Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.
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Commercial flights are now operating to and from Colombia on a limited number of routes. As of 20 December, flights to and from the UK are restricted and travelers cannot enter Colombia if their journey started in the UK. (Some exceptions apply.)
Entry to Colombia by air is permitted and the country's sea borders reopened on 1 December 2020, however, land and river borders will remain closed until 16 January. Internal travel within Colombia is permitted.
These travel alerts are general in nature. Contact your airline or travel provider for information on the availability of flights.
A state of health emergency will remain in place until 30 November in Colombia. Follow the advice of regional authorities, and be prepared for restrictions imposed at short notice if cases of COVID-19 rise.
Everyone must continue to follow biosafety protocols including wearing face masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing.
We are updating this travel alert when official information becomes available. If you have seen an update not mentioned here, please tell us in the comments below.
Protesters took to the streets of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, on 21 November 2019, frustrated by the slow rollout of the 2016 peace deal with the FARC rebels, and to protest against the current government.
The protests were mostly peaceful until clashes broke out near Bogotá airport between protesters and riot police.
A national strike was planned for 21 November following the announcement of proposed cuts to pensions earlier in the month, which caused widespread dissatisfaction with the Government, causing civil unrest across the country.
Local authorities have been given permission from the Government to impose curfews, restrictions on freedom of movement, and bans on the sale of alcohol, according to a statement from the President's office.
If you are traveling in Colombia at the moment, avoid all demonstrations, and avoid all crowded areas. Civil unrest is expected, and disruptions to transport and travel plans may arise. Monitor the situation closely and stay up to date with news and media.
We checked in with our local insider living in Bogota, Jacqui de Klerk, and she shared her tips for travelers:
A car bomb rocked the southern part of Colombia's capital, Bogota, killing 10 people and injuring more than 80. The blast occurred outside a police cadet academy and may have been carried out by an associate of the National Liberation Army (ELN), a known guerilla group in Colombia. The attacker was killed in the incident.
As a result of the bomb blast, security has been tightened by authorities in that part of Bogota and it's best to avoid the area. If you are traveling in Bogota, be aware of your surroundings and follow instructions from local police.
Please check with authorities for more information, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. Failure to comply with directives from government authorities means you won't be covered by travel insurance.
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