Alert: COVID-19 Quarantine Update

Location: Colombia

Event: COVID-19 Quarantine Update

COVID-19 Quarantine Update:  As of August 14, there are 445,111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colombia according to the Colombian Ministry of Health.  Nationwide isolation measures are scheduled through August 30. Special Isolation Zone restrictions in Bogotá continue through August 30, while in Medellin, the 4 X 3 model will continue until August 17.

Nationwide Isolation Measures through August 30:  As previously noted, on Tuesday, July 28, President Duque announced the extension of isolation measures in Colombia through August 30. Those above age 70 are now permitted to exercise outdoors with caution, while adhering to other guidelines by locality. For more information, visit the website of the Presidency.

Bogotá: The capital city has 154,452 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of August 14. Neighborhood-specific isolation measures are scheduled through August 30, with isolation measures beginning August 16 through August 30 for Usaquén, Teusaquillo, Santa Fe, Puente Aranda, La Candelaria, Chapinero, and Antonio Nariño. The capital is currently under orange alert due to the limited number of available ICU beds. Pico y cedula will continue until August 31. More information is available on the Mayor’s website.

Medellin:  Colombia’s second-largest city has 32,523 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of August 13. Pico y cedula is currently in enforcement. Medellin’s next 4 x 3 week is set to begin August 15 and end August 17. That model is a four day work week followed by three days of isolation measures. See the Mayor of Medellin website for more details.

U.S. Citizens in Colombia:  For U.S. citizens residing in other areas of Colombia, consult the Resources page to find links to each Department website to ensure you are up-to-date on municipal COVID-19 regulations.

Travel for Humanitarian Flights:  During isolation measures in Colombia, travelers ARE permitted to go to the airport to take humanitarian flights out of Colombia if flights are available.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to change with little or no advance notice.  If you are interested in returning to the United States, please take advantage of the humanitarian flights announced through the STEP program.  The U.S. government cannot guarantee the ability to arrange flights indefinitely.  U.S. citizens should return immediately to the United States unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. 

Visit the website of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government of Colombia’s Coronavirus Information Page for additional information on national measures and to register your contact and travel information.

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