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Demonstration Notices
 

May 8, 2014

The U.S. Embassy advises that the prohibition in the April 30 message below on the travel of U.S. government officials and their families (prohibiting overland from Bogota to points northeast of the city towards the city of Tunja to include La Calera) was rescinded on May 8.  As discussed in the Department of State’s Travel Warning for Colombia, U.S. government officials and their families in Colombia normally are only permitted to travel to major cities in Colombia by air.

U.S. government officials and their families in Colombia must file a request to travel to any area in Colombia outside of the area is outlined by the cities of Bogota, Anolaima, Cogua, and Sesquile and outside of the area on the Highway 90 corridor that connects Cartagena, Barranquilla, and Santa Marta.  All U.S. citizens in Colombia are urged to follow these precautions and exercise extra caution outside of the aforementioned areas.

April 30, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota advises U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Colombia of road conditions which may effect ground transportation throughout the country.  Due to ongoing demonstrations and roadblocks, the U.S. Embassy strongly advises against overland travel outside of major cities in Colombia at this time.  In addition, two demonstrations are planned in Bogota on May 1 and may affect public transportation and cause traffic delays and disruptions.  Recent road closures have also affected overland travel in other areas, particularly in Boyacá. 

U.S. government officials and their families are currently prohibited from traveling overland from Bogota to points northeast of the city towards the city of Tunja to include La Calera.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. Citizens to monitor our demonstration notices at http://bogota.usembassy.gov/demonstrations.html as well as local media for developments.  As always, we advise U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Please review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Colombia enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step.  STEP gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website at http://travel.state.gov/, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Colombia, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Colombia at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html.  For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website.

Contact the U.S. embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter at https://mobile.twitter.com/travelgov and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/travelgov, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smart-traveler/id442693988?mt=8 to have travel information at your fingertips.

You can contact the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, via e-mail at acsbogota@state.gov or by telephone at (571) 275-2000.  The U.S. Embassy is located at Carrera 45, # 24B-27, Bogota, D.C., Colombia and is open to the public by appointment on Monday through Thursday from 09:00 to 11:30.  You can schedule a non-emergency appointment by visiting http://bogota.usembassy.gov/service.html.

The Embassy operates a Consular Agency in Barranquilla, Colombia which also provides assistance to U.S. citizens.  The Barranquilla Consular Agency is located at Calle 77B No. 57-141, suite 511.  Hours are 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.  No appointment is necessary.

March 17, 2014

The U.S. Embassy would like to inform all U.S. Citizens that there are protests planned in Bogota for today, March 17.  Farmers and indigenous groups from different areas of the country are expected to gather at Coliseo el Campin (Avenida NQS with Calle 61) around mid-day and then move south on Avenida NQS to Calle 45 then east to Carrera 7 and south to Plaza de Bolivar.

The protests are expected to be non-violent, but history has shown these protests can quickly deteriorate and violence can erupt between police and protestors.  The use of “papa bombas” and tear gas is possible if this occurs.

As always, we advise U.S. Citizens that even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable.  You should avoid them if at all possible.  Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to what the local news media has to say.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy website, found here.  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

You can contact the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, via e-mail at acsbogota@state.gov or by telephone at (571) 275-2000.  The U.S. Embassy is located at Carrera 45, # 24B-27, Bogota, D.C., Colombia and is open to the public by appointment on Monday through Thursday from 09:00 to 11:30.  You can schedule a non-emergency appointment by visiting this website

The Embassy operates a Consular Agency in Barranquilla, Colombia which also provides assistance to U.S. citizens. The Barranquilla Consular Agency is located Calle 77B No. 57-141, suite 511.  Hours are 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.  No appointment is necessary, but please telephone (5) 353-2001 or (5) 353-2182 first to ensure that the service you desire can be provided at the desired time.

January 9, 2014

The U.S. Embassy would like to inform all U.S. Citizens that there are protests planned for tomorrow, January 10, 2014, beginning at 0930.  The protests are expected to begin at Parque Nacional and end at Plaza Bolivar. The protests are planned in support of Bogota’s former Mayor, Gustavo Petro. According to media reports, the protests may draw large crowds.

As always, we advise U.S. Citizens that even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable.  You should avoid them if at all possible. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to what the local news media has to say.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy website, found here. You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

You can contact the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, via e-mail at acsbogota@state.gov or by telephone at (571) 275-2000.  The U.S. Embassy is located at Carrera 45, # 24B-27, Bogota, D.C., Colombia and is open to the public by appointment on Monday through Thursday from 09:00 to 11:30.  You can schedule a non-emergency appointment by visiting this website

The Embassy operates a Consular Agency in Baranquilla, Colombia which also provides assistance to U.S. citizens. The Baranquilla Consular Agency is located Calle 77B No. 57-141, suite 511.  Hours are 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.

December 13, 2013

The U.S. Embassy would like to inform all U.S. Citizens that we have received reports from local authorities about demonstrations expected today in the following locations, possibly marching toward the Bolivar Plaza:

  • Usaquén: Parque Fundacional – 1 pm
  • Chapinero: Lourdes – 3 pm
  • Santa Fe y Mártires: Plaza de toros – 2 pm
  • San Cristóbal: Plazoleta 20 de Julio – 11 am
  • Usme: Colsubsidio: Santa Librada (La Aurora) – 11 am
  • Fontibón: Plaza Fundacional – 1 pm
  • Bosa: Plaza Centro – 11 am
  • Kennedy: Alcaldía local – 12:30 pm
  • Engativá: Jardín Botánico – 12 pm
  • Suba: Plaza Imperial – 11 am
  • Jóvenes Bicicletada: parque Nacional – 2 pm
  • Barrios Unidos: Alcaldía local – 11 am
  • Teusaquillo: Park Way – 3 pm
  • Puente Aranda: Avenida Calle 3 with Carrera 50 (Glorieta) – 3 pm
  • Candelaria: Plaza de Bolívar – 2 pm
  • Rafael Uribe: Alcaldía Local – 1 pm
  • Ciudad Bolívar: Casa de la Cultura – 11 am

As always, we advise U.S. Citizens that even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable.

You should avoid them if at all possible. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to what the local news media has to say.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy website, found here.

You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

You can contact the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, via e-mail at acsbogota@state.gov or by telephone at (571) 275-2000.

The U.S. Embassy is located at Carrera 45 # 24B-27, Bogota, D.C., Colombia and is open to the public by appointment on Monday through Thursday from 08:00 to 11:30. You can schedule a non-emergency appointment by visiting this website.

The Embassy operates a Consular Agency in Barranquilla, Colombia which also provides assistance to U.S. citizens. The Barranquilla Consular Agency is located Calle 77B No. 57-141, suite 511. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

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