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Security Alert: Cartagena Independence Day Celebrations (Nov. 8 – 13)
November 6, 2021

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy, Colombia

Location: Cartagena, Colombia

Event: Cartagena Independence Day Celebrations (Nov. 8 – 13)

In anticipation of Cartagena Independence Day celebrations from November 8th through 13th, the U.S. Embassy in Colombia reminds U.S. citizens to remain aware of their surroundings and to take extra safety precautions while transiting the city.

Impromptu festivities associated with these celebrations and pedestrians within the roads may impact free movement throughout the city.  Additionally, the route between Cartagena and Barranquilla may be affected by traffic blockages during this period.  Hailing taxis from the street poses a security risk.

While most celebrations remain peaceful, large crowds and confrontations with festival participants should be avoided.  The risk of being drugged and robbed also increases during large celebrations.

If you require assistance, please contact us at the phone number and/or email provided below.

Actions to Take:

  • Pay attention to your surroundings and personal belongings.
  • Keep a low profile. Wear little or no jewelry and carry as few valuables as you can if you decide to walk around Cartagena during the celebrations.
  • Use caution when walking or driving in areas with less police presence.
  • Try to stay on main roads.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Keep car doors locked and windows rolled up.


U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia
Tel. +57-1-275-2000 or +57-601-275-2000

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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