Colombia Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Colombia – updated 13 October, 2020

Travel to Colombia

Phase one of resuming international commercial flights began on 19 September, when a limited number of routes opened for international travel

The Ministry of Transportation announced that initial international flights will resume with the United States, Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala.

Requirements to enter

  • From 1 October, all eligible international passengers must obtain a medical certificate confirming a negative PCR test result issued no more than 96 hours before their departure flight
  • Fill out an immigration form online between 24 hours and up to 1 hour before the flight
  • Normal visa requirements apply. If you are a citizen of a country where a visa is required, you must obtain a visa before your trip
  • Travelers have an obligation to report follow-up health checks via the mobile app ‘CoronApp
  • Contact your airline directly if you cannot get a test result within the given time frame. Travelers with a negative PCR test result will not be required to quarantine on arrival in Colombia.

Land and maritime borders will remain closed to foreign travelers until at least 1 November.

These travel alerts are general in nature. Contact your airline or travel provider for information on the availability of flights.

Travel within Colombia

A state of health emergency will remain in place until 30 November in Colombia. From 1 September, a transition from mandatory preventive isolation to "selective isolation" will begin. 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.

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Protests in Colombia – November 2019

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:

  • If you stay away from the zones where people are protesting, you will be fine. It's mostly bad in the center and south of Bogotá
  • There is very little risk to travelers. The greatest risk is if you somehow joined a protest – or end up anywhere near Plaza Bolivar – when things get out of control
  • Another risk is getting to and from the airport. If protesters block the roads, it's virtually impossible to get through. Since Saturday 23 November, the highway in and out of the airport has been working as normal. I would advise travelers to book their flights for the early morning or even very late at night
  • Aside from the usual no-go zones, airports are functioning, roads are fine
  • Travelers shouldn't worry or cancel their plans at this stage, but monitor the situation closely.

Bogota bomb blast – January 2019

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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328 Comments

  • carl said

    thanks so much for the update. So if im reading this right. As a tourist only, I can fly in from the US after Sept 1? Could I fly to Medellin or is it only Bogata then domestic to Mde? Think anything will even be open?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Carl,

      At this stage commercial flights are suspended until 31 August, but please keep in mind this date could be pushed back further. If you have a flight already booked for a date after 31 August, contact your airline for the most up to date information as it gets nearer.

      Most countries are setting dates for potential airport reopenings, but many have postponed opening at the last minute. Some countries are being cautious when reopening to tourism by only allowing flights/travel from countries with a "safe" epidemiological situation.

      Currently, there is no confirmed information on what Colombia will do when they reopen - so stay up to date and sign up for alerts from your government travel advisory for the latest.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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    • Kim Evans said

      I have had two flights canceled. I was scheduled to fly to Colombia on the 6th and was canceled the Monday before I was due to fly. My friend was scheduled to fly over on the 24th different airline and he was also canceled the same day. I have rebooked for November like many of you my husband and I are both Americans however we have a home outside of Medellin a small Finca I came home in Jan. And he was to come in a May but with the Pandemic he never made it. Life as we know will never be the same and the separation of families and loved ones is as devastating as the virus itself maybe even worse. I am blessed to be safe and in a place that I love and ai know that he is also safe and in a place where he is happy so we can’t complain. We know this too shall pass maybe not as quickly as we would like but it will pass. God Bless each of us as we try to travel to our family and loved ones.

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    • Saso said

      hi everyone
      first of all, thanks for these updates since its all one big confusion with travel

      anyway im scheduled to fly to colombia from slovenia by lufthansa, so ljubljana - frankfurt - bogota on 17.12
      i know all about taking a test 96 hours before flying but my question is, does other nations from eu can even enter colombia ? in this case "german"
      i see few posts from people in belgium and uk but i don't see any other
      i also cannot find any info online about that
      Please let me know before i start callin embassy of colombia
      Thanks

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  • Stephen said

    Can somebody please tell me if I can fly as an American into Colombia after September 1 or do I have to wait until November 1?

    Thx

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Stephen,

      I'm not sure where you got the November 1 date from. The situation may change at short notice, and at this stage borders are closed to foreign travelers and there are no international passenger flights expected until *at least* 31 August.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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      • Brian said

        Until we hear otherwise, international flights into Columbia are open as of September 1

        Many airlines have canceled flights or postponed flights to later in September or later in the year because of insufficient passenger load.

