Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Bolivia on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Travel

Flight restrictions from Europe have been lifted. Passengers arriving from all countries require a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before flying and is required for everybody over 5-years of age to enter Bolivia. Passengers need to show a vaccination certificate dated at least 14 days before arrival in Bolivia. Passengers that have not been vaccinated need to self- isolate for 10 days. Tourists must show proof of medical insurance that will cover the cost of COVID treatment.

Check specific requirements with your airline.

Brazil, Paraguay and Peru have opened land borders with Bolivia, and Argentina has opened two border crossings at Yacuiba and Villazon.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Bolivia.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Bolivia

We strongly advise that you are able to access your vaccine certificate on the NHS COVID app, and have printed copies of it with you.

The following quarantine measures apply nationally:

Schools are gradually opening. In public places you must maintain 1.5m distance from other people and use facemasks, including outside.

Visas

If you are in Bolivia and your entry stamp is about to expire, inform the British Embassy’s consular section by sending your details to lapaz.escalations@fcdo.gov.uk.

Accommodation

Most hotels are now open with distancing measures in place.

Healthcare in Bolivia

There is currently very limited capacity in Bolivian hospitals due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and tourists may not be able to access the public health care system.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Bolivia.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Bolivia

We will update this page when the Government of Bolivia announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Bolivian national vaccination programme started in April 2021 and is using the Sinopharm, Sputnik, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) and AstraZeneca vaccines. The Government of Bolivia has stated that British nationals who are legally resident in Bolivia are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Bolivia, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Help and support

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact the British Embassy. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.