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NEWSLETTER

 

 

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

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Coronavirus:
Bolivia concerned
rather than alarmed

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Bolivia Update as of Monday, September 28, 2020

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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 September 28, there are 134,308 confirmed cases in Bolivia. (Bolivian Ministry of Health)

Coronavirus Pandemic is Flattening in Bolivia.

Despite a steady increase in number of coronavirus cases in the country, Bolivia prepares to lift lockdown gradually.

The strict lockdown in Bolivia — in place since March 22 — will gradually begin to be eased. The phase of 'de-confinement' will last several weeks and run until the end of September.

Restrictions may be lifted at different rates around the country, in line with the pandemic's geographical impact. The aim is to restart local economies rapidly devastated by the sudden shutdowns brought in to curb infection and death rates, protect health services — and give people hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Relatively strict measures may still apply in particularly badly affected areas such as the east of the country (Santa Cruz) and the wider La Paz region in the west. Restrictions on leaving homes may be gradually lifted, especially in the countryside areas where there are fewer coronavirus infections. Restrictions will remain in force in urban centres.

Bolivian president Jeanine Añez is expected to outline how and when adjustments could be made. However, local governments and municipalities may move differently on easing the restrictions.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately.

Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
Is public transport operating? Yes.
Cross-country transport, including both public and private services, will be determined by the departmental and municipal governments according to the determined risk level.

Incoming tourists are required to quarantine at a designated hotel when they arrive into Bolivia.

Entrance procedures and screening for COVID-19 have been increased and are conducted at all international airports. Travellers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions affecting international travel to be put into effect with little or no advanced notice.

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.

It is advised to postpone non-essential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

FTB will continue to operate with a minimum of employees to ensure the continuity of services and safety of the clients who will need to stay in lockdown.

 

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).

 

Covid-19 : FTB is by your side

The Bolivian government announced an extension of national quarantine measures through September 30, 2020 in order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Under the national decree: Social distancing and the use of masks in public places remains obligatory.

Schools and other public and religious events remain suspended. Government and private offices, job sites, and other services that are open during the COVID-19 pandemic are working on reduced hours and generally close earlier than usual business hours. Markets and supply centers operate from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Departmental and municipal governments will determine commercial activity and other services not governed by the national decree and may add restrictions as needed by local conditions.

Air borders will be open and commercial flights will be permitted to operate.

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, our facilities will remain closed until September 30. We will continue to operate with a minimum of employees to ensure the continuity of services and safety of the clients who will need to stay in lockdown.

The good news is that FTB’s technological capability enables everyone on our team to work seamlessly from remote locations.

Our office staff, Reservations and Marketing teams can be contacted within normal working hours during this period. We will be 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.

For now, our plan is to maintain remote work arrangements until Wednesday, September 30. We will be monitoring the situation closely to determine if these arrangements need to be extended.

This extraordinary step is necessary to preserve the health of our team and help curtail the spread of the virus, while upholding our commitment to you, our clients.

Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. The world will overcome the current pandemic and we will once again be able to explore its beauty, hand in hand. We are thinking of you all and look forward to sharing our beloved Bolivia with you once again in the near future.

The FTB Team

 

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