Event: Presence of Terrorist and Transnational Criminal Organizations in Colombia
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the U.S. Department of State has issued a level three travel advisory for Colombia and recommends that U.S. citizens reconsider travel due to crime and terrorism and exercise increased caution due to civil unrest and kidnapping.
The U.S. Embassy also reminds U.S. citizens that of the continued presence of terrorist and transnational criminal organizations in Colombia. Although the Colombian government is in peace negotiations with some terrorist groups and criminal organizations, these groups continue operating and carrying out armed actions in Colombia.
U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist groups and criminal organizations may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, police stations, military facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, airports, other public areas, and U.S. government facilities. While terrorists have not specifically targeted private U.S. citizens, the attacks could result in unintended victims.
U.S. citizens should be vigilant, maintain heightened situational awareness, and incorporate strong personal security practices into their daily activities.
The full advisory is available at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Colombia.html.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid crowds.
- Keep a low profile.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
- Review your personal security plans.
- U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia
Tel. +57-1-275-2000 or 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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