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U.S. Embassy Bogota
Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Weekend Safety Reminders
July 3, 2014
The U.S. Embassy in Bogota reminds U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Colombia to exercise additional caution and personal safety measures over the weekend of July 4-6. The National Liberation Army or Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) will be marking its 50 year anniversary on July 4, 2014. ELN has traditionally used the period surrounding significant anniversary dates to conduct anti-government attacks.  The anniversary also coincides with the Colombia vs. Brazil World Cup soccer match. 
The Colombian National Police (CNP) has informed the Embassy of heightened security measures for the July 4th World Cup match, which begins at 1500 hrs.  During recent World Cup matches involving the Colombian team, CNP reported numerous fights amongst fans in locations around the country which resulted in multiple deaths and serious injuries.  There was also a dramatic increase in petty thefts.  As a precaution, it is recommended that all U.S. citizens exercise caution and avoid large public gatherings, including public screenings of World Cup matches.  
For Friday’s match, the Bogota Municipal government has imposed the following mitigation measures for Bogota:
The “Pico & Placa” traffic restriction will be in force all day from 0600 hrs until 1930 hrs. on July 4. Note: This will mostly affect residents with cars, not tourists.
“Ley Seca” (no alcohol sales, possession or consumption in public) will be in effect from 1000 until 2200 hrs. on Friday, July 4. 
Regardless of the outcome, the U.S. Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens should anticipate unruly crowds and transportation delays before and after the match. 
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).  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 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.  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 and Facebook. 
You can contact the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, via e-mail 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 at the Embassy’s website.
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 but please call ahead to (5) 353-2001 or (5) 353-2182 to make sure that the service you require can be performed at the time you plan to visit.

Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots
21 October 2014

Embassies and consulates are not polling places.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials.  U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.

Never received your ballot?  If you have registered to vote and requested your absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration and absentee ballot request deadlines but have not yet received your ballot, should immediately complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline.  If your regular ballot arrives later, go ahead and complete and return it as well.  Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline.  Your vote will not be counted twice.

Ballot not yet sent to local election officials?  If you wish to participate in this election and have not yet sent your ballot to your local election official, you should consider returning your ballot to the United States via an express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL.  Some states or counties may allow you to return your voted ballot electronically.  Ballots sent to local election officials via express courier service do not receive standard postmarks, so voters using this method should confirm delivery on or before November 4 prior to payment and shipment.  Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.

Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax.  If you have previously registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot but it has not yet arrived the following states allow voters to use email or fax to send signed, voted Federal Write-in Absentee Ballots to local election officials:  Arizona, California (fax only), Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii (fax only), Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska (paper copy must also be mailed), Nevada, New Jersey (paper copy must also be mailed), New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon (paper copy must also be mailed), South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.  Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.

Returning your ballot by mail.  Ballots sent via regular international mail at this late date are unlikely to reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines.  If you still wish to send your voted ballot via mail, place your voted ballot in a U.S. postage-paid envelope addressed to your local election officials.  Drop it off at the U.S. Embassy Bogota, and we’ll send it back home for you without the need to pay international postage.  If you can’t visit the Embassy in person, ask a friend or colleague drop it off for you.  If it’s easier for you to use Colombia's postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery. 

You can drop off your completed voting forms and ballots, addressed to your local election officials, at the American Citizen Services unit of the consular section at the U.S. Embassy Bogota during the following hours:

8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.  The Embassy is located at Carrera 45 No. 24B-27.  Normal transit time from Bogota to the United States is 10 days. If you will use the Colombian postal system to send your ballot to the American Citizen Services unit, please use the address above and mark your envelope: Absentee Ballot.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OVERSEAS VOTING.  Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting.  Consider posting to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media account that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot.  Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.

