Travelling to Colombia during coronavirus / COVID-19
Updated: April 8th, 2021
Concretely, how to travel in Colombia from abroad in this period marked by coronavirus? Here is some useful information to help you plan your trip.
Measures upon arrival in Colombia
What steps before my arrival in Colombia?
- All travelers must complete a Check-Mig form by the Colombia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24h before arrival, and create a CoronApp personal account.
Is a PCR test required to enter the country?
- A PCR test result is asked for all travelers entering Colombia, it must be done 96h before your flight;
- Some countries request a PCR 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;
- Canada requires a 14 days quarantine after your travel.
Is it possible to travel in Colombia?
- Yes, the whole Colombian territory is open to travelers;
- Some big cities sometimes apply a night and/or weekend curfew (Bogota, Medellin, Santa Marta). 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.
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, 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 biosafety 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 biosafety protocols;
- Adopt measures for the control and reduction of exposition like time schedule flexibility and home-working;
- 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, hands must be regularly washed, social distancing;
- Reinforcement of cleaning and disinfection procedures;
- Bedsheets and towels are changed every two days;
- Transportation: vehicles are cleaned and disinfected (all superficies and contact zones);
- Vehicles will be ventilated several minutes before each service;
- The driver must wear a mask and gloves during service;
Mandatory protocols for the travelers:
- Online check-in for hotel reservations so as to speed up the process at the reception;
- Have with you your protection equipment (masks, gloves, disinfectant gel, etc.);
- Keep a 2m 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 the vehicle;
A biosafety label to revive tourism with 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 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 biosafety 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