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United States Drops Level 4 Do Not Travel Warning For Colombia

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The U.S. State Department has dropped its level 4 ‘do not travel' advisory for Colombia to a level 3 ‘reconsider travel'.

The reduced level advisory reads “Reconsider travel to Colombia due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Colombia due to crime, terrorism and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk.”

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The original Level 4  ‘Do not travel' for Colombia was issued on August 6th when the United States dropped its global travel warning and moved back to its individual country ratings. 

On October 30th, 2020, the United States Government reduced the travel risk for Colombia to the level 3 ‘reconsider travel' advisory. 

colombia international flights september 21

The U.S. Department of State has said that Colombia has lifted its stay at home orders and ‘resumed some transportation and business operations'.

There is still a level 3 health warning in place from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) which means the ‘COVID-19 risk in Colombia is high'. 

Travelers need to be aware that if they do get sick in Colombia, ‘medical and resources may be limited'.

Colombia Officially Reopening International Tourism on Sept 21

The U.S. travel advisory has also issued a level 4, do not travel for the following areas in Colombia due to crime and terrorism: 

  • Arauca
  • Cauca (except Popayan)
  • Chocó (except Nuquí)
  • Nariño
  • Norte de Santander (except Cucuta) 

Colombia officially reopened its borders for international tourism on September 21, 2020.

The Ministry of Transportation has announced that there is now limited flight to and from the following countries: 

  • USA
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guatemala
Panoramic view of Guatape- tourism reopening in colombia

Travelers should be aware that they will face additional COVID-19 entry requirements for Colombia

The Colombian government has added the following measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 within its borders:

  • All passengers need to fill out the online immigration form called “Check-Mig” between 24 hours and 1 hour before the flight. 
  • 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. Important Update: After November 4 the PCR test requirement has been removed
  • All arrivals will undergo a health screening, which will include temperature scans.

Travel Off Path highly recommends all travelers headed to Colombia get travel insurance that covers COVID-19 prior to their trip. 

Colombia COVID-19 Entry Requirements Travelers Need To Know

The U.S. Embassy in Colombia also warns all travelers that “Violent crime, such as homicide, assault, and armed robbery, is common. Organized criminal activities, such as extortion, robbery, and kidnapping for ransom, are widespread.”

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. 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.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Originally written and posted November 1, 2020 with updates

ryan d ash

Friday 6th of November 2020

they dropped the need for PCR test before arrival.

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 6th of November 2020

Yes, we saw this and are updating today :)

Richard Sylvester

Monday 2nd of November 2020

I got here Sept 23rd and can tell you they take covid seriously unlike the US and it's joke of a president

Passive Observer

Monday 2nd of November 2020

The US has conducted over 148M covid tests and has a mortality rate of 2.42%. Not really that bad all things considered.

What brings you to Colombia? Can you tell me what avenue you went for the PCR test?

Mark Anthony

Sunday 1st of November 2020

Who is going there to wear a mask and take the chance of getting shot ever again? What a vacation.