if coming from within South and Central America, and within ten days of the flight if coming from North America, Europe or Asia.
All passengers will be required to complete a health declaration upon arrival.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine: All non-exempted travellers are required to quarantine for ten days upon arrival and must submit a sworn statement of location of stay within Bolivia. On the seventh day after arrival, non-exempted travellers are required to take a PCR test.
(Until further notice)
International flights have resumed to La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.
(Until further notice)
OutboundThere are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticThe federal government temporarily suspended all COVID-19 restrictions. However, municipalities may have their own restrictions.
(Until further notice)
It is mandatory to wear face masks in public places and social distancing measures must be respected.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Bolivia

COVID-19 information for Bolivia

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Opportunistic theft and violent crimes such as armed robbery and assault are increasingly common, particularly in impoverished neighbourhoods of urban centres. Car theft and burglaries of residential and commercial premises occur with increased frequency in cities such as La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. Bolivian National Police (PNB) operations are limited to the urban areas, and response times are generally slow. The cocaine trade poses few serious security concerns and does not affect foreign business travellers, unless they venture into coca-producing territory.

Demonstrations are held regularly in La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and other cities, usually involving rallies and roadblocks; clashes also sometimes occur between protesters and the security forces. Periodic rallies by cocaleros (coca growers) in the lowlands, peasant farmers in the highlands and indigenous groups in the Amazon can cause significant travel disruption.

Bolivia experienced significant election-related unrest – including violent protests, strikes and roadblocks – following the disputed 20 October 2019 elections, which were later annulled. Former president Evo Morales (in office 2006-19) subsequently resigned and an interim government led by former senator Jeanine Anez was installed. New elections are scheduled for 6 September 2020, after being postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. The lead-up to these elections carries potential for further unrest.

Bolivia is prone to heavy flooding and landslides during the rainy season (November to March); the government often declares a state of emergency in areas that are severely affected by deluges.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Bolivia
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
Read more
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
Read more
RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
Read more
Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
Read more
Yellow feverBolivia is a country with a risk of yellow fever
Read more
Routine Vaccinations

Disclaimer  Privacy

Travel security advice provided in this report represents the best judgment of AEA International Holdings Pte. Ltd. Medical and health advice provided in this report represents the best judgment of AEA International Holdings Pte. Ltd. Advice in this report does not however provide a warranty of future results nor a guarantee against risk.

© 2021 AEA International Holdings Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction (other than for authorised internal purposes) is prohibited except with the prior written consent of the copyright owners.