Colombia: Useful Information
-Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media about possible new safety or security risks.
–Hepatitis A and B, Malaria, Tetanus, Typhoid and Yellow Fever are possible health risks. Take vaccinations accordingly.
–A valid passport and an onward/return ticket are mandatory for tourists visiting the country. U.S. citizens traveling as tourists do not require an entry visa for stays less than 30 days. Stiff fines are imposed if passports are not stamped on arrival and if stays exceeding 30 days are not authorized by Colombian immigration agency. –Minor crime is prevalent in most major cities, especially in the vicinity of hotels and airports. Theft of hand luggage and travel documents is especially popular, particularly at El Dorado Airport, Bogota.
–Taking illegal taxis, which are sometimes characterized by a driver and a companion, with illegal markings, are dangerous. Getting is not a taxi that already has a passenger is not advisable. Travel by bus is risky for the same reason of petty thefts. Attempts at extortion and kidnappings are not unusual on rural buses. –Criminals sometimes use the drug ‘Scopolamine’ to incapacitate tourists in order to rob them. The drug is administered at bars (in drinks), through cigarettes and gum (in taxis) and in powder form, so be on your guard at all times and refrain from accepting things from strangers.