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NEWSLETTER

 

 

BOLIVIA TRAVEL NEWS
Brought to you by Fremen Tours Bolivia - DMC, La Paz

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COVID-19 new variant:
Bolivia concerned
rather than alarmed

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Bolivia Update as of Monday, January 17, 2022

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Protecting against coronavirus
(Covid-19)

Travellers should take the basic precautions as described in our general Health Information leaflet to protect themselves:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

More info: Basic Protective Measures against the New Coronavirus (COVID-19) here

CORONAVIRUS in Bolivia — Here's What You Need To Know

COVID-19 — As of January 17, there are 749,070 confirmed cases in Bolivia. (Bolivian Ministry of Health)

With 9,150 new cases today, COVID-19 infections are increasing in Bolivia.

Just as many countries around the world were beginning to loosen their border restrictions, including Bolivia, reports of a newly detected coronavirus variant alarms the world and restricts travel... again!

How worrying is the new Covid variant?

Omicron variant is now radically different to the original that emerged in Wuhan, China. That means vaccines, which were designed using the original strain, may not be as effective.

Scientific studies in the laboratory will give a clearer picture, but answers will come more quickly from monitoring the virus in the real world.

It is still early to draw clear conclusions, but there are already signs that are causing worry.

Bolivia is wondering whether Omicron spreads faster than Delta, is any more severe or to what extent it can evade the immune protection that comes from vaccination, and how well the variant will spread in the country, although large numbers of people in Bolivia are now fully vaccinated.

Bolivia has administered at least 11,000,000 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have fully vaccinated about 50% of the country’s population.

Travel Advice

Air borders are open and flight restrictions have been lifted. International and domestic transport are permitted to operate. Commercial flights are operating normally.

Entrance procedures and screening for COVID-19 are conducted at all international airports.

Full vaccination as well as negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) are required for entry.

Fully vaccinated passengers do not need to quarantine.

Please remember to continue to follow the safety measures as you travel throughout Bolivia.

Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, Bolivian authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travellers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival.

 

Disclaimer:
The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of FTB and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any agency of the Bolivian government, including Health authorities and/or the Department of Civil Protection (Dirección de Defensa Civil).

 

There are no national COVID-19 restrictions, but departments and municipalities have the authority to impose restrictions at the local level.

Physical distancing and the use of facemasks in public places remains obligatory. Authorities have also urged the public to avoid mass events.

International travel, entry requirements:

Travellers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have negative PCR test result are permitted to enter.

Borders are open and commercial flights are permitted to operate normally.

Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry.

We are pleased to take another step toward easing travel restrictions at our borders in a manner that strengthens our economy and protects the health and safety of the public. We continue working closely with our international partners to sustainably implement new rules for resuming travel.

This shift eases long-standing restrictions on non-essential travel, consistent with public health guidance.

FTB's priority is to ensure the health and safety of its customers and staff in our area of operations. Since the emergence of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), we have been constantly assessing the situation in collaboration with national health authorities.

Therefore, in step with the rest of the country, and in solidarity with the most recent decree by the Bolivian Government, we will continue to operate with a minimum of employees to ensure the continuity of services while caring for the safety of our staff.

Our office staff, reservations and marketing teams can be contacted within normal working hours. We are available to you as always. Your e-mails and phone calls will be answered as per usual (well, maybe not as quickly), and your FTB professionals will be working to meet all your needs and produce your deliverables in all the ways you have come to expect from us.

We will be monitoring the situation closely to determine if these arrangements need to be amended.

The FTB Team

 

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