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The FCO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the departments of Arauca, and Guaviare, (except their capital cities, as indicated on the map)
  • the department of Chocó (except its capital Quibdó, the whale-watching towns of Nuquí and Bahía Solano, and the tourist site of Capurganá)
  • the Ariari region of southern Meta (except the tourist site of Caño Cristales); visitors travelling to Caño Cristales should only do so with a reputable tour company travelling by air to and from the town of La Macarena
  • the South Pacific, Sanquianga and Telembi regions of Nariño.
  • the Western region of Cauca
  • Buenaventura in the department of Valle del Cauca
  • the Urabá and Bajo Cauca regions of Antioquia
  • the region of Southern-Bolívar
  • the region of Southern-Córdoba
  • the Catatumbo region of Norte de Santander
  • Orito, San Migue, Valle del Guamuez, Puerto Caicedo, Puerto Guzmán, Puerto Asis and Puerto Leguizamo in Putumayo.
  • Cartagena del Chairá, San Vicente del Caguan, Puerto Rico, El Doncello, Paujil and La Montañita in Caquetá.
  • the municipality of Puerto Carreño in Vichada, except the departmental capital itself
  • within 5km of the Venezuelan border and within 5km of the Ecuadorian border, except for the border crossing on the Pan-American highway, at Ipiales.

A national strike has been called for Thursday 21 November. There may be significant disruption, especially in Bogotá. Airports may close and major highways may be blocked at short notice. Public demonstrations can be confrontational and turn violent. You should remain vigilant, avoid all demonstrations and monitor local media for the latest information.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Colombia. The security situation can change very quickly in many areas of the country. You should pay close attention to warnings issued by the Colombian authorities. See Terrorism

Despite high levels of crime, most visits to Colombia are trouble-free. See Crime

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Consular support is limited in parts of Colombia where we advise against all but essential travel and areas where there is a limited state presence. When consular support is unavailable, the British Embassy will liaise with local authorities to request assistance.

If you need to contact the emergency services, call +123 (in Spanish).

UK health authorities have classified Colombia as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.