After the shutdown of tourism for much of 2020, international tourism to Colombia is now being allowed again. Here you can learn about the requirements to travel to Colombia and what to expect once in country once you have met the entry requirements for Colombia. So read on to learn all you need to know about the travel requirements for Colombia in 2021.

Note that I will do my very best to keep this up to date, but, as we have all seen over the past year, things can change quickly and unexpectedly, so it may be worth verifying this information, especially if it has been a while since the last update noted below and especially as it relates to other cities besides Cartagena. Any information you see that is inaccurate, I’d much appreciate you letting me know in a comment!

Date of last update: April 20, 2021

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Clip art of a visa approved stamp beside a passport.
Read on to learn all the requirements to enter Colombia post-Covid 19 to ensure you meet all travel restrictions for Colombia. Image Source: Pixabay user mohamed_hassan

Is Colombia Open to International Tourism?

Yes.

Colombia officially reopened international flights on September 19, 2020, with the first flight arriving here in Cartagena from Fort Lauderdale. This, along with the end of domestic travel restrictions, effectively reopened the country to tourism.

There are requirements for entry to Colombia, and I will explain them below. However, local governments also have considerable power in determining restrictions on the operation of businesses.

*Note: This post is about the entry requirements for Colombia. With the new US (and many other countries) requirement for a negative Covid Test, I notice lots of questions coming up about where to get a Covid Test in Colombia. If you are leaving from Cartagena, you can see a list of places to get a Covid test in Cartagena here.

Generally, most places in Colombia that rely on tourism are eager to open up and are doing so gradually, trying to balance reactivating the economy and preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Still, given the fluidity of the situation and differences in local policies, you should verify the situation in the cities you plan to visit.

For a good example of that above, note that some places had lockdowns around New Years, while others operated more or less normally. Below, I will give you the best info I can on Cartagena, but with things so fluid and varied, you should look into local restrictions to the city or cities you plan to travel in Colombia.

Here you’ll find information on what you need to enter Colombia from abroad, what to expect in Cartagena, and some general tips and links for what restrictions to expect elsewhere. As noted above, if anyone notices any inaccurate or out of date information, please let me know in the comments.

*Note that if traveling to Colombia, you will need to comply with mask mandates in public in Colombia. According to this article, cloth masks may not be as effective against new strains of the virus, so you may want to consider getting some KN95s, FFP2s, or at least some medical grade masks. Also, you can compare prices on the range of high quality PPE equipment at C2W Health.

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Photo of a corner of a the wall with the flag flying in Cartagena, Colombia
While some attractions may still remain closed due to local restrictions, Colombia is reopen to international travel. Read on to learn all you need to know about Covid-19 travel restrictions to Colombia. Photo credit to jkraft5 from Depost Photos.

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Photograph of the wing of a plane.
Colombia is officially reopened to international travel. Read on to learn all about the requirements to enter. Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

How to Travel to Colombia

As of the last update (date at the top), the only way to enter Colombia from abroad is via air. Land and sea borders had been declared to remain closed until at least June 1, 2021 (source in Spanish here). As of this update, neither the border with Ecuador or Venezuela is open. It remains unclear when Colombian land borders will open.

Which airports in Colombia are receiving international flights?

Currently, the following airports in Colombia have international arrival flights:

  • Rafael Nuñez in Cartagena
  • El Dorado in Bogotá
  • José María Cordova in Medellín
  • Alfonso Bonilla Aragón in Cali
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Are domestic flights in Colombia operating?

Yes, and a number of other airports have biosafety protocols and flights in addition to the ones listed above. I’m not going to try to keep an up to date list here as they are likely to change depending on how things go not only with the virus but also with demand.

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Is a Covid test required for domestic travel in Colombia?

For most places, no. In fact, there was nowhere, with the exception of the island of Providencia, that was requiring tests. However, some places may require it. My understanding is there are certain thresholds where tests for domestic arrivals may be implemented, but it’s not entirely clear. My best advice is to check with airlines, who often have the most up to date information. With case counts in Colombia going back up in a 3rd wave, it may be possible testing or other requirements and restrictions on domestic flights are reinstated.

