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Bolivia

Bolivia: At a glance

Capital: Sucre

Population: 11.05 million

Official language: Spanish

Time zone: Bolivia Time

Emergency #: 118

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Bolivia: Travel Health Information

Bolivia is known for its history, indigenous cultures, and diverse natural landscapes. Travellers can climb Bolivia’s highest peak on Huayna Potosí, or tour the world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni. Adventurous travellers can take a cycling tour along the world’s most dangerous road - the Camino de la Muerte. For a more relaxed experience, visitors can shop along Calle Sagarnaga in La Paz.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Bolivia may differ from your home country. Bolivia has a centralized public healthcare system as well as a private sector. Access to quality healthcare outside of major cities is generally very limited and services offered are usually basic. Private healthcare in major cities typically meets international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Bolivia require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Bolivia.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are generally available in most towns in Bolivia. Many medicines can be purchased over-the-counter without a prescription. However, it is always advisable to consult a healthcare practitioner before starting a new medication or making changes to an existing medication.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Bolivia’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads conditions in Bolivia vary by region. Outside of major cities, roads are generally poorly maintained and may pose a risk to travellers. Many roads are unpaved and flooding, rock slides, and heavy traffic can make driving very hazardous. Seat belt requirements are not regularly enforced in Bolivia, but are recommended for safety – passengers and drivers should wear a seat belt at all times. Helmets must be worn by motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Bolivia: At a glance

Capital: Sucre

Population: 11.05 million

Official language: Spanish

Time zone: Bolivia Time

Emergency #: 118

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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