Event: Changes to Inbound Travel Requirements and Other Public Health Measures
The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19 in Colombia and in other locations worldwide. The most current information regarding the impact of COVID-19 may be found at our COVID Information Page.
PCR Tests for Inbound Travelers
The Colombian Ministry of Health has announced that it will require a negative COVID-19 test result for all inbound international travelers. Beginning Tuesday, January 12, travelers arriving to Colombia must present negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 96 hours prior to departure. This rule applies to international arrivals regardless of age (including infants) or nationality, although authorities may make exceptions in rare cases for travelers to be tested and quarantined upon arrival.
This test requirement is in addition to – and does not replace – the existing “Check-Mig” requirement for both inbound and outbound travelers. All travelers must complete the online Check-Mig form at https://apps.migracioncolombia.gov.co/pre-registro/public/preregistro.jsf between 24 hours and 1 hour prior to arrival in, or departure from, Colombia. Carry a print-out of the form, and be ready to show the electronic version on your mobile device at Colombian immigration.
Bogotá Public Health Measures
Given significant rates of infection in the Bogotá neighborhoods of Usaquén, Suba, and Engativá, the Mayor of Bogotá is enacting a strict quarantine in these three areas from 12:01 AM on Tuesday, January 5, through 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 17.
Under this strict quarantine, movement is prohibited in these areas, and non-essential businesses must remain closed. However, certain allowances exist, including for caregiving, security, healthcare, grocery and pharmacy needs, emergencies and public services, and one hour of outdoor exercise per day. Visit the website for the Office of the Mayor of Bogotá for additional information on these restrictions.
The pico y cédula policy, which restricts access to services according to personal ID number, remains effective for the entire city of Bogotá through 11:59 pm on Friday, January 15. For further information on the policy of pico y cédula in Bogotá, please refer to our message here.
Cundinamarca Public Health Measures
The Department of Cundinamarca has announced various public health measures to be in place from 12:01 AM on Thursday, January 7, until 11:59 PM on Monday, January 11:
- A policy of pico y cédula that restricts access to commercial services, depending on the last number of your personal identification;
- A prohibition of the sale of alcohol after 8:00 PM daily; and
- A curfew and complete restriction of movement from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM daily.
Monitor local media for updates to these measures.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- Review the CDC’s latest recommendations on reducing your risk of contagion.
- Review the State Department’s guidance on travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Colombia.
- U.S. Embassy Bogotá, Colombia
- U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla
- U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs
- Colombia Country Information
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