An official website of the United States government

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota (Presidential Election)
February 11, 2022

Location:  Colombia, countrywide

Event:  The Presidential election process will take place in Colombia through August 7, 2022.  There is the potential for demonstrations, traffic disruptions, and visible police presence during the campaigns leading up to the elections.  Roads may be closed in major cities, including Bogota, on May 29 and June 19.  During past election cycles, alcohol sales have been restricted and ciclovía has been cancelled in some cities. The National Civil Registry has announced the electoral calendar for 2022 as follows:

  • January 29  Opening day of the presidential campaign season
  • March 13  Presidential primaries for candidates running in coalitions
  • May 29   First-round presidential elections
  • June 19   Second-round presidential election (if necessary)
  • August 7  Presidential inauguration

Actions to Take:
Monitor local media for updates.
Avoid demonstrations.
Maintain a high level of vigilance, especially in popular public areas.