Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Colombia, countrywide Event: A ceasefire between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist group ended on January 10, 2018.  The ELN subsequently resumed attacks against government and economic targets in Colombia.  The U.S. Embassy has no information concerning specific threats against U.S. citizens in Colombia.  Actions to Take: Maintain a high ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel ...
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American Citizen Services – 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 3000 Social Security recipients residing in Colombia who have not returned the required “Proof of Life” report to the U.S. Social Security Administration.  If you have not yet returned your proof of life form, please do so immediately.   Please note ...
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Notice regarding Social Security services

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Colombia who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal ...
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U.S. Federal Benefits/Social Security Appointments

U.S. Federal Benefits/Social Security Appointments The U.S. Embassy in Bogota is pleased to announce that representatives from the U.S. Social Security Administration will visit Medellin and Bogota to offer individual appointments for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about Social Security and other federal benefits. They will also receive Foreign Enforcement Questionnaires (FEQ). To request an ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Visit of Pope Francis to Colombia

Pope Francis will visit Colombia from September 6-10, 2017, including stops in Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín, and Cartagena.  The Bogotá public mass on September 7 at Parque de Simón Bolívar is expected to draw more than 500,000 people.  U.S. citizens should expect extensive road closures, restrictions on vehicle traffic, limited public transportation, a heavy police presence, ...
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U.S. and Colombian Taxes

April 18, 2017 is tax day in the United States.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Colombia of their obligation to comply with both U.S. and Colombian tax regulations.  U.S. taxpayers living abroad are allowed an automatic two-month extension to file their returns, but must attach a statement explaining why they are qualified for ...
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Yellow Fever Vaccination

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Colombia to carry evidence of yellow fever vaccination.  Although there has not been a single case of yellow fever diagnosed in Colombia this year, neighboring Brazil continues to experience a large outbreak.  The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection has initiated a campaign to ensure all residents ...
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Landslides in Southwest Colombia

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that the government of Colombia has declared a state of emergency in the department of Putumayo following landslides in Mocoa that killed over 150 people and injured hundreds more.  Heavy rainfall and the resulting flooding and landslides also knocked out power and water services.  U.S. government employees in Colombia ...
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Police Attacked in Northern Bogota

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at approximately 9:00 pm, unidentified assailants on a motorcycle attacked Colombian National Police (CNP) officers in the vicinity of Carrera 7 and Calle 200 in Bogota with firearms and explosives, killing one CNP officer and injuring four others. The perpetrators have not been apprehended. In response, CNP has closed Carrera ...
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Recent Explosions in Bogota

The U.S Embassy informs U.S. citizens of explosions in Bogota on August 31 and August 23.  On August 31, the police conducted controlled detonations of suspicious packages in BanColombia offices in the areas of Parkway (Calle 36 and Carrera 20) and La Granja (Calle 80 and Carrera 76).  On August 23, there were three explosions ...
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Trucker’s Strike Has Potential For Violence and Transportation Disruptions

The U.S Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a trucker’s union strike that began in June has the potential to continue.  There have been violence as well as transportation and shipping disruptions associated with this strike.  The trucker’s union announced that they intend to block all of Bogota’s vehicular entry and exit points.  While that has ...
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Revised travel notice for Colombia regarding the Zika virus

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a revised travel notice for Colombia  regarding the Zika virus . Travel to elevations higher than 2,000 m (6,500 ft) above sea level is considered to have minimal likelihood for mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission, even within countries reporting active transmission. CDC ...
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U.S. Citizens Need To Replace Indefinite Cedulas de Extranjeria with new Cedula by July 23, 2015.

The U.S. Embassy Bogota would like to inform all U.S. citizens residing in Colombia on an indefinite residence permit, the so-called “cedula de extranjeria (C.E.),” that they need to apply at Colombian Immigration (Migracion Colombia) for a new residence permit prior to July 24, 2015.  Migracion Colombia will issue a new cedula valid for five ...
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March 10, 2015

Colombia has experienced a 6.2 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter in Aratoca in Santander Department.  Per latest media reports there are no major injuries or damage to buildings.  The airport in Bogota is operating normally. Cell phones networks and landlines, as typical in such an event, are not working fully, but the U.S. Embassy Bogota ...
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February 17, 2015

UPDATE  The Embassy of the United States of America in Colombia and the San Jose Regional Federal Benefits Office invites the community interested in the subject of Federal Benefits to an informative presentation on processes related to benefits in Colombia from the US Social Security, Veteran Affairs and Civil Service (OPM).  These events are free ...
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January 14, 2015

The Embassy of the United States of America, through its American Citizen Services’ office, invites the community interested in the subject of Federal Benefits (retirement benefits) to an informative chat on processes related to benefits in Colombia from the US Social Security, Veteran Affairs and Civil Service (OPM). (Remember: there will be no information about ...
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General strike in Colombia may affect many services

Multiple media outlets are reporting that a nation-wide general strike planned by public and private sector workers on March 17 may cause significant traffic delays and disruptions and also negatively effect services such as hospitals and public transportation throughout Colombia.  The U.S. Embassy recommends U.S. citizens and their family members prepare for these disruptions. The U.S. ...
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