Last update: 6/5/2021
Colombia began a phased reopening of its borders to international travel on September 21, 2020. It is one of the countries that are open for tourism from almost all countries, since the UK is the only country that is currently banned from entering.
All travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test result from within 96 hours prior to boarding and complete the online Check-Mig form 24 hours before their flight. They must also download the CoronApp app.
Can I travel to Colombia right now?
You can travel to Colombia from almost every country right now. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Colombia at the moment.
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Travelers from all countries, except Brazil and the UK, can currently visit Colombia.
- United Kingdom
Colombia COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements
Colombia has three main entry requirements for visitors.
First, all travelers must be able to provide evidence of a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 96 hours of departure. Second, they must complete the Check-Mig form online 24 hours before their flight. Finally, they must download the CoronApp app.
Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Colombia?
All travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test from within 96 hours of their departure.
Colombian citizens and holders of Colombian M, R, or courtesy visas can still board their flight without proof of a negative PCR test, but they will have to fill out a form explaining why they were unable to take a PCR test before their departure. They must also decide either to get tested in Colombia and self-isolate until they obtain a negative result or quarantine for 14 days from their arrival.
Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Colombia?
There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Colombia as long as you have a negative PCR test result from within 96 hours of your departure. If you don’t have a negative test result, you will either have to quarantine for 14 days from your arrival or get tested in Colombia and self-isolate until you get a negative result.
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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Colombia
Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries around the world, the government of Colombia has not yet confirmed whether it will be mandatory to present a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) to enter Colombia.
If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to Colombia, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case Colombia changes its travel restrictions.
Other travel restrictions for Colombia during COVID-19
Colombia has a few other travel restrictions in place:
- All travelers must submit a Check-Mig form online 24 hours before their flight. They should also complete this form again when they leave Colombia.
- All travelers must download the CoronApp
- All travelers will undergo health screenings upon arrival in Colombia.
- Face masks are required in all public areas.
- Social distancing rules must be observed.
- You may need a tourist visa to visit Colombia. Check if you need one below.
What’s open in Colombia
Wondering what you can do if you visit Colombia right now? There are plenty of options: you can visit a national park, swim at a beach, or take a walking tour. You can even find a great place to stay and try some delicious Colombian food.
Hotels that are open in Colombia
Hotels in Colombia are currently open, but they have implemented some increased health and safety regulations to protect both employees and guests.
Guests must wear masks in all public areas. They will have their temperatures checked and fill out a health survey when they check into their accommodation. They will also be informed of the accommodation’s health and safety protocols at check-in.
Hand sanitizer will be available at the accommodation’s entrance for guests to disinfect their hands. Common areas will be cleaned at least three times a day.
More information on hotel and accommodation regulations is available here.
Beaches that are open in Colombia
Beaches in Colombia are currently open, but there are some regulations in place to protect beachgoers.
Beachgoers must wear masks at all times on the beach, although they may take their masks off when they go into the water. They must also keep a distance of two meters away from those who are not in their household. Drinking alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited.
More information on beach regulations can be found here.
Attractions that are open and tours that are operating in Colombia
Attractions, such as museums and national parks, are open and tours are operating. You should be able to see and explore much of what Colombia has to offer if you visit right now.
Guests must keep a distance of at least two meters away from others who are not in their household and wear masks at all times. They will also have their temperatures taken at the beginning of the tour or at the entrance to the attraction.
Tour groups that are going to nature spots will be restricted in size to 4-6 people. Tour groups that visit the same locations will have at least a 10-minute margin between them.
More details on attraction and tour regulations can be found here.
Restaurants that are open in Colombia
Anxious to try some amazing Colombian food? Luckily, restaurants in Colombia are open, so you should have plenty of options for places to eat.
Guests should wear masks when they are interacting with people or moving through the restaurant. While they are eating and drinking, they should put their mask in a bag or packaging in order to keep it clean.
Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and at the cash register for guests to sanitize their hands. Tables and chairs will be placed two meters apart from each other.
You can find more details on restaurant regulations here.
Airports that are open in Colombia
International flights have resumed to Colombia’s eight busiest airports, all of which are open. These airports are Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin (Rionegro), Cali, Barranquilla, Armenia, Pereira, and Bucaramanga.
Travelers must wear masks and abide by social distancing rules. They will also be subject to health screenings upon arrival.
Curfew in Colombia
There is no national curfew in place, but certain cities have implemented their own curfew rules. Currently, in Bogota, there is a nightly curfew from 8 PM to 4 AM. In Medellin, there is a nightly curfew from 8 PM to 5 AM. Barranquilla has a nightly curfew from 6 PM to 5 AM. In general, curfews are currently based on cities’ ICU capacities, so they may be subject to change.
COVID-19 testing in Colombia
Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get tested in Colombia, here is a list of places you can get a PCR test.
Colombia reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.
Check out these FAQs related to Colombia reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.
Yes, you can travel to Colombia right now as long as you are not coming from Brazil or the UK.
There are currently 110,000+ active cases and 68,000+ deaths due to COVID-19 in Colombia as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Colombia as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to Colombia. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you might want to reconsider travel to Colombia.
Yes, travelers from Brazil or the UK cannot currently enter Colombia.
No, you do not need to quarantine upon arrival as long as you have proof of a negative PCR test from within 96 hours of your departure. If you don’t have a negative PCR test result, you will have to either quarantine for 14 days from your arrival or get tested in Colombia and self-isolate until you get a negative result.
Yes, you must have proof of a negative PCR test result within 96 hours of your departure to travel to Colombia.
Yes, certain cities have implemented their own curfew rules, so be sure to check the rules for the cities you are traveling to.
No, there are no restrictions on intercity and interregional travel.
Yes, Colombia’s hotels are open.
Yes, Colombia’s eight busiest airports, Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin (Rionegro), Cali, Barranquilla, Armenia, Pereira, and Bucaramanga, are open.
Yes, restaurants in Colombia are open.
Yes, beaches in Colombia are open.
Yes, tours and excursions are currently operating.
Yes, attractions are open.
Yes, American tourists can travel to Colombia.
Yes, Canadians can visit Colombia.
We will update this guide on Colombia reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Colombia, you can check these official sources:
- US Embassy Updates on COVID-19 in Colombia
- CDC Travel Recommendations for Colombia
- General Colombia Travel Advisory
- Entry Requirements for International Travelers in Spanish
- Hotel Regulations in Spanish
- Beach Regulations in Spanish
- Tourist Activities Regulations in Spanish
- Restaurant Regulations in Spanish
- Information on the CoronApp in Spanish
- CheckMig Form
- Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism’s Biosecurity Protocols in Spanish
- Visit Colombia COVID-19 Information in English