Non-state actors at the border
Colombian paramilitaries and drug traffickers wield tremendous power in this area
Recent Border Closures
In recent years the border has been closed for various reasons.
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COVID-19 Impact on the Border
Colombia has closed its border with Venezuela due to the pandemic, which has a ricochet effect across many aspects of life.
Arbolada, Raul (AFP/Getty Images). National Liberation Army Guerrillas Train in the Jungles of Colombia on May 26. October 7, 2019. Photograph. https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/10/07/maduro-is-playing-a-dangerous-game-on-the-colombian-border/.
Estupinan, Edinson (AFP/Getty Images). An Aerial View of the Tienditas Bridge, on the Border between Cucuta, Colombia, and Pedro Maria Urena, Venezuela, after Venezuelan Military Forces Buttressed an Existing Blockade on the Bridge with Containers and a Tanker Trailer on February 6. the Multi-Lane Bridge Was Completed in 2016 but Never Put into Use as Tensions Escalated between the Two Countries. February 15, 2019. Photograph. https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/venezuela-bridge-aid-pompeo-1.5018432.
Mendoza, Schneyder (AFP/Getty Images). Venezuelans Line up to Cross into Cúcuta, Colombia, on June 8. October 25, 2019. Photograph. https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/10/25/dont-let-venezuelas-crisis-take-down-colombia-too-refugees/.
Rueda, Manuel (Al Jazeera). Venezuelan Migrants Walk along a Road Leading out of Bogota, Colombia. April 6, 2020. Photograph. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/left-venezuelans-head-home-coronavirus-pandemic-200406113000807.html.