Colombia has decided it will introduce a mandatory vaccination passport for public places and to attend large-scale events.
After November 16, the government may require travelers and citizens to have the vaccination card for face-to-face events, bars, cinemas, churches, amusement parks, and discos.
Colombia’s President, Iván Duque, stated, “a decree will be signed where we want to make known to the Colombian people that for access to stadiums, entertainment events, bars, and restaurants from next November 16 it will be compulsory to have the vaccination card.”
He said the purpose is to achieve herd immunity in Colombia, “As the WHO has said, we have to quickly achieve this herd immunity and prevent future similar diseases, we have to continue protecting ourselves.”
In regards to mandatory vaccinations, the President suggested vaccinations weren’t an obligation but something necessary.
He also stated, “In addition to being a social control mechanism supported by science so that we achieve greater immunity collective and minimize health risks, people relax because the numbers are decreasing but crowded places have a level of risk and that is minimized with vaccination.”
With the Christmas holidays coming up, the Head of the Health Portfolio stated, “The measure has a protective effect against the Christmas holidays, to the extent that we can all get vaccinated, we will have a substantial restriction of risk. It is a special call to Colombians insofar as it is necessary to close the cycle.”
When Will The Government Require The Vaccine Passport?
The government stated the vaccine passport will begin for those over 18s from November 16. From November 30, the vaccine passport will apply to those over 11, and from December 15, it will apply to those over 5.
The government stated that the vaccine passport will apply to those with one vaccination dose at the beginning, but they will request a complete vaccination scheme shortly.
The places that will require the vaccination passport include:
- Places of leisure
- Public and private establishments
- Sport centers
- Events organized both publicly and privately
For international travelers and Colombians vaccinated overseas, the President said, “The card that the person has can be verified and can be included in the electronic system. We urge them to regularize their situation by asking IPS to certify their vaccine so that they have their electronic card ”.
Therefore, overseas travelers may require electronic proof of their vaccination to enter many indoor and outdoor activities in Colombia.
The Current COVID-19 Situation In Colombia
Colombia has had 5.01 million cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with over 127,000 deaths. However, COVID-19 cases inside Colombia are low and the current 7-day average is 1,629. In contrast, the 7-day case average in June peaked at 31,256.
Colombia has currently fully vaccinated 42.1 percent of its entire population, and the nation has given 59.3 percent of its population the first vaccination dose.
The Current COVID-19 Restrictions In Colombia
Travelers can currently enter Colombia without a PCR test, but if they have any COVID-19 symptoms they cannot enter Colombia. Travelers must fill out the Chick-Mig form between 42 and 1 hour before departure to Colombia.
Colombia has reopened all its land borders, and you can enter via air travel. The Colombian government is maintaining its state of health emergency until November 30 and will implement fast COVID-19 restrictions if case numbers start to rise.
All travelers must adhere to social distancing, face mask-wearing, frequent hand washing, and biosafety protocols in Colombia.
But the news that Colombia is going to require a vaccination passport has made travel in Colombia more restricted going forward.
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