Last updated: 11/27/2020
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Colombia due to COVID-19. The State Department has also issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Colombia. Read the Health Notice and Travel Advisory. Limited international flights have resumed to and from eight airports.
- COVID-19-related restrictions vary widely by department and often by city. You must comply with the restrictions where you reside, regardless of your status in Colombia. To avoid congestion in supermarkets and shops, for example, many areas have instituted ‘pico y cedula’, or restrictions on entry to stores and banks based on the last digit of your identification. Consult the local, regional, and national regulations to ensure you are compliant. Visit the Resource Page for additional information by department and city.
- Colombia transitioned to a selective isolation phase on September 1, 2020. The national sanitation emergency remains in place until February 28, 2021. For more information, visit the website of the Presidency.
- Travel within Colombia: Decree 1168 eliminates the prohibitions on movement that had been imposed by the National government, including those on tourist travel within the country. Municipal and Departmental restrictions and health requirements remain in certain parts of the country. The Embassy reminds all U.S. citizen travelers that they are responsible for complying with all local restrictions.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
- Limited international flights have resumed to eight of Colombia’s busiest airports: Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin (Rionegro), Cali, Barranquilla, Armenia, Pereira, and Bucaramanga. Colombia’s land and water borders remain closed.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Guidance forthcoming.
The Government of Colombia announced the planned resumption of a policy requiring international travelers provide a negative PCR test result prior to entering Colombia. Guidelines for international travelers are forthcoming. However, passengers must complete Migracion Colombia’s Check-Mig immigration form and follow other protocols upon arrival. For further information, see the Colombian Health Ministry announcement.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- The U.S. Embassy is in contact with the Colombian authorities regarding the issue of U.S. citizens with expiring status in Colombia. We understand that Migración Colombia is temporarily extending visa validity for those in Colombia until thirty calendar days after the conclusion of the national health emergency established by the Colombian government. However, immigration restrictions can change quickly and without notice. Please visit the Colombian Immigration authority webpage (Migracion Colombia) for the latest information.
- Is a curfew in place? No.
- Please visit the Resources Page for department and city-specific information.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
- There are no longer national prohibitions on intercity or interstate travel. However regional and city governments may impose prohibitions or restrictions on a case-by-case basis. Travel must also comply with biosanitary protocols established by the Ministry of Health.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
- Passengers must complete Migracion Colombia’s Check-Mig immigration form and follow other protocols upon arrival. For further information, see the Colombian Health Ministry announcement.
- Colombia is able to test for COVID-19 in country. Authorities have identified isolation spaces compliant with WHO protocols in healthcare facilities to be used in suspected cases of COVID-19. Colombia’s Ministry of Health maintains an information page for further questions at https://go.gov.co/Covid-19.
- Travelers can check the COVID incidence rate of Colombian municipalities by following these steps:
- Visit the website of Colombia’s National Institute of Health (works best in Google Chrome)
- Click on the “Municipio” tab or scroll down to the section on “Tasas de Incidencia y Mortalidad por Municipio”
- Choose any Department from the map on the left side and the right-side map will display the municipalities in that Department.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
- International commercial flights are operating to Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin, and Cali, although to fewer destinations than pre-COVID-19. International flights to Barranquilla, Armenia, Bucaramanga, and Pereira began October 1. At least thirty additional airports are operating domestic flights.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes.
- Rules regarding local transportation vary by jurisdiction. Masks are generally required for all passengers, and in some jurisdictions such as Bogota the number of passengers permitted on buses is limited to increase distancing.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Colombian authorities will enforce regulations related to COVID-19, and U.S. citizens could be subject to detention, fines, or arrest if out of compliance. Even if your area has instituted quarantine measures and travel restrictions, you ARE permitted to go to the airport and take flights out of Colombia if they become available.
- The U.S. Embassy in Bogota‘s American Citizen Services Unit has resumed limited routine operations. To schedule an appointment, please click here. If you would prefer to visit the U.S. Consular Agency in Barranquilla, please click here for the Consular Agency’s contact information, location and hours of operation.
- The United States Embassy in Bogota remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased until December 31, 2021. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow this link for non-immigrant visas or click here for immigrant visas to request an emergency appointment. For information on current student and exchange visitor visa services, please see https://co.usembassy.gov/visas/
- Links to each department, and the major city governments, can be found on our Resources Page. The best way to stay up-to-date is to follow local government websites and social media accounts for the latest information.