For what it’s worth, we flied domestically around the new year, flying from Cartagena to Bogotá, from Bogotá to San Andres, and from San Andres to Cartagena. Overall, we were pretty impressed with biosecurity protocols in the airports in Cartagena and Bogotá. San Andres was so-so as we saw some lax enforcement generally in town and at the airport and some airport workers with things like masks not pulled up fully over their nose.

Still, overall, we felt pretty good traveling and most travelers, airport workers, and businesses (we also went to Villa de Leyva) were very good about following or having measures in place.

We flew LATAM on all the flights, and also thought they did a good job, boarding a few rows at a time and properly enforcing masks and the like.

Photo of people walking in an airport.
Flights are slowly reactivating internationally and domestically based on regulations and demand. Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

What are the requirements to enter Colombia?

The Colombian national government has set a number of requirements that international travelers must meet to enter Colombia. Here I’ll go over the requirements to travel to Cartagena and the rest of Colombia.

Do I need to take a Covid test to travel to Colombia?

Yes. To enter Colombia you must present documentation of a negative Covid-19 test.

*Update: The testing requirement had been discontinued but a judge declared it should be reinstated along with a 14 day quarantine. At first, the Colombian government effectively pulled an Andrew Jackson and ignored it (source here). However, in mid-March 2021, a higher court overturned that judge’s decision. This led to many declaring the PCR test was no longer required.

However, as of this update (date at the top), it is still required. It will remain a requirement until the Ministry of Health declares it no longer is (Source in Spanish here).

I suspected it might be eliminated after Easter, but with case counts back on the rise, I would expect it to stay in place for a while longer now. Again, I suggest following what your airline says. They will have the most up to date information and are the ones given a hard time by government officials if they don’t follow them.

So for the time being it is still in effect a resolution for December 31, the PCR negative test requirement to enter Colombia has been reinstated. The negative PCR test as a requirement to enter Colombia applies to all ages (even infants and children). There will not be a 14 day quarantine required with the negative test, however.

This Covid testing requirement to enter Colombia is remains in effect.

What if I can’t get a PCR test before traveling to Colombia?

The Ministry of Salud had released guidance that allows immigration officials to accept international travelers to Colombia into country who provide a verbal statement that they were unable to get the test before traveling due to unavailability where they are traveling from. However, the ability to waive the testing requirement now only applies to Colombian citizens.

Colombian citizens who arrive without documentation of a negative PCR test will be allowed to conduct the test in country at their own expense, while practicing self-isolation until a negative result is received. They may also opt to complete a 14 day quarantine.

For foreign nationals entering Colombia, you must show results of a negative PCR test 96 hours before departure, or you will likely be denied entry to the country.

Upon arrival (and I would imagine before boarding as well), you will be screened for fever and symptoms and could be denied entry to the country if you show them as well as meeting the test requirement.

As of the start of 2021, the Covid test requirement has been reimplemented to enter Colombia. Image source: Pixabay user fernandoziminaicela.

What kind of Covid test do I need to take to enter Colombia?

The test must be a PCR test, and it must be completed 96 hours before your entry into Colombia.

I have heard stories of people being turned away either at check in by their airline or not being allowed to enter by immigration officials if their test is not a PCR test. I have also heard of people being given a hard time if the date is within 4 days but there is not a time stamp that shows it is specifically within 96 hours of your arrival. Furthermore, the results of the test cannot be hand written and must specifically have the letters PCR on it.

Therefore, you should take extra care to get the correct PCR test and not an antibody test or a rapid test and ask those administering the test to put not only the date but also a time stamp and ensure the letters PCR appear.

You will need to have a standard (not rapid) PCR test (nasal swab) to enter Colombia. Image by PDPics from Pixabay

I am not particularly well versed in the types of testing, but my understanding is that the PCR test is the one done with a nasal swab and not a blood sample. My understanding as well is that so called “rapid tests” do not comply with the requirements, even those that are PCR rapid tests.

From what I understand, the 96 hours are from when the test is administered, not when you receive results, so do be sure wherever you do the test they are able to give you the results before you fly.

You will need a negative swab test to enter Colombia. Image source Pixabay user lukasmilan.

Can I enter Colombia without a Covid test?

As noted above, only Colombian citizens can enter Colombia without a negative Covid test. Foreign nationals must show proof of a test. There was a period where foreign nationals were able to enter without a test when declaring they could not get access to one, but that is no longer the case.

