Bolivia Travel Information
The situation with the coronavirus is constantly
changing. Follow the information from the Bolivian
authorities. It must be expected that new measures and
restrictions can be implemented at short notice,
including on entry and quarantine regulations. For more
information about coronavirus, see the section Health.
There is still a somewhat uncertain political situation
in Bolivia, although it has been decided that
presidential elections will be held on May 3, 2020, with
a possible second round of elections within 45 days
after that. In October and November 2019, there was
widespread unrest in the country, with demonstration and
a number of roadblocks in the major cities. As of today,
the security situation is better, but it is generally
recommended to familiarize yourself with the situation
As a result of the elections in Bolivia on October
20, 2019, there was widespread political unrest in the
country. There were demonstrations, roadblocks and
general unrest in several parts of the country, which
led to several deaths and many injuries in October and
November. As of today, the situation has calmed down and
there is an ongoing political process for holding the
May 3 presidential election.
Travelers are encouraged to keep up to date on news
and any reports from the police and the country's
Norway is represented in Bolivia by an honorary
consulate general in La Paz. The Embassy of Norway in
Argentina is accredited to Bolivia (contact details
In general, most trips to Bolivia are carried out
without any special problems. The greatest risk is
related to transport security and criminal acts aimed at
tourists. It is recommended to be aware of details about
safety and to inquire about areas that are considered
less safe. The risk of terrorist incidents in Bolivia is
The level of crime in Bolivia is lower than in other
countries in the region, but far higher than in Norway.
Recently, more and more criminal acts have been reported
against tourists, such as purse seizures and credit card
fraud. Particularly on buses and other forms of
transport, travelers are subject to theft. This is
especially true in urban areas such as La Paz, Santa
Cruz and Cochabamba. In most cases, these are purse
seizures and the like, but there are also several
examples of armed robberies, kidnappings and the
perpetration of violence against tourists, although the
risk of this is considered low.
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of Bolivia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
It is recommended to exercise particular caution in
connection with ATM withdrawals and taxi rides after
dark. There have also been reports of tourists who have
been exposed to false civilian police. Tourists are
asked to show credentials and to check for counterfeit
banknotes and drugs, whereupon they are deprived of
valuables. If one is exposed to criminal acts, this
should be reported to the nearest police station.
There are many traffic accidents in the country. It
is recommended to avoid traveling after dark. Boliviana
de Aviaci¨®n - BoA is the only Bolivian airline to be a
member of Iata - the International Organization of
Airlines. Roadblocks as a political tool mean that
significant delays or canceled bus departures can occur.
In Bolivia, floods and landslides often occur during
the rainy season (November to March). In many cases, the
authorities declare state of emergency in the most
vulnerable areas. Travelers should keep up to date on
regional weather forecasts and plan their trip
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
travel insurance when traveling to Bolivia.
Tourist Police in La Paz: (591 - 2) 2225016
Travelers are subject to local laws and a serious
offense can result in prison sentences that must be
served in local prisons. Norwegians who are arrested or
imprisoned have the right to contact the responsible
Norwegian authority (the embassy in Buenos Aires). The
embassy can provide a list of lawyers on request.
Norwegian travelers should follow the advice and
directions from local authorities about the consequences
for entry due to the coronavirus.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
It is the responsibility of the travelers to ensure
that travel documents, possibly visas etc. are valid.
The Danish embassy in La Paz mainly provides information
on entry rules for foreigners who wish to travel to
Norway. Bolivian authorities are responsible for entry
regulations in Bolivia, and therefore also have the
competence to respond to inquiries regarding these
regulations. For information on entry rules in Bolivia,
please contact the country's authorities at the Bolivian
Embassy in Denmark or Sweden.
Embassy of Denmark in La Paz:
Embajada de Dinamarca
Av. Acre No. 2799, esq. Cordero
Edificio Fortaleza - Piso 9
La Paz, Bolivia
Tel: 00 591 2 243-2070 and 00 591 7 156-2213
The Bolivian Embassy in Denmark:
Embajada del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia and
Store Kongensgade No. 81, 2nd floor, 1264,
Tel.: +45 33 12 49 00
Fax: +45 33 12 49 03
The Bolivian Embassy in Sweden:
Embajada del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia and
Stjärnvägen 2A, 7 etg., 181 32 Lidingö, Stockholm,
Tel.: +46 87 31 58 30
Fax: +46 87 67 63 11
In Bolivia - Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs):
Direcci¨®n General de Migraci¨®n (Immigration
Website about Norway in Bolivia.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of how the coronavirus is
developing in the country. Follow local authorities'
advice, guidance and instructions on how to deal with
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not create
travel advice because of the risk of infection. It is
the Public Health Institute that provides health
professional travel advice. You can find more
information and guidance from Norwegian health
authorities on the website of the Norwegian Institute of
Information from the Bolivian authorities is
available (in Spanish) on the Ministry of Health of
The situation is constantly changing. It must
therefore be expected that new measures and restrictions
can be implemented.
Malaria occurs in the Amazon area and dengue fever in
the lowlands below 2,500 meters. In Bolivia, there is
also a high incidence of tuberculosis.
(There is a big difference between private and public
health services, especially when it comes to access to
Travelers are advised to consult a doctor or
specialist in travel medicine well in advance of the
trip to assess health risk and necessary vaccines. It is
referred to the website of the National Institute of
Bolivia is five hours after Norway (six hours when it
is summer time in Norway).
Power: 220 volts (110V may also occur). The
electricity supply is relatively stable in the larger
The area code for calls from Norway to Bolivia is +
591. Telephone kiosks are easily accessible in the
street image in all Bolivian cities. The mobile phone
network in Bolivia is relatively well developed,
especially in urban areas.
In large and medium-sized cities, the internet cafes
are many and easily accessible. Prices are low. The
national web domain is.bo
The currency unit in Bolivia is peso boliviano, most
commonly referred to as Bolivianos (BOL).
The use of credit cards as a means of payment is
relatively widespread in the major cities, but smaller
shops, restaurants and hotels will often not accept
credit cards or there will be delays and extra costs
when using them. In rural areas cash is used more or
Most ATMs in the major cities accept Visa and Master
Card, but we recommend caution as several tourists have
been robbed in connection with ATM withdrawals.
Normal opening hours are - Bank : Mon.-Fri.
8:30 am - 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Public Offices
: Mon.-Fri. 08.30-16.00. Shops :
Mon-Sat. 08.30 / 09.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 5.30/19.00
National holidays are January 1st, two moving
holidays in conjunction with the Carnival in February,
Long Friday, May 1st, one moving holiday in connection
with Christ's Body Day in May/June, August 6, November
1, December 25. In addition, there are various regional
Driving in Bolivia requires an international driver's
license. This is obtained prior to entry, through NAF,
(Norwegian Automobile Association), KNA (Royal Norwegian
Automobile Club) or MA (Motor Driver's Association).
Bolivia has a full 37 official languages, including
Spanish and 36 indigenous languages. Spanish, Aymara and
Quechua are most prevalent. English and other languages
are limited to a limited degree.