Nationwide strikes are due to start today (Thursday 25th) across Colombia. Travellers are advised to avoid all demonstrations and make allowances for disruption in their travel plans.
If you are in the area, please consider the following –
- Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
- Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
- Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
- Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
- If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
- Keep your devices charged.
- Check in with friends and family.
- If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.
If you are in or planning travel to Colombia, make sure you have factored potential disruption into your travel risk management plan. If you are being sent to Colombia for work, your company should have provided you with up to date security briefings and adequate training. If you do not feel prepared for your trip, talk to your boss as soon as possible.
Official travel advice
— travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) April 24, 2019
#Colombia: Demonstrations (called a “paro nacional,” or nationwide strike) are expected throughout Colombia beginning Thursday, April 25. Additional demonstrations are scheduled for the coming weeks in urban and rural areas. pic.twitter.com/5ZhtnicBDH
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) April 25, 2019
#Colombia A nationwide general strike has been called for Thursday 25 April. Avoid all public demonstrations and follow advice of local authorities. Severe flooding and landslides reported in some regions, heavy showers expected until the end of June. https://t.co/tnGv1bEbuz pic.twitter.com/nnHQr9nh2R
— FCO travel advice (@FCOtravel) April 24, 2019
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