Do I still need a negative test to enter Colombia if I have gotten a vaccine?

There doesn’t appear to be any documentation related to travelers to Colombia who can show proof of having received a vaccine.

Perhaps that will change sometime in the future as the vaccine becomes more widely available, but for the time being, even people who have gotten a a vaccine will need to show the negative PCR test as a requirement to enter Colombia.

Photo of a man looking out an airport window while sitting on a chair with his feet up on his suitcase.
In addition to a negative Covid test, you’ll also need to meet several other conditions to travel to Colombia post Covid. Image by Jan Vašek from Pixabay

What are the other requirements to travel to Colombia?

In addition to the negative Covid test requirement to enter Colombia, there are still several travel requirements for Colombia. You’ll need to complete a screening form for Migración Colombia, download the official tracking app from the Colombian government, and follow all local rules related to biosafety. Here is a quick rundown of each.

Migración Colombia Form

You will need to complete the Check-Mig Form from Migración Colombia within 48 hours of your departure time. You can complete it up to 1 hour before your departure time.

The form asks you to fill out your flight information and appears to be similar to the type of paper form you would get handed to on a plane and hand immigration officials normally.

You can find the form here (you can change it to English with the button at the top).

Colombian Government’s CoronApp

This is a cell phone application created by the Colombian government that tracks outbreaks of the virus and public health. You must download it before your flight and keep it on your phone for at least 14 days afterwards.

You can download the app here or in the app store on your phone (be sure it is the app from the Colombian government). It is free.

Note, I have heard of stories from people in my Facebook group that have had trouble getting this to download successfully on their phones from abroad and/or with a non-Colombian phone number. I’ve also heard that they don’t always ask to see it.

My suggestion would be to try the best you can, and if you can’t get it to work, take a screen shot showing the error so if they do ask, you can show them that. I tend to think it’s something to do your best to be rather than safe than sorry about but not stress out too much.

Based on our experience traveling domestically during the holidays at the end of 2020 and start of 2021, we were only asked to show the app in the airport when entering the airport in Bogotá, not in Cartagena or in San Andres, nor when arriving anywhere.

Still, it’s best to download it and have it in case you are asked for it.

In addition to your negative Covid Test, you’ll also have to pre complete an immigration form and download the Colombian government’s Coronavirus tracking app to your phone. Image by iXimus from Pixabay

Wearing a Mask and Social Distancing

Across the country, you are generally expected to have a mask on at all times when in public. In places where restaurants and bars have reopened you can remove it when eating and drinking with your group, and in some other places, like the beach, you may also be able to remove it when away from other people.

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Follow All Local Biosafety Protocols and Regulations

Local governments in Colombia have considerable ability to determine regulations related to the operation of businesses, restaurants, tours, and the like. You will need to follow all of those regulations.

In most cities restaurants have opened to some capacity, although restrictions on the limit of people and whether alcohol can be served may vary from city to city.

Beaches and local attractions are also opening back up, but many require pre-booked reservations to prevent overcrowding, but this is different in every city, so you should be sure to do your due diligence on what’s open and the process for reserving.

Photo of a person wearing a face mask, one of the requirements to travel to Colombia during the coronavirus pandemic.
Be sure to wear a mask in public and follow all local social distancing rules when you travel to Colombia during the Covid pandemic.

In much of Colombia, there were restrictions on who could be out of the house except to work for much of 2020. People who were not commuting to what had been deemed essential jobs were not allowed out except for on certain days based on the last number of their ID.

This included even to go shopping in supermarkets. There were also restrictions on the sale of alcohol and consumption of alcohol in public, even in restaurants. This continued here in Cartagena until the start of October. In some places, curfews and or dry laws were implemented for parts of the end of year holidays.

Now, most places have relaxed that to some extent or another and everyone is allowed out while being encouraged to follow best practices of social distancing and personal sanitation.

Still, it’s possible that these types of measures could return if there is a resurgence of the virus in certain areas. These rules likely would not apply to tourists, but again you should verify. You should also make sure you keep a copy of your entry credentials on you just in case.

Strongly Suggested: Travel Health Insurance

This year has shown us that having access to health care is more important than ever. Having travel health insurance is something I would strongly suggest.

