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Old 06-11-2009, 06:06   #1
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I Need Current Information on a Gun on Board in Cartagena, Colombia

If you have a gun onboard, can you declare it in Colombia like many other ports of call. I assume there is a procedure and many sailors have experienced it but I do not have CURRENT information.

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Colombian law prohibits tourists and business travelers from bringing firearms into Colombia. Illegal importation or possession of firearms may result in incarceration.

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Although noonsite says (link above):

"Firearms must be declared."
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For specific guidance on Colombian entry requirements, including information about Colombian visas, travelers should contact the Colombian Embassy at 2118 Leroy Place NW, Washington, DC 20008; telephone (202) 387-8338; or the nearest Colombian consulate.
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Colombian law prohibits tourists and business travelers from bringing firearms into Colombia. The penalty for illegal importation and/or possession of firearms is three to ten years in prison.

“... The acquisition or carrying of firearms without a license is strictly prohibited in Colombia, pursuant to article 233 of the National Constitution. In the case of each firearm within the national territory owned by individuals, the owner must have received a valid license to possess or carry it, issued by the competent military authority. The Political Charter establishes that only the State has the power to issue licenses . The new Penal Code provides for sentences of between one and four years. imprisonment for anyone who, without a license, imports, traffics in, manufactures, transports, stores, distributes, sells, supplies, repairs or carries self-defense firearms, ammunition or explosives. .Moreover, article 366 provides for sentences of between three and ten years. imprisonment for anyone who, without a license from the competent authority, imports, traffics in, manufactures, repairs, stores, keeps, acquires, supplies or carries weapons or munitions for the exclusive use of the armed forces...”

see ➥ http://www.interpol.int/Public/BioTe...s/Colombia.pdf
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That "Colombian law prohibits tourists and business travelers from bringing firearms" is for dirt dwelling travelers. Just declare it on entry. Two years ago they didn't care at all in Cartagena and the coastguard who boarded us off Santa Martha didn't even needed to see it when we reported the gun.

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