COVID-19 in Colombia: A Recap of the Situation

Updated : January 14th, 2022


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.

Terra Colombia is Now Certified by Safe Travels

The Safe Travels certification was created by the World Travel & Tourism Council to promote safe travels in the current context. Thanks to our biosecurity protocols and our thorough work with our local partners, Terra Colombia is now certified with the Safe Travels stamp, for our travelers’ peace of mind.

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December 7th: 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: 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: 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.

April 7th: Some cities have applied a night and/or weekend curfew

After the Holy Week, some big cities such as Bogota, Medellin and Santa Marta applied a night and/or weekend curfew. Travel in and out of those cities are still possible, and the rest of the country remains accessible without restriction.

February 15th: 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:  Lockdowns are lifted everywhere in Colombia

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

January 15th, 2021: Temporary lock down in big cities

Some big cities such as Bogota, Cali and Medellin applied a curfew on weekends, from Friday evening to Monday morning.

December 31st: PCR tests are required upon arrival in Colombia

The Colombian government requires travelers to present a PCR test upon arrival in the country, which must be completed maximum 96h before your flight.

November 1st: International connections re-established with Europe

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

September 21st: 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: 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. 

June 23rd: The quarantine is extended but some businesses open again

The President Ivan Duque announces that quarantine is to be extended until July 15th (it will ultimately be extended until August 31st) but some measures are lightened. 

March 24th: Mandatory quarantine

The mandatory quarantine is applied to the entire Colombian territory

March 17th: 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