Colombia, the South American nation with an alarming reputation for warring drug barons and kidnappings, is a luring new destination for voyagers. Be that as it may, exactly how safe is it?

Travel safety expert Phil Sylvester put on his columnist's cap and did some examining. No judgment about the magnificence of the landscape, the kindness of the general population or the appeal of the culture, all of which we're guaranteed are excellent.

What good in Colombia

Colombia isn't as terrible as it once seemed to be, however you have to utilize good judgment and alertness to remain safe.

The number of kidnappings decreased immensely from its top in 2000, however it's a danger that still exists.

The southwestern and northeastern parts of the nation which neighboring with Ecuador and Venezuela are risky, and numerous foreign governments advice against any movement to those areas as a result of the risk of kidnap or being gotten in the crossfire of a drug war.

And the bad things

In February 2010 the French government announced areas of Colombia to be "safe": including Santa Marta, Barranquilla, Bogota, Tunja, Bucaramanga, just as the Zona Cafetero bureaus of Quindio, Risaralda and Caldas to Cartagena and San Andres as safe destinations for visit.

Tourism forums overwhelmingly rave about the country; they state it's delightful and it's safer than other South American nations... for whatever length of time that you hang around to the well known locations. Which is by all accounts the key: Going off road probably won't be the best thought, and when you're in the huge urban communities ask local people or different tourists where to stay away from.

Kidnapping in Colombia

There's a 2005 motion picture called Secuestro express, about the kidnapping of a wealthy man's daughter, set in Venezuela. It depicts the capital, Caracas, as "the most risky city on earth." That was presumably an PR trick to conceal for the reality the motion picture wasn't great. Be that as it may, kidnapping is one of the threats of South America, a crime specific to the locale, and especially worthwhile for the crooks.

Shockingly, other South American nations haven't been as effective as Colombia at fighting kidnap.

What is Secuestro Express

You get kidnapped for 60 minutes, or whatever it takes for them to drive you around town visiting ATMs, robbing your cash, and emptying your cards. Or then again they hold you for whatever length of time that it takes your family (or travelling friends) to do likewise.

It more often happens when you gets into a taxi. The driver will cut around the corners where his gang bounce in. They 'influence' you to collaborate with blades, weapons, a punch or two, and shockingly for ladies, rape.

In the event that this transpires, your travel insurance will cover therapeutic costs for wounds they give you, and you can call a helpline that will place you in contact with consular authorities and specialists who can enable you to manage the mental trauma. In any case, you'll need to contend with your bank about the card bill.

Staying away from Crime in Colombia

Maybe you should consider taking a second backup credit card with a low limit to South America, and leave the main card at home, or secured in the hotel safe (not the room safe, they may take you back there and ask you to open it).

And also:

  • Don't show off, keep it low.
  • Try not to flash your cash or assets.
  • Try not to use suspicious cabs.
  • Transports are also an issue, as are provincial roads where a lone vehicle is an obvious target.
  • Try not to drive on provincial roads around evening time by any means.
  • Lock the doors of the vehicle, and keep your gas tank always more than half full.
  • Try not to travel alone.
  • Watch out for drink spiking at bars and clubs.

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