Columbia Travel Advice for Tourists


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While it is recommended to avoid all types of travel to Columbia currently owing to the pandemic situation, if your purpose of visit is absolutely necessary, then you must keep in mind the following travel advice.

Border areas – Avoid all travel

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Avoid all travel to the following departments and border areas due to the risk of kidnapping and violent crime posed by the presence of illegal armed groups and other criminal organizations:

  • Arauca
  • Caquetá, excluding Florencia
  • Cauca, excluding Popayán
  • Chocó
  • within 50 km of the border with Venezuela, excluding the city of Cúcuta
  • within 100 km of the border with Panama
  • within 50 km of the border with Ecuador
  • the Port of Tumaco

Regional advisory – Avoid non-essential travel

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Avoid non-essential travel to the following departments due to drug-related criminal activity by illegal armed groups and other criminal organizations:

  • Antioquia, north of the city of Buriticá and west of highway 62-25B-60 along the borders with other departments, with exception of the cities of Jardín, Andes and Hispania
  • Córdoba, south and west of the city of Montería
  • Guainía
  • Guaviare
  • Meta, excluding the city of Villavicencio and Caño Cristales
  • Nariño, excluding the cities of Pasto and Ipiales
  • Norte de Santander, excluding the city of Cúcuta
  • Putumayo
  • Valle del Cauca, excluding the cities of Buga, Cali and Palmira
  • Vaupés
  • Vichada

If you intend to travel to the any of the above excluded areas, do so by air. Exercise a high degree of caution at all times.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

Requirements to enter

  • The Ministry of Health has announced that all inbound international passengers no longer need a negative COVID-19 test result. (See US Embassy in Colombia web page.) Travelers will not be denied entry for lack of a negative PCR test.
  • You cannot enter Colombia if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days
  • Between 24 hours and 1 hour before departure, travelers must fill out the Check-Mig form, available on the Migración Colombia website. You will need to also complete this form 24 hours before your departure from Colombia.
  • Normal visa requirements apply. If you are a citizen of a country where a visa is required, you must obtain a visa before your trip
  • Entry to Colombia by air is permitted, and Colombia has reopened all land, sea and river borders. Neighboring countries may still be implementing their own border closures. Internal travel within Colombia is permitted.

Travel within Colombia

A state of health emergency will remain in place until 30 November in Colombia. Follow the advice of regional authorities, and be prepared for restrictions imposed at short notice if cases of COVID-19 rise.

Everyone must continue to follow biosafety protocols including wearing face masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing.

So, follow all the above advice while travelling to Columbia.

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