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Health Alert: Continuing COVID-19 Public Health Restrictions
April 15, 2021

Event: Continuing COVID-19 Public Health Restrictions

Location: Colombia

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19 in Colombia and in other locations worldwide. The most current information regarding the impact of COVID-19 may be found at our COVID Information Page.

Continuing Bogotá Public Health Restrictions

Citing ongoing concerns with the third wave of COVID-19 infections in the capital, the Mayor of Bogotá has announced a continuation of the public health measures for the upcoming weekends. In accordance with what is referred to as a “4 x 3” scheme, Bogotá will remain in a general quarantine for 3 days as further detailed below.

  • The city of Bogotá will be subject to quarantine leading into the weekend, starting Thursday, April 15th at 11:59 PM and lasting until Monday, April 19th at 4:00 AM. The Mayor also announced an additional quarantine planned from Thursday, April 22 at 11:59 PM and lasting until Monday, April 26th at 4:00 AM.  
  • Pico y cédula, which limits entry into businesses by the customer’s ID number, will continue every day until April 19.  
  • Metropolitan parks will operate normally this Sunday (April 18). All businesses will be closed except grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants without dine-in service. One person per family may leave their homes for these businesses, subject to pico y cédula requirements. 
  • Some limited exceptions to these movement restrictions apply for employees in certain sectors (caregiving, security, medical workers, and emergency/public services, among others. If you are uncertain if you are included in one of these categories, consult the decree here.).
  • You are allowed one hour of daily exercise outside of your home.
  • La Ley Seca will be in effect, which means that there will be no sales or consumption of liquor in public spaces. You can order liquor for delivery to your residence. 

For more information, consult the mayoral decree here. These measures supplement those announced by the national government, further described below. Stay alert for potential announcements of future restrictions. 

 Continuing Nationwide Restrictions 

 All of Colombia remains under public health restrictions announced previously:  

  • Cities with ICU occupancies over 50% have a nightly curfew with varying hours: 
    • 85% (including Medellin, Santa Marta, and Cali): 6:00 pm to 5:00 am; 
    • 80% to 84% (including Barranquilla): 8:00 pm to 5:00 am; 
    • 70% to 79% (including Manizales): 10:00 pm to 5:00 am; 
    • 50% to 69%: midnight to 5:00 am. 
  • Pico y cédula, which limits entry into businesses by the customer’s ID number, is in effect for cities with ICU occupancy above 50%.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

The Ministry of Health has announced that, until further notice, all inbound international passengers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, with some limited exceptions.

Further Information