Up to date information on COVID-19 and travel to Colombia
Updated: January 14th, 2022
How to travel to Colombia from abroad during this period marked by the Covid-19 pandemic? Here is some useful information to help you plan your trip and feel safe and ready to travel.
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 bio-security 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.
Upon Arrival in Colombia
What steps should I take before my arrival in Colombia?
- From December 14th, all passenger above 12 must present a vaccination certificate to enter Colombia;
- For passenger with a partial vaccination (1 doses of 2) or a vaccination of less than 14 days, a negative PCR test result is also requested;
- All travelers must complete a Check-Mig form by the Colombia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24h before arrival;
Is a PCR test required to enter the country?
- No PCR test result is asked to enter Colombia, except for passengers with a partial vaccination;
- Some countries request a PCR or Antigen test result on your way back at the end of your trip, such as Canada and the USA.
Is there a mandatory quarantine?
- No, no quarantine is required at your arrival in Colombia;
- For fully vaccinated Canadian travelers, no quarantine is needed after your trip.
Is it possible to travel in Colombia?
- Yes, the whole Colombian territory is open to travelers;
- Some cities sometimes apply a night curfew (Cartagena for instance, 12:00AM- 5:00AM). It is still possible to travel in and out of those cities, and the rest of the country has no such restriction.
- It is mandatory to wear a mask in public spaces and to wash your hands regularly.
- 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.
Are national parks, beaches and museums open?
- Most cultural and leisure sites are open to the public with some adapted restrictions. Most National parks are now open.
- Most museums require a previous reservation and the number of simultaneous visitors is limited so as to allow distances.
Are there international flights to Colombia?
- Colombia is now open to all foreign countries except Brazil, many national and international airline companies offer regular flights to and from Colombia.
- Since January 15th most European countries prohibit non-essential international travels until further notice.
Measures in Hotels and Touristic Places in Colombia
All touristic establishments are required to follow a set of new hygene protocols, dictated by the resolution 666 of April 24th of 2020 by the Ministry of Health.
Terra Colombia works in tight collaboration with its partners and providers so as to ensure that all apply those protocols, so as to reactivate local tourism in the safest way possible.
You will find below some examples of sanitary measures put in place by our providers:
Mandatory protocols in hotels, restaurants and transportation:
- Form the staff to the hygene and bio-safety protocols;
- Adopt measures for the control and reduction of exposition like time schedule flexibility and online work;
- Report to EPS (Colombian health care) any suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case;
- Provide the staff with the necessary protection equipment required for their work;
- Report any case of COVID-19 in one’s relatives;
- In case of symptoms, immediately inform the employer, register it on the CoronApp and abstain from coming to work;
- Mandatory use of masks, hand washing, social distancing;
- Reinforcement of cleaning and disinfection procedures;
- Bed sheets and towels are changed every two days;
- Transportation: vehicles are cleaned and disinfected;
- Vehicles will be ventilated several minutes before each service;
- The driver must wear a mask and gloves during service;
Mandatory protocols for travelers:
- Online check-in for hotel reservations so as to speed up the process at the reception;
- Have personal protection equipment with you (masks, gloves, hand gel, etc.);
- Keep a 2 meter (6 feet) distance with the staff and other clients;
- Use a mask in public spaces;
- Authorize the staff to take your temperature;
- In transports: clients must wear a mask and wash their hands before and after the ride;
- Do not eat or drink inside rental vehicles
A Hygene and Biosafety Label to Revive Tourism and Build Trust
The Colombian government announced in May an important initiative to revive the sector of tourism through sustainable development. At the same time the Ministry of Commerce launched a “Certified Check-in, Covid-19 biosafe” label. It is being given to hotels that apply biosafety and important hygene measures. The main goal is to restore the travelers’ trust, to minimize contagion risks and to revive tourism in the country.
The General Secretary for the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) congratulated Colombia on this bio-safety certification, the first initiative of this kind in Latin America.
US Embassy in Colombia – https://co.usembassy.gov
Canada Embassy in Colombia – https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/colombia-colombie/index.aspx?lang=eng
British Embassy in Colombia – https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-colombia
World Health Organization – https://www.who.int/home
Follow the news on COVID-19 in Colombia on our page: Coronavirus in Colombia: a recap of the situation