HEALTH ALERT: COVID-19 UPDATE

Location: Colombia

Event: Coronavirus Update

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There are 798 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colombia. There are 13 COVID-19 related deaths reported as of March 30, 2020.  Please check https://co.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ for updates on the status of entry-exit information, quarantine, and important links regarding COVID-19 resources in Colombia.

COVID-19 in Colombia:

On March 23, the President of Colombia grounded international flights for a period of 30 days.  The Government of Colombia also declared a national quarantine to last until April 13 that requires everyone to shelter in place.  The U.S. Embassy remains available to offer 24/7 emergency services to U.S. citizens.  We are exploring additional flight options to the United States and will disseminate information once available.

Quarantine Information:

While in Colombia, U.S. citizens should expect to comply with the nationwide “stay at home” mandatory preventative isolation announced by the government.  The quarantine will continue until 12 a.m. Monday, April 13.  All individuals in Colombia are required to shelter in place and remain inside.  Most public locations are closed.  Individuals over the age of 70 are expected to self quarantine through May 2020.  The national decree allows for exit under certain circumstances, including:

  1. One member of the household to purchase groceries or medicine.
  2. Transport for emergency medical care.
  3. Pet relief for no more than 20 minutes by one family member in the immediate area of your home.

Colombian authorities will enforce the quarantine and U.S. citizens could be subject detention or arrest if out of compliance.  We have received reports from other U.S. citizens that they have been stopped by police and questioned for not self-quarantining, even having arrived prior to March 16.  Even if you are under quarantine, you ARE permitted to go to the airport and take flights out of Colombia as they become available.  Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Visit the Colombian Ministry of Affairs website for additional information on these new measures and to register your contact and travel information.

We will continue to update U.S. citizens as quickly as possible, and strongly urge you to refer to our website for the latest updates.  Additional information, including the latest alerts and messages, can be found at https://co.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/

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

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