Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Colombia-Venezuela border region

Event: Given the developing situation in Venezuela, criminal or terrorist elements may seek to exploit uncertainty and increased media attention on the Colombia-Venezuela border.   U.S. Embassy personnel must request permission for travel outside of Bogotá and the corridor between Cartagena and Santa Marta, and may be required to use armored vehicles.  U.S. citizens should remain vigilant and expect increased police presence in the border region.

Actions to Take:    

  • Do not travel to Venezuela.
  • Do not travel to the Colombian departments of Arauca or Norte de Santander outside of Cucuta, and exercise increased caution in Cucuta.
  • Reconsider travel to the departments of Cesar, Vichada, and Guainia.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.


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

U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla
Tel. +57-5-353-2001

State Department – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
Colombia Country Information

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