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Updated January 5
Colombia reopened its borders for all international tourists on September 21. On January 4, new entry restrictions have been announced due to the spread of a new COVID strain. All travelers must bring proof of a negative PCR test.
What airports are currently open for international tourism in Colombia?
International airports have been progressively restarting operations. As of today, the ones receiving international travelers are,
El Dorado – (Bogotá)
Rafael Núñez – (Cartagena)
Alfonso Bonilla Aragón – (Cali)
José María Córdova (Rionegro, serving Medellín)
Colombia reopening – Latest Updates
PCR testing is now required for all travelers.
Starting November 4, proof of negative PCR COVID test is no longer required for entering Colombia, said the local government. (Source: travelweekly.com)
Minister of Transport Angela Maria Orozco announced that Colombia will start resuming international flights on September 21 (Source).
Colombia’s airports will start resuming flights with these countries:
The Dominican Republic
The situation in Colombia is slowly improving and the positive cases are declining. At the moment Colombia has reported 666,521 COVID cases and 21,412 deaths caused by COVID.
International flights are supposed to start resuming at the end of September and land borders should be open in October as announced by the Colombian Government (Source).
While airports have opened ahead of schedule, they are currently operating for domestic flights only.
International flights are still suspended through August 31. Even when they resume, only Colombian residents and foreign diplomats will be allowed into the country.
Travelers will be required to complete an online form before arrival and to undergo a 14-day quarantine once they enter the country. All travelers will be required to wear masks at all times at the airport.
Because of the severity of the pandemic in Colombia, the country is opening gradually. While currently hospitals are no longer overwhelmed and the number of fatalities is dropping, the government is being cautious.
The impact of the Coronavirus on Colombia
As of January 5, Colombia has officially reported 1.69M COVID-19 cases and 44,187 deaths to the virus. Daily rates are between 10 – 15K cases.
The country was under a national lockdown until September 21. Due to this situation, Colombia has experienced economic woes, as key sectors of the economy were closed.
Those included the retail, manufacturing, construction, transportation, and the hospitality industry. Real estate transactions were not allowed and restaurants, cafes, and bars were closed. The country experienced a hit of almost 16% to its GDP from April through June. Many consider this economy to be the worst since the Great Depression.
The original lockdown was extended eight times, the most recent being on July 28 when President Ivan Duque informed the nation that lockdowns would continue through August 30.
However, districts with low infection rates were allowed to reopen, though people would still be required to wear masks and avoid crowds. In hard-hit areas such as the capital, Bogota, quarantines of some neighborhoods and regional curfews were enforced.
Because of the rise in unemployment, there have been protests in Colombia during this time.
Why visit Colombia?
Colombia is Latin America’s fifth-largest country. Its rich multicultural heritage dates back to 12,000 BC, when its first inhabitants included the Muisca, Quimbaya, and Tairona.
Given the incredible beauty and rich history, it’s no wonder this is a dream destination for travelers.
It has more species of birds than any other country in the world, lush rainforests, unique desert and highland ecosystems, and access to the world’s third-largest coral reef.
Adventurers can enjoy traveling to the Lost City recently discovered in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It’s believed to be older than Machu Picchu.
A great spot for diving is the Rosario Islands which are only a quick boat ride from Cartagena. This is arguably Colombia’s most beautiful city, with exquisite colonial architecture that features ornate balconies and lovely plazas.
Tourists can enjoy views of ocean sunsets, ride a horse carriage through the city, and enjoy the flowers that bloom everywhere. The city has many outdoor dance venues and the occasional dancing flash mob.
For those who enjoy nightlife, Colombia’s version of Rio’s Carnival involves four days of parades and parties.
To fuel your energy levels, there is the delicious Colombian coffee. You can also partake of a cornucopia of tropical fruits from guavas to dragon fruit to zapotes.
Check our latest post on best time to visit Colombia for weather, events and off-season. We compared different seasons and favorite reasons why people love to visit Colombia.