Colombia is open to tourists from all countries, but has temporarily banned flights from the UK and Brazil. Arrivals must bring a PCR test, but mandatory quarantine is not required.
Some airlines may exempt passengers without a valid test if they can prove (with official documents) that they have a compelling reason for not doing so.
They will also need to agree to take the test on arrival and isolate themselves until they receive a negative result.
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Colombia reopening – latest updates
April 17 – COVID-19 cases soared in Colombia with 100% ICU occupancy in several states
The lack of real control over the pandemic has led the country to the worst increase in coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic. In the past few weeks, the country has registered up to 17,000 new cases per day.
Medellín and Barranquilla, 2 of the most important cities, had to meet 24-hour curfew from last Tuesday until next Tuesday.
Medellín, the second most important city in the country, has been praised for having half of the most modern hospitals in the South American continent, yet 100% of the ICU beds are occupied and hospitals are desperately sending patients to smaller cities.
Bogotá and Cali have not yet ruled out a total blockade because their health care system is also about to collapse.
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March 31 – New COVID-19 Holy Week restrictions
Holy week has begun and traditional trips to Colombian beaches will have to wait, at least, until the end of holy week. The government issued the following restrictions:
- National and foreign citizens are advised to avoid leaving their cities for non-essential reasons.
- Private parties are prohibited.
- It is also prohibited to remove the face mask to keep food indoors.
- Churches can open with limited capacity.
The curfew is imposed in Bogotá, Medellín and other important cities.
- Bogotá: under the 094 decree, the city is under curfew from 12h to 5h.
- Medellín: From March 25 to April 5, the purchase of alcoholic beverages will be prohibited from 12:00 to 5:00. In addition, a curfew is imposed at the same time.
(Source in Spanish)
As of March 6, the country’s capital decided to reopen theaters, concert halls, spaces for exhibitions and music rooms. From March 13, the largest art gallery in the city and the National Salon of Young Artists will be reopened to the public on the spot.
Colombia has been one of the last countries to negotiate, guarantee and receive COVID-19 vaccines across the South American continent. According to the president of the Colombian Medical Federation, Sergio Isaza, “at the current pace”, the implementation of the vaccination will end “in five years, not before”.
Colombian authorities have suspended air operations with Brazil and the United Kingdom due to the highly infectious strains discovered in their territories.
The Colombian government has purchased 61.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and has scheduled the first phase of vaccination to begin on February 20. (Source in Spanish)
Current travel restrictions for entering Colombia
Travelers may or may not arrive with a negative COVID-19 test. If they do not bring it, they will sign a document in which they undertake to go through a 14-day quarantine without monitoring.
In addition, visitors must complete the Check-Mig form between 24 hours and 1 hour before departure.
They must also download the CoronAPP to permanently update your health status and receive recommendations related to COVID-19.
Reopening of Colombia’s land, sea and river borders
The Colombian government has announced that the borders with Venezuela will remain closed until further notice.
Last week, Colombian President Ivan Duque ruled out a reopening in the near future with Venezuela “due to uncertainty about the situation of COVID-19 in Venezuela”.
Which airports are open for international tourism in Colombia?
All airports are open for commercial operations in Colombia.
As of now, these airlines have direct connection to and from Europe from Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento International Airport, also known as (Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado) and some other cities in Colombia: Air Europa, Air France, Avianca, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
Situation of COVID-19 in Colombia
From April 17, Colombia officially reported 2,619,422 COVID-19 cases and 67,564 deaths to the virus. Daily rates are between 16.500-17.200 cases.
Why visit Colombia?
Colombia is the fifth largest country in Latin America. Its rich multicultural heritage dates back to 12,000 BC, when its first inhabitants included the Muisca, Quimbaya and Tairona.
Given the incredible beauty and rich history, it is no wonder that this is a dream destination for travelers.
It has more bird species than any other country in the world, lush tropical forests, unique desert and highland ecosystems and access to the third largest coral reef in the world.
Adventurers can enjoy a trip to the Lost City, recently discovered in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is believed to be older than Machu Picchu.
A great place for diving are the Rosario Islands, which are just a quick boat ride from Cartagena. This is undoubtedly the most beautiful city in Colombia, with exquisite colonial architecture that features ornate balconies and charming squares.
Tourists can enjoy views of the sunset over the ocean, ride a horse-drawn carriage around the city and enjoy the flowers that bloom everywhere. The city has many outdoor dance venues and occasional flash mob dances.
For those who enjoy the nightlife, the Colombian version of the Rio carnival involves four days of parades and parties.
To supply visitors’ energy levels, there is delicious Colombian coffee. They can also eat a cornucopia of tropical fruits, from guava to dragon fruit and zapotes.
Check our latest post on the best time to visit Colombia for the weather, events and low season. We compare different seasons and the favorite reasons why people love to visit Colombia.
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