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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Bogota – Holiday Precautions
December 1, 2022

Location: Countrywide 

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Bogota advises U.S. citizens that historically during the holiday season, there is a corresponding uptick in crime in Bogota and throughout other cities in Colombia.  U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security during the holiday season. 

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.  

Actions to take: 

  • Keep a low profile. 
  • Avoid parking on the street, utilize parking lots with attendants, and keep valuables out of sight. 
  • Limit the amount of information shared with any unknown callers and/or strangers. 
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night. Remain attentive when entering and departing residences. 
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches. 
  • Limit the use of your cellphone while out in public, especially on the street. 
  • Only carry the cash and credit cards that you require for your day’s activities. 
  • Do not resist physically any robbery attempt. 


U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia   Tel. +57-1-275-2000 or 601-275-2000  acsbogota@state.gov  https://co.usembassy.gov/   


1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444