COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 02/23/21

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions, including the expectation to self-quarantine and get tested soon after arrival.  This requirement does not apply to travelers entering the United States by land or sea or to children under two years of age.  It applies to U.S. citizens, as well as foreign nationals, regardless of vaccination status. 

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis.  For information on requesting a testing waiver, please click here.  

Effective January 29, all airline passengers to the United States must also properly wear a mask before and during flight. For more information on acceptable standards to masks and their usage, please see the CDC guidance here. 

Country-Specific Information: 

  • 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.  The national sanitation emergency remains in place until February 28.  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. 
  • For more information on the government of Colombia’s COVID-19 response, please contact your local authorities.  Visit the website of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional information and to register your contact and travel information.  If you fail to follow Colombian law, you could be subject to fines or other legal measures. 

COVID-19 Testing: 

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Colombia? Yes. 
  • Are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes. 
  • The Colombian Health Ministry maintains a list of facilities that provide COVID-19 tests hereU.S. Embassy Bogota maintains a list of facilities here. U.S. citizens in Colombia should use this list or may be able to use a delivery app such as Rappi. You must pay for your own test. Neither the Colombian government nor the U.S. Embassy will pay for COVID-19 tests. The average cost of testing varies widely, from about 100,000 Colombian pesos for an antigen test to as much as 300,000 Colombian pesos for a PCR test. 
  • Test results will often be sent to you by email or text message. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: 

  • Has the government of Colombia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes. 
  • The Colombian government’s regulatory authority has approved the Pfizer vaccine for use as well as the Chinese-developed Sinovac vaccine. 
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination. 
  • For more information, see the Colombian government’s National Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Vaccines, which includes a phased rollout plan. The Colombian government has not yet established whether COVID-19 vaccines will be available to foreign residents. 
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination. 

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 until at least March 1. 
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes. 
  • The Ministry of Health has announced that all inbound international passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result.  Travelers arriving to Colombia must present negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 96 hours prior to departure.  However, airlines may allow the boarding of travelers who do not have this test, provided they state under oath that they were unable to take a test or obtain the result within the required timeframe.  In these cases, the Colombian government will require testing and/or isolation upon arrival in Colombia.   Further details can be found in the PDF file on this page. 
  • 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. 

Movement Restrictions: 

  • Is a curfew in place?  Yes. 
  • Some cities, including Bogota, have instituted curfews and other limits on movement at different times since the pandemic began.  As of February 17, there is not a curfew in Bogota.  Please visit the Resources Page for links to 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, although flights are currently suspended to and from the city of Leticia.  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. 

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes. 
  • The Ministry of Health has announced that all inbound international passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result.  Travelers arriving to Colombia must present negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 96 hours prior to departure.  However, airlines may allow the boarding of travelers who do not have this test, provided they state under oath that they were unable to take a test or obtain the result within the required timeframe. Travelers are expected to quarantine for 10 days or 7 days with a negative test 3-5 days after arrival. 
  • The Ministry of Health contacts many travelers by phone after their arrival in Colombia to confirm that they are quarantining as per the above rules. They sometimes request home visits to confirm in person. 
  • The Colombian government will require testing and/or isolation upon arrival in Colombia for travelers unable to obtain test results prior to travel.  The Ministry of Health has announced that all inbound international passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result.  Beginning Thursday, January 7, travelers arriving to Colombia must present negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 96 hours prior to departure.  However, airlines may allow the boarding of travelers who do not have this test, provided they state under oath that they were unable to take a test or obtain the result within the required timeframe.  Further details can be found in the PDF file on this page. 

Transportation Options: 

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes. 
  • International commercial flights are operating to Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, Armenia, Bucaramanga, and Pereira.  At least thirty additional airports are operating domestic flights. Flights are currently suspended to and from the city of Leticia. The Colombian Government also suspended all flights to and from Brazil for 30 days as of January 29.  
  • 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. 

Consular Operations: 

  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.   
  • The U.S. Embassy in Bogota‘s American Citizen Services Unit has resumed 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 September 30, 2022.  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/ 

Local Resources: 

  • 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.