COVID-19: Colombia Travel Updates

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LATEST COLOMBIA COVID-19 NEWS:

  • 22nd June 2022 – Colombia’s ‘Health Emergency’ ends on 30th June. Source. Expect restrictions to ease significantly after this date.
  • 1st May 2022 In areas with vaccination rates between 40-70%, masks are only required in medical settings and on all modes of transport. Source.
  • 24th February 2022 – Colombia will no longer require face masks to be worn outside in areas where 70% or more of the population are vaccinated. Source.

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South America Backpacker’s understanding of the current entry rules. We update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as possible but we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Colombia Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Colombia right now?

Yes. To travel to Colombia, the following restrictions apply.

Vaccinated Travellers:

All non-resident international visitors to Colombia must be fully vaccinated to enter the country. Those who have started, but not completed, the vaccination schedule (including those who have their final dose less than 14 days prior to travelling) will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding the plane.

See which vaccines are approved in Colombia.

Unvaccinated Travellers:

Unvaccinated non-resident foreigners over 18 years may enter Colombia as long as they can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 prior to flying.


Entry Requirements 

Before you enter Colombia, you will need:

Required Entry Documents

  • Passport and visas as normal.
  • You must fill out the Check Mig form 1-24 hours before boarding your plane to Colombia. You will need to present the confirmation email upon your arrival in Colombia.

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COVID-19 Tests Required

  • Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to take a PCR test to enter Colombia by air or land.
  • Anybody entering Colombia via cruise ship will be required to take a PCR test.
  • Any non, or partially vaccinated person entering Colombia will be required to take a PCR test.

Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit Colombia.

  • FACE COVERINGS – Masks are mandatory in public places across Colombia where vaccination rates are below 40%. In areas with vaccination rates between 40-70%, masks are mandatory on public transport and in medical settings. In areas with vaccination rates over 70% masks are no longer mandatory. Also see: Best face masks for travel. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING – 1-metre social distancing is recommended across the country.
  • CURFEWS – Regional and local authorities may implement curfews with little notice. Keep an eye on local news.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Masks must be worn on public transport.
  • VENUES AND GATHERINGS – Proof of vaccination may be required to enter any large event including; bars, restaurants, cinemas, nightclubs and sporting events. If the vaccination rate is above 70%, proof of vaccination is not required.
  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – Regional and local authorities may prevent travel to or from their districts depending on infection rates. Keep an eye on local news.

Land Borders: 

All Colombia’s land borders are open.


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5 thoughts on “COVID-19: Colombia Travel Updates”

  1. Hello, can anyone say if it is possible to cross over the land border from Ecuador into Colombia without the rona injections as an adult?

    The official sources say it only applies for air and cruise ship entry into Colombia, but how can i be sure i don’t get some rogue immigration agent trying to apply the same requirements at the land border?

  2. Thank you for your quick response.

    I can’t find anywhere clearly stating whether you can arrive starting from the UK but I will keep looking. Fingers crossed!

  3. Hello,

    In this article about Colombia’s current travel restrictions you say that if the journey to Colombia started in the UK you will be turned away on the first possible flight. However the article you sourced is from December last year so I am wondering if it is still relevant or is there any new information meaning I could travel from the UK. Thank you

    1. Hi Jack!

      Thanks for your question. Initially, Colombia prevented those entering from the UK because of concerns over a new variant that originated in Kent (Alpha). When this rule was introduced, it was deemed to be in place ‘until further notice’. Some sources imply that this is still in place, whereas others don’t mention it at all. For UK travellers, I think the best source to check out is: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/colombia
      At present, there is no mention of the travel ban from the Colombian side, however, it is worth remembering that Colombia is still on the UK’s Red List so at the very least there would be quarantine and other restrictions once you arrived back in the UK.

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