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.”
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.
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’.
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:
- Cauca (except Popayan)
- Chocó (except Nuquí)
- 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:
- Dominican Republic
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.
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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Originally written and posted November 1, 2020 with updates