Health Alert: COVID-19 Quarantine Update and Extension

Location: Colombia

Event: COVID-19 Quarantine Update and Extension

COVID-19 Quarantine Update and Extension:  As of July 21, there are 211,038 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colombia according to the Colombian Ministry of Health.  Nationwide isolation measures continue until August 1, with some municipalities enforcing additional measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

Nationwide Isolation Measures Until August 1:  On Tuesday, July 7, President Duque announced the extension of isolation measures in Colombia until August 1, with new exceptions only in areas with low rates of infection. International Airports and Colombian land and sea borders remain closed, but Colombia has resumed some national flights under a reopening pilot program.  For the President’s full announcement, visit the Presidency website.

Bogota:  The capital city now has 67,843 confirmed COVID-19 cases.  As previously noted, Bogota is under isolation measures by neighborhood, with exceptions made for areas with lower numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases.  Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez announced the neighborhood-specific continuation of isolation measures as follows, with more information available on the Mayor’s website: https://bogota.gov.co/coronavirus-en-bogota/

  • July 13 to July 26: Chapinero, Martires, San Cristobal, Tunjuelito, Rafael Uribe Uribe, Ciudad Bolívar, Santa Fe and Usme, (no change from original schedule)
  • 23 July to 6 August: Bosa, Antonio Nariño, Kennedy, Puente Aranda and Fontibón,
  • July 31 to August 14: Suba, Engativá and Barrios Unidos.

Medellin:  Colombia’s second-largest city has 10,022 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Medellin’s city center is under continued isolation measures and pico y cedula is currently in enforcement, as are dry weekends and curfews on public holidays.  See the Mayor of Medellin website for more details:

Medellin Mayor Daniel Quintero announced that the 4 X 3 model, four days of activity for three days of closure, will continue for three more weekends.

  • July 24 to July 26 (3 days)
  • July 31 to August 2 (3 days)
  • August 7 to August 9 (3 days)

U.S. Citizens in Colombia:  For U.S. citizens residing in other areas of Colombia, consult the Resources page to find links to each Department website to ensure you are up-to-date on municipal COVID-19 regulations.

Travel for Humanitarian Flights:  During isolation measures in Colombia, travelers ARE permitted to go to the airport to take humanitarian flights out of Colombia if flights are available.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to change with little or no advance notice.  If you are interested in returning to the United States, please take advantage of the humanitarian flights announced through the STEP program.  The U.S. government cannot guarantee the ability to arrange flights indefinitely.  U.S. citizens should return immediately to the United States unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

Visit the website of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government of Colombia’s Coronavirus Information Page for additional information on national measures and to register your contact and travel information.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19

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