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June 13 – Venezuelan President to temporarily reopen land border with Colombia from June 13
Colombia unilaterally and unexpectedly reopened its land border with Venezuela on June 2. But, President Nicolás Maduro turned down the offer due to political and epidemiology concerns.
However, last Sunday – also unexpectedly – Maduro announced a first 12-hour reopening with Colombia. “We will not put up any obstacles… whoever wants to cross can cross,” said Jose Vielma Mora, Governor of Tachira.
35,000 Venezuelans were able to cross to stock up on food and other products since Venezuela has had a major shortage of those for more than 2 years now.
It is expected that the country will allow other reopenings soon.
June 3 – Colombia reopened land and water borders with neighboring countries from the end of May
Colombia’s sea, land, and river crossings with Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil were opened at the end of May, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The decision was taken in the interest of advancing measures that will help economic reactivation of our border areas and the strengthening of integration processes with neighboring countries,” reads the statement.
However, the very much awaited reopening with Venezuela may not happen any time soon.
This specific reopening was put on hold after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro -who was not consulted by the Colombian government- said Colombia was trying to “create a smokescreen to destabilize the border and distract from ongoing protests over rising inequality, poverty and police brutality.”
Thus, the Venezuelan land border will remain closed until President Maduro says otherwise.
Travelers can or cannot arrive with a negative COVID-19 test. In case, they don’t bring one, they will sign a document where they commit to undergo a non-monitoring 14-day quarantine.
Also, visitors are required to fill out the Check-Mig form between 24 hours and 1 hour before departure.
They also must download the CoronAPP to permanently update their health status and receive COVID-19-related recommendations.
Colombian’s land, sea, and river borders reopening
The Colombian government reopened all land, sea and river borders at the end of May.
What airports are currently open for international tourism in Colombia?
All airports are currently open for commercial operations in Colombia.
As of now, these airlines have direct connection to and from Europe from Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento International Airport a.k.a (Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado) and some other colombia cities: Air Europa, Air France, Avianca, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
COVID-19 situation in Colombia
As of June 15, Colombia has officially reported 3,777,600 COVID-19 cases and 96,366 have lost their livesto the virus. Daily rates are between 27,000-30,000cases.
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 visitors’ energy levels, there is the delicious Colombian coffee. They can also partake of a cornucopia of tropical fruits from guavas to dragon fruit to zapotes.
Check our latest post on the best time to visit Colombia for weather, events and off-season. We compared different seasons and favorite reasons why people love to visit Colombia.