Last updated: 01/07/2022
*** Effective December 6, 2021, all air passengers 2 years or older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must show a negative viral COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.
*** 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.
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 3 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 September 1, 2020. The national health emergency remains in place until February 28, 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: Decree 2052 requires visitors ages 18 years and older to have at least one vaccine to be eligible to enter Colombia. If less than 14 days have elapsed or if the vaccination scheme is not complete, the traveler must present a PCR test with a negative result taken within 72 hours of boarding.
- Travel Restriction for cruise passengers: Decree 2383 requires all international travelers aged 18 years and over, regardless of whether they have Colombian nationality, who intend to enter Colombia from a cruise ship, to present the result of the PCR test with a negative result, issued in advance no more than 72 hours before boarding.
- Unvaccinated non-resident foreign travelers ages 18 years and older will not be allowed to enter Colombia.
- 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 one calendar day? 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, 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 December 14, 2021, visitors to Colombia ages 18 or older will need to provide proof of complete vaccination for entry. 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 your final COVID vaccine was less than 14 days before entry to Colombia you will also need to have a PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival in Colombia. Non-resident tourists ages 18 or older who have not had any vaccine will not be eligible for entry to 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.
- Limited 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; the border with Ecuador reopened on December 1. 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 have had their first vaccine but are not fully vaccinated or were fully vaccinated less than 14 days before arriving in Colombia are required to show a negative 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.
- As of December 28, 2021, all international travelers aged 18 years and over, regardless of whether they have Colombian nationality, who intend to enter Colombia from a cruise ship, must present the result of the PCR test with a negative result, issued in advance no more than 72 hours before boarding.
- 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.
- Is a curfew in place? No, except for the City of Cartagena, which has a curfew in effect from 3:00 am to 5:00 am daily.
- 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 14 days.
- 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 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 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/.