COVID-19 in Colombia: A Recap of the Situation

Updated : October 17th, 2022

To sum up :

  • Arrival in Colombia:
    • All passengers above 12 must present a vaccination certificate (2doses/2) to enter Colombia.
    • Colombia is fully open to travelers, you can travel freely in the whole country.
  • On your way back:
    • All passengers must present a vaccination certificate (2doses/2) to enter Canada or USA.



Is Coronavirus present in Colombia? 

Colombia has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the countries to have best reacted to the health crisis. As of July, 20,000 to 25,000 daily COVID tests are being carried out, says the INS (Instituto Nacional de Salud). Since February 2021, the vaccination campaign has begun throughout the country and is progressively moving forward.

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May 1, 2022: lifting of the obligation to wear a mask in public places, except on public transport.

As of April 1, 2022, pre-entry testing is no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

December 7th 2021 : a vaccination certificate to enter Colombia

From December 14th, 2021 a vaccination certificate will be asked to any traveler arriving in Colombia. This restriction does not apply to children below 12 years old. Travelers with a partial vaccination must also present a negative PCR test result.

November 16th 2021 : a vaccination certificate to enter some places

As of November 2021, a vaccination certificate is asked to enter some places: restaurants, museums, etc. Your local vaccination certificate is valid, it can be asked along with an ID.

June 4rd 2021 : Restrictions are being lifted in the whole country

Due to an improvement in the sanitary situation, a PCR test is no longer required to enter Colombia. Most cities have cancelled or lightened their restrictions: only a few cities like Cartagena maintain a nighttime curfew.

February 15th 2021 : The vaccination campaign begins in Colombia

The first vaccines arrive in Colombia and the vaccination campaign is off to a start with the medical staff and the most vulnerable population. The campaign has progressively continue for the rest of the population.

January 25th 2021 :  Lockdowns are lifted everywhere in Colombia

After an improvement in hospitals occupation, lock downs are lifted everywhere except for some neighborhoods in Bogota.

November 1st 2020 : International connections re-established with Europe

Some airlines resumed flights between Europe and Colombia: KLM, Air France, Iberia, Air Europa.

September 21st 2020: First international connections re-established

Colombia resumed flights with eight countries: Mexico, the United States, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico. 

September 1st 2020: End of the mandatory quarantine

After 159 days in quarantine, the Colombian government pus an end to the restriction. Road and air connections open again inside the country. Shops open once again and have to apply a new set of sanitary measures. 

March 17th 2020 : State of Emergency

The President Ivan Duque declares the State of Emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19. In the following days Colombian borders closed to all travelers except Colombian citizens and residents.

News on Connecting Flights and Colombian Borders

The State of Emergency ended on November 30th 2020. Colombian borders are open and the first international flights took place on September 21st, 2020. 

National tourism started again since September 1st, 2020. Land and air transports are again working normally.

Check the measures and protocols to travel in Colombia on our page: Travel in Colombia in times of COVID-19