The latest advice for travelers from the Quai d’Orsay

This information relative to each country, published on the site. diplomatie.gouv.frThey are listed in alphabetical order.

bolivia

National census in Bolivia on March 23, 2024 – Published on March 14, 2024

Due to the national census organized in Bolivia on Saturday, March 23, 2024, travel within the country will be restricted and businesses will be closed all day.

The information is available on the government census website: https://censo.ine.gob.bo/.

Each department of Bolivia issues its own directives to guarantee the proper functioning of the census. Generally :
• All public and private activities will be suspended throughout the day from March 23, 2024 until 11:59 p.m.;
• The census will take place on March 23, 2024, but may last until March 25 in more remote areas;
• The sale and consumption of alcohol will be prohibited on March 22 and 23. In certain departments and certain rural areas the ban on sales and consumption may be extended until Monday, March 25 inclusive;
• Any movement on foot or by vehicle outside your home (or place of accommodation) will be prohibited throughout the day of March 23, 2024 (from 00:00 to 23:59) unless the person has a travel permit;
• Interdepartmental and interprovincial trips will be suspended. International travel will continue. It is strongly recommended to contact the airline to ensure the flight is held.
• Both travelers and residents should follow local guidelines and not leave their home or hotel without permission.

During this period (March 22 to 25), travelers are strongly recommended to make a hotel reservation in advance, and check (i) that the establishment is open on these dates, (ii) that it offers catering service (tents , including restaurants being closed on this date), (iii) offers the possibility of booking a taxi with travel authorization (to get to the airport for example).

Alert for heavy rains and floodsPublished on March 11, 2024

Bolivian authorities have issued numerous alerts about the heavy rains observed in several regions of the country, particularly in the departments of La Paz and Cochabamba. These heavy rains have already caused flooding and river overflows. The state of emergency was declared in La Paz on March 10, 2024.

It is recommended to follow the instructions of local authorities, inform yourself about the state of the roads before any trip, avoid driving on unpaved roads in regions affected by floods, avoid approaching water sources and periodically consult the SENAMHI website. https://senamhi.gob.bo/index.php/inicio know the evolution of the situation in the country. It is also possible to consult the ABC government website to find out the status of blocked roads: https://transitibilidad.abc.gob.bo/mapa.

Local authorities also recommend turning off all electrical appliances during storms and staying away from power lines and antennas on streets and public spaces.

Iceland – Seismic and volcanic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula – Published on March 16, 2024

A seventh volcanic eruption is occurring on the Reykjanes Peninsula, between Hagafell and Stora-Skogell, north of Grindavik. The evacuation of the city began, as well as that of the Blue Lagoon.

Scientists are currently assessing the situation. The airport remains open and flights are not affected.

Travelers are invited not to attempt to approach the site of the eruption, to scrupulously follow official instructions and recommendations, to stay informed of the evolution of the situation by consulting official sites and to follow the recommendations and instructions of the competent Icelandic authorities, available on the following websites:

French people traveling to Iceland are strongly recommended to register at: Ariadne’s Thread.

Lithuania – Ban on vehicles registered in Russia – Published on February 13, 2024

Lithuania has banned vehicles registered in Russia from entering its territory. These vehicles can no longer cross the border from Russia or Belarus. This prohibition applies regardless of the nationality of the driver.

Since March 11, 2024, vehicles registered in Russia are prohibited in Lithuania. Only direct transit with vehicles registered in Russia is allowed to or from Russia (Kaliningrad). This authorization is only valid within 24 hours of entering Lithuanian territory.

Peru

dengue epidemic – Published on March 12, 2024

Peru is currently experiencing a dengue epidemic, particularly in the northern regions of the country, subject to seasonal rains.

Dengue is a disease that can be serious in some cases and is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Prevention is based on means of protection against mosquito bites. It is essential to periodically apply a repellent suitable for tropical areas. During your stay and after your return, you should see a doctor quickly in case of unexplained fever.

It is recommended to stay periodically informed of the evolution of the epidemic by consulting the website of the Ministry of Health of Peru.

State of emergency and increase in crime in the border regions with Ecuador – Published on March 12, 2024

On January 10, 2024, the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency in the border regions with Ecuador in northern Peru, in response to the security situation in Ecuador and in order to combat crime in these areas on the Peruvian side. . The state of emergency affects the following regions: Amazonas, Cajamarca, Loreto, Piura, Tumbes, La Libertad. There is an increase in crime in these areas, especially theft and extortion.

This state of emergency grants expanded powers to the police and military to restrict, in certain cases, communications and certain meetings, conduct searches and seizures, and detain persons of interest.

If you travel to these regions, it is recommended to carry your identity documents (passport) with you at all times, exercise extreme vigilance, avoid isolated areas and informal transportation, do not travel alone at night, do not join meetings on public roads and strictly respect the instructions of the authorities.

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