Need help?  You can get in-person assistance from our Embassy Voting Assistance Officer:  American Citizen Services unit, Consular Section, U.S. Embassy Bogota, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.  The Embassy is located at Carrera 45 No. 24B-27.  This is the same place and time where you can drop off ballots for return to the U.S.
Have Questions?  Please contact U.S. Embassy Bogota's Voting Assistance Officer at +57-1-275-2000, or at votebogota@state.gov
Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.  Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov.

U.S. Embassy BogotaSecurity Message for U.S. Citizens – Weekend Safety Reminders

July 3, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota reminds U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Colombia to exercise additional caution and personal safety measures over the weekend of July 4-6. The National Liberation Army or Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) will be marking its 50 year anniversary on July 4, 2014. ELN has traditionally used the period surrounding significant anniversary dates to conduct anti-government attacks.

The anniversary also coincides with the Colombia vs. Brazil World Cup soccer match. The Colombian National Police (CNP) has informed the Embassy of heightened security measures for the July 4th World Cup match, which begins at 1500 hrs.  During recent World Cup matches involving the Colombian team, CNP reported numerous fights amongst fans in locations around the country which resulted in multiple deaths and serious injuries. There was also a dramatic increase in petty thefts.  As a precaution, it is recommended that all U.S. citizens exercise caution and avoid large public gatherings, including public screenings of World Cup matches.

For Friday’s match, the Bogota Municipal government has imposed the following mitigation measures for Bogota:

  • The “Pico & Placa” traffic restriction will be in force all day from 0600 hrs until 1930 hrs. on July 4. Note: This will mostly affect residents with cars, not tourists.
  • “Ley Seca” (no alcohol sales, possession or consumption in public) will be in effect from 1000 until 2200 hrs. on Friday, July 4.

 Regardless of the outcome, the U.S. Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens should anticipate unruly crowds and transportation delays before and after the match. 

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).  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 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.

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 and Facebook.

You can contact the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, via e-mail 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 at the Embassy’s website.

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 but please call ahead to (5) 353-2001 or (5) 353-2182 to make sure that the service you require can be performed at the time you plan to visit.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – IED Incidents in Bogota

June 25, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota advises U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Bogota, Colombia of multiple recent incidents of small, low yield Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Bogota.  The devices have been accompanied by FARC propaganda pamphlets.
 
U.S. citizens should avoid or exercise caution in locations where large crowds have gathered.  U.S. citizens should heighten their situational awareness, vary routes of travel, and choose indoor rather than outdoor seating at restaurants.  Please review your personal security plans 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).  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 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.  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 and Facebook.

You can contact the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, via e-mail 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 at the Embassy’s website.

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.

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.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Update on Demonstrations & U.S. Embassy Personnel Travel Restrictions
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.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Certain Overland Travel Restrictions for U.S. Government Officials and Their Families Lifted

September 13, 2013

This is to inform U.S. citizens traveling and residing in Colombia that the overland travel restrictions for U.S. government personnel outlined in our security message of August 29, 2013 have been lifted.  U.S. government personnel and their families are once again permitted to travel overland in the greater Bogota area, as outlined by the cities of Bogota, Anolaima, Cogua and Sesquille.  They are also now allowed to travel overland on the Highway 90 corridor that connects Cartagena, Barranquilla, and Santa Marta.  As noted in the travel warning for Colombia, U.S. government officials and their families are still required to request permission to travel outside the two areas described above. 

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.

Up-to-date Colombia-wide information regarding road closures is available by dialing #767 or visiting this website.

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 enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

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/content/passports/english/country/colombia.html  For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate 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.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens-Demonstrations Around the City and in the Vicinity of U.S. Embassy Bogota

September 12, 2013

The U.S. Embassy would like to inform all U.S. Citizens that there are
multiple scheduled protests today in Bogota, one of which may be anti-United States in nature:

A protest is planned for today at 5:00 p.m. in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy.  This protest, “Colombia con Cuba”, is in support of the “Cuban 5” and may be anti-American in nature.  The protest will involve members of the Colombia con Cuba group and students from the National University. There is no indication that this will be a violent protest, nor is this protest linked to the ongoing protests that have taken place throughout the country over the past several weeks.