        It also depends upon the reopening of that particular airport.

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      • Christina said

        I have a friend who works at the airport in Cartagena Colombia and we were told that there will be NO INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL allowed for tourist type visitors until after November 1, and that is subject to change. My husband is a Colombian citizen and resident and does not have a visa to enter the US so I have not been able to travel to see him since I was last there on January 4. :-(

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        • Geoff Ross said

          I last saw my wife and family in Colombia in May 2019.

          The closing of borders and airports and long family separations is causing more mental anguish and financial problems than the virus itself.

          My recommendation is don’t book any flights until after November when the Colombian government supposedly will open up fully its nation to tourists etc.

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  • Nate said

    I purchased tickets June 23 to visit my wife from sept 5 thru 19. Yesterday I get an email from AMerican Airlines that stated that they could not schedule a flight to Barranquilla even though I purchased and was confirmed 5 weeks ago. Last I knew the ban is only till sept 1 but I have a feeling it’s going to be extended another month or longer. My wife said they are still on lockdown and everything is closed.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Nate,

      I'm so sorry to hear your flights and plans are disrupted. Stay in contact with the airline and keep an eye on any updates.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Milli said

    Do you happen to know anything about flights from Colombia arriving to other countries in September? I’m trying to find out which countries are allowing arrivals from Colombia. I have a flight from Colombia to Spain scheduled for September 4th, but I don’t even know if Spain is allowing arrivals from Colombia. Everything I have found lists only 11 countries and Uruguay is the only South American country I see so far, so I’m a little worried.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Milli,

      Contact your airline for more information. This travel alert page is specific to requirements for arrivals/travelers to Colombia, we don't provide information on countries flights are eligible to land from Colombia unfortunately.

      Keep in mind, the date of the supposed reopening of the airport could be pushed back further. Be prepared for last minute cancellations or disruptions, and stay up to date with the latest information.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Jean-Pierre Harvey said

    Hi,
    I just booked a flight to go from Montreal to Guayaquil on December 15. There is a transit in Bogota so in reality we are not entering the country. Is it safe to keep the flight or is there a high probability that we will not be allowed to transit (I have 24 hours to cancel)? We are canadians, going to Ecuador for a long stay, aware that there is a quarantine of 14 days in Ecuador.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Jean-Pierre,

      If you booked the flight a while back, try getting in touch with your airline, as they will have the most up to date information available around transit. I'm sorry I've not got any helpful information for you.

      Fingers crossed by then transit via Colombia will be available.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • robert said

    I am looking at a flight from Quito Ecuador---close to where I live---to Amsterdam. Sometime close to September 17. Have a united states passport.

    The flight has a 2 hour layover in Bogota, Columbia. Are there any requirements for me to be in the international part of the airport for such a short duration of time?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Robert,

      Please contact your airline for this specific information. We are only providing travel alerts specific to arriving in Colombia and who is eligible to travel to Colombia.

      We provide alerts based off what government travel advisories are announcing, and we do not have any insights around what is happening with flights.

      The IATA has an interactive map which is updated with information relevant to airlines, perhaps this could be helpful: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Juliano Bucio said

    This site is awesome. You guys really keep me updated. Thank you very much!

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  • Jean-Pierre Harvey said

    Thank you so much Amelia for your help. I was able to get a reimbursement and I will wait longer for a confirmation that Bogota is OK for transit before I book again.

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  • Omar said

    Hi Amelia,

    I have anticipated to travel to Bogota, Colombia for a long time however international travel ban has restricted me from travel to Bogota.

    However from September 1st they are thinking to lift the travel ban according to Angela María Orozco, Colombia’s Minister of Transport.

    I want to ask that shall I wait a bit longer until the government of Colombia give a latest update on international traveler, since the last updated from María Orozco was back in May and so far we yet to hear the latest update in August. Only update we got is Colombia is extending its national lockdown from 1st of August to 31st of August which was the 8th consecutive times of doing so and it was announced on 28th July.

    Please shine some light on it if you could.