Larger companies like World Nomads have started selling travel insurance again, but I encourage you to check out the options offered by our partners Expat Group. They have health insurance especially tailored for travelers in Colombia that you can feel confident will be accepted without complications should you get sick or injured during your time in Colombia. Learn more about their policies here.

If you are planning a longer stay and need a visa, whether for study, work, opening a business, retiring, or joining a significant other, Expat Group also offers visa services. Learn about their visa services here.

Recap: Requirements to Travel to Colombia in the Times of Covid

  • Negative PCR test 96 hours before entry
  • Completion of the Check-Mig Form before departure
  • Download of the Colombian Government’s CoronApp
  • Wear a mask in public at all times
  • Respect local social distancing rules and regulations
Photo of the skyline in Cartagena.
Now that you have met all the requirements to enter the country, read on to find out what types of local restrictions you might encounter in different parts of the country, like our beautiful Cartagena pictured here.

What kinds of local regulations and social distancing rules are in place in Colombia?

The truth is, local requirements vary, and have been subject to change in unpredictable ways with announcements often coming a day or two before. Thus is the way things go in Latin America and Colombia.

Most places had now eased up considerably in an effort to jump start the economy, and you should expect hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions to be open with reduced capacities. On the other hand night clubs and large gatherings indoors are likely to be off limits everywhere for a while longer.

*Update: There was a national decree from the president ordering all discotecas closed and prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in establishments open to the public on November 28 (source here). However, the decree also allows local governments to allow businesses like bars to operate and sell alcohol under so called pilot plans where businesses have to apply and get licenses after showing they have biosecurity protocols in place. So, I guess in practice, local rules are what matters.

What are regulations like in Cartagena?

Restaurants are allowed to operate at limited capacity. Food and alcohol sales are allowed, but people are not meant to dance or crowd together, and masks are expected to be worn when not eating or drinking or moving outside your or your group’s “bubble” for things like going to the bathroom.

For places with indoor seating, you are meant to be there for a maximum of 2 hours. Many restaurants and bars may also require a reservation. Checking out their Instagram or Facebook pages is a good way to see how to do this. Places are also supposed to close by 1 am and many are closing earlier.

Photo of a waterfront with a ship in front of the wall and a church in the background.
Attractions and most restaurants and bars are currently reopening in Cartagena.

Many attractions have also reopened, like the Castillo San Felipe and San Pedro Claver Church. The beaches also reopened in early October. Find out how to go to the beach in this guide to the reopening of Cartagena beaches.

Some hotels in the Rosario Islands and Tierra Bomba have opened as well. Those that have beach areas are allowed to make use of them, and if they have the proper permission they can serve food and alcohol. Boat rentals are also allowed and the party spot of Cholón has recently been allowed to reopen.

You should also expect to have to show your id, apply hand sanitizer, wipe your shoes in disinfectant, and have your temperature taken everywhere you go.

Update:

Due to a surge in cases after Easter, curfews and pico and cedula measures are currently in effect in Cartagena.

See the current Cartagena restrictions here. You can consult the most recent decrees toward the bottom of this page. The Facebook group Expats in Cartagena, CO is also a good place to ask for updated info. And I’d also love for you to check out and help grow my Facebook Group Cartagena and Colombia Travel Forum!

And finally, if you’re planning to come to Cartagena, be sure to check out my guide to the best areas to stay and this comprehensive packing list.

Photo of a couple on the beach with the water and skyline of Cartagena behind them.
Beaches and hotels and lodges in the islands are also reopening here in Cartagena, just in time for escaping cold weather in the northern hemisphere! (This photo is at Palmarito Beach on the island of Tierra Bomba across the bay from Cartagena).
What are regulations like in Medellín?

I’d recommend checking out MedellinGuru.com or asking in the Facebook Group GringoPaisa for the most up to date information on Medellín.

What are regulations like in Bogotá?

I’d recommend checking out the Bogotá Post for up to date information on Bogotá. You can also ask in the Facebook Group Expats in Colombia as there seems to be a pretty large contingent of Bogotá based people there.

If you are planning to go to Bogotá, check out my post on 14 Fun Things to Do in Bogotá and How to Spend a Day in Bogotá (not everything in these may be open yet however).

What are regulations like elsewhere?

It appears that many of the smaller destinations in Colombia have reopened, including places like Palomino and the San Bernardo Islands. Smaller towns and places like Minca and Tayrona have, as of this writing, still not reopened.

Many of the smaller destinations in Colombia in particular are caught between a rock and a hard place with this virus as there are usually not reliable health facilities but these towns rely on tourism. I’d be sure to look into the situation anywhere and reach out to hotels and hostels to have an idea of what thing are like before planning any trips.

Photo of two people standing in front of the sunset in Rincón del Mar, Colombia
Local rules are likely to be slightly different everywhere, depending on how the area is doing with the virus. Be sure to look into what is and isn’t open before your trip.

Last Words of Advice for Traveling to Colombia Post Covid

Finally, I understand that for better or worse in the world we live in today, the issue of lockdowns and regulations has become politically charged. I also recognize there is no good answer or silver bullet and that there is room for debate over whether we should or should not allow tourism, should or should not allow restaurants to open, should or should not allow bars to open, etc.

All that being said, we should keep in mind, even someone like me who has residency and has lived here for nearly a decade, Colombia is not our country, and it is a privilege not a right to be here. We don’t have to like the rules, but we should follow them.

Hopefully by doing so, we will help things continue to open up and people get back to work while letting more people come and enjoy all Colombia has to offer and at the same time preventing the propagation of the virus.

Also, this is probably the time to not get too terribly annoyed with street or beach vendors, even the frustrating ones, to be a little less of a hardcore stingy negotiator, and to perhaps give a tad bit extra tip if you feel you had good service. Lots of people have been out of work for much of the year, and it’s worth keeping things in perspective that those of us able to travel right now are among the most fortunate in the grand scheme of things.

And there you have it, a complete guide to the travel requirements to enter Colombia due to Covid-19. I hope this was helpful and that you are able to come visit Colombia sooner rather than later while also keeping yourself, your loved ones, and the people of Colombia safe and healthy!

Cheers and Happy (and safe) Exploring!

Have you traveled or plan to travel to Colombia during Covid?

Let us know about your experience in the comments below! It will help me keep this page up to date and give others valuable insight!

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  1. Adell Cairns

    Very Helpful, thank you.

      1. Jennifer murray

        I am planning to go to Cartagena at the end of the month. US has implemented that returning citizens need a covid test before boarding home. Do you know where I can get a test in Cartagena ?

        1. Hi Jennifer, I plan to look into this a bit more and try to compile a list, but the one place I have heard mentioned a lot by people is the Clinic MediHelp in Bocagrande. You can get PCR or Anti-gen tests there with turn arounds within the 96 hours.

  2. reese

    Are there a places in cartagena and/or medillin to get covid testing ?

    1. In Cartagena I know you can get it done at Clinica MediHelp in Bocagrande and I would imagine there are other places that are not thru insurance.

  3. Jen C

    I can’t get the check-mig form to have the US listed for country of origin?

    1. Hmm, that’s weird Jen. I haven’t had to fill out the form myself. Maybe look for the Spanish “Estados Unidos” or “EEUU” (the abbreviation)

    2. Alvaro restrepo

      Its an option at the beginning of the form, select English language and follow the prompts

  4. Marcin

    Can you help us to make appointment for COVID PCR test on 1FEB. We need to make 5 tests. Any suggestions or help.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Marcin. Unfortunately I can’t help you much there. It’s best to try to get it before you come so you don’t have to do any waiting or isolating once in country. If you are in the US, I have heard CVS has the tests and good turn around times.

  5. Henk-Jan

    Where is the best place to do a pcr test in Cartagena
    There ar so many
    One that gives results in 24 hours

    1. I am not sure where you can get a 24 hour turnaround for a PCR. I do know Clinica MediHelp does them, but don’t know the turn around. If you are already here and need the test to say return to the US instead of get out of quarantine, they also have antigen tests which are cheaper and usually have a much quicker turnaround.

  6. Larry H

    Hey! Great article and appreciate the information.

    Do you have information of where to get a PCR test upon arrival in Cartagena. Given the new US travel restrictions we need to show a negative test in the same time frame of 4 days upon re entry to the US.

