Effective November 4, 2020, the government of Colombia has removed the PCR testing requirement for entry into the country.
Previously, all arrivals (both foreigners and nationals returning home) were required to show proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 96 hours prior to arrival into Colombia. As of November 4th, that requirement has been removed, making entry into Colombia much easier.
Colombia officially reopened their borders for tourism on September 21st after being closed for over 6 months due to the pandemic.
Travel to and from the nation is getting more attractive over the past few weeks, as restrictions and travel alerts have recently decreased.
On October 30th the US State Department dropped its level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory for Colombia to a level 3 ‘Reconsider Travel’. Now, with the PCR testing requirement dropped, more travelers will likely choose Colombia as a prime destination this winter.
Many Caribbean and Latin American countries have been dropping their PCR test requirements over the last few weeks.
Mexico really started the trend, never requiring PCR testing for arrivals. After seeing the success in the re-bound of their tourism, the Dominican Republic soon followed suit, removing their PCR testing requirement on September 15th, with Costa Rica following on October 26th, and now Colombia as of November 4th.
There are still a few entry requirements in place that travelers to Colombia still need to be aware of.
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.
All passengers will undergo a health screening upon arrival that mostly includes temperature and symptom checks.
Colombia’s Ministry of Health has some further advice for all travelers coming into Colombia, especially since the testing requirement has now been removed.
- A mask is mandatory throughout the entire flight and in the airport terminal for every passenger over 2 years of age
- Passengers are asked to refrain from using the bathroom or getting up from their seats on the flight as much as possible
- Tourists are asked to self-monitor throughout their stay and report any symptoms to health officials
- Follow social distancing markers and instructions while in the country
What is slightly confusing at this time is the press release issued by The Ministry of Health mentions that tourists will be monitored for 14 days after arrival, but there is no link nor official requirement to have a contact tracing app or similar reporting device.
The press release states: “It is provided in the new administrative act that passengers must respond to the strict tracking and monitoring that will be carried out by the EPS or the Secretary of Health of the jurisdiction where they stay, therefore this measure applies to both nationals and foreigners.”
This suggests that perhaps a contact tracing app will become mandatory, but at this time, no such requirement exists. Currently, tourists are just asked to report any symptoms to local authorities should they develop during their stay.
Before the pandemic hit, Colombia saw a record number of tourists in 2019, totaling over 4.5 million visitors. Now with the removal of the PCR test requirement, Colombia could start to recover a few of those numbers throughout the winter season.
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