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Weather Alert: U.S. Embassy Bogota
Update on Restricted U.S. Government Travel to the Area Surrounding Volcan Nevado del Ruiz
May 26, 2023

Update on Restricted U.S. Government Travel to the Area Surrounding Volcan Nevado del Ruiz

Location:  Tolima, Caldas, Risaralda, Quindio, and Cundinamarca Departments   

Event:The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that, consistent with the Colombian authorities May 12 reduction of the identified threat areas, travel by U.S. government employees is now restricted only within the 10km danger area surrounding the Volcan Nevado del Ruiz. This area is identified as the Zona de Amenaza Alta (in red) on the map found at https://www2.sgc.gov.co/sgc/volcanes/VolcanNevadoRuiz/Paginas/Mapa-amenaza.aspx.  This is an update to the Weather Alert published on April 4, 2023, which notified U.S. citizens that the U.S. Embassy was restricting personal travel for U.S. government employees to zones identified by the Colombian Geological Service (ServicioGeologico Colombiano, SGC). 

The current alert level remains at 2-orange (on a scale of 4 to 1 and green to red, with level 1-red indicative of an active eruption).      

More information can be found on the following websites: https://www.sgc.gov.co/  and https://portal.gestiondelriesgo.gov.co/.   

Actions to Take:      

  • Avoid the area. 
  • Monitor local media for updates. 
  • Monitor the following Colombian government websites for updates: https://www.sgc.gov.co/  and https://portal.gestiondelriesgo.gov.co/ . 
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Make contingency plans to leave the area.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance. 


  • U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia Tel. +57-1-275-2000 or 601-275-2000 acsbogota@state.gov https://co.usembassy.gov/  
  • U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla conagencybarranquilla@state.gov 
  • U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444 
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