YELLOW FEVER VACCINE
Yellow fever is a zoonotic disease found in some tropical regions of South America and Africa. Its aetiological agent is the yellow fever virus, an arbovirus of the genus Flavivirus (family Flaviviridae). Transmission occurs through the bite of some species of mosquitoes: In the jungle areas of the Americas, by mosquitoes of the genera Haemagogus and Sabethes. In urban areas, by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Yellow fever can be prevented by the attenuated yellow fever virus vaccine, strain 17D, which is considered effective and safe, and has been used for over 60 years for active immunisation of children and adults against yellow fever virus infection. It confers long-lasting, perhaps lifelong immunity.
The WHO recommends vaccination for travellers entering the country, however, the risk of contracting yellow fever is low if you are coming to the Bolivian highlands alone, but it is important if you are planning a tour to the Bolivian Amazon.
However, regardless your destination, vaccination is a requirement for entry into the country.
Bolivian Routes does not offer any kind of insurance to its clients so each client must come with their own medical insurance, however, we are prepared to assist with medical support, hospitals available in the main cities of Bolivia.
PREPARE FOR THE ALTITUDE
There is no magic way to come prepared for the altitude, you may feel its effect immediately or you may not feel it at all, this varies from person to person.
So we make the following recommendations: (Especially for those who come for Mountaineering or Trekking)
– Do cardiovascular exercise at home
– Practice carrying a weighted backpack
– Practice climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator.
– Eat green vegetables (this, because of the iron in them, helps with acclimatisation).
These are the recommendations that you can do at home, before leaving, we have also seen that many clients take Diamox (Acetazolamide) as a prophylactic two days before arriving in La Paz, we recommend you to consult your physician and preferably one who knows the subject and has been at altitude before.
CAN I USE ATM’S IN BOLIVIA?
If you need to use the ATM’s there are several available in different parts of the country, first you must talk to your bank to inform them of your trip and that you will use the ATM’s (this so that they do not block your card while you are here), you must use the ATM’s that have the “VISA” sign, these are the ones that are connected to the network.
However, when you arrive, the guide in charge will tell you the exchange rate and the nearest ATM’s to your hotel.
DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER?
Here is a list of the countries that require a visa to enter Bolivia.
- ANTIGUA Y BARBUDA
- ARABIA SAUDITA
- BOSNIA -HERZEGOVINA
- BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
- BURKINA FASO
- CABO VERDE
- COSTA DE MARFIL
- EL SALVADOR
- EMIRATOS áRABES UNIDOS
- ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMéRICA
- FEDERACION DE RUSIA
- GUINEA -BISSAU
- GUINEA ECUATORIAL
- ISLAS MARSHALL
- ISLAS SALOMóN
- JAMAHIRIYA ARABE LIBIA
- PAPUA NUEVA GUINEA
- PUERTO RICO
- REPUBLICA ARABE SIRIA
- REPúBLICA CENTRO AFRICANA
- REPUBLICA DE COREA
- REPUBLICA DEMOCRATICA DEL CONGO
- REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
- REPúBLICA ISLáMICA DE IRáN
- REPúBLICA POPULAR CHINA (incluye TAIWáN)
- REPUBLICA POPULAR DEMOCRATICA DE COREA
- REPUBLICA POPULAR DEMOCRATICA DE LAOS
- REPUBLICA UNIDA DE TANZANIA
- SAINT KITTS Y NEVIS
- SAN MARINO
- SAN VICENTE Y LAS GRANADINAS
- SANTA LUCíA
- SANTO TOMé Y PRINCIPE
- SIERRA LEONA
- SRI LANKA
- TIMOR LESTE
- TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO