1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Colombia?
2. Are commercial flights operating?
Yes. Limited international flights have resumed to Colombia’s four busiest airports – Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin (Rionegro), and Cali. The government added four more airports for arrivals on October 1.
3. Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry in Colombia?
Yes. Travelers must 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.
Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine upon entry in Colombia?
4. Does the US Govt have any restriction on travel to Colombia?
The US Depart of State maintains August 06, 2020 Level 4: Do Not Travel for Colombia. The current advisory reads:
Do not travel to Colombia due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Colombia due to crime, terrorism and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
5. How safe is Colombia to travel for US citizens?
Terrorism: The National Liberation Army (ELN) and dissident groups from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) continue plotting and executing attacks in Colombia.
Demonstrations: Demonstrations and protests occur often in Colombia, particularly in Bogota. Avoid areas of demonstrations as they can become violent.
Crime: Crimes and scams against unsuspecting tourists are common in urban areas. Firearms are prevalent in Colombia and muggings or robberies can quickly turn violent. The Embassy received multiple reports of armed robberies in the area around Monserrate in Bogota, as well as on the road between Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Rio Negro and the city of Medellin. Robberies by people riding motorcycles are common in all major cities. U.S. citizens have been robbed by individuals posing as police officers. U.S. citizens reported sexual assaults in several different cities throughout Colombia.
ATMs: Incidents of people being robbed after using automated teller machines (ATMs) on the street is common. Use ATMs inside shopping malls or other protected locations.
Taxis: U.S. government personnel are prohibited from hailing taxis on the street due to the risk of assault or robbery. Use telephone or internet-based dispatch services whenever possible. Authorized taxi booths are present in most airports in Colombia. Many hotels, restaurants, and stores may arrange a taxi for you.
Disabling Drugs: Criminals may use drugs to temporarily incapacitate unsuspecting victims and then rob or assault them. Avoid leaving food or drinks unattended at a bar or restaurant, and use caution if a stranger offers you something to eat or drink.
6. What are the benefits of Smart Traveler Enrollment Program?
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, also known by its acronym STEP, is a traveler’s program by the US Department of State to help US citizens traveling abroad. Check more information on STEP and enrollment.
Quick Facts to Check Before You Travel
U.S. Embassy and Consulates Contact Info
U.S. Embassy Montevideo
U.S. Embassy Bogota
Calle 24 Bis No. 48-50
Bogotá, D.C. Colombia
Mailing address: Carrera 45 No. 24B-27 Bogotá, D.C. 110111 Colombia
Telephone: +(57) (1) 275-2000
Emergency after-hours telephone: +(57) (1) 275-4021
U.S. Consular Agency – Barranquilla
Calle 77B No. 57-141, suite 511
Centro Empresarial Las Americas, Barranquilla, Atlantico,
Telephone: +(57) (5) 353-2001
Emergency after-hours telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Bogota: +(57) (1) 275-2701
For hours and services, please visit the U.S. Embassy Bogota website.