Foreign travel advice
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:
- the port of Buenaventura in the department of Valle de Cauca
- the port of Tumaco in the department of Nariño
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
- the departments of Putumayo, Arauca, Caquetá, Guaviare, Guainía, Vichada, and Norte de Santander (except their capital cities, as indicated on the map)
- the department of Cauca (except its capital Popayán and the road between the tourist site of the San Agustin ruins in Huila and Popayán city)
- the department of Chocó (except its capital Quibdó, the whale-watching towns of Nuquí and Bahía Solano, and the tourist site of Capurganá)
- the department of Nariño (except its capital Pasto and the Ipiales border crossing)
- the department of Meta (except its capital Villavicencio, and 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
- within 5km of the Venezuelan border in the departments of La Guajira, César and Boyaca
- rural areas in northern Antioquia, southern Cordoba, southern Valle de Cauca, and southern Bolivar (as indicated on the map)
An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the Andino Shopping Centre in Bogota on 17 June 2017. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local security authorities.
Colombia is currently in its rainy season. There have been heavy rains in Antioquia and previously in the south-west of Colombia, causing flooding, landslides and mudslides. Certain areas of Manizales and the Putumayo province, especially its provincial capital Mocoa, have been particularly affected. There has been damage to local infrastructure, including roads and bridges, affecting transport routes. If you’re in Antioquia, or south-west Colombia, or planning to travel to the areas, monitor local news and follow the authorities’ advice.
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.
Main roads are generally safe within daylight hours. See Road Travel
The departmental capitals of Amazonas, Vaupes and Guainía are only accessible by air due to the lack of road infrastructure in these departments.
The Venezuelan government has ordered the temporary closure of Venezuela’s border with Colombia. You should avoid crossing from Colombia into Venezuela by land. Seek up-to-date advice from the local authorities if you’re travelling near the border areas affected.
Social protests are common in Colombia and can become violent and lead to disruption to road and transport networks. You should avoid protests and follow the advice of local authorities if you’re in an area where a protest is taking place.
Monitor local media and seek information from local authorities before travelling outside of or between major cities. Dial #767 for the Colombian highway police’s up to date information (in Spanish) on any road closures.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Colombia. See Terrorism
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. In general, the more remote the area, the greater the potential threat to your safety. You should be particularly cautious and vigilant during any major events and in crowded places.
Despite the 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.
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.
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