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Alert: Humanitarian Flights from Bogota to Houston (June 27) and New York (July 1) on Avianca Airlines
June 26, 2020

Location: Colombia

Event: Humanitarian Flights from Bogota to Houston (June 27) and New York (July 1) on Avianca Airlines

Humanitarian Flights from Bogota to Houston (June 27) and New York (July 1) on Avianca Airlines. The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce Avianca Airlines will operate two humanitarian flights from El Dorado International Airport (BOG) in Bogotá. The first flight is on June 27 from Bogotá (BOG) to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, Texas. The second flight is scheduled for July 1 from Bogotá to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City, New York. These flights have been made available to allow U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to return to the United States. Onward connections from Houston, Texas and JFK Airport in New York are available. 

To book the flight:  

 Please contact Avianca Airlines directly for seat availability, reservations, and pricing information.  We have been informed by the airline that tickets are non-refundable.  Avianca Airlines allows unaccompanied minors to travel alone if they comply with local and international laws. Please visit to review their policy on unaccompanied minors here: https://www.avianca.com/us/en/before-your-trip/travel-documentation/minors-traveling/ If you are interested in returning to the United States, please take advantage of these flights.  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.Please note that as of May 25 transport permits (salvoconductos) will no longer be necessary to travel to an airport for humanitarian flights.  Instead, travelers should carry a copy of their boarding pass – physical or digital – as well as identification (e.g., cedula or passport).  If a driver is used, the driver should also carry a copy of the traveler’s boarding pass and authorization of the respective humanitarian flight.  Drivers will have up to 48 hours to travel to and from the departure airport.  If you encounter difficulties while traveling to the airport, please contact us at ACSBogota@state.gov or (57) 1 275-2000.







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Due to current travel guidelines in the United States, persons with visas who have been in Brazil, China, Iran, the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), the Republic of Ireland, or the Schengen Area within 14 days prior to the flight will not be allowed to board this flight.  U.S. citizens, Legal Permanent Residents, and their immediate family members who are returning home after visiting travel-restricted countries may still reenter by going through a process for enhanced medical screenings at specially designated airports.  For the most current information regarding COVID-19, the May 24 Presidential Proclamation, and its impact on travel to the United States, please visit www.dhs.gov and www.whitehouse.gov.

Pets registered 24 hours in advance in full compliance with Avianca‘s policy for animals on board will be permitted. Pets are allowed to travel in the cabin of the aircraft if they meet certain weight requirements. For more information, refer to Avianca Airlines pets on board policy. 

Normal services (food service, water fountains, etc.) at airports are closed.


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

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