Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location:  Colombia

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The Colombian Ministry of Health has confirmed multiple cases of COVID-19 in Colombia.

The government of Colombia has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  The President of Colombia ordered all public and private schools to halt classes until April 20, 2020.  The Mayor of Bogota announced a drill from 5 a.m., Friday, March 20, through Monday, March 23, when all people are ordered to stay off the streets or else face possible fines.  Additionally, people over the age of 70 are expected to self-quarantine.  For details, see this website.

U.S. Embassy Bogota will be closed to the public on March 20 and March 23 and available by phone for U.S. citizen emergency services only.

Airlines have begun curtailing or ceasing operations in Colombia.  If your travel has been  disrupted, please contact your airline.  All national land, maritime, and riverine borders are now closed to citizens and non-citizens.  Citizens and residents may still enter the country via airports as long as airlines continue to operate.  The Government of Colombia also requires that all travelers arriving in Colombia must go into self-quarantine for 14 days and must complete a form with contact and arrival information.  Colombia is still permitting international transfers via Bogota El Dorado International Airport.  Visit the website of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional information on these new measures and to register your contact and travel information.

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