Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota (November 21, 2019)

Location: Colombia, countrywide

Demonstrations (called a “paro nacional,” or nationwide strike) are expected to take place in major cities throughout Colombia on Thursday, November 21. A wide range of interest groups, including students, transportation providers, truckers, the judicial union, and social leaders are protesting a range of policies. Many schools and universities will be closed on Thursday, November 21, and Colombia has closed land and river border crossings with Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Venezuela until 5 a.m. on Friday, November 22. U.S. citizens may encounter disturbances, heavy police presence, the use of tear gas, and/or significant traffic delays. U.S. government personnel and U.S. citizens are advised to avoid demonstrations.

Actions to Take:
* Monitor local media for updates on demonstrations and security conditions.
* Avoid areas of demonstrations.
* Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
* Plan for alternative travel routes or remain in place if planned travel is inhibited.
* For emergency assistance, contact the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy using the information below.

U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia
Tel. +57-1-275-2000
After-hours emergencies +57-1-275-4021

U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla

U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

Colombia Country Information

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