Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota (September 13, 2018)

Location: Colombia, La Guajira, Magdalena, and Atlántico Departments Event: Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to enter the Caribbean Sea early on Saturday, September 15, 2018.  There is a risk of strong winds, heavy rainfall and flooding, particularly in La Guajira and the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta region. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Colombia, countrywide Event: A nationwide referendum on anti-corruption measures will take place throughout Colombia on Sunday, August 26, 2018.  There is the potential for demonstrations, traffic disruptions, and visible police presence during the campaigns leading up to the referendum.  There will be road closures throughout Bogota and other major cities on August 26.  Alcohol ...
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Voting in 2018 U.S. elections

Your Vote Counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for House and Senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot ...
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The Travel Advisory for Colombia

The Travel Advisory for Colombia was updated on June 28, 2018. Colombia – Level 2: Exercise increased caution                                      C       T Exercise increased caution in Colombia due to crime and terrorism.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Arauca, Cauca (except Popayan), Chocó (except Nuquí), Nariño, and Norte de Santander (except ...
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U.S. Social Security and other Federal Benefits Services Bogota, Cali, and Barranquilla – June 18-22, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota is pleased to announce that representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Bogota, Cali, and Barranquilla to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. They will receive Social Security Number card applications and Foreign Enforcement Questionnaires (FEQ). In 2018, ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Colombia, areas downstream of the Hidroituango dam on the Cauca River in the Departments of Antioquia, Cordoba, Sucre, and Bolivar Event: There is substantial landslide and flooding risk near and downstream from the Hidroituango dam in Ituango, Antioquia.  The Colombian government has ordered the evacuation of a number of communities below the dam, and ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota (Presidential Elections)

Location: Colombia, countrywide Event: Presidential elections will take place throughout Colombia on Sunday, May 27, 2018.  If needed, a second round will take place on Sunday, June 17, 2018.  There is the potential for demonstrations, traffic disruptions, and visible police presence during the campaigns leading up to the elections.  There will be road closures through ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Department of Nariño, Colombia Event: Recent reporting indicates a threat of continued kidnappings within the department of Nariño, following the kidnapping and deaths of three Ecuadorian journalists as well as the April 17, 2018 kidnapping of an Ecuadorian couple near the Colombia-Ecuador border.  Embassy personnel may not travel to the Department of Nariño without ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Colombia, countrywide Event: Legislative elections will take place throughout Colombia on Sunday, March 11.  There is the potential for demonstrations, traffic disruptions, and visible police presence during the campaigns leading up to the elections.  There will be road closures through Bogota and other major cities on March 11.  The National Liberation Army (ELN) has ...
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Federal Benefits Services in Medellin

The regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Medellin from Wednesday, February 21 until Friday, February 23.  Assistance with Social Security issues will be offered on a walk-in basis (no appointments needed): Where: Colombo-Americano San Fernando Plaza (Poblado) Carrera 43A # 1-50, Local 334 Medellín, Colombia Date: February 21, 22, 23 – 2018 Hours: 8:00 a.m. ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota (ELN Strike)

Location: Colombia, countrywide Event: The National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist group announced an economic shutdown of the country from 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.  The group has warned civilians not to travel during this period, and have threatened to forcibly close roads, river and sea ...
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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Bogota

A bomb exploded at the CAI San Jose police station in Barranquilla at 6:40 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2018.  There were a number of police officers killed and wounded.  Colombian authorities are on high alert.  The government has not yet identified a responsible party.
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Bogota: Carrera 30 & Calle 26 Carrera 30 & Calle 43 Calle 19 & Carrera 28 Calle 19 & Carrera 13 Avenida 1 & Carrera 24 Carrera 30 & Calles 13, 19, 53, and 92 Calle 76 & Avenida Caracas, headed towards Calle 116 Locations subject to change Event: Demonstrations are currently ongoing.  Motorcycle ...
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Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

  Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ...
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