In a decision taken with Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, after more than 24 hours of civil unrest in the Colombian capital, President Iván Duque approved the Toque de Queda – curfew – for all of Bogotá starting on Friday, November 22, at 9:00 pm.
The decision to order a curfew gives the state’s security forces exceptional powers to take control of the violence that has gripped Bogotá in the aftermath of the nationwide strike, Paro Nacional.
Under curfew all citizens, and foreigners, must be in their homes by 9:00 pm or face arrest by the Army and National Police.
In his second address to the nation in less than 24 hours, President Iván Duque explained the decision to impose the maximum security enforcement for the city to “preserve order as a priority, and guarantee the safety of 48 million Colombians.”
Embassies are informing their citizens on social media to remain indoors.
U.S Embassy advisory: Attention: The city government of Bogota declared citywide curfew beginning 9pm, Friday, Nov. 22, until 6am Saturday. Bars, restaurants, & other public locations will be closed starting at 9pm. U.S. citizens should remain inside their residence after this time.
The curfew is in effect until 6:00 am; however, it could be extended if authorities take the decision to do so.
What you need to know:
1. Only in case of a serious medical emergency will you be able to be picked up by an Ambulance. If you have an emergency you must call: 123
2. If arriving to El Dorado airport, you can only take an official taxi and must show security forces ID, proof entry and hotel reservation and explain your situation. (Keep your boarding pass).
3. The same applies if you are departing Colombia: You can only use an airport registered taxi and must show proof of departure. Remember your transit through the city is based on case by case, and explanation to security forces.
4. If you cannot reach your residence in time, you will be taken to a Center of Protection. The detention process is accompanied by representatives of the district’s Personería, the local Ombudsman, as well as an appointed legal representative from the Procuraduría, to guarantee your civil rights.
5. Intermunicipal buses entering the city will be allowed to reach the main Terminal in El Salitre and passengers must explain their arrival situation to members of the Armed Forces.
6. Universities will offer refuge to those requiring help. ID required to enter grounds.