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COVID-19 Information
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March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Information 

Last updated: 06/30/2022 

*** As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded. The CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers. 

 

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. 

 

Country-Specific Information 

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Colombia due to COVID-19, read the Health Notice. The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory, read the  Travel Advisory. International flights have resumed to and from nine 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. Consult the local, regional, and national regulations to ensure you are compliant. Colombia transitioned to a selective isolation phase on September 1, 2020. The national health emergency remains in place until June 30, 2022. 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. 
  • Travel Restriction for unvaccinated: Resolution 692 requires visitors ages 18 years and older to show proof of a complete vaccination scheme at least 14 days before travel to Colombia. Visitors ages 18 years and older who do not have a complete vaccine scheme or have completed it within the last 14 days will be required to show a negative antigen test taken 48 hours prior to departure or a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to departure.  
  • Facemasks: Resolution 692 requires the use of facemasks on public transportation, which includes air travel and at airport and marine terminals. Facemasks are required in metropolitan areas with a fully vaccinated rate of lower than 70% and a booster shot rate of lower than 40%. If the fully vaccinated rate is 70% or higher and over 40% of the population has also received a booster shot, facemasks are only required on public transportation and in public transportation stations, health facilities, and nursing homes.   
  • A traveler cannot enter Colombia if the person presents COVID symptoms, has tested positive for COVID, or has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID 14 days prior to travel. 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 
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes 
  • 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, Moderna, and Zifivax vaccines. 
  • For more information, see the Colombian government’s National Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Vaccines, 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 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 
  • As of May 1, 2022, visitors to Colombia ages 18 or older will need to provide proof of complete vaccination for entry or a negative COVID test (48 hours in advance of travel for an antigen test or 72 hours in advance of travel for a PCR test). Travelers should be prepared to show their original, physical vaccination card or digital certificate both at airline check-in and when passing through Colombian Immigration. The vaccination document must include the individual’s full name, date of vaccination, name of the vaccine administered, and the number of doses administered. A photo of one’s vaccination card may not be accepted. If you completed your vaccination scheme within 14 days before entry to Colombia you will also need to have an antigen test 48 hours prior to arrival or a PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival in Colombia.  
  • Travelers must complete Migración Colombia’s online Check-Mig form  within 72 hours of boarding an inbound or outbound flight from Colombia. If the normal form’s website is down travelers can find a contingency website here. 
  • International flights have resumed to nine of Colombia’s busiest airports: Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin (Rionegro), Cali, Barranquilla, Armenia, Pereira, Bucaramanga, and San Andres. Colombia re-opened most land and water borders for travel on May 19, 2021; the border with Ecuador reopened on December 1, 2021. 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? In certain situations 
  • For visitors ages 18 and older who do not have a complete vaccination scheme at least14 days before arriving in Colombia are required to show a negative antigen test from no more than 48 hours prior to their initial departure to Colombia or a PCR test from no more than 72 hours prior to their initial departure to 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 30 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. 

 

Movement Restrictions 

  • Is a curfew in place? No. 
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No 

 

Quarantine Information 

  • 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 14 days. 

 

Transportation Options 

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes 
  • International commercial flights are operating to Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, Armenia, Bucaramanga, San Andres, and Pereira. At least 30 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 required for all passengers. 

 

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 Citizens 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: 

  • 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