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Medellin Travel warnings

Drugs in Colombia - Blame The Borrachero

Imagine a drug that can transform you into a zombie slave. An automaton that loses all free will, is incredibly compliant but still appears to be alert and coherent. The drug is easily extracted from a very common plant

Photos: Colombia

Tourists Attacked in Bogota, Colombia

A warning to the thousands of travellers heading to the hottest new adventure destination - Colombia. The country's leaders have made enormous progress in ridding the nation of drug lords and violent gangs, but danger s

Colombian Floods - Safety Alert

World Nomads is advising travellers to take caution if considering a visit to Colombia in the next few weeks, due to severe flooding.28 out of the 32 provinces in the country have been declared a "state of public c

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#colombia 39 people hit by stray bullets in Medellin this year

over 4 years ago

Downtown Medellin descends into chaos as street vendors riot - #Colombia #ttot

over 4 years ago

#Colombia: Large parts of Medellin without water since Good Friday

about 6 years ago

Colombia: British man shot by thieves in Medellin as they tried to take his gold necklace (don't ever fight back!)

over 6 years ago

#Colombia: Major landslide in Medellin - Over 200 buried. Landslide result of weeks of floods.

over 6 years ago

Colombia: 5 dead as gunmen open fire on hundreds celebrating Colombian Valentine's Day in Medellin neighborhood of 12 de Octubre.

almost 7 years ago

Recommended vaccinations for Medellin

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.


    There is considerable risk of malaria and prophylaxis is recommended. The choice is between Malarone , Doxycycline  or Lariam . Protection against mosquito bites will reduce the risk further. 

    Yellow fever

    Yellow fever is a virus infection, which cause a serious hepatitis. The vaccine provides protection for 10 years after a single injection. Countries where yellow fever is present are entitled to request a valid certificate documenting a vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before entry. The certificate is a stamp in the WHO yellow book.

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

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Is it safe for a single female in her 20's who is blonde and gorgeious to travel alone in columbia?

Trish, first of all, what a great mum.... of course she's gorgeous, with a lovely mum like you, why wouldn't she be? Secondly - you have to let them go at so... read more »
over 4 years ago

I am looking for feedback regarding traveling to Bogota, Colombia? Does anyone know if it is safe? Would I be taking a risk for going?

Colombia in general and Bogota in particular has a reputation as being violent and dangerous. It's a reputation that's hard to shake despite recent improveme... read more »
over 4 years ago

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