Travel Vaccinations for Bolivia

The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Bolivia

Recommended Vaccinations for Bolivia at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Rabies

Vaccination Major Risk Factors Course Price
MMR Person-to-Person Course of Two £60
DTaP Person-to-Person Single Dose £50
Typhoid Person-to-Person Single Dose £50
Hepatitis A Person-to-Person Single Dose £86
Hepatitis B Person-to-Person Course of Three £66
Yellow Fever Person-to-Person Single Dose £80
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intramuscular £66
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intradermal £66

Bolivia in South America is bordered by Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Paraguay.

Whether or not the tale of Butch Cassidy being pursued by the Bolivian authorities is true, this starkly beautiful country has become famous for many other reasons.

La Paz, at an altitude of 3,660 metres, nestles on the sides of a canyon, dropping down from the plains surrounding the enormous city of El Alto. Bolivia is a study in nature, and adventuring on hikes, walking ancient Inca roads, and touring from the Andes, down into the Amazon basin.

Before you finalise your plans for Bolivia, it is important to plan a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, to ensure that you are completely safe and up-to-date with the Vaccinations you need for Bolivia.

Keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) before travelling.

Advice for Travellers to all Destinations

The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.

All Travellers

All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Most Travellers

Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.

Some Travellers

Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.

Risk of Malaria in Bolivia

Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.

There is a High Risk of Malaria across Bolivia in all areas below 2500 meters. In all other areas there is a Low to No Risk.

Malaria Prevention

Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.

Yellow Fever Risk and Certification Requirements for Bolivia

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever is a serious viral illness spread by mosquitoes in the tropical regions of Africa and South America. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Vaccination.

Yellow Fever Risk in Bolivia

There is a Risk of Yellow Fever in some parts of Bolivia and vaccination is recommended for travel to these areas. Travellers should get advice regarding vaccination prior to travel.

Under International Health Regulations (2005), travellers who have been to an Area affected by Yellow Fever, or who have travelled via an airport of a country affected, are required to present an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICVP).

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Further Travel Health Advice for Bolivia

In winter, mountain regions that can be very dry and chilly, while in the lowlands heat can be intense. August can bring the most comfortable temperatures, but do keep yourself well hydrated and safe from the sun.

It is recommended that you drink only bottled water, and also use bottled water for brushing your teeth, no matter which area you visit.

A large part of the excitement and discovery of any country is sampling native dishes. In Bolivia you will find simple and unusual dishes, like Chicharrón, which is kettle cooked piglet, and peanut butter soup, Sopa di Mani. A traditional drink, served at festivals, is Chicha, and for breakfast, the big favourite is Api, a drink made with sweet corn.

The Bolivian health care system, varies greatly from region to region, and you will receive the most competent and efficient care through Private clinics. Generally, health care services are good. It is important to check ahead before travelling to remote locales Arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need, since private health care providers expect payment in cash.

Protect yourself, and your family, with adequate travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any unusual activities.

Do take precautions when travelling throughout Bolivia. Pack warm clothing for touring elevated areas in summer. Exercise a high degree of caution, as there is much political and social conflict in Bolivia, sometimes resulting in blockades and route closures.