HEALTH ALERT: COVID-19 Quarantine Update

Location: Colombia

Event: COVID-19 Quarantine Update

COVID-19 Quarantine Update:  As of June 1, the Colombian Ministry of Health has reported 30,493 cases of COVID-19, with 969 deaths. As per our previous message, on May 27 President Duque announced that Colombia would loosen isolation measures in Colombia as of June 1.  The National Government decree, which may or may not be implemented in your city of residence, included orders which include:

  • People over 70 years old will remain in preventive isolation until August 31, but will be able to go outside three times a week for 30 minutes;
  • Those with preexisting medical conditions such as lung conditions and hypertension should remain in isolation but can also go out three times a week for 30 minutes;
  • Children from 2 to 5 years old will be able to go outside three times a week for 30 minutes a day;
  • Children from 6 and 17 years old will be able to go outside three times a week for one hour a day;
  • Those aged 18 to 69 years old can go outside every day for two hours;
  • Kindergartens, schools, and universities will continue to operate virtually in the month of June;

As these measures may not apply to your place of residence, please contact local authorities with specific questions.  Since President Duque’s announcement, city and municipal governments in Bogota, Cali and Cartagena have determined that they will maintain specific restrictions for their residents and visitors.In particular, these cities’ mayors will continue current isolation measures until June 15, perform close monitoring and screening, and establish epidemiological barriers in key commercial areas and neighborhoods. In Medellin, isolation measures will be lifted starting June 1 for transition into a ‘smart isolation phase’ with the further opening of establishments and additional flexibilities for residents.  At the current time, authorities in Barranquilla will maintain isolation measures until June 6th as well as the current pico y cedula system until June 15th.

Per the Minister of Transport, international flights remain suspended through August 31. As we have noted previously, those under quarantine ARE permitted to go to the airport and 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 you 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 these new 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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