Simón Bolívar International Bridge

The Simón Bolívar International Bridge (Spanish: Puente Internacional Simón Bolívar) is a 300-metre-long (980 ft) bridge across the Táchira River on the Venezuela–Colombia border, connecting the city of San Antonio del Tachira in Venezuela with the small town of La Parada in Colombia.[1] The first major city in Colombia after the border is Cúcuta.[2]

Two-way transport on the bridge in 2011
CIDH officials at the bridge in 2015

Until the Venezuelan economic crisis, it was a popular crossing point for Colombians to shop across the border. In 2015, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro closed the bridge to vehicular traffic.[3] Since at least 2017, the traffic is mostly people leaving Venezuela.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "The bridge of desperation". BBC News.
  2. ^ a b Andrew Rosati (12 October 2017). "Thousands Are Fleeing Venezuela by Two-Lane Border Bridge". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Unconvinced by Election Venezuela Emigrees Stream Across Border, Reuters 19 May 2018". Retrieved 12 February 2019.[dead link]

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Coordinates: 7°49′04″N 72°27′03″W / 7.8179°N 72.4508°W / 7.8179; -72.4508