The US Embassy in Bogota recently issued a Level 3: Travel Reconsideration Notice with updates to high-risk areas. As of Jan. 5, 2023, the US Embassy in Colombia is urging greater caution due to civil unrest.
Specifically, US citizens are advised not to visit the departments of Arauca, Cauca (except Popayan), and Norte de Santander.
And the border area between Colombia and Venezuela.
In addition, demonstrations occur regularly across the country. As a result, road closures can significantly reduce access to public transport and hinder travel within and between cities.
As a result, US government employees are not allowed to drive between most major cities.
Also, Colombia’s border areas are off limits to U.S. government employees unless authorized.
If you do decide to travel to Colombia, the State Department suggests keeping a low profile and enrolling in the Smart Traveler program to receive digital alerts and help locate you in an emergency.
US citizens can also get local assistance at the US Embassy in Bogota, Calle 24 Bi No. 48-50, Bogotá, DC Colombia.
From a health perspective, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has included Colombia in its dengue epidemic travel advisory.
In addition, CDC suggests various travel vaccinations such as malaria, measles and yellow fever before visiting Colombia.
Travel vaccines are available from licensed clinics and pharmacies throughout the United States.