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U.S. Department of State Issues Travel Warning for Columbia

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Squaremouth recommends travel insurance for international travel. Policies available on may include terrorism and non-medical evacuation coverage. Below is an update on the travel warning issued for Columbia.

The U.S. Department of State updated its travel warning for Columbia on October 3, 2012. According to the department’s website, the safety of tourist destinations in Columbia, including Cartagena and Bogota, has increased in recent years; however, violence related to the trafficking of narcotics has continued in rural areas and large cities.

The frequency of kidnappings has dropped dramatically since its peak in 2000, but U.S. travelers must still exercise caution. According to the Department of State’s position, “The U.S. government places the highest priority on the safe recovery of kidnapped U.S. citizens, but it is U.S. policy not to make concessions to or strike deals with kidnappers. Consequently, the U.S. government’s ability to assist kidnapping victims is limited.”

More information on the warning can be found on the Department of State’s website.