Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota (ELN Strike)

Location: Colombia, countrywide

Event: The National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist group announced an economic shutdown of the country from 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.  The group has warned civilians not to travel during this period, and have threatened to forcibly close roads, river and sea transportation, and air routes.  Colombian authorities will increase military and police presence throughout the country.  Historically, the ELN is very active during February due to key anniversaries during this period.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid areas with known ELN presence (parts of the departments of Nariño, Cauca, Choco, Arauca and Norte de Santander).
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Review your personal security plans.


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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