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Colombia Remains Open for Tourism Despite a Huge Spike in Covid Cases

Colombia Remains Open for Tourism Despite a Huge Spike in Covid Cases


Colombia Remains Open for Tourism Despite a Huge Spike in Covid Cases

Colombia is open to tourists from all countries but it has temporarily banned flights coming from the U.K. and Brazil. Arrivals should bring a PCR test but not mandatory quarantine is required.

Some airlines are allowed to waive passengers without a valid test if they can prove (with official documents) they have a compelling reason not to have it.

They will also need to agree to get tested on arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

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May 4 – Colombia rules out the reopening with Venezuela while dealing with massive protests around the country

Citing a high level of infections in Venezuela -although the Venezuelan government does not provide clear stats about its pandemic situation- the Colombian government has decided to rule out the possibility to reopen the land borders with this neighboring country over the next months.

“I know all the urgency there is for the issue of opening the border,” Duque said during a visit to the border province of Norte de Santander. But Colombia had to be “especially cautious” given the uncertainty over the COVID-19 situation in Venezuela, he said.

On the other hand, the country is dealing with massive protests in 23 cities where multiple streets are still shut down due to a tax bill reform Ivan Duque’s government was trying to implement to make workers pay for the disastrous results of the pandemic management and other social claims. 

April 17 – COVID-19 cases skyrocketed in Colombia with 100% ICU occupation in several states

The lack of actual control over the pandemic has led the country to the worst surge in coronavirus cases since the pandemic struck. Over the last few weeks the country has recorded up to 17.000 new cases per day. 

Medellin and Barranquilla, 2 of the most important cities have had to enforce 24-hour curfews from last Tuesday until next Tuesday. 

Medellin, the second most important city in the country, has been praised for having half of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the South American continent, still, 100% of its ICU beds are taken and hospitals are desperately sending patients to smaller cities. 

Bogota and Cali have not ruled out a total lockdown yet because their health care system is also about to collapse.

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March 31 – New COVID-19 restrictions for Holy Week

Holy week has started and the traditional trips to the Colombian beaches will have to wait, at least, until holy week is over. The government has issued the following restrictions:

National restrictions:

  • Nationals and foreigners are advised to avoid leaving their cities for non-essential reasons.
  • Private parties are forbidden.
  • Removing the face mask to have food in a closed place is also forbidden.
  • Churches can open at a limited capacity.

Local restrictions:

Curfews are enforced in Bogota, Medellin and other important cities. 

  • Bogota: under the 094 decree, the city is currently under curfew from 12:00 am to 5:00 am.
  • Medellin: From March 25 to April 5, buying alcohol will be forbidden from 12:00 am to 5:00 am. Also a curfew is enforced on the same schedule.

(Source in Spanish)

March 12

Effective March 6, the capital of the country has decided to reopen theaters, concert halls, exhibition spaces and music halls. From March 13, the city’s largest art gallery and the National Salon of Young Artists will reopen for in-situ audiences.

Vaccination rollout 

Colombia has been one of the latest countries to negotiate, secure and receive COVID-19 vaccines in the whole South American continent. According to the president of the Colombian Medical Federation, Sergio Isaza, “At the current speed,” the vaccination rollout will end “in five years, not before.”

Vaccination progress in Colombia

February 12

Colombian authorities have suspended air operations with Brazil and the UK due to the highly infectious strains first discovered in their territories. 

The Colombian government has acquired 61.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and it has scheduled the first phase of vaccination to start February 20. (Source in Spanish)


Current travel restrictions to enter Colombia

Travelers can or cannot arrive with a negative COVID-19 test. In case, they don’t bring one, they will sign a document where they commit to undergo a non-monitoring 14-day quarantine. 

Also, visitors are required to fill out the Check-Mig form between 24 hours and 1 hour before departure.

They also must download the CoronAPP to permanently update their health status and receive COVID-19-related recommendations.

Colombian’s land, sea, and river borders reopening

The Colombian government had announced that borders with Venezuela will remain closed until further notice. 

Last week, Colombian President Ivan Duque ruled out a reopening in the near future with Venezuela “given the uncertainty over the COVID-19 situation in Venezuela.”

What airports are currently open for international tourism in Colombia?

All airports are currently open for commercial operations in Colombia.

As of now, these airlines have direct connection to and from Europe from Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento International Airport a.k.a (Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado) and some other colombia cities: Air Europa, Air France, Avianca, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.

COVID-19 situation in Colombia 

As of May 4, Colombia has officially reported 2,905,254 COVID-19 cases and 75,164 deaths to the virus. Daily rates are between 15,000-16,000 cases.

Why visit Colombia?


Colombia is Latin America’s fifth-largest country. Its rich multicultural heritage dates back to 12,000 BC, when its first inhabitants included the Muisca, Quimbaya, and Tairona.

Given the incredible beauty and rich history, it’s no wonder this is a dream destination for travelers.

It has more species of birds than any other country in the world, lush rainforests, unique desert and highland ecosystems, and access to the world’s third-largest coral reef.

Adventurers can enjoy traveling to the Lost City recently discovered in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It’s believed to be older than Machu Picchu.

A great spot for diving is the Rosario Islands which are only a quick boat ride from Cartagena. This is arguably Colombia’s most beautiful city, with exquisite colonial architecture that features ornate balconies and lovely plazas.

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Tourists can enjoy views of ocean sunsets, ride a horse carriage through the city, and enjoy the flowers that bloom everywhere. The city has many outdoor dance venues and the occasional dancing flash mob.

For those who enjoy nightlife, Colombia’s version of Rio’s Carnival involves four days of parades and parties.

To fuel visitors’ energy levels, there is the delicious Colombian coffee. They can also partake of a cornucopia of tropical fruits from guavas to dragon fruit to zapotes.

Check our latest post on the best time to visit Colombia for weather, events and off-season. We compared different seasons and favorite reasons why people love to visit Colombia.

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