Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Flooding and Landslides, U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia (April 26, 2019)

Location: Colombia, nationwide Event: Colombian authorities have issued landslide alerts for 10 of Colombia’s 32 administrative departments. Strong rain, electrical storms, and landslides are expected to continue throughout the month of May 2019.  Landslides regularly cause fatalities and block major roads during the Colombian rainy season. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Monitor …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota (April 24, 2019)

Location: Colombia, countrywide Event: Demonstrations (called a “paro nacional,” or nationwide strike) are expected to take place throughout Colombia beginning Thursday, April 25. Students, labor unions, and indigenous groups are protesting government policies and funding. Additional demonstrations are scheduled for the coming weeks in urban and rural areas. U.S. citizens may encounter heavy police presence, …

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Demonstration Alert: PanAmerican Highway Protests (05 April 2019).

Location: Pan-American Highway, Departments of Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Huila and Caqueta, Colombia Event: Protestors have blocked parts of the Pan-American Highway since March 12, disrupting transportation and causing shortages of fuel and supplies.  Police have clashed with protestors.  U.S. Embassy employees require advance permission to travel to these areas. Actions to Take: Avoid the …

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U.S. Social Security and other Federal Benefits Services Bogota, Medellin, and Barranquilla – April 22-26, 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota is pleased to announce that representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Bogota, Medellin, 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). The best …

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Servicios de Seguro Social de EE.UU. y Otros Beneficios Federales Bogotá, Medellin, y Barranquilla – 22 al 26 de abril de 2019

La Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Bogotá se complace en anunciar que representantes de la Unidad Regional de Beneficios Federales visitarán Bogotá, Medellin y Barranquilla para ofrecer servicios a beneficiarios o personas con preguntas del Seguro Social de los EE.UU., y otros beneficios federales. También recibirán aplicaciones para tarjetas de número de seguro social …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Bogotá, various locations including Universidad Pedagogica, Secretaria de Educación, and the U.S. Embassy Event: The National Union of Superior Education Students (UNEES) and the National Federation of Educators (FECODE) are scheduled to demonstrate tomorrow, Thursday, February 14, 2019.  Student demonstrators will gather at Universidad Pedagogica at 7:30 a.m. and march to the U.S. Embassy, …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Bogota, U.S. Embassy (Carrera 45 No. 24B-27) Event: A demonstration regarding Venezuela is scheduled to take place today, Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogota.  The Colombian National Police expect between 100 and 500 protestors.  U.S. citizens may encounter heavy police presence and significant traffic delays in the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Colombia-Venezuela border region Event: Given the developing situation in Venezuela, criminal or terrorist elements may seek to exploit uncertainty and increased media attention on the Colombia-Venezuela border.   U.S. Embassy personnel must request permission for travel outside of Bogotá and the corridor between Cartagena and Santa Marta, and may be required to use armored vehicles.  …

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Message for U.S. Social Security Beneficiaries

As part of the Foreign Enforcement Program, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has recently informed us that there are over 2000 Social Security recipients residing in Colombia who have not returned the required “Proof of Life” form (Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire) to the U.S. Social Security Administration.  If you have not yet returned your proof of life form, please do so …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Bogota, Escuela General Santander Event: There was an explosion the morning of Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Escuela General Santander (police academy), located at Carrera 45a Sur #47a-42 in Bogota.  This is a major thoroughfare for traffic to Soacha and points south of Bogota.  News media are reporting a number of fatalities and injuries. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Colombia, countrywide Event: Demonstrations (called a “paro nacional,” or nationwide strike) are expected to take place throughout major cities in Colombia on Wednesday, November 28.  Additional demonstrations are scheduled for the coming weeks.  Students, transportation providers, truckers, the judicial union, and other labor groups are protesting government policies and lack of funding.  Many private …

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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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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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