Health Alert: COVID-19 Update and Quarantine Restrictions
COVID-19 Health Update and Quarantine Restrictions: There are 2,979 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colombia as of April 14. As per our April 7th message, the Government of Colombia has extended the national quarantine to shelter-in-place to 11:59 p.m. on April 26. As of March 23, international flights remain grounded for a period of 30 days.
Gender-based restrictions on mobility went into effect in Bogota on Monday, April 13. Women are allowed to circulate to perform essential tasks (i.e. banking, grocery shopping, medical appointments) on even-numbered days, while men will be permitted to do so on odd-numbered days. Trans-identified individuals should follow the policy according to the gender with which they currently identify. These gender-based restrictions will be implemented through the end of the current quarantine period, 11:59pm on April 26. The Colombian government has informed residents that anyone who is not acting in accordance with the policy will be fined one million pesos.
The City of Bogota has published a list for April 13 – April 26 at https://bogota.gov.co/mi-ciudad/salud/coronavirus/pico-y-genero-en-bogota-en-abril-2020 listing the gender that is permitted to go out on that day. Healthcare workers, civil servants, delivery people, and other essential workers are exempt, as well as people walking their dogs.
Other departments and municipalities maintain the pico y cedula system, which restricts shopping days during the quarantine based on the last digit of your ID. Please check with local Colombian authorities regarding the current status of quarantine restrictions in your area of residence.
Also refer to https://co.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/resources-covid19/ for updates on the status of entry-exit information, quarantine, and important links regarding COVID-19 resources in Colombia.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Colombia.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia
- U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla firstname.lastname@example.org
- U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
- Colombia Country Information
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