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Covid-19

Evolution of the measures taken by the Bolivian government against Covid-19

After the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Bolivian Government took several labor, tax, financial, customs and educational measures to stop the massive spread of this virus in society, as well as to reduce the effects of this pandemic on Bolivian society, in particular, on groups in a deprived economic situation.

This time, we decided to share with our readers and clients a compilation of all regulations (updated to March 27) related to the most important measures taken by the Bolivian Government against COVID-19, among these, we highlight the following:

  • Health Emergency Declaration and mandatory quarantine in the entire territory of Bolivia. Work for public and private companies is temporarily suspended until April 15.
  • Circulation of motorized vehicles during the quarantine is prohibited for public and private persons that do no have special authorization. 
  • Exceptionally, Companies that perform activities and services declared as essential during the emergency are exempted from the suspension of labors and the prohibition to circulate. These companies (pharmaceutical, energy, financial services, and other basic and indispensable services) should have a special permit issued by the Competent Authority.
  • Ground, river, lake transportation and international flights are suspended from March 21 to April 15.
  • Border closure from March 20 to April 15.
  • Employees are entitled to earn 100% of their salary while the quarantine continues.
  • Until December 31, 2020, the importation of supplies, medicines, medical devices, equipment, reagents and fever detectors acquired or donated, related to COVID-19, are deferred to 0%.
  • Financial Entities are instructed to implement deferred payment mechanisms for loans until June 2020.
  • Payment of the Gross Profit Tax (“IUE” in Spanish) initially due in April is deferred until May 29. People and companies may pay the tax through facilities of up to 3 monthly payments, without fines.
  • The Government will grant: (i) a monthly Bonus to families with children in public schools (equivalent to $us 72 per chil); (ii) a family's basic needs package will be awarded to Bolivian families with the lowest incomes; and (iii) will assume a percentage payment on electricity and water bills during the months of April, May and June 2020.
  • Fines and sanctions are established for those people and entities that fail to comply with the measures assumed by the Government.

 

Additionally, the following compilation of regulations provides easy access to the Bolivian regulations referenced above. This compilation shows the evolution of these measures.

 

Statement No. 12/2020 from the Ministry of Labor of March 26, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://www.mintrabajo.gob.bo/index.php/comunicacion/27-destacados/1270-comunicado-12-2020.html

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

1

Companies dedicated to activities of supplying or producing essential items (such as food, hygienic items and medicines) must carry out their activities according to the work schedule of their industries.

Numeral 2

26/03/20

2

Those labor authorizations issued under RM 189/2020 should not be requested or processed again.

Numeral 3

26/03/20

3

The authorizations for those companies that have not processed their application, are extended until 23:59 hours on March 29, 2020. 

Numeral 4

26/03/20

 

 

Ministry of Productive Development and Plural Economy Statement of March 26, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://produccion.gob.bo/2020/03/comunicado/

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

4

Providers of basic necessities will supply the markets, stores, warehouses and supermarkets every day from 14:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. according to its heading.

Unique Point

26/03/20

 

 

Supreme Decree No. 4200 of March 25, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7276/decreto-supremo-4200

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

5

The measures against the infection and spread of COVID-19 are reinforced and strengthened as of March 26, 2020 to April 15, 2020. Public and private activities are suspended until April 15.

Art. 1

25/03/20

6

Military and Police are authorized to apply coercive measures in order to guarantee the maintenance of public order, social peace, life and health.

Art. 3

25/03/20

7

People may only circulate once a week according with the termination of their ID Card. It’s clarified that circulation is only allowed from Monday to Friday and for people between 18 and 65 years old.

Art. 5

25/03/20

8

New opening and attention hours are set up for financial entities, neighborhood stores, markets and supermarkets, from 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pharmaceutical and health establishments are exempt.

Art. 6

25/03/20

9

The Government assumes the payment of household energy bills of less than or equal to $us 18,00, corresponding to April, May and June of 2020.

Art. 10.I

25/03/20

10

The Government also assumes the payment of 50% of household water bills, corresponding to April, May and June 2020.

Art. 10.I

25/03/20

11

A family's basic needs package is awarded to Bolivian families with the lowest incomes. The application of this package is subject to specific regulations.

Art. 11

25/03/20

12

People who disobey the provisions of Supreme Decree No. 4200 will be arrested for eight (8) hours plus the imposition of a fine of $us 144. Authorities can submit a criminal suit against the offending people. 

People who misinform or generate uncertainty to the population will be subject to criminal charges for the commission of crimes against public health.