    Information I have used is mostly according to this website https://medellinguru.com/international-flights/

    Regards,
    Omar

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Omar,

      All of our travel alerts are based off official government travel advisories or the IATA (which provides flight information). We do not have any further insights on the timings of the international travel ban, and I would suggest waiting until the official reopening, not just relying on the intended airport reopening date.

      Definitely speak to your airline to see if they can provide any further insights.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • John Carr said

    I have been trying to get back to my wife in Barranquilla from Canada since March and have had 6 scheduled flights pushed back due to Covid restrictions.. My last flight scheduled was for September 2 which was canceled yesterday. Air Canada is now saying at the earliest, flights will be allowed October 2, which I have scheduled but I am not confidant it will go.. Fingers crossed.....a lot of anecdotal comments from my conversations with different travel agencies that a safer bet is November. If someone has a magical solution on how I can reunite with my wife... I would appreciate the advice... I have a M type Visa and a residence in Barranquilla but not as yet a Cedula so could not make any of the repatriation flights.. John

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi John,

      We are only providing travel alerts with a broad overview on who can and can't travel to Colombia. For this information, a travel agent might be best suited to help you out.

      All the best on reuniting with your wife.

      Regards,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • John M. said

    I have my flight booked to Bogota for September 1st with Jetblue.
    So far, they are saying everything is good to go! Fingers crossed!!!!
    My son will be born September 16th so i really need this September 1st
    int flight restriction lift to go as planned. Do you know of any way i could get
    a humanitarian flight into Colombia as an american citizen. Just in case? or any other
    options i would have. Maybe even fly to Ecuador and take a bus in?!?! I just know i really
    need to be present.

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  • Mark said

    hello. Hope your day has been pleasant. I had fights in March. Canceled evidently. I booked a new flight September 15 to October 13. This is when they say it was allowed. I keep finding information saying they are still opening on September 1 for international. But it is only for test projects. Tourists and visitors will not be allowed on international flights until November. I am going crazy. My fiance lives in Med. I'm from Canada. My last trip i returned January 9 just before all this covid stuff. I have checked with my aiine. They say they are still going. They will tell you this until the day they are told no entry. What im asking is do you have any info. Thx.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Mark,

      As soon as the official Colombian travel advisory has updated their information, we will be able to provide an update to this travel alert, but until then we are not aware of any set plans for when international travel will resume.

      Stay across all relevant information from your airline and Government travel advice – I hope it all becomes much clearer soon.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Mark said

    Hi,
    I have a few questions. I am a canadian citizen but i do have a visa for business and a cedula valid for 1 year.

    Since only colombians are able to travel back at the moment, since I have a cedula, can I still enter prior to September 1st.

    Also, will a non-colombian have to quarantine 14 days upon arrival as well ?

    What happens in case of emergency for example where i must return prior to 14 days ?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Mark,

      I'd recommend contacting your local Colombian embassy for clarification, as your circumstances are quite specific.

      We are providing travel alerts that are general in nature, try searching this website, which has FAQs that could be of assistance: https://www.registraduria.gov.co/-Preguntas-Frecuentes-219-

      All arrivals to Colombia must quarantine and fill out required forms – this would also apply to non-Colombians.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Jorge said

    Vuelo a Colombia desde JFK con destino Santa Marta. Al llegar a Bogota, la cuarentena sera en Bogota o en Santa Marta.
    Gracias

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  • Santiago said

    Is Colombia allowing flights from Medellin to JFK, after September 1st?

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  • Tomas said

    My fiancé was set to travel from bogota to the US sep 2nd...
    This as announced yesterday:

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.eltiempo.com/amp/bogota/aeropuerto-el-dorado-que-vuelos-se-autorizaron-en-bogota-529122

    My prayers for all effected by this pandemic and also to all whose family is separated by boarder closures

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  • Ted said

    Don't even get me started on Claudia!! She is as incompetent as they come and is always looking to blame others rather than looking in the mirror!

    Keep your options open and wait a little longer. Other forward-thinking Mayors want their respective airports open! My guess is Mayor Dau in Cartagena will be one of the first. This is a guy who called the majority of his council "corrupt aholes"!

