COVID-19: Bolivia Travel Updates

Market La Paz

Updated 11th September 2021.


  • Restrictions on flights from Europe have been removed. Source

See here for South America Travel COVID-19 overview. 

Bolivia Travel Restrictions (September 2021)

Can you travel to Bolivia right now? SUMMARY:

Yes, you can currently travel to Bolivia if you meet the below criteria and complete the mandatory quarantine period. 

Before you enter Bolivia, you will need to:

  • Take a PCR test up to 72 hours before you board your flight. 
  • Purchase medical insurance that covers the cost of treatment for COVID-19. 

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Quarantine Period: 

There is a mandatory 10-day quarantine in place for travellers arriving in Bolivia (regardless whether or not you are fully vaccinated). You will be required to pay for a PCR test on the 7th day. 

However, according to one local tour provider: “The Bolivia 10 day quarantine is just a paper law. No one is enforcing it nor knows anything about it.”

Face Masks: 

Face masks should be worn in all public places, including outside. 

See here for our recommendations on the best face masks for travel. 

COVID-19 Tests Required: 

  1. You must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before boarding your flight to Bolivia. This rule applies to everybody over the age of 5 years old. 
  2. During your mandatory 10 day quarantine, you’ll also be required to take a further PCR test on the 7th day of the quarantine. 

Internal Travel Restrictions in Bolivia: 

Across the country, local authorities are in control of imposing their own restrictions so measures could change or be extended with little notice. Keep an eye on local news for updates.


There is currently a quarantine in place in the La Paz department. It applies weekdays between 10pm and 5am and between 8pm and 5am on weekends. 

If you breach the curfew or other COVID-19 restrictions, you could be given a fine or even be imprisoned. 

Land Borders: 

Bolivia closed their land borders to foreign nationals on 17th March 2020. Source. They are still currently closed at this time so transit to neighbouring countries via land is not possible. 

Hotels and guesthouses: 

There are now several hotels that have opened with social distancing measures in place. 

Public places: 

There is currently a 1.5m distance rule in place in Bolivia. You must keep your distance from others in public places and wear a face mask, even if you are outside. 


On the ground: Traveller Reports:

These reports have been taken from our South America Backpacker Facebook community

Traveller report 17th July 2021 – “Bolivia not so bad, can travel around but everything is expensive as no tourists to fill tours so need private. Each city has different rules.” – Kevin.
Traveller report 17th July 2021 – “In Bolivia, all is ok in LaPaz as far as I know.” – Kaps.

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