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December 16, 2019
We have received the following update from our travel partners in Bolivia (edited for clarity):
After the officially declared fraudulent Presidential election of October 20th which lead [sic] to demonstrations and even confrontations between former President Morales supporters and civil citizens claiming respect to their vote, Bolivia has now recover[ed] it[s] accustomed peace and tranquility with the resignation of Morales and the designation of Janine Añez as an interim President in charge to convene new Presidential elections. A new Electoral Court is [sic] also been appointed and the new elections will probably held on March 2020.
The Travel Warnings activated by most countries have been called off with the exception of the US, which we were told, will be canceled this week.
During those weeks of crisis, we as DMC, have been delivering every 3 to 4 days continuous Country Updates to keep all our clients fully informed.
Now, for the last 20 days the whole country [is] totally calm, safe and all the cities, roads, airports, borders and attractions are totally open and operable.
While Bolivia has been in a state of unrest since mid-October, tensions have recently increased due to a dispute over election results of Evo Morales, who has served as Bolivia's president since 2006. The Associated Press writes,
"The nation’s first indigenous leader contends he was forced out of power by a coup instigated by the opposition, while detractors claim his alleged abuse of power triggered a legitimate uprising in the streets."
Bolivia's election was held October 20th, and in late October, clashes grew violent in the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz.
We have reached out to our travel partners in Bolivia for up-to-date information on the travel-related situation in Bolivia, such as availability of flights, public transportation, city tours, and hotels. We will update this blog as the situation changes. As always, the safety of our travelers remains our first priority.