    1. Hi Larry, I know clinica MediHelp has both PCR and anti-gen tests (for US entry, you can use an antigen which is cheaper and usually a quicker turnaround).

  7. Crystal

    Hello does anyone know where I can get a pcr test in Medellin
    Thanks much

  8. Mark

    Hi Adam whats the average cost for both test? Im coming down with 5 family members

    1. So the prices I’ve seen for MediHelp look to be 400,000 for PCR and I think 170,000 for the antigen.

  9. Kuhn Marine

    Hello,
    Thank you very much for all these informations !
    I am travelling to colombia from 16th january to 6th february. I’m french and I will need to make a PCR test in colombia to go back to france. Could you please give me advise to make a PCR test in Carthagena ?
    Thank you very much in advance
    XX
    Marine

    1. MediHelp I know do them with a 24 hour turn around according to their website.

  10. Sally

    Very good perspective on the unemployment. I have found myself as a tourist irritated by the street vendors, but hadn’t thought of the huge impact on their livelihoods. Thanks.

    I am also looking at going to San Andres, do I need a PCR test if travelling from Medellin?

    1. Hi Sally. Vendors are frustrating, especially the ones that just don’t want to take no for an answer or play the guilt card with you. We went to San Andres over Christmas and New Years and did not need a test.

  11. Jlaw

    Hi Adam- First, thank you for being so informative on travel to Columbia. I want to schedule a trip to Cali columbia- but its a quick trip perhaps only two days- i plan to get tested before leaving the US, my concern is return back to US as i understand you must e tested to enter back in the US. Is there somewhere you know of in Cali that testing can be done with a quick turnaround?

    1. Hi Jlaw. Honestly, I’m not sure about Cali. I do know that Synlabs is the company doing testing in the Bogotá airport, so depending on your flights, you may be able to get it done there if you route through Bogotá. I do think they are national (I know they have a location here in Cartagena), so there’s a decent chance they have a location in Cali, but you’d have to double check. I’ve noticed that generally, the antigen test has both a quicker turn around and is cheaper than the PCR and as of the last time I looked into it that worked for US entry (granted that was probably around 2 weeks ago). I would suggest trying a google search for prueba covid cali/prueba covid antigeno cali and see what you get. Better yet, you could try asking in the expats in colombia facebook group, there may be someone in Cali that can help you there (not sure if there’s a Cali expat group, but it’s worth looking into). Best of luck and safe travels!

  12. Jillian

    Thanks for the help! Are some of the places listed as things to do, family friendly? I am bringing my 8 year old son with me in Feb and wanted to know of some family friendly beaches and places? Thanks for the info!

    1. Hi Jillian. Yes some things are definitely family friendly. Some that come to mind your son would probably like are the Castillo San Felipe, the Naval Museum, the ChocoMuseo has a neat make your own chocolates workshop but you’d have to double check if they are doing it right now due to the pandemic (making something to eat might be iffy). For beaches, I think I’d recommend trying to get a day pass at a place like Palmarito, the boat ride is much shorter than those to the Rosarios and the beaches at the beach clubs like that don’t have the roped off areas. Hope that helps Jillian!

  13. Zach

    Hey Adam, great blog

    Please forgive me I’m on mobile but I swear I read how they are giving tests at Cartagena airport? I’m willing to pay I just need to insure I have a test prior to coming back to the states apparently and don’t speak the best Spanish so I want to make sure I know some of the basics when it comes to getting a PCR test once’s I’m in Cartagena. Was there in March but everything has changed needless to say.

    Thank you!

  14. Kyle

    Great info! My family will be in Cartagena/Medellin in mid March and we were hoping to go to San Andres for a couple of days…I know its mostly speculations, but any thoughts on if the covid test will be required to fly domestically to San Andres? Colombia case counts dropping quickly past 1-2 weeks as well. Thanks! If we can’t go to San Andres where would you recommend besides Cartagena/Medellin?

