Last updated: 05/12/2021
*** 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 United States 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.
- 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 4 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 June 1. 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, and Janssen vaccines; the Chinese-developed Sinovac vaccine has received authorization for emergency use under Decree 822 de 2003, which allows importation of the vaccine during the health emergency.
- 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’s land and water borders remain closed until at least June 1, and flights are currently suspended between Colombia and Brazil. 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? Yes
- The Ministry of Health 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. Airlines may allow the boarding of Colombian citizens, foreign diplomats, and holders of Colombian M, R, or courtesy visas 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. 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 Colombian Immigration authority webpage (Migración Colombia) for the latest information.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes
- As of April 5, various cities in Colombia are instituting curfews, 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? 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 Colombian citizens, foreign diplomats, and holders of Colombian M, R, or courtesy visas 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. Such travelers permitted to enter without a test would need to obtain a PCR test in Colombia and self-quarantine until receiving a negative result, or self-quarantine for fourteen days without a test.
- 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.
- 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 between Colombia and Brazil are suspended.
- 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/
- 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.
- Other links:
- COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page