Alert: New Bogota and Continuing Nationwide Public Health Restrictions

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19 in Colombia and in other locations worldwide. The most current information regarding the impact of COVID-19 may be found at our COVID Information Page.

New Bogota Public Health Restrictions

Citing a third wave of COVID-19 infections in the capital, the Mayor of Bogota has announced additional public health measures for the upcoming weekend.

  • From Saturday, April 10 at 12:01 AM through Tuesday, April 13 at 4:00 AM, the city of Bogota is subject to quarantine.
  • People and cars are restricted from movement.
  • All businesses will be closed except grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants without dine-in service. One person per family may leave their homes for these businesses subject to pico y cédula requirements.
  • You are allowed one hour daily for exercise outside of your home.
  • Some limited exceptions to these movement restrictions apply for employees in certain sectors.

For more information, consult the mayoral decree here. These measures supplement those announced by the national government earlier this week, further described below. Stay alert for potential announcements of future restrictions.

Nationwide Restrictions from April 6 to 19

All of Colombia remains under public health restrictions announced this week:

  • Cities with ICU occupancies over 50% have a nightly curfew with varying hours:
    • 85% (including Medellin, Santa Marta, and Cali): 6:00 pm to 5:00 am
    • 80% to 84% (including Barranquilla): 8:00 pm to 5:00 am
    • 70% to 79% (including Manizales): 10:00 pm to 5:00 am
    • 50% to 69% (including Bogota): midnight to 5:00 am
  • Pico y cédula – which limits entry into businesses by the customer’s ID number – is in effect for cities with ICU occupancy above 50%.

Consult local media for information on your city’s specific, potentially more restrictive measures. Refer to local sources for pico y cédula requirements, which vary across jurisdictions.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

The Ministry of Health has announced that, until further notice, all inbound international passengers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, with some limited exceptions.

Further Information