Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Visit of Pope Francis to Colombia

Pope Francis will visit Colombia from September 6-10, 2017, including stops in Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín, and Cartagena.  The Bogotá public mass on September 7 at Parque de Simón Bolívar is expected to draw more than 500,000 people.  U.S. citizens should expect extensive road closures, restrictions on vehicle traffic, limited public transportation, a heavy police presence, and airport delays.  Monitor local media for the latest information about the visit and road closures.

Due to government, school, road, and business closures, as well as limited transportation services throughout Bogotá during the Papal visit, the U.S. Embassy will close at noon on Wednesday, September 6 and will be closed all day on Thursday, September 7.  Citizens needing emergency assistance during the closure or after hours should call +57-1-275-4021.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to maintain situational awareness; large groups and gatherings, in general, present targets for increased criminal or terrorist activity.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Colombia Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, located at Carrera 45, # 24B-27, Bogotá, D.C., by email at acsbogota@state.gov or by telephone at +571-1 275-2000, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Non-emergency services are offered by appointment.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +571-1 275-4021.
  • The Embassy operates a Consular Agency in Barranquilla, Colombia which also provides assistance to U.S. citizens. The Barranquilla Consular Agency is located at Calle 77B No. 57-141, suite 511, tel. (575) 353-2001.  Hours are 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.  You can schedule a non-emergency service by calling the Consular Agency.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EasternStandard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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