consulates resume normal service hours

(Santa Cruz, Bolivia)


September 19, 2008
This Warden Message is being issued to notify U.S. citizens that the American Citizens Services unit at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, and the Consular Agencies in Cochabamba and Santa Cruz have resumed normal operations. Please note the hours and telephone numbers:

La Paz: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 08:00 to 12:30

Friday: from 08:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 16:00

Tel: (591-2) 216-8297

Cochabamba: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 08:30 to 12:30

Tuesday and Thursday: 08:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 15:00

Tel: (591-4) 411-6313

Santa Cruz: Monday: 09:00 to12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 08:30 to 12:30

Tel: (591-3) 351-3477

Given the potential for last-minutes changes, it is highly recommended that you contact the office to ensure it is open before going in person.

In addition, the visa unit at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz will resume full visa operations beginning on Monday, September 22. If persons had visa appointments canceled the week of September 15, they were notified of their new appointment based on the contact information provided by the applicant. If they were not re-scheduled due to inadequate contact information, non-immigrant visa applicants should contact the visa call center at 800-100-449 (in Bolivia), and immigrant visa applicants should write to

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet website at where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts can be found. Additional information is available in the Country Specific Information for Bolivia at and on the Embassy web page at

Current information on travel and security in Bolivia may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). U.S. citizens traveling or residing overseas are encouraged to register with the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the State Department's travel registration web site at .

U.S. citizens may contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, via e-mail at or by telephone at (591-2) 216-8297 during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or (591-2) 216-8500 after hours and on weekends. The Consular Section is located in the U.S. Embassy at 2780 Arce Avenue in La Paz, Bolivia, and is open to the public (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.). The Santa Cruz Consular Agency can be reached by telephone at (591-3) 351-3477 and the Cochabamba Consular Agency can be reached by telephone at (591-4) 411-6313.

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