Travel Alert November 2019: Civil Unrest in Bolivia

If Bolivia is in your travel plans this week, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to civil unrest in that country.

Travel Alert November 2019: Civil Unrest in Bolivia

The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States has issued a Level 2 travel advisory as of Friday, November 1, 2019…

Exercise increased caution in Bolivia due to civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider travel to Santa Cruz metropolitan area and Cochabamba metropolitan area due to civil unrest.

Country Summary: There are recurring demonstrations, strikes, roadblocks, and marches in major cities in Bolivia. Demonstrations and marches are centered on city plazas and major thoroughfares. Roadblocks and strikes cut off traffic on main avenues, highways between cities, and airport access. There are reports of sporadic violence, and local authorities have used crowd control measures to discourage protests.

Domestic and international flights may be delayed or cancelled, and road travel around and between cities is regularly impeded due to demonstrations.

The civil unrest reportedly began with irregularities in the vote counting process of the election in Bolivia on Sunday, October 20, 2019.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Bolivia this week, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the civil unrest which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating conditions and traffic problems.

Here are two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this civil unrest:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Santa Cruz for Tuesday, October 29, 2019 through Monday, November 11, 2019; and Saturday, November 16, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Copa Airlines has issued a travel alert for Santa Cruz for Wednesday, October 23, 2019 through Wednesday, November 6, 2019; and Friday, November 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Do not be surprised if additional airlines issue travel waivers — as well as the existing travel waivers being extended — as a result of the civil unrest in Bolivia.

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: Map data ©2019 Google; ©2019 TerraMetrics.

One thought on “Travel Alert November 2019: Civil Unrest in Bolivia”

  1. debit says:

    Bolivia, france, Chile, hong kong, most of north africa.

    Are we Americans the only ones going to suffer and illegitimate president and a law breaking party of rednecks.

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