COVID-19 in Colombia : recap of the situation

Updated : July 28th, 2021


Is Coronavirus present in Colombia? 

Colombia has been recognized as one of the countries to have best reacted to the crisis by the WHO. In 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 started in the whole country and is progressively moving forward.

Terra Colombia is now certified 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’s peace of mind.

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June 4rd: restrictions are being lifted in the whole country

Due to an improvement of the sanitary situation, no test PCR is required any more to enter Colombia. Most cities cancel or lighten their restrictions: only a few cities like Cartagena maintain a night curfew.

April 7th: some cities apply a night and/or weekend curfew

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

February 15th: the vaccination campaign starts in Colombia

The first vaccines arrive in Colombia and the vaccination campaign starts with the medical staff and the most vulnerable population. It progressively continues for the rest of the population.

January 25th: lockdowns are lifted everywhere in Colombia

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

January 15th, 2021: temporary lockdown in big cities

Some big cities such as Bogota, Cali and Medellin apply 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, it must be done maximum 96h before your flight.

November 1st: international connexions re-established with Europe

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

September 21st: first international connexions 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 puts an end to the restriction. Road and air connexions open again inside the country. Shops open 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 are closed to all travelers except Colombian citizens and residents.


News on flight connexions 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. 

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

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