Date updated: April 13, 2021.
Find out the response of Colombia to the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s most recent evolution.
- International travelers entering Colombia must present a negative PCR test carried out within 96 hours before the flight. If you do not have the PCR test, you can verbally tell migration staff that you had difficulty taking this test at the place of origin. Once entering the country, the traveler must take the test and keep preventive isolation until obtaining a negative result for COVID-19 or do mandatory isolation for at least 14 days or during the term indicated by the health authority.
- Currently, Colombia has 20 airlines that operate international air routes, connecting with 18 countries and with 8 destinations in the country that connect internationally.
- If you are going to travel to the interior of the country, you do not need to present your negative PCR test, but rather download the CoronAPP application on your mobile device, carry out your self-diagnosis and present it at the airport. Remember that you must have your electronic boarding pass on your cell phone and be 2 hours in advance at the airport.
- Flights from Colombia to Canada and Brazil, and vice versa, are suspended.
- In the case of Spain, only Spanish residents and citizens travel from Colombia.
- There are mobility restrictions in some destinations in the country depending on the level of contagion and occupation of the Intensive Care Units.
Data updated: Jan, 24, 2021.
Data updated: Jan, 24, 2021.
Safety measures and protocols
The Colombian Ministry of Health has adopted a general biosafety protocol concerning all economic, social and public administration activities. These measures must be adapted for any and all activities and sectors, implemented by businesses and entities, and complied by all employees in order to minimize COVID-19 transmission as much as possible.
Specifically, the protocols issued by the Colombian government are the following:
- Biosafety protocol for the aeronautic and airport sectors. It applies to all airport, airline and aircraft operators, transport businesses, customs agencies, and air travel passengers in Colombia.
- Biosafety protocol for hotel accommodations, and restaurant, cafeteria and food truck activities.
- Recommendations for epidemic containment in events and venues with high load capacity.
- Biosafety protocol for gastronomic premises and establishments, particularly pertaining to the following economic activities: table-waiting, self-service, cafeteria and catering services.
- The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has issued a resolution by means of which the “Safe Travels” Seal of the WorldTravel & Toursim Council (WTTC) is adopted as an additional and support measure for the implementation of biosecurity measures in the sector tourist.
- The implementation of biosecurity protocols has already started in all means of transport.
- The Ministry of Health established biosafety protocols for beaches, including the rental of huts, lockers, hammocks, among other elements in order to reduce the risk of transmission of covid-19 in the development of activities.
- The Ministry of Health published the protocols for a safe return to classes in schools and universities.
- The Ministry of Health issued the biosafety protocols for movie theaters, theaters, drive-ins and auto-events.
- As a preventive measure against a possible coronavirus strain in Brazil, as of January 29th, flights to and from Brazil will be suspended for a period of 30 days.
- For further info, visit the Ministry of Health’s portal at: https://www.minsalud.gov.co/portada-covid-19.html.
Creation of the “Certified Check-In” biosafety seal for the tourism sector. Some requirements and conditions have been established in order for tourism services, airlines, and tourism-related businesses and areas to obtain this voluntary certification.
For further info, please visit the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism’s portal at: http://bioseguridad.mincit.gov.co/.
At April 12th 2.552.937 confirmed cases were registered in Colombia in the 32 departments of the country, of which 82.321 are active.
Valle del Cauca (217.981)
Norte de Santander (52.751)
La Guajira (20.969)
San Andrés y Providencia (2.965)
There are 2.395.733 recovered patients and 66.156 deceased.
Measures in favor of the industry
Relief measures issued by the national government
1 VAT exemption for all tourist and hotel services until December 31, 2021.
2Sales tax (VAT) of 5% for passenger air tickets.
3 Special rate of 9% of the income tax for the construction and / or remodeling of new hotels, theme parks, ecotourism, agrotourism and nautical docks.
4Temporary suspension of the energy surcharge for hotels, theme parks and recreation establishments.
5Reduction of national consumption tax rates to zero percent (0%) for bars and restaurants.
6 Destination of part of the collection of the national tourism tax, to invest in the competitiveness, promotion and infrastructure of the department of San Andrés and reconstruction of Providencia and Santa Catalina, during the term 2021.
7The General Tourism Law and the Sustainable Tourism Policy are now available to strengthen the sustainability of the tourism value chain in Colombia, improve its competitiveness, guarantee the conservation and responsible use of natural capital, and generate greater value aggregate and differentiation for the country.