Canada Is Warning Against Travelling To Bolivia Over Violent Protests & Civil Unrest
Avoid all non-essential travel.
If you have plans to travel to Bolivia in the near future you might want to rethink your trip. A travel advisory for Bolivia has been put in place by the government because of violent protests. So if you don't have to travel there it's probably best if you stay at home.
The Canadian government is warning Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel to Bolivia because of political uncertainty, protests across the country, roadblocks and civil unrest.
The protests, violence and unrest is cause for concern with the Canadian government and the safety and security of Canadians could be threatened if they travel to Bolivia.
"The political situation is currently volatile and unpredictable in Bolivia," the government said in the warning. "Tensions remain high throughout the country."
Since Bolivia's president resigned on November 10, demonstrations have been large and violent. Those demonstrations have happened in many different cities across the country and the government believes they are likely to continue.
So a travel advisory for the country has been put in place and there's no telling when it will be lifted.
Bolivia is surrounded by Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile. La Paz, the country's capital, is where there have been incidents of arson, vandalism and looting and is close to Bolivia's border with Peru.
Access to airports in La Paz and Santa Cruz can be blocked at any time without notice. Roads leading to borders with other countries can also be blocked.
And transportation within is being disrupted because of roadblocks.
Before stepping down as president, Evo Morales was re-elected to a fourth term in office in October. But the opposition didn't accept the election result and have been taking part in violent protests ever since.
On November 12, Morales left Bolivia only hours after he was granted asylum by Mexico.
According to the BBC, at a press conference after landing in Mexico Morale claimed he was forced out of office and to step down but did so willingly "so there would be no more bloodshed, no more violence".
The Canadian government is also providing tips on how to deal with the conflict and unrest for Canadians who are already in Bolivia.
If you're in Bolivia, the government says to limit your movements, stay cautious, avoid protest areas and side streets, avoid crossing blockades and follow the instructions of local authorities.
To keep up to date with the travel advisory for Bolivia, continue to check the government's travel site.