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- 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. Limited evacuation and humanitarian flights are possible. For more 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 posted on municipal government websites, 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.gov or call +57(1) 275-2000.
- Colombia is experiencing widespread ongoing transmission of COVID-19. The Government of Colombia is under a national quarantine to that has been extended until July 1. International flights will remain grounded, with the exception of cargo and humanitarian flights as defined by the government. Domestic flights within Colombia also remain grounded and travel within the country continues to be heavily restricted.
- Due to the possibility of an extended disruption, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations for 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 the government of Colombia websites for the latest information. 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.
- 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 and the Government of Colombia’s Coronavirus Information Page for additional information on these new measures and to register your contact and travel information.
- As of Monday, March 16, 2020 all arriving passengers are expected to comply with a self-quarantine of 14 days. Immigration restrictions can change quickly and without notice. Please visit the Colombian Immigration authority webpage (Migracion Colombia) for the latest information https://www.migracioncolombia.gov.co/noticias.
- 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 has been extended until July 1, with a longer quarantine for individuals over age 70 until August 31.
Links to each department, and the major city governments, can be found on the Resources page. The best way to stay up-to-date is to follow the local government websites and social media accounts for the latest information.
- Colombian authorities will enforce the quarantine, and U.S. citizens could be subject to detention or arrest if out of compliance. Even if you are under quarantine, you ARE permitted to go to the airport and take flights out of Colombia if they become available.
- City and Department-Specific Regulations: Click here for details particular to Bogota residents, or visit the Resources Page for department and city-specific information for other locations.
- Exceptions to the quarantine can be found here.
- 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.