    I can tell you that most, if not all tourists, will abide by any provisions and will more than likely wear a mask whilst in Colombia. The problem isn't the tourists...it's the locals who have no respect for any sort of rules pertaining to Covid.

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  • Denton said

    Hello i was just wondering and it may be to early to know the answer. would there be mandatory quarantine required once landing in Colombia after sept 1st? i would be flying from Canada.

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  • Tomas said

    Now this:
    https://www.lafm.com.co/bogota/claudia-lopez-descarta-vuelos-internacionales-en-el-dorado-en-septiembre

    I am still confused because they continue selling international tickets for the month of September. Perhaps a way to recuperate lost money.... so sad for families split up

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  • Ted said

    Denton...hang tight pal...it might be a while longer..especially if you want to fly into Bogota!

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  • Mike said

    Hi Amelia, thanks for the information. May I ask you what is the branch of the Colombian government that handles the authorization of people to enter Colombia via a humanitarian flight? I ask because I would like to attempt to plead with them for permission for my situation, and I have heard that the local consulate is not the ones who have the say in special circumstances. Thanks for any insight you might have.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Mike,

      I have found this article (published in June 2020) that also says all candidates who remain stranded with the coronavirus pandemic must first contact the closest Colombian consulate: https://thecitypaperbogota.com/news/migracion-colombia-outlines-protocols-for-travelers-returning-on-humanitarian-flights/25345

      The article says a request can be made online at https://tramitesmre.cancilleria.gov.co/tramites/

      Apologies I'm unable to find any more helpful information.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Sandra Barone said

    my parents (both 84 years old) have been in Pereria, Colombia since January 2020. They were scheduled to come back to the U.S. in May 2020 but due to the virus and quarantine the travel date keeps changing. Is there any way to get emergency travel approved for them to come home?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Sandra,

      Contact your local Colombian consulate and relevant airline to see how to go about this process. All the best getting them home safely.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads Travel Safety Producer

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  • MrMagicMarlyMarl said

    Hi All,

    I have been relying on this site for info so thought I would share what just happened to me:

    Flight booked to Medillin on the 5th September from Madrid was restricted to humanitarian only according to the air line. I could have flown but only if I was a Colombian national or had permanent residence of which I am neither. They said "Colombia" had told them this.

    Check with your airline as I got this from a customer service representative but seemed logical\plausible.

    Hope this helps you.

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    • Carlito said

      Delta told me yesterday my flight for September is still on and the embassy website still shows the restrictions ending in August. Unfortunately u are probably right. Only a few countries in the world are open right now and many of them are set to resume September 1 and I think the majority of them will extend it. The more last minute they do it (we are 10 days out) thr more inconsiderate

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  • Jean said

    Hi, looks like El Dorado is closed for international flights until November:

    https://www.colombia.com/turismo/destacadas/turismo-vuelos-internacionales-aeropuerto-el-dorado-278043

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  • Jenny said

    I'm a flight attendant. All of my CTG flights were just canceled for September.

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  • Craig said

    Where were you flying to ctg from Jenny?

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  • Gary said

    Hi, I booked a flight from Los Angeles to Panama then onto Medellin, Colombia for the 2nd of September, but going by the flight tickets it looks like they have been cancelled. Does anyone have any further information on the opening of the Colombian borders, are they opening to International travellers in November now? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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    • Carlito said

      Perhaps it has something to do with Panama? I think their flights are still suspended.

      I have tickets to Colombia in September on AA where we do not connect in Bogota. According to AA (just spoke to them), those flights are still on.

      My friend had a flight to Colombia in September on Delta and he had a connection in Medellin, Delta now says the international flights connecting in Bogota are still canceled.

      It wouldn't surprise me if everything gets canceled but right now it just seems like the international flights connecting through Bogota are canceled.

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  • Amelia Brady said

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for sharing your updates with us – it really helps paint a clearer picture of the situation.

    Jean, I have added a link to the article you have shared, and based off what I can see there is no set date for resumption of flights, apart from the "may resume with safe corridors from November".

    When official dates and information has been announced, I will update this page further.

    Cheers,
    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Abraham said

    Hello, everyone here has been of great help with these restriction and purchasing flights with cancellations and trying to get to Colombia. