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Dealing with Colombian Officialdom and Business

Colombia has a very business-oriented society. Arrive to appointments on time, even though the other party may not. When dealing with public officials, be courteous. Usually they are patient—if you are. When going to an office, greet the person from the doorway. It is considered rude to enter uninvited.

Although such occurrences are rarer than in the recent past, when stopped by the military on the highways, remember these recruits are only doing their job. Usually only men are asked to step off the bus. Women stay on board. However, documents of all passengers are checked. Men may be patted down, in the search for weapons.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Colombia: Ecotourism in Colombia, Pamplona Safety, Camera, The Cocaine Industry in Bahía Solano, Camping in Colombia, A Quick Bolo Primer, Nightlife, Colombia's Social Issues, Pacific Coast Highlights and When to Go.

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