Colombia has become one of only 6 countries in the world to fully reopen for all tourists without testing or quarantine. This applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers. Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz Gómez made the announcement Thursday stating that the PCR test requirement would be dropped effective immediately.
Prior to the announcement, all international arrivals to Colombia were required to bring proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 96 hours prior to departure.
While Colombia is currently experiencing a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ruiz Gómez said the country would focus on vaccinations, poverty and mental health.
Prior to the pandemic, Colombia was experiencing a tourism boom as the country became safer to visit in recent years. In an interview, Ruiz Gómez stated the PCR test requirement was causing delays at the airports and making it hard for tourists to visit Colombia. With air traffic once again beginning to surge in the country, Ruiz Gómez stated that now was the time to drop the testing requirement.
Travelers Must Still Complete Health Authorization Form
All travelers must still complete a ‘Check-Mig’ form less that 24 hours before their flight to Colombia. The form is a health declaration stating that travelers are free from symptoms of Covid-19 and have not come into close contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Health Protocols In Colombia Travelers Need To Know
Colombia is still enforcing the use of masks in all public areas. The use of masks at airports within the country is also strictly enforced. While not mandatory, the country encouraging travelers to carry travel insurance that covers Covid-19 during their stay.
Travelers to Colombia can expect random temperature checks and social distancing.
Temporary Country Ban
Travelers from India are temporarily banned from entering Colombia due to a high occurrence of Covid-19 cases.
Officials Offer Airport Arrival Advice
Minister of Tourism, José Manuel Restrepo Abondano has advised all travelers to arrive at Colombian airports no more than 2 hours prior to a domestic flight and 3 hours prior to international flights to help prevent congestion at airports.
Protests In Colombia Continue
Travelers headed to Colombia should be aware there is currently social unrest due to ongoing protests in large cities such as Bogota. Thousands are protesting across the country to demand a basic income, more opportunities for youth and an end to police violence.
Travelers are encouraged to avoid areas where protests are ongoing.
Vaccinated Travelers To Colombia
While many countries are making exceptions for vaccinated travelers, Colombia is treating both vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers the same. Testing is not required but the use of face masks is still required even for travelers who have been vaccinated.
Colombia has vaccinated an estimated 6.6% of its population and is hoping vaccinate 35 million Colombians by the end of 2021.
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