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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Bogota – Cartagena Independence Day Festivities 
November 8, 2022

Location: Cartagena

EventThe Embassy advises U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of security awareness and take extra safety precautions while transiting the city throughout the November 9-14 Independence Day festivities.

On November 10, Calle 40 and Avenida Santander (near the walled city) will be closed intermittently due to scheduled parades in the afternoon.

Actions to Take

  • Keep a low profile.
  • Exercise vigilance.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Use caution when in areas with less police presence.
  • Keep car doors locked and windows rolled up.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as by wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
  • Never leave food or drinks unattended in public. Never accept drinks or food from strangers.
  • Do not invite strangers into your lodging or residence.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Plan for alternative travel routes.


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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