Bolivian president Evo Morales has declared Israel a “terrorist state” because of its current military operation in the Gaza Strip and said Bolivia will now require Israeli citizens to get a visa to enter the country.
President Morales already broke off diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in 2009, calling Israel’s treatment of Palestinians “a genocide.”
The action announced Wednesday will demote Israel from a Group 1 nation to Group 3, meaning Israeli citizens must now apply for a tourist visa to enter the country, rather than being able to enter simply with a current passport.
This change will primarily affect young Israelis, who often travel for extended periods of time after completing their mandatory military service, with South America a popular destination.
Other Latin American countries, including Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador and Peru, have recalled their ambassadors from Israel in protest over the fighting in Gaza.
Additional reporting by Associated Press