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Last verified: Thursday, 17. October 2019 at 07:24 AM

Colombia Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Travelling Colombia is (relatively) safe

Local Situation: 2.5 / 5

Travelling Colombia is (relatively) safe. We detected travel advisories from 6 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.8 / 5

Colombia shares a land border with 5 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Colombia), the Advisory Index is 2.8 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Venezuela (4.4), Ecuador (3.2), Brazil (2.3), Peru with 2.2 and Panama with 2 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for Colombia

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Colombia.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Colombia from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 2.5 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise increased caution in Colombia due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to: Arauca, Cauca (except Popayan), Chocó (except Nuquí), Nariño, and Norte de Santander (except Cucuta) departments due to crime and terrorism. Reconsider Travel to: Several ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/colombia-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/colombia

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Colombia due to violent crime and the threat of terrorism. 

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/colombia

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Colombia.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Avoid non-essential travel to the departments of Arauca, Caquetá, Cauca (except the city of Popayán), Chocó (except Quibdó, Nuqui and Bahia Solano), Guainía, Guaviare, Meta (except Villavicencio and Caño Cristales), Nariño (except the city of Pasto and the border crossing in Ipiales), Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Vichada and rural areas of northern Antioquia, southern Bolívar, southern Cordoba and southern Valle del Cauca due to the presence of illegal armed groups, and drug-related criminal activity.

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Colombia.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Do not travel to the cities of Buenaventura and Tumaco, and in the border areas with Ecuador (except the border crossing at Ipiales), Panama (within Chocó) and Venezuela due to high levels of criminal activity and the threat of kidnapping.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta särskild försiktighet - Undvik att resa till de flesta områdena på landsbygden och till gränstrakterna. Var normalt försiktig i städerna. I många områden i de största städerna är rån och våld vardag. Översvämningar och jordskred förekommer under regnperioden.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/CO

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Vær til enhver tid opmærksom på din personlige sikkerhed, når du rejser i Colombia, især pga. risikoen for kriminalitet. De fleste danskere har dog ingen problemer under besøg i landet. Vi fraråder alle ikke-nødvendige rejser til følgende områder, da risiciene er så alvorlige, at du bør have helt særlige grunde til at besøge dem: Provinserne Arauca, ...

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/colombia/

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Colombia.

Issued by: Danish government

Coverage: Provinserne Putumayo, Arauca, Caquetá, Guaviare, Guainía, Vichada og Norte de Santander (undtagen provinshovedstæderne). Provinsen Cauca (undtagen provinshovedstaden Popayán og vejen derfra til San Agustín ruinerne i Huila). Provinsen Chocó (undtagen provinshovedstaden Quibdó og byerne Nuquí og Bahía Solano og turistområdet Capurganá). Provinsen Nariño (undtagen provinshovedstaden Pasto og Ipiales grænseovergangen). Provinsen Meta (undtagen provinshovedstaden Villavicencio og turistområdet Caño Cristales). Landområderne i provinserne i det nordlige Antioquia, det sydlige Cordoba, det sydlige Valle de Cauca og det sydlige Bolivar.

Info: Risiciene er så alvorlige, at du bør have særlige grunde til at besøge området/landet. Vigtige forretningsrejser og presserende familiebegivenheder kan få rejsende til at vurdere, at et besøg er nødvendigt.

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Colombia.

Issued by: Danish government

Coverage: Grænseområdet til Ecuador, Venezuela og Panama. Byerne Tumaco og Buenaventura.

Info: Meget høj sikkerhedsrisiko. Hvis du vælger at rejse, bør du søge professionel rådgivning.

Individual rating changes for Colombia

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Colombia. Most recent events first.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Colombia changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government issued a new warning for Colombia with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Colombia with a rating of 3.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Colombia with a rating of 3.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Colombia with a rating of 2.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Colombia with a rating of 2.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Colombia with a rating of 2.0.

Changes from June 12th 2019

The total rating for Colombia changed from 2.2 to 2.4. Here are the influencing details:

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The Maltese government increased their existing warning for Colombia to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +1.0).

About Colombia

Colombia with its capital Bogotá is a country in South America (South America), slightly less than twice the size of Texas (1,138,910 km²). The country is located Northern South America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Panama and Venezuela, and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Ecuador and Panama. The climate can be described as tropical along coast and eastern plains; cooler in highlands. The landscape is flat coastal lowlands, central highlands, high Andes Mountains, eastern lowland plains. With a population of about 45.01 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Bogotá
Population about 45.01 million
Size 1.138.910 km²
Size comparable to slightly less than twice the size of Texas
Common languages Spanish
Currency Peso (short: COP)
Common voltage (electricity) 110V - 60Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 850/1900
International phone prefix +57
Internet Top Level Domain .co
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 CO
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 COL
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 170

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Colombia is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • air pollution
  • deforestation
  • especially in Bogota
  • from vehicle emissions
  • soil and water quality damage from overuse of pesticides

Natural hazzards

  • Galeras (4,276 m) is one of Colombia's most active volcanoes, having erupted in 2009 and 2010 causing major evacuations; it has been deemed a Decade Volcano by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of s
  • highlands subject to volcanic eruptions
  • occasional earthquakes
  • periodic droughts

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Colombia. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. beverages
  2. cement
  3. chemicals
  4. clothing
  5. coal
  6. emeralds
  7. food processing
  8. footwear
  9. gold
  10. oil

Agriculture products

  1. bananas
  2. cocoa beans
  3. coffee
  4. corn
  5. cut flowers
  6. forest products
  7. oilseed
  8. rice
  9. shrimp
  10. sugarcane

Colombian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Colombia.

Export products

  1. apparel
  2. bananas
  3. coal
  4. coffee
  5. cut flowers
  6. emeralds
  7. nickel
  8. petroleum

Import products

  1. chemicals
  2. consumer goods
  3. electricity
  4. fuels
  5. industrial equipment
  6. paper products
  7. transportation equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Colombia?

Colombia is currently rated at 2,5 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 6 official sources. Travelling Colombia is (relatively) safe.

Is it safe to travel Colombia in 2019?

You are good to go, enjoy your trip to Colombia.

How many travel advisories do you know for Colombia?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 6 individual sources for Colombia.

What is the size of Colombia?

Colombia has a size of 1,138,910 km² or 439,735 mi² which is slightly less than twice the size of Texas.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.