In addition, there are four other planned protests within Bogota today.  None of these protests are expected to be anti-American:

  • Demonstration from Teachers (FECODE), starting at 11:00 a.m. at Plaza de Toros and ending at Plaza de Bolivar.
  • Demonstration from National University students, starting at 11:00 a.m. at Avenue NQS with Calle 45, taking the Carrera 7 and ending at Plaza de Bolivar
  • Demonstration from Distrital University students, starting at 11:00 a.m. at Calle 40 with Carrera 7 and ending at Plaza de Bolivar (Students might block the Circunvalar avenue at Calle 32, from south to north).
  • Demonstration from Pedagogica University students, starting at 11:00 a.m. at Calle 72 with Carrera 11 and ending at Plaza de Bolivar. 

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 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.

The U.S. Embassy is Coming to You!

September 10, 2013

To further assist U.S. citizens in Colombia, the Consul General of the U.S. Embassy  and the Chief of the American Citizens Services Unit will be holding a town hall meeting in Cartagena on Saturday, September 14 to give a brief overview of the services the U.S.

Embassy provides to U.S. citizens and to discuss issues of interest to American Citizens in Colombia.   If you live in or near Cartagena and would like to attend, please RSVP to: ACSBogota@state.gov.

  • Event: Town Hall discussion for U.S. Citizens.
  • Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013.
  • Time: 10:00am.
  • Location: Hotel Caribe (Salon Fiesta) Cra 1ra No. 2-87, Bocagrande. Cartagena.

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 Monday-Thursday from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at (57) 1-275-4900.

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota is open to the public for non-emergency services by appointment only.  Please review our website at http://bogota.usembassy.gov/service.html for more information about our services for U.S. citizens.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program!  A free and fast service provided by the U.S. Government that lets U.S. citizens abroad provide useful contact information to the U.S. Embassy in case of an emergency.

Enrolled U.S citizens who provide a valid e-mail address also receive regular travel updates, messages, and alerts. To sign up or edit your information please click here.

U.S. Embassy Bogota
Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Update on Ongoing Demonstrations & Road Closures

August 29, 2013

Due to ongoing demonstrations and roadblocks, the U.S. Embassy strongly advises against overland travel outside of major cities in Colombia.  U.S. government officials and their families are currently prohibited from travelling overland from Bogota to other parts of the country (air travel policy to/from Bogota has not changed). U.S. government officials and their families are also currently prohibited from travelling overland between Cartagena and Barranquilla.

Road closures have particularly impacted overland travel in Boyacá, Cundinamarca, Putumayo, Cauca, Huila, Nariño, and Risaralda.  Ongoing demonstrations have closed major and minor roads and caused shortages of consumer goods in some cities in these areas.

A large demonstration planned for Bogota on August 29, is expected to impact public transportation and cause traffic delays and disruptions.  Local authorities have closed public schools on August 29, and most private schools have followed suit.

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.

Up-to-date Colombia-wide information regarding road closures is available by dialing #767 or visiting this page.

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 enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

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 or consulate 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 Baranquilla, Colombia which also provides assistance to U.S. citizens.  The Baranquilla 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. 

U.S. Embassy Bogota
Security Message for U.S. Citizens - Ongoing Protests & Road Closures

August 26, 2013

Due to ongoing demonstrations and roadblocks currently affecting highway traffic, the U.S. Embassy strongly advises against overland travel outside of major cities in Colombia.  Road closures have particularly impacted overland travel in Boyacá, Cundinamarca, Putumayo, Cauca, Huila, Nariño, and Risaralda.

These demonstrations have caused traffic delays and shortages of some consumer goods in a few smaller heavily-impacted cities.  There have also been several violent incidents associated with the demonstrations, including reports of a Colombian National Police officer shot while attempting to clear a road in Zipaquira and three vehicles and one toll booth set on fire on the road between Bogota and Tunja. 

