*** Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.
U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.
Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest Embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Colombia due to COVID-19. 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.
- Colombia transitioned to a selective isolation phase on Septiembre 1, 2020. The national health emergency remains in place until November 3. 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.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Colombia? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- The Colombian Health Ministry maintains a list of facilities that provide COVID-19 tests here. U.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. Occasionally, the city of Bogota offers no-cost COVID-19 testing, additional information can be found here.
- 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
- Are vaccines available in Colombia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Which vaccines are available in Colombia? The Colombian government’s regulatory authority has granted emergency use authorization for the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, and Moderna vaccines.
- For more information, see the Colombian government’s National Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Vaccines, which includes a phased rollout plan. Foreign residents registered under Colombia’s health care system can receive a vaccine when eligible. Please consult the Mi Vacuna platform to check your eligibility.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The U.S. 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.
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 re-opened most land and water borders for travel on May 19; the borders with Panama and Ecuador remain closed. Further details can be found in the PDF file on this page.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No.
- The Ministry of Health has announced that inbound international passengers no longer need a negative COVID-19 test result. Travelers will not be denied entry for lack of a negative PCR test. For more information, please see official guidance from the Colombian Ministry of Health.
- The Ministry of Health has announced that inbound international passengers no longer need a negative COVID-19 test result. Travelers will not be denied entry for lack of a negative PCR test. For more information please see official guidance from the Colombian Ministry of Health.
- 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 (Migración Colombia) for the latest information.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- As of April 5, various cities in Colombia have instituted curfew based on ICU capacity. Depending on reported ICU capacity data, curfews can start as early as 6 PM or as late as midnight, and end at 5 AM. Please see here about specific curfew information in your locale, under “Resources by Major City.”
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- The Ministry of Health has announced that all inbound international passengers no longer have to self-quarantine for fourteen days.
- 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.
- Avianca now requires that passengers wear surgical masks to board aircraft. Cloth and other types of masks are not acceptable. Travelers should check with their specific airline to verify mask requirements before travel.
- 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 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/
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page