The U.S. Department of State has advised U.S. citizens of the dangers involved in travel to Colombia, citing “violence by narco-terrorist groups” in some rural areas and large cities, despite improvements in Colombian security in recent years. The advisory updates a travel warning issued in November 2010.
The State Department “possesses no information concerning specific and credible threats against U.S. citizens in Colombia,” according to a statement, but strongly encourages travelers “to exercise caution and remain vigilant.” U.S. government officials and their families in Colombia travel to major cities in the country almost exclusively by air and may not use inter- or intra-city bus transportation, or travel by road outside urban areas at night; the State Department is urging U.S. citizens in Colombia to follow the same precautions. U.S. citizens living or traveling in Colombia are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website at www.travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui for updated information. U.S. travelers can also call 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444, or visit www.travel.state.gov.