us embassy in la paz closed monday 9 june 2008
U.S. EMBASSY LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
June 6, 2008
This Warden message is being issued to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Bolivia that credible reports suggest groups from El Alto will hold a demonstration against the U.S. Embassy on Monday, June 9, 2008. The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz will not provide consular services on this date. U.S. citizens seeking emergency assistance on this day may call the following phone number (591)2-216-8297.
The demonstration will likely take place in the morning, though no
specific time has been given. American citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Americans are urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any protests. If you find yourself in the vicinity of a large gathering, it is recommended you leave the area immediately for your own safety. American citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events.
The police will be on a heightened alert for potential civil unrest. Traffic is expected to be congested throughout La Paz. Because the police will be involved in addressing potential civil unrest, there will be minimal municipal patrols. As a result, you can expect criminals to take advantage of large crowds and use ruse or diversionary tactics to prey on potential street victims.
Pick-pocketing, purse snatching, and car thefts are the most common
street crimes during such periods. Everyone is advised to limit their cash on hand, unnecessary credit cards, jewelry, and other portable valuables.
Americans residing or traveling in Bolivia are encouraged to register and update their contact information at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz and/or the U.S. consular agencies in Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Registration may be done online and can be done in advance of travel. Information on registering may be found at the Department of State's Consular Affairs web site:
U.S. citizens should consult the Country Specific Information for
Bolivia and the latest Travel Alerts and Warnings and Worldwide
Caution at the Department's web site at http://travel.state.gov.
Updated information on travel and security in Bolivia may also be
obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States or by calling 1-202-501-4444 outside the United States. During regular work hours, the American Citizens Services unit at the Embassy in La Paz may be reached at 591-2-216-8297. The consular agencies may be reached in Santa Cruz at 591-3-351-3477 and in Cochabamba at 591-3-425-6714.
We hope this information is useful to you. If we may provide further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
American Citizen Services Unit
U.S. Embassy La Paz, Bolivia