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The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued advice for travellers on the Zika virus, recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while travelling in affected countries.Pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant should avoid travel to Bolivia. Demonstrations and labour strikes occur regularly throughout Bolivia, often with little notice, and can suddenly turn violent.Never leave your belongings, such as bags and backpacks, unattended.Secure your passport and valuables in a safe place. Express kidnappings, where tourists are held for ransom, often in a car, and robbed or forced to use their bank cards to withdraw cash, are committed by organized gangs and occur throughout the country, but most frequently in major cities, such as La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, and when travelling between them.Once a roadblock is in place, local authorities, officials and vendors will not be able to enter or exit the city to provide supplies to those who are trapped.Do not cross roadblocks, even if they appear unattended, as this may aggravate the situation and lead to physical harm.Petty theft, including pickpocketing and purse snatching, is common in large cities. Robbery and assaults occur at tourist destinations.
In the Chapare area between Santa Cruz and Cochabamba and in Los Yungas region, northeast of La Paz, violence (such as carjackings) and civil unrest, mainly associated with drug trafficking, may cause risks to travellers.
Instead, you should consider taking alternative, safe routes, or returning to where your travel started.
Avoid all demonstrations and public gatherings and follow the instructions of local authorities.
All roads in the border areas, especially along the Bolivia–Peru border, and roads leading to international airports are particularly vulnerable to blockades.
Prior to departure, check with your airline to determine if there are delays or changes in flight schedules.