Colombia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Vaccination Requirements: 5 Vaccines Approved for Use in Colombia: Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Oxford/AstraZeneca, Sinovac
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Not Required
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Required for some Countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 14.12.2021
1. A “Check Mig” form must be submitted at most 24 hours before departure at
2. Passengers and airline crew must have:
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the first vaccine dose and any type of negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before boarding.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Colombia;
– passengers younger than 18 years.
3. Nationals and residents of Colombia without a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, must have any type of negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before boarding.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 18 years.


Detailed Tourist Information

Effective December 6, 2021, all air passengers 2 years or older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must show a negative viral COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.

*** Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest Embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

  Country-Specific Information 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Colombia due to COVID-19.    Read the Health Notice and Travel Advisory.  Limited international flights have resumed to and from eight airports.
COVID-19-related restrictions vary widely by department and often by city.  You must comply with the restrictions where you reside, regardless of your status in Colombia.  To avoid congestion in supermarkets and shops, for example, many areas have instituted ‘pico y cedula’, or restrictions on entry to stores and banks based on the last digit of your identification. Consult the local, regional, and national regulations to ensure you are compliant. 
Colombia transitioned to a selective isolation phase on Septiembre 1, 2020.  The national health emergency remains in place until February 28 2022.  For more information, visit the website of the Presidency.
Travel within Colombia: Decree 1168  eliminates the prohibitions on movement that had been imposed by the National government, including those on tourist travel within the country.  Municipal and Departmental restrictions and health requirements remain in certain parts of the country.  The Embassy reminds all U.S. citizen travelers that they are responsible for complying with all local restrictions.
For more information on the government of Colombia’s COVID-19 response, please contact your local authorities.  Visit the website of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional information and to register your contact and travel information.  If you fail to follow Colombian law, you could be subject to fines or other legal measures.

Lockdown Details

The health emergency has been extended until 30 November 2021.

The use of masks is mandatory in public (including on public transport and in taxis).

Any gathering where it is not possible to maintain 1 meter of social distancing between each person is prohibited.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in public spaces.

Regional, departmental and city authorities may be implementing local measures, including restrictions based on gender and/or identification numbers, curfews and lockdowns. During Easter, further measures may be imposed depending on ICU occupancy rates. Certain measures for local curfews, quarantined municipalities (Bogota and elsewhere) are being introduced at short notice. You should check official guidance from the relevant local authority (please see websites for key cities below) as well as national COVID-19 regulations and updates by MinSalud (Ministry of Health):

-Barranquilla (
-Bogota (
-Cali (
-Cartagena ( )
-Medellín (
-Santa Marta (

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