Up-to-date Colombia-wide information regarding road closures is available by dialing #767 or visiting this page.

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.

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.

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 enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

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 or consulate 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 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.

May 2, 2013.

The U.S. Embassy is Coming to You!

To further assist U.S. citizens in Colombia, the Consul General of the U.S. Embassy will be holding a town hall meeting in Medellin on Wednesday, May 8th to give a brief overview of the services the U.S. Embassy provides to U.S. citizens and to discuss issues of interest to American Citizens in Medellin.   If you live in or near Medellin and would like to attend, please RSVP to: ACSBogota@state.gov.

Event: Town Hall discussion for U.S. Citizens

Date: Wednesday, May 8th

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Colombo Americano Medellin – Sede Centro
Carrera 45, No. 53-24
Tel: 4-513-4444

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 Monday-Thursday from 2:00 p.m. ¬– 4:00 p.m. at (57) 1-275-4900. The U.S. Embassy in Bogota is open to the public for non-emergency services by appointment only.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program!  A free and fast service provided by the U.S. Government that lets U.S. citizens abroad provide useful contact information to the U.S. Embassy in case of an emergency.

Enrolled U.S citizens who provide a valid e-mail address also receive regular travel updates, messages, and alerts. To sign up or edit your information please click here. 

April 8, 2013.

The U.S. Embassy is Coming to You!

To further assist U.S. citizens in Colombia, the U.S. Embassy will be visiting Medellin on Friday, April 12th to accept passport and report of birth applications and perform notary services. Please be aware that these are the only services that will be provided on that day, and we will not be able to respond to visa questions or Social Security questions.   We also are unable to apostille documents.

If you live in or near Medellin and wish to take advantage of this program, please refer to the schedule below.  Please review the information on the specific requirements, and forms on our website:  http://bogota.usembassy.gov/service.html by going to the webpage for the appropriate service.

You MUST make an appointment for the appropriate service online, or you will NOT be attended. Appointments can only be scheduled on the U.S. Embassy website

We have a limited number of appointments on April 12th, and we apologize in advance if we are unable to accept your case that day.  If you are unable to attend this event, you will generally need to travel to Bogota to apply for a consular service.

Event: American Citizen Services in Medellin: Passports, Notarials, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad

Date: Friday, April 12, 2013

Location: Cámara de Comercio Colombo Americana de Medellin
Calle 4 Sur # 43A-195, Oficina 163D,
Centro Ejecutivo, El Poblado, Medellín
PBX: (57) (4) 268-7491
http://www.amchamedellin.com/

Hours:           
8:00 am to 12:00 pm: Passports (adults and children), Notary Services, Registration of Births Abroad

1:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Passports (adults and children), Notary Services, Registration of Births Abroad

                                              IMPORTANT

***Payment can ONLY be made by cashier’s check (“cheques de gerencia”)***

***Checks must be made out to “Embajada Americana NIT 800.090.823-1***

***Exact payment must be in COLOMBIAN PESOS***
 
Fees:

Notary Services: $92,500 COP per notary signature 
Passport (ADULT RENEWAL): $203,500 COP
Passport (ADULT FIRST TIME): $249,750 COP
*note: this fee is charged even if you had a passport as a child*
Passport (CHILD, 15 yrs and under): $194,250 COP
Extra Pages: $151,700 COP

Delivery: A representative for Domesa will be available to schedule return delivery services at an additional cost.

*Again, please remember to bring all required forms as listed on the U.S. Embassy website*

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 (57) 1-275-4900. The U.S. Embassy in Bogota is open to the public for non-emergency services by appointment only.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program! A free and fast service provided by the U.S. Government that lets U.S. citizens abroad provide useful contact information to the U.S. Embassy in case of an emergency.

Enrolled U.S citizens who provide a valid e-mail address also receive regular travel updates, messages, and alerts. To sign up or edit your information please visit the following website: https://step.state.gov/step/.

