Travel Alert November 2019: Civil Unrest in Colombia

If Colombia is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to civil unrest in that country, as hundreds of thousands of Colombians across the country came out in protest against the right-wing government of Iván Duque, who is the current president of Colombia.

Travel Alert November 2019: Civil Unrest in Colombia

Bogotá Colombia

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

The United States Embassy in Colombia has issued this official demonstration alert for today, Saturday, November 23, 2019…

Multiple sources are reporting an ongoing protest at the Parque Naccional (Cra. 7 and Calle 34). Police have deployed tear gas to disperse protestors. U.S. citizens may encounter heavy traffic and increased police presence in the area.

Actions to Take:
• Monitor local media for updates on demonstrations and security conditions.
• Avoid areas of demonstrations.
• Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
• Plan for alternative travel routes or remain in place if planned travel is inhibited.
• For emergency assistance, contact the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy using the information below.

Assistance:
U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia
Tel. +57-1-275-2000
After-hours emergencies +57-1-275-4021
acsbogota@state.gov
https://co.usembassy.gov/

U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla
conagencybarranquilla@state.gov

U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

No official security alert has been issued as a result of the civil unrest; but increased caution should be exercised due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping.

Colombians were voicing their criticism of the lack of action of the government pertaining to addressing major concerns over security, corruption and economic inequality as only three examples of numerous issues. Several fatalities were reported as a result of the protests, which became violent at times.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Colombia over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the civil unrest which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating conditions and traffic problems.

Here are five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this civil unrest:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Bogotá for Saturday, November 23, 2019 through Sunday, November 24, 2019; and Saturday, December 1, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Bogotá for Friday, November 22, 2019 through Sunday, November 24, 2019; and Saturday, December 1, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for Bogotá, Cartagena and Medellín through Sunday, November 24, 2019.
  • Copa Airlines has issued a travel alert for Bogotá for Thursday, November 21, 2019 through Monday, November 25, 2019; and Friday, November 30, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • LATAM Airlines has issued a travel alert for Bogotá for Saturday, November 23, 2019 through Sunday, November 24, 2019; and either Sunday, December 8, 2019 or Monday, December 9, 2019 are the last days on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

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