Get a passport in Colombia: the most requested search after Petro's victory

After the victory of the leftist Gustavo Petro in Colombia, Internet searches for information related to obtaining a passport in Colombia skyrocketed. This can be monitored through Google Trends, the IT giant’s trend monitoring platform.

According to Trends, queries related to issues related to obtaining a passport in Colombia (how to process a passport?, to which countries can you travel with a Colombian passport, among other terms) had an interest of up to 100 points within the platform.

It is worth explaining that, within Google Trends, the points reflect the search interest in relation to the maximum value of a graph in a certain region and period. A value of 100 indicates the maximum popularity of a term. While 50 and 0 indicate that a term is half as popular in relation to the maximum value or that there was not enough data for the term, respectively.

Thus, searches related to the term passport increased in Colombia on the 20th and 21st of this month, after the victory of Gustavo Petro.

In what regions are you looking for more how to get a passport in Colombia?

The Trends monitoring indicates that the Colombian capital, Bogotá, is the region where they are making the most inquiries about how to get a passport. It is followed by the department of Antioquia (Medellín) and the north of Santander, bordering Venezuela. In these regions, interest averages between 70 to 100 points.

What are users looking for about getting a passport in Colombia?

Queries related to obtaining the Colombian passport, paperwork offices, rescheduling appointments or requirements to process the passport are the most frequently asked queries. Everything indicates in the interest of the Colombian consultants to renew the document.

Is there fear among Colombians?

In the midst of a fractured Colombia, the victory of Gustavo Petro in the elections this Sunday, June 19, opens the way to the fears that various sectors in the country had. In particular, there is fear about his plan to wither the hydrocarbon industry, which is responsible for 50% of Colombian exports.

Likewise, due to a possible loss of independence of the Banco de la República, which was obtained in the 1991 Constitution and has been key to the international financial credibility of the country. Many experts also distrust Petro’s pension and labor proposals, as well as his tax plans.

This fear has also been influenced by the media and the polarization following an aggressive campaign. Many point to Petro as a politician aligned with the policies of Cuba and Venezuela.

In his first speech as president-elect, Petro sent a reassuring message to the business community that accused him of promoting a failed socialism during the campaign.

“It was a campaign of lies and fear, that we were going to expropriate Colombians, that we were going to destroy private property. We are going to develop capitalism in Colombia. Not because we adore him, but because we first have to overcome pre-modernity”, he expressed before the crowd that celebrated his victory.

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