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Category 2 – High Risk: Areas affected by guerrila activity, including border areas with Venezuela, Ecuador, and the city of Cali.

Category 3 – Medium Risk: All other areas of Colombia

*Important Safety Note: The International Oversight Committee (IOC) does not support taking public transportation between major cities or through rural areas. All authorized UT travelers should fly.

The risk ratings above are in accordance with the UT Restricted Regions List. If you are traveling to this location, please refer to the guidelines for Requesting Travel Authorization to Restricted Regions.

Before beginning the request process, we encourage you to visit the following websites to gain a better understanding of the risks associated with travel to this country:

Links to International News Sources

BBC - Colombia Country Profile
Reuters - World
CNN - Colombia
NPR - Latin America
NY Times - Colombia
The Washington Post - South America
The Huffington Post - Colombia
MSNBC - South America
The Economist - Colombia

The well-being of UT students, faculty, and staff is the primary concern of the UT-Austin International Oversight Committee. We realize that some areas of the world present heightened health, safety, and security risks, and so the resources above are provided to help UT travelers make informed decisions regarding their international travel.