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Colombia is Open for Tourism but Requires PCR Test to Enter

Colombia is open to tourists from all countries but it has temporarily banned flights coming from the U.K. and Brazil. Arrivals need to bring a PCR test but not mandatory quarantine is required.

Some airlines are allowed to waive passengers without a valid test if they can prove (with official documents) they have a compelling reason not to have it.

They will also need to agree to get tested on arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

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March 31 – New COVID-19 restrictions for Holy Week

Holy week has started and the traditional trips to the Colombian beaches will have to wait, at least, until holy week is over. The government has issued the following restrictions:

National restrictions:

  • Nationals and foreigners are advised to avoid leaving their cities for non-essential reasons.
  • Private parties are forbidden.
  • Removing the face mask to have food in a closed place is also forbidden.
  • Churches can open at a limited capacity.

Local restrictions:

Curfews are enforced in Bogota, Medellin and other important cities. 

  • Bogota: under the 094 decree, the city is currently under curfew from 12:00 am to 5:00 am.
  • Medellin: From March 25 to April 5, buying alcohol will be forbidden from 12:00 am to 5:00 am. Also a curfew is enforced on the same schedule.

(Source in Spanish)

March 12

Effective March 6, the capital of the country has decided to reopen theaters, concert halls, exhibition spaces and music halls. From March 13, the city’s largest art gallery and the National Salon of Young Artists will reopen for in-situ audiences.

Vaccination rollout 

Colombia has been one of the latest countries to negotiate, secure and receive COVID-19 vaccines in the whole South American continent. According to the president of the Colombian Medical Federation, Sergio Isaza, “At the current speed,” the vaccination rollout will end “in five years, not before.”

Vaccination progress in Colombia

February 12

Colombian authorities have suspended air operations with Brazil and the UK due to the highly infectious strains first discovered in their territories. 

The Colombian government has acquired 61.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and it has scheduled the first phase of vaccination to start February 20. (Source in Spanish)


Current travel restrictions to enter Colombia

The required PCR test must have been taken no longer than 96 hours before departure to Colombia. Failure to present the test will result in PCR testing on arrival and 14-day mandatory quarantine at the cost of the traveler.

Travelers 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 had announced that borders with Venezuela will remain closed until further notice. 

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 March 31, Colombia has officially reported 2,397,731 COVID-19 cases and 63,255 deaths to the virus. Daily rates are between 7000-7200 cases.

The country was under a national lockdown for more than 8 months. Because of that, the country 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. 

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.

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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.

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