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Bolivia: Civil Unrest

We have reviewed our advice and now advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution while in Bolivia. Read our full advice on SafeTravel.

The current political situation in Bolivia remains highly unpredictable following the abrupt resignation of the president at the urging of the military, in response to widespread protests in the wake of presidential elections on 20 October 2019. An interim government is in place ahead of new elections. Protests and the use of roadblocks are ongoing, particularly around Cochabamba. Protests may occur at short notice and turn violent without warning.  Previous demonstrations have resulted in the deaths of some protesters. There have been disruptions to flights and to access to the International Airports in Santa Cruz and La Paz in recent weeks, and increased levels of disruption remain possible. Other essential services could also be affected in urban and rural areas.

New Zealanders in Bolivia are advised to continue to avoid all demonstrations and protests as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to result in violence. You should keep up to date with developments via local media and official sources for news of planned or possible unrest, and comply with any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities. No attempt should be made to pass or go around roadblocks, even if they appear unattended, as this may aggravate the situation and lead to violence.

We encourage all New Zealanders living and travelling offshore to register on SafeTravel, the official registration facility for New Zealanders travelling or living overseas. If you register with us, we're able to relay important information and account for your safety and wellbeing as part of New Zealand's consular response to an overseas emergency.

New Zealanders in Bolivia requiring urgent consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Santiago, Chile on +56 2 2616 3000 (during working hours – 8.45am – 5.15pm Monday to Friday) or +64 99 20 20 20 (after working hours), or at embajada@nzembassy.cl.

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