potential for civil unrest in santa cruz april 2009


April 23, 2009

This warden message is being issued to notify U.S. citizens that based on the Government of Bolivia's public allegations that there are terrorist cells operating in Santa Cruz and its announced plans to move against them, the U.S. Embassy recommends its citizens be aware of the potential for civil unrest. In the event of civil disturbances, it is suggested that U.S. citizens review the tips on emergency preparedness available at the Department of Homeland Security's website:

http://www.dhs.gov/xcitizens/editorial_0711.shtm .

In addition, due to the absence of a consular agent in Santa Cruz, the consular agency will be offering only limited consular services until further notice. Persons who must apply for passports or consular reports of birth abroad, or need notarial services may seek these services at the:

* U.S. Embassy in La Paz on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 08:00 to 12:30, and on Fridays from 08:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 16:00 or the

* U.S. Consular Agency in Cochabamba on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 08:30 to 12:30; and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 08:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 15:00.

Persons seeking emergency services, may directly contact the American Citizen Services Unit, U.S. Embassy, in La Paz at (591-2) 216-8297 or via email at USCit.Services.Bolivia@gmail.com. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's internet website at http://travel.state.gov 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 http://travel.state.gov and on the embassy web page at http://bolivia.usembassy.gov

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 https://travelregistration.state.gov

U.S. citizens may contact the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, via e-mail at USCit.Services.Bolivia@gmail.com 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. 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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