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, the use of tear gas, and significant transportation delays and road blockages. Armed groups and criminal elements may seek to exploit uncertainty surrounding the strike. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid demonstrations.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Avoid demonstrations
  • Exercise caution and remain vigilant


U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia

Tel. +57-1-275-2000

After-hours emergencies +57-1-275-4021

U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla

State Department – Consular Affairs

1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

Colombia Country Information

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