Is It Safe To Travel To COLOMBIA Right Now During Covid? (December Update)

is it safe to travel to colombia right now during covid

There was a surge in COVID-19 cases in June in Colombia. However, since then, the number of daily coronavirus cases has stayed steadily low. According to the latest news, CDC ranks Colombia as a country with a high COVID-19 transition (dark orange). 

Even for the newly discovered Omicron variant spreading around the world, daily infections remain low. Therefore, Colombia is now relatively safe to visit. What’s more, it is also open to tourism without any restrictions. No test, quarantine, or vaccine is required to enter the country. 

Is it safe to travel to Colombia – Latest Updates

December 26 – First cases of Omicron detected in Colombia

On Monday, December 20, the first cases of the newly discovered Omicron variant were confirmed in Colombia. They were identified in a U.S. citizen and two Colombians visiting Cartagena and Santa Marta.

It was confirmed that the cases came from abroad – two from the U.S. and one from Spain. At the moment, there is no evidence of community circulation.

Even though the transmission rate remains relatively low in Colombia, the country’s Minister of Health Fernando Ruíz called out to its citizens to take extra safety precautions. He also recommended booster shots for everyone over the age of 18.

November 19 – Colombia now requires vaccination certificates to enter bars, restaurants, or venues

On Tuesday, November 16, Colombia began to require COVID-19 vaccination certificates to enter bars, restaurants, and other public venues, including cinemas, theaters, or sports stadiums.

The new measures apply to those 18 and over. Starting November 30, it will also affect children over 12 years of age.

The decision came along with the government’s aim to immunize all citizens against the virus. So far, only around 45% of Colombians and 6.4% of minors have been vaccinated fully.

Source: Republic World

Current COVID-19 situation in Colombia

Colombia has been one of the hardest-hit countries by the pandemic. Up to today, it has reported over 5 million positive coronavirus cases and nearly 130,000 deaths. 

At the moment, there are 34,605 active cases and around 2,341 new infections daily.

Vaccination progress in Colombia

Source: Our World in Data

As of December 26, around 54.5% of Colombians have been fully vaccinated.

Is it safe to travel to Bogotá?

Bogotá is the largest and most cosmopolitan city of Colombia. No wonder it has reported most cases of the novel coronavirus. As of December 26, it has confirmed more than 1.47 million COVID-19 infections.

Data show that Bogotá has passed the third wave of the pandemic. Most establishments and other economic activities in Bogotá reopened on June 8 and visitors can freely move around the city. 

At the moment, there are around 3,500 active cases in Bogotá.

Is it safe to travel to Medellín?

Medellín is the capital of Antioquia, the second hardest-hit region by the coronavirus crisis. As of today, it has registered over 782,000 cases. 

There are 7,511 active cases at the moment in Antioquia. All economic activities there also reopened in Medellín on June 8.

Is it safe to travel to Cartagena?

The internationally celebrated Cartagena is the capital of the Bolívar Department, which currently has 678 active cases. In total, the region has registered around 162,000 coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Why visit Colombia in times of COVID?

First of all, there are no entry restrictions in Colombia. Also, there is something for all types of travelers. From the Caribbean beaches and Andean mountain peaks to rainforests and other natural wonders. And, of course, coffee! In case you decide to visit Colombia this year, the CDC recommends you be vaccinated.

Updates archives

October 11 – COVID-19 cases dropping in Colombia

Colombia suffered a spike in COVID-19 infections in mid-June when over 30,000 new cases were reported daily. However, since June 28, the number of infections has been dropping.

Yesterday, October 10, the country reported 1,587 new coronavirus cases, which is around 100 less than on the same day a month ago. Also, the number of deaths caused by the virus seems to be constantly decreasing. Yesterday, Colombia reported 38 COVID-19 fatalities, while a month ago, it was about 10 more.

Source: Worldometers

September 7 – Colombia reports the lowest COVID-19 death toll since June 2020

Colombia reported the lowest number of COVID-related deaths since June 2020, announced Fernando Ruiz, Colombian Minister of Health, on Sunday, September 5.

On that day, 48 patients died of COVID-19, while another 1,669 people tested positive for the virus. The country had not reported fewer than 50 fatalities attributed to coronavirus since June 13, 2020.

On the other hand, Colombia is concerned about the new, more contagious COVID-19 strains. And not only the Delta variant, which has been responsible for the current surges in cases in the U.S. and Europe. But also the Mu variant, which has recently been declared as ‘of interest’ by the WHO.

Source: Colombia Reports

August 22 – Colombia approved a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on August 21

Colombia approved a third booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine, confirmed the Ministry of Health Fernando Ruiz at a press conference on Friday.

Ruiz clarified that the third dose will be offered to residents with underlying conditions that “generate or lead to immunosuppression, such as heart, kidney, pancreas, lung, intestine, liver and bone marrow transplantation after the first two years.”

The official also mentioned that the government weighs the possibility of offering this benefit to the healthy elderly too. But it has not been confirmed yet. 

Source in Spanish: Europa Press