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Over the last 5 years, Colombia has experienced a huge tourism boom and had a record 4.5 million visitors in 2019. Once known for its drug trade and crime, the country has become much safer and is now rated as one of the top backpacking destinations in the world. 

Colombia's tourism was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic but has since reopened and is now accepting visitors from all over the world. 

Here are all the latest COVID-19 entry requirements for Colombia and everything travelers need to know before booking their trip.

San Andres Colombia - now open for tourism

Countries Permitted To Visit Colombia

As of September 21st, 2020 travelers from all countries are permitted to visit Colombia under regular visa requirements. 

Online Travel Authorization To Visit Colombia

All passengers need to fill out the online migration form called “Check-Mig” between 24 hours and 1 hour before the flight. This form will help pre-screen arrivals and speed up time at customs.

Colombia Officially Reopening International Tourism on Sept 21

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

All travelers arriving Colombia are required to bring proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR swab test, taken no longer than 96 hours prior to departure.

Update November 4:

As of November 4, 2020 the above PCR testing requirement has been REMOVED as is no longer needed. 

colombia tourism reopen for Sept 21

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

There are no mandatory quarantines for travelers who present their negative COVID-19 test and are not showing symptoms of the virus. 

All arrivals will undergo a health screening, which will include temperature scans.

colombia reopening air borders

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Colombia. 

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Colombia

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Colombia including:

  • Wearing a mask when instructed
  • Follow social distancing markers and instructions
All passengers will need to wear a mask during their in-bound flight, at all times within the airport terminal, and on any transportation to their final destination.
Happy Palenquera selling fruits in Cartagena

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

A vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet available to the public. Colombia has not announced any mandates on a proof of vaccine record (POVR) for entry.  

Visa Entry Requirements For Colombia During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in Colombia will need to follow regular visa requirements.

 Canada, USA, UK, Australia, and all of the EU can visit Colombia without a visa.

visa policy of colombia

Credit: Gorden Cheng via Wikipedia Creative Commons

Colombia Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Complete online “Check-Mig” form 1-24 hours prior to your flight
  2. Check if you need a visa for entry to Colombia
  3. Get proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test 96 hours prior to departure
  4. Follow all health protocols while in Colombia

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Disclaimer: Colombia’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.


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Originally published October 21, 2020 with updates

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