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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

Bolivia: Civil Unrest

Demonstrations have taken place in several cities across Bolivia since October 21, 2019 following the general elections, and may continue for some time. We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Bolivia due to demonstrations and civil unrest. Read our full advice on SafeTravel.  

Protests could happen without notice and suddenly turn violent. Clashes between protesters and security forces have happened, resulting in injuries. Roadblocks are disrupting transportation nationwide. Access to the International Airports in Santa Cruz and La Paz may be blocked without notice. Other essential services could also be affected in urban and rural areas.

New Zealanders in Bolivia are advised 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. SafeTravel is 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

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