U.S. Embassy in Colombia – COVID-19 Information

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Country-Specific Information:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Colombia due to COVID-19. The State Department has also issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Colombia. Read the Health Notice and Travel Advisory. Limited international flights have resumed to and from Cali, Medellin, Bogota, and Cartagena.
  • COVID-19-related restrictions vary widely by department and often by city. You must comply with the restrictions where you reside, regardless of your status in Colombia.  To avoid congestion in supermarkets and shops, for example, many areas have instituted ‘pico y cedula’, or restrictions on entry to stores and banks based on the last digit of your identification. Consult the local, regional, and national regulations to ensure you are compliant. Visit the Resource Page for additional information by department and city. 
  • On August 24, President Duque announced the end of national isolation measures effective September 1, at which point the country transitions to a selective isolation phase. The national sanitation emergency will remain in place until November 30. For more information, visit the website of the Presidency
  • Travel within Colombia: Decree 1168  eliminates the prohibitions on movement that had been imposed by the National government, including those on tourist travel within the country. Municipal and Departmental restrictions and health requirements remain in certain parts of the country.  The Embassy reminds all U.S. citizen travelers that they are responsible for complying with all local restrictions. 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, as of September 19.  
  • Limited international flights have resumed to Colombia’s four busiest airports: Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin (Rionegro), and Cali. 
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? As of October 1, all arriving passengers should obtain a negative PCR test result no more than 96 hours before arriving in Colombia, as well as complete Migracion Colombia’s Check-Mig immigration form.  Those who do not take a test prior to traveling to Colombia run the risk of being denied entry by Colombian Customs.  Travelers arriving before October 1 will be required to quarantine for 14 days and may be required to take a local PCR test.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • The U.S. Embassy is in contact with the Colombian authorities regarding the issue of U.S. citizens with expiring status in Colombia. We understand that Migración Colombia is temporarily extending visa validity for those in Colombia until thirty calendar days after the conclusion of the national health emergency established by the Colombian government. However, immigration restrictions can change quickly and without notice. Please visit the Colombian Immigration authority webpage (Migracion Colombia) for the latest information. 

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Please visit the Resources Page for department and city-specific information.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? There are no longer national prohibitions on intercity or interstate travel.  However regional and city governments may impose prohibitions or restrictions on a case-by-case basis.  Travel must also comply with biosanitary protocols established by the Ministry of Health. 

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Travelers arriving before October 1 will be required to self- quarantine for 14 days and, possibly, take a local COVID-19 test. Passengers arriving after October 1 are required to present a PCR COVID test with a NEGATIVE result for COVID-19 collected no more than ninety-six (96) hours before boarding and traveling to Colombia. They will not be required to self–quarantine. Please visit the Resources Page for department and city-specific information that may be applicable.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Colombia is able to test for COVID-19 in country. Authorities have identified isolation spaces compliant with WHO protocols in healthcare facilities to be used in suspected cases of COVID-19. Colombia’s Ministry of Health maintains an information page for further questions at https://go.gov.co/Covid-19
  • Travelers can check the COVID incidence rate of Colombian municipalities by following these steps:   
    • Visit the website of Colombia’s National Institute of Health (works best in Google Chrome)
    • Click on the “Municipio” tab or scroll down to the section on “Tasas de Incidencia y Mortalidad por Municipio” 
    • Choose any Department from the map on the left side and the right-side map will display the municipalities in that Department.  

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? International commercial flights are operating to Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin, and Cali, although to fewer destinations than pre-COVID-19. At least fifteen additional airports are operating domestic flights. 
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
  • Rules regarding local transportation vary by jurisdiction. Masks are generally required for all passengers, and in some jurisdictions such as Bogota the number of passengers permitted on buses is limited to increase distancing. 

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Colombian authorities will enforce regulations related to COVID-19, and U.S. citizens could be subject to detention, fines, or arrest if out of compliance. Even if your area has instituted quarantine measures and travel restrictions, you ARE permitted to go to the airport and take flights out of Colombia if they become available.

Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Bogota is offering emergency services only at this time. Routine services, such as notarials not related to safety or health, and passport renewals without imminent travel are not considered emergencies and will not be scheduled at this time. To schedule an emergency passport appointment, please email ACSBogota@state.gov or call +57(1) 275-2000. 
  • The United States Embassy in Bogota remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow this link for non-immigrant visas or click here for immigrant visas to request an emergency appointment. For information on current student and exchange visitor visa services, please see https://co.usembassy.gov/visas/  

Local Resources:

  • Links to each department, and the major city governments, can be found on our Resources Page. The best way to stay up-to-date is to follow local government websites and social media accounts for the latest information.

Source: U.S. Embassy in Colombia

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