Drivers that disobey Supreme Decree 4200 will be penalized with the retention of their vehicle until the conclusion of the total quarantine, arrest of eight (8) hours plus a fine of $us 216 (for a 2-wheeled vehicles) or a fine of $us 288 (for vehicles of more than 2 wheels).

Art. 13

25/03/20

13

The Public Manager, the Administrations of Pension Funds (AFPs) and the National Service of the Distribution System (SENASIR) are authorized and instructed, to carry out the payment of the “Dignity Rent” and Retirement Income -in an exceptional way- to a family member of the beneficiary in its representation. The possible relatives that may be authorized are: spouse or partner, sons/daughters, grandsons or nephews (all between 18 and 65 years old). The procedure is established in Supreme Decree No. 4200.

First Transitory Provision

25/03/20

14

Repeal of Article No. 3 of D.S No. 4197, which established the reduction of 30% of the electricity rate in April.

Derogatory Provision

25/03/20

 

 

Statement No. 11/2020 from the Ministry of Labor of March 24, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://www.mintrabajo.gob.bo/index.php/comunicacion/27-destacados/1268-comunicado-11-2020.html

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

15

There is a suspension of administrative procedural deadlines for all appeals that are still in process and pending of a resolution.

Numeral 1

24/03/20

16

The administrative operations are suspended, such as Reincorporation Hearings, Social Benefits Payment Hearings, Workplace Harassment, Labor Contracts Visa and Endorsement of the settlements.

Numeral 1

24/03/20

17

It’s established that the payment of social benefits must be made within the period established by the norm. Employers may adopt bank transfers as a form of payment.

Numeral 1

24/03/20

18

Companies that are working exceptionally, are forbidden to require the services of their staff who are in the risk groups determined by the art. 5 of the Bi Ministerial Resolution No. 189/20.

Numeral 3

24/03/20

 

 

 

 

Statement No. 10/2020 from Ministry of Labor of March 21, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://www.mintrabajo.gob.bo/index.php/comunicacion/27-destacados/1263-comunicado-10-2020.html

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

19

The entities that carry out exceptionally allowed activities, must provide transportation for their personnel from their domicile to the working place and return, under their entire responsibility and charge.

Numeral 4

21/03/20

20

Authorizations for public and private entities for exceptional operations, granted within the validity of Statement 09/20, are fully valid.

Numeral 6

21/03/20

21

Complaints must be sent by email to the Ministry of Labor. 

  • For private sector: denuncias-privadas@mintrabajo.gob.bo
  • For public sector: denuncias-publicas@mintrabajo.gob.bo

Numeral 8

21/03/20

 

 

Supreme Decree No. 4199 of March 21, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7269/decreto-supremo-4199

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

22

Total Quarantine is declared throughout Bolivian territory.

Art. 1

21/03/20

23

Labor activities are suspended for public and private companies, starting March 22 to April 4.

Art 2.I

21/03/20

24

Only one person per family will be able to make the minimum and essential trips near their home or residence (from 07:00 am to 12:00 pm), to stock up on the necessary supplies.

Art. 2.II

21/03/20

25

The health services personnel from public and private entities; Police; Military; and public and private industries; financial entities; and entities that provide care and attention to the risk groups, are exempt from these restrictions.

Art. 2.III

21/03/20

26

Exceptionally, people who work in neighborhood stores, markets, supermarkets and supply centers for basic necessities may circulate during the total quarantine from 06:00 to 13:00.

Art. 2.V

21/03/20

27

Circulation of public and private vehicles is prohibited without the corresponding authorization.

Art. 3 (a)

21/03/20

28

The companies or people dedicated to activities of supplying or producing essential items must carry out their activities from Monday to Saturday, 24 hours a day.

Companies that provide gas, diesel, and other fuels, must continue their activities uninterrupted.

Art. 4

21/03/20

29

Circulation of Monetary and Securities Transporting Companies vehicles will be facilitated to guarantee the permanent cash supply in financial entities, as well as in ATMs.

The massive use of electronic means of payment will be facilitated for the purchase of goods and services. For this purpose, the validity of the electronic signature in financial transactions is provided, without restrictions.

Art. 5

21/03/20

30

People who disobey the provisions of Supreme Decree No. 4199 will be arrested for eight (8) hours plus the imposition of a fine of $us 72,00. Authorities can submit a criminal suit against the offending people.

People who misinform or generate uncertainty to the population will be subject to criminal charges for the commission of crimes against public health.

Private establishments that do not comply with the provisions of Supreme Decree No. 4199 will be sanctioned with the closure of the establishment. Recidivism will be sanctioned with definitive closure of the establishment.

Art. 7

21/03/20

31

Arts. 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 and 12 of Supreme Decree No. 4196 are repealed.