    1. Hey, so the San Andres thing is not clear to me. My wife and I were there for Christmas and New Years and did not need a test but then it was announced you would need it again. But looking it up gives lots of press releases from when you did back in September, then when you didn’t back in October and it’s hard to get a clear source yes or no at the moment. According to the air line Wingo which has a handy check the reqs page: (https://www.wingo.com/en/traveler-service/frequently-asked-questions/travel-requirements) it says you currently do not. I would say that even if you do, the antigen test which you can get results back the same day should be easy to find in both C/gena and Medellín. Other spots though, the San Bernardo Islands are great and midway between Cartagena and Medellín and a nice beach consolation destination if you don’t go to San Andres. Also, north of Cartagena, Minca and Tayrona are great, closer to Medellín, Salento is also a nice little town in the Coffee Region.

  15. Chris

    Hey Adam !

    Question do you need a covid test to
    Fly within Columbia ? Like from Cali to
    Cartengena?

    1. No, the only place I’m aware of that may require it for domestic flights is San Andres

  16. Emily

    Hey Adam, thanks for all the info! Looking to come at beginning of March and wondering what the restrictions are now in Cartegena/Baranquilla?
    E.g. Are restaurants open, can we just walk along the beaches freely or need to reserve? Are national parks open in the area?

    Would appreciate any info 🙂 thanks!

    1. Hi Emily. Most places are open. Lots of restaurants it is still best to make a reservation as they do still have limited capacity and there are more people coming, so any moderately nice to very nice place best to make reservations as it may be hard to get a walk up table. Beaches, you are able to walk along them for exercise but can only swim or hang out on the ones that have roped off seating areas, for those you do have to make a reservation. I have a post up here as well on the beaches, there are two more in Cabrero and Marbella that have opened I need to update, but at on that post you can find the link for the reservations. Things don’t seem to be all that strictly enforced on the beaches, but still best to follow the rules and avoid any issues.

  17. aron

    Since the 22nd of Dec 2020 Entry to Colombia has been prohibited if you have been in Britain ,The only exception is if you have an R visa.

  18. Lindsey Thompson

    Thanks for all the information. I read somewhere bars and restaurants cannot serve alcohol. Is this true still?

    1. Hi Lindsey, no. Bars and restaurants CAN serve alcohol. They still have limits on capacity and nicer restaurants you will want to make a reservation, which is usually for a 2 hour time block.

  19. Zach Pal

    Hi Adam,

    I’m a little confused on the testing/quarantine situation. If we arrive with a negative PCR do we need to get tested again upon entry? Even if we have a negative test do we still need to quarantine? I’ve been reading different sites and have found conflicting accounts.

    My friend and I are planning on visiting Cartagena in April and want to make sure we know what’s going on.

    1. Hi Zach,

      No. If you arrive with the negative PCR test result, you are good to go. If you arrive with no test result, you have to give a statement that you couldn’t do a test for whatever reason, then you have to self-isolate for 14 days or until you can show a negative test result, whichever is first.

      Hope you have a great time in April, and yes as long as you have the PCR test you will NOT need to quarantine.

  20. John

    Hi until what time are the bars open ?

  21. Kiya

    Thank you for the amazing article…I’m traveling in April and it was great to get this insight.

  22. Bob

    Do you have an update on latest travel restrictions? What’s the night life right now in Cartagena, is there a curfew?

    1. Requirements for entry remain the same for the time being. In Cartagena, things have to close at 12 on weeknights and 2 on weekends if I’m not mistaken, but there is no dry law at the moment.

      1. Bob

        Thanks for the info Adam!
        I am looking to go end of May for a bachelor party, are clubs open? Do you have a reputable private security company I can use? Can you email me, I have more questions to ask

        1. Hey Bob. Clubs have been in a sort of gray area where they are allowed to open at limited capacity but people are not supposed to dance. They seem to be cracking down on being a bit stricter with this as there were a couple places shut down last week for going over capacity. What it will look like end of May is hard to say. For security company I’m not sure to be honest. Feel free to send me an email at [email protected]

          1. Jerry

            Hi Adam,
            What is the current situation re. travel & stay at the Rosario islands?
            Thanks?

          2. Adam McConnaughhay

            Hi Jerry. In Cartagena itself there are curfews at 10 pm on weeknights and 12 am on weekends. Those are in place until April 22, and it’s unclear if they will be continued or not. Likely it won’t be announced until Wednesday or Thursday. For the islands, my understanding is boats have to come back by 2 pm, which is a couple hours earlier than normal. However, hotels should still be open and I would think you can make use of their beaches past the 2 pm closure (but that is maybe a gray area?).

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