September 4, 2012

According to local press reports, the Federacion Colombiana de Educadores is planning a protest tomorrow.  The protest is planned to commence at 10 a.m. and have a total of four staging points from which the protestors will march to the Plaza de Bolivar.  The meeting points are as follows:

  1.  Carrera 10 with  Calle 1 – They will travel on Carrera 10 towards Avenida Jimenez, reach 7th  and end at Plaza de Bolivar.
  2. Estacion de La Sabana Calle 13 with Carrera 18 – They will travel on Calle 13, reach Avenida Jimenez and then 7th reaching Plaza Bolivar.
  3. Parque Nacional – This group will travel to Calle 34, then will go on Calle 13 until reaching Calle 24, they will continue to 7th and end at Plaza Bolivar.
  4. Carrera 30 with Calle 45 – They will go on Calle 45 until reaching 7th and then will continue to Plaza Bolivar.

Students from the Distrital, Nacional and Pedagogica Universities are also expected to participate.  The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. Citizens to avoid all locations where these protests are scheduled to take place.  Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

U.S. citizens are reminded to avoid demonstrations, if at all possible, as even demonstrations meant to be peaceful can sometimes become violent and unpredictable.

August 24, 2012

This coming Sunday August 26, 2012, several streets of Bogotá will be closed due to the 34th “Solidarity walk for Colombia” (marcha de Solidaridad por Colombia) http://www.movilidadbogota.gov.co/?pag=1201
 
The walk will start at 0800 hours at Parque Nacional, then will take Carrera 7 to the north to 72nd Street. Then the walk will continue to Carrera 11, then will take Calle 67 and Carrera 13 and will connect with Calle 63, finishing at Carrrea 50 x 63.
 
U.S. citizens are reminded to avoid demonstrations, if at all possible, as even demonstrations meant to be peaceful can sometimes become violent and unpredictable.

The Ciclovia will be suspended on Carrera 7 between Calle 28 and Calle 45.

August 21, 2012
 
 
All American citizens are invited to a Townhall meeting in Leticia on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Hotel Waira in Leticia, Colombia.  The purpose of the event is to briefly outline the various services provided by the consular section.  There will also be an opportunity to answer some general questions from the audience.   The details of the event are as below:
 
Saturday, August 25, 2012
10:00 – 11:00
Hotel Waira
Carrera 10, No. 7-36
Leticia, Amazonas
Tel:  (098) 592-4428, 592-5946
 
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time.  You must bring your passport with you to the event or you will not be permitted to attend.  If you have a non-citizen family member, please bring his or her passport and/or Colombian ID card
 
 
La Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Bogotá, tiene el gusto de invitar a todos los Ciudadanos Americanos a una reunión que se llevará a cabo el sábado 25 de agosto en el Hotel Waira en Leticia, Colombia.  El propósito de este evento es el de presentar un breve resumen de los servicios que proporciona la Sección Consular. También habrá oportunidad para contestar  preguntas generales del público.  A continuación encontrará los detalles sobre la reunión
 
Sabado, 25 de agosto de 2012
10:00 – 11:00
Hotel Waira
Carrera 10, No. 7-36
Leticia, Amazonas
Tel:  (098) 592-4428, 592-5946

Por favor llegar 30 minutos antes del evento. Debe presentar su pasaporte Americano para ingresar al evento, de lo contrario no podrá asistir. Las personas que tengan familiares que no sean ciudadanos Americanos, por favor traer su pasaporte Colombiano o cédula de ciudadanía.

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 (57) 1-275-2000.  The U.S. Embassy in Bogota is open to the public for non-emergency services by appointment only.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program!  A free and fast service provided by the U.S. Government that lets U.S. citizens abroad provide useful contact information to the U.S. Embassy in case of an emergency.

Enrolled U.S citizens who provide a valid e-mail address also receive regular travel updates, messages, and alerts. To sign up or edit your information please click here.

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