Derogatory Provision

21/03/20

32

The scope of the Family Bonus is extended to Early Education Level of public schools.

First Final Provision

21/03/20

 

 

MEMO/ASFI/DNP/CC-2598/2020 of March 19, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://www.asfi.gob.bo/images/ASFI/DOCS/SALA_DE_PRENSA/Cartas_Circulares/CC-2598.pdf

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

33

Financial Entities are instructed to implement mechanisms for deferring the payment of loans of borrowers who are affected because of COVID-19 quarantine.

The deferral will apply to borrowers with loans standing at February 29, 2020. Payments will be made from June 2020.

MEMO/ASFI/DNP/CC-2598/2020

19/03/20

 

 

Supreme Decree No. 4198 of March 18, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7268/decreto-supremo-4198

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

34

Emergency and temporary tax measures are established during the COVID-19 Emergency.

Art. 1

18/03/20

35

Differs the payment of the Gross Profit Tax (“IUE” in Spanish) for people and companies that closed their accounting as of 31/December/2019

Art. 2.I

18/03/20

36

Taxpayers may pay the corporate income tax (IUE) through payment facilities of up to 3 monthly installments, without maintenance of value and interests, nor the constitution of guarantees, as long as the taxpayer pays the 50% of the determined tax before June 1.

Art. 2.II

18/03/20

37

Taxpayers that would have paid the corporate income tax (IUE) in cash until May 15, will deduce this as payment on account of the Transactions Tax (IT in Spanish) in the following proportion: 

  • For taxpayers in GRACO and PRICO System, will apply a factor of 1:1.1; 
  • For the taxpayers in General System (the rest), will apply a factor of 1:1.2. 

The IUE is not deductible against the IT payments.

Art. 3

18/03/20

38

Donations made until December 31, in favor of hospitals and health centers authorized by the Ministry of Health, subject for the prevention, diagnosis, control, care and treatment of patients with COVID-19, will be deductible for the corporate income tax (IUE), corresponding to the 2020 fiscal period, as long as they do not exceed 10% of the net profit.

Art. 4

18/03/20

39

Until December 31, 2020, the Value-Added Tax (IVA in Spanish) tax credit for independent professionals includes invoices from food purchases, health services and education of their direct family.

Art. 5

18/03/20

40

The Value-Added Tax effectively paid, will not be part of the Gross Income that make up the IT tax base, for the period of 3 months for the taxpayers categorized as GRACO and PRICO, and 6 months for the taxpayers in Rest System.[

Art. 6

18/03/20

41

Suspension of the following: 

  • Terms for the presentation and processing of Appeals before the Tax Appeal Authority (AIT in Spanish). 
  • Terms for the submission and processing of sanction procedures by the Tax Office (SIN in Spanish) and Customs Office. 

The computation of the suspended terms will automatically restart the next business day after the lift of the Health Emergency Declaration.

Sole Transitory Provision

18/03/20

 

 

Supreme Decree No. 4197 of March 18, 2020 

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7267/decreto-supremo-4197

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

42

Creates a Family Bonus (equal to $us 72 per child). This Bonus will be granted to parents with children in public schools, during the isolation.

Art. 2

18/03/20

43

Provides a 30% reduction in April's electricity billing. This is applicable only for consumers in the household category.

Art. 3.I

18/03/20

 

 

Ministerial Resolution No. 189/20 of March 18, 2020

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

44

Establishes the procedure to obtain authorizations for out-of-hours operations.

Art. 3

18/03/20

45

Establishes the procedure to obtain special licenses for workers included in risk groups.

Art. 5

18/03/20

46

Establishes the faculty of the Ministry of Labor to carry out verification of compliance with health measures

Art. 7

18/03/20

47

Ensures job stability for employees during the emergency period.

Art. 10

18/03/20

 

 

 Statement No. 09/2020 from the Ministry of Labor of March 18, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://www.mintrabajo.gob.bo/index.php/comunicacion/27-destacados/1262-comunicado-09-2020.html

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

48

Out-of-hours operation are allowed for the Police, Military, health services, public or private companies (pharmaceutical industries, energy, financial services and other essential services), with prior authorization from the Ministry of Labor.

Art. 3

18/03/20

49

Special leave with pay will be granted for workers who are included in the provisions of art. 10.II of Supreme Decree No. 4196. Previously, is necessary to complete the forms generated by the Ministry of Labor

Art. 5

18/03/20

 

 

Supreme Decree No. 4196 of March 17, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7266/decreto-supremo-4196

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

50

Declaration of National Health Emergency and quarantine in the Bolivian territory.

Art. 1 and 2

17/03/20

51

The duration of the Health Emergency Declaration and Isolation is established from March 17 until March 31.

Art. 4

17/03/20

52

Mandatory quarantine hours are established from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. of the following day. Health entities, Police, Military and other people who require medical attention are exempt.

Art. 5

17/03/20

53

Shopping establishments opening hours are from 08:00 to 15:00 while the quarantine lasts. Health entities, pharmacies, doctor’s office, and other health centers are exempt.

Art. 6

17/03/20

54

All kinds of social, cultural, sports, religious meetings and other activities that create a crowd of people are prohibited.

Art. 7

17/03/20

55

The closing of borders is ordered from March 3 until March 31. This measure does not include Bolivian citizens and residents returning to the country, diplomatic missions, special mission and international transport of merchandise.

Art. 8

17/03/20

56

The working day is modified from 08:00 to 13:00, from March 17 until March 31. This measure is mandatory for public and private entities.

Art. 9.I

17/03/20

57

Employers must establish mechanisms for the entry and exit of personnel to avoid crowds.

Art. 9.II

17/03/20

58

Employers must equip their personnel with hygienic material and adopt cleaning protocols.

Art. 10.I

17/03/20

59

Special licenses will be granted for people with basic illnesses; adults over 60 years; pregnant women and parents with children under 5 years old (in this last case, the beneficiaries will be parents or guardians).

Art. 10.II

17/03/20

60

Public and private transport are allowed to circulate from 05:00 to 18:00. Except international, interdepartmental, interprovincial, municipal and urban transport of merchandise.

Art. 12

17/03/20

61

International flights are suspended as of March 21.

Art. 13 (a)

17/03/20

62

International, interdepartmental and interprovincial transportation are suspended as of March 21.

Art. 13 (b)

17/03/20

63

The flexibility and reprogramming of terms and administrative procedures are ordered, while the Health Emergency Declaration and quarantine lasts.

Third Additional Provision

17/03/20

64

People who fail to comply Supreme Decree No. 4196 will be sanctioned with 8 hours of arrest, closure of establishment and/or suspension of meetings.

Fifth Additional Provision

17/03/20

 

Supreme Decree No. 4192 of March 16, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7265/decreto-supremo-4192

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

65

Starting March 18, 2020, the entry of travelers coming from the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iran, China and South Korea is forbidden.

Art. 5.I

16/03/20

66

Duties on the import of supplies, medicines, medical devices, equipment, reagents and fever detectors acquired or donated in relation to the COVID-19 are temporarily reduced to zero (0%) until December 31, 2020.

Art. 6

16/03/20

67

All permits, previous authorizations and certifications for the merchandise identified in the duty subheadings stated in the Annex of Supreme Decree No. 4192, must be issued within the two calendar days from the request date

Second Transitory Provision

16/03/20

 

 

Statement No. 08/2020 from the Ministry of Labor of March 16, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link:https://www.mintrabajo.gob.bo/images/Comunicados/2020/comunicado-08-2020.pdf

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

68

A mandatory continuous working shift is established from 08.00 am to 04.00 pm, from March 16 to March 31. This is mandatory for private and public entities.

Numeral 1

16/03/20

69

Modification of work shifts by means of a Labor agreement between the employers and their workforce, observing the established schedule.

Numeral 3

16/03/20

 

 

Bi-Ministerial Resolution No. 001/20 of March 13, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7263/resolución-biministerial-01-2020

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

70

COVID-19 prevention and containment actions are regulated in the Bolivian labor sector.

Art. 1

13/03/20

71

Employers must coordinate with the Health Authorities the performance of medical analysis of patients (employees) suspected to carry the virus.

Art. 3

13/03/20

72

Employers must adopt the following measures for the prevention and containment of the virus: provide disinfectant and antibacterial products, implement personal hygiene and biosafety measures; distribute the material issued by Health Authorities; manage the prompt attention of their staff; grant exceptional permits to the staff that are suspected to carry the virus.

Art. 4.I

13/03/20

73

The implementation of special labor conditions, such as teleworking, videoconferences, continuous working shift, video calls, etc.

Art. 4.II

13/03/20

74

The granting of paid medical leave and exceptional permits to the employers’ staff that are sick or suspected to carry the virus.

Art. 5

13/03/20

 

 

Supreme Decree No. 4179 of March 12, 2020

Please find the cited regulation in the following link: https://bolivia.infoleyes.com/norma/7262/decreto-supremo-4179

No.

Measure

Regulation

Date

75

National Emergency Declaration due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Art. 1 and 2

12/03/20