- The U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel. The Government of Colombia has closed all international travel in and out of Colombia and restricted internal domestic travel within Colombia. The U.S. Embassy in Bogota understands the challenges that the rapidly evolving international response to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused U.S. citizens seeking to return to the United States and is aware of the hardship border closures and flight cancellations are creating for U.S. citizens. We have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas and are working 27/7 to update you as the situations evolve. This includes updates on evacuation flights. For further information on these flights, please see our FAQ page.
- For those who wish to stay, we strongly encourage U.S. citizens to make the necessary preparations if staying in Colombia during the quarantine period, follow the Colombian government guidelines listed below on this page, and review our comprehensive page on financial, medical, and other resources for U.S. citizens who will shelter in place in Colombia.
- If you have not done so, please enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)so the U.S. Embassy can contact you with updated information.
- The U.S. Embassy in Bogota is offering emergency services only at this time. Routine services, such as notarials not related to safety or health, and passport renewals without imminent travel are not considered emergencies and will not be scheduled at this time. To schedule an emergency passport appointment, please email ACSBogota@state.govor call +57(1) 275-2000.
- Colombia is experiencing widespread ongoing transmission of COVID-19. As of March 23, the President of Colombia grounded international flights for a period of 30 days. The Government of Colombia also declared a national quarantine to last until April 13 that requires everyone to shelter-in-place.
- On March 14, the Department of State approved worldwide Authorized Departure for Department employees and their family members who are determined through medical consultation to be at a higher risk of poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19. Under Authorized Departure, such individuals are eligible to return to the United States should they choose and if able to do so.
- Due to the possibility of an extended disruption, please see the CDC’s latest recommendationsfor the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19. You can also visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information as well as the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
- We will update U.S. citizens on this current situation as quickly as possible, and strongly urge you to refer to our website for the latest updates. Additional information, including the latest alerts and messages may be found here: https://co.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- As noted, the Government of Colombia has closed all international travel in and out of Colombia and restricted internal domestic travel within Colombia. The U.S. Embassy in Bogota understand the challenges that the rapidly evolving international response to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused U.S. citizens seeking to return to the United States. We are monitoring developments closely and will share additional information as it becomes available.
- While in Colombia, U.S. citizens should expect to comply with the nationwide “stay at home” mandatory preventive isolation announced by the government. The quarantine will continue until 12 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2020. All individuals in Colombia are required to shelter in place and remain inside. Most public locations will be closed. Individuals over the age of 70 are expected to self-quarantine through May 2020. The U.S. Embassy will remain available to offer emergency services to U.S. citizens. The national decree allows for exit under certain circumstances, including:
1. One member of the household to purchase groceries or medicine.
2. Transport for emergency medical care.
3. Pet relief for no more than 20 minutes by one family member in the immediate area of your home.Colombian authorities will enforce the quarantine and U.S. citizens could be subject to detention or arrest if out of compliance.We have received reports from other U.S. citizens that they have been stopped by police and questioned for not self-quarantining, even having arrived prior to March 16. Even if you are under quarantine, you ARE permitted to go to the airport and take flights out of Colombia if they become available.Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional information on these new measures and to register your contact and travel information.
- Colombia is able to test for COVID-19 in country at Colombian National Institute of Health facilities. 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: https://go.gov.co/Covid-19
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or (+1) 202-501-4444
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the U.S. Embassy in Colombia on Facebook and Twitter.