Diplomatic Representation in US
Ambassador: Gabriel SILVA Lujan
Embassy: 2118 Leroy Place NW, Washington, DC 20008
US Diplomatic Representation
Ambassador: P. Michael McKinley
Embassy: Calle 22D Bis, No. 47-51, Bogotá
Mailing Address: APO AA 34038
Telephone: (571) 315-0811
FAX: (571) 315-2197
Consulates are in:
A. D. P. Bldg., 1211 N. Westshore Bl., Suite 411,
Tampa, FL 33607.
3379 Peachtree Rd., Suite 555,
Atlanta, GA 30326.
Consulates General are in:
8383 Wilshire Bl., Suite 420,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
595 Market St., Suite 2130,
San Francisco, CA 94105.
1107 17th Street, Suite 1007, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009.
280 Aragon Av.,
Coral Gables, FL 33134.
500 N. Michigan Av., Suite 2040,
Chicago, IL 60611.
(312) 923-1196, FAX (312) 923-1197
1844 World Trade Cen, 2 Canal St.,
New Orleans, LA 70130.
535 Boylston St., 11th Floor,
Boston, MA 02116.
10 E. 46th St.,
New York, NY 10017.
Edificio Mercantil Plaza,Ponce de Leon Av., Suite 814,
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 00918.
2990 Richmond Av., Suite 200,
Houston, TX 77098.
Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Colombia
U.S. Embassy in Colombia
Embassy of Colombia Web Site
The United States established diplomatic relations with Colombia in 1822, following its independence from Spain. Colombia is a middle-income country and one of the oldest democracies in Latin America. It has seen nearly half a century of intense armed conflict with insurgent and paramilitary groups perpetuated by their involvement in widespread illegal drug production and trafficking, along with criminal and narcotics trafficking organizations. Peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) began in Oslo, Norway on October 18, 2012 and negotiations will move to Havana, Cuba in November 2012. Long-term U.S. interests in the region include promoting security, stability, and prosperity in Colombia, and Colombia has made progress in addressing its security, development, and governance challenges.
The country's National Consolidation Plan seeks to re-establish state control and legitimacy in strategically important areas previously dominated by illegal armed groups through a phased approach that combines security, counternarcotics, and economic and social development initiatives. U.S. policy toward Colombia supports the government's efforts to strengthen its democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights and the rule of law, foster socio-economic development, address immediate humanitarian needs, and end the threats to democracy posed by narcotics trafficking and terrorism.
The United States and Colombia have signed agreements on trade, environmental protection, asset sharing, chemical control, ship-boarding, renewable and clean energy, science and technology, and civil aviation.
U.S. Assistance to Colombia
The U.S. Government supports the Colombian Government's National Consolidation Plan by selectively working in key "consolidation zones," where drug trafficking, violence, and the lack of government presence have historically converged. The U.S. Government coordinates its efforts in these areas through the Colombia Strategic Development Initiative, an inter-agency, whole-of-government approach to providing U.S. assistance in eradication and interdiction; capacity building of the military, national police, and prosecutor units; creation of viable options for citizens in the licit economy, particularly in the agricultural sector. Our programs also provide more general support for the implementation of Colombian Government reforms in land restitution; reparations for victims and vulnerable populations; demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants; promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law and protection of vulnerable citizens (such as human rights and labor activists); and addressing global climate change and environmental issues in one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The United States is Colombia's largest trading partner, and the two countries' free trade agreement entered into force in May 2012. The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement aims to improve the investment environment, eliminate tariffs and other barriers to U.S. exports, expand trade, and promote economic growth in both countries. U.S. exports to Colombia include machinery, oil, agricultural products, organic chemicals, and plastic. U.S. imports from Colombia include crude oil, gold, coffee, cut flowers, textiles, and bananas. Approximately 250 U.S. businesses conduct at least some operations in Colombia. U.S. direct investment in Colombia is primarily concentrated in the mining and manufacturing sectors.
Colombia's Membership in International Organizations
Colombia and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.
Colombia maintains an embassy in the United States at 2118 Leroy Place NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202-387-8338).
More information about Colombia is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
Department of State Colombia Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Colombia Page
U.S. Embassy: Colombia
USAID Colombia Page
History of U.S. Relations With Colombia
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information