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  2. Safety and security
  3. Terrorism
  4. Local laws and customs
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 May 2019.

There is a dispute between local communities on the Island of the Sun (Isla del Sol) on Lake Titicaca, and foreign tourists have been affected. You should remain vigilant, and before travelling to the Island you should seek local advice.

UK health authorities have classified Bolivia as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Social conflict is common in Bolivia and blockades may occur along the main roads. Public transport can be disrupted at very short notice and strikes may result in widespread road blockades, including on roads to and from airports. You should never try to cross a blockade. See Road travel and Road blockades. You should avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

There is a risk of ‘express kidnappings’. Take care when travelling around Bolivia, particularly when you first arrive. If you take a taxi, use a registered company. See Crime

40,106 British nationals visited Bolivia in 2017. Most visits are trouble free.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Bolivia, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Carry a photocopy of your passport, including the personal details, entry stamp and disembarkation card with you at all times in case it is requested by immigration officials or the police. See Local Laws and Customs

Parts of Bolivia, including La Paz are at high altitude. See Health

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.


Quick Facts Tourist Information for:

Currency: Bolivian Boliviano (BOB)
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Dialling Code: 591
Drive on the: right
Visitors/Tourists: 807,000 in 2010
Languages Spoken:
Spanish (official language) 61%
Quechua (official language) 32%
Aymara (official language) 20%

Capital City(s):
La Paz
Telephone Area Code: 2
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Telephone Area Code: 4
Population: 225,000
Latitude: -19.0427777778 Longitude: -65.2552777778

This tool is being re-developed. The exchange rate is today's; but until development is completed we are using data obtained from a variety of sources in 2013 for the rest of the info, and is not guaranteed to be free of errors - see disclaimer.
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