Avenida Arce 2780
La Paz, Bolivia
Telephone: +(591) (2) 216-8246
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(591) (2) 216-8500
Fax: +(591) (2) 216-8808
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 08:00 – 17:30 and Friday: 08:00 – 12:00 (except U.S. and local holidays)
United States Consular Agency, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Radial Castilla S/N (In front of Santo Tomas School soccer
field). Between 3er Anillo Interno y 3er Anillo Externo
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Telephone: +(591) (3) 351-3477 / 351-3479
Emergency after-hours telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in La Paz - +(591) 2-216-8500
Facsimile: +(591) (3) 351-3478
Hours: Monday and Tuesday: 08:00 – 15:00 Wednesday and
Thursday: 8:30 – 15:00, and Friday: 09:00 – 12:00 (except
U.S. and local holidays)
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Bolivia for information on U.S. – Bolivia relations.
You need a passport and a valid visa to travel to Bolivia. Visit the U.S. Embassy’s website for the most current visa information.
Dual Nationality: Upon entering and/or exiting Bolivia, U.S.-Bolivian citizens may be required to show a valid Bolivian identity document, such as a Bolivian carnet de identidad.
HIV Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Bolivia.
Protests, strikes, roadblocks, and other civic actions are common. While protest actions generally begin peacefully, they have the potential to become violent.
When traveling or living in Bolivia, you should:
Chapare and Yungas Regions: Organized criminal groups near Coroico and Carnavi cities in Yungas have committed carjackings, resulting in significant harm to foreign citizens. Additionally, government authorities have used force in past confrontations with residents over coca eradication, and pro-coca groups may attempt to target U.S. interests. Contact the Embassy's Consular Section before traveling to these regions.
Crime: Pick pocketing, assaults following ATM withdrawals, and car theft are common.
Victims of Crime:
U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy.
Report crimes to the local police at 110 and contact the U.S. Embassy at (591) (2) 216-8246. After working hours: 216-8500. The National Tourism Police provides free assistance, in English, to tourists. Contact the La Paz office at 800-14-0081. Contact the Cochabamba office at (591) (4) 450-3880. In the city of Santa Cruz contact Interpol at (591) 3-800-14-0099.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
In Bolivia, you may find products made with wild plants and animals. Many of these products could involve protected or endangered species, whose sale and export are illegal. Any protected species that is sold or transported, either live or transformed into food, medicinal beverages, leather, handcrafts, garments, etc., could be seized by Bolivian authorities. Some products, including live animals, require special permits when leaving Bolivia. Knowingly importing into the United States wildlife or plants that were taken from the wild or sold in violation of the laws of Bolivia (or any other country) violates U.S. law.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Medical Tourism: There are significant risks involved in undergoing elective cosmetic procedures in Bolivia.
Mountain Trekking and Climbing Safety: Many popular trekking routes in the Bolivian Andes are at 16,000 feet or higher. Exercise extreme care when trekking or climbing in Bolivia.
Authentication of Documents: If you plan to use U.S. documents, such as birth, marriage, divorce, or death certificates, in Bolivia you must authenticate them in the United States. Consult the Department of State Office of Authentications and the nearest Bolivian Embassy or consulate.
Marriage: See the Embassy’s website for information on getting married in Bolivia.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: The Bolivian constitution prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Very few buildings and streets in Bolivia are accessible by wheelchair. Sidewalks and ramps are often in disrepair. Most public transportation vehicles are ill-adapted and make regular use of transportation difficult.
Women Travelers: Bolivia has one of the highest domestic violence rates against women. A very high percentage of women in Bolivia have experienced intimate partner violence, making it one of the most violent countries for women in Latin America. See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Medical care in large cities is adequate for most purposes but of varying quality. Medical facilities are generally not equipped to handle serious medical conditions.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Bolivia to ensure the medication is legal in Bolivia. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
The following diseases are prevalent:
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions in Bolivia are hazardous. Few highways have shoulders, fencing or barriers, and highway markings are minimal.
Traffic Laws: If you are involved in a traffic accident, stay at the scene until local police arrive. Attempting to leave the scene violates Bolivian law.
Public Transportation: Although violent assaults on public transportation are rare, petty theft of backpacks and other personal items does occur.
Aviation Safety Oversight:
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Bolivia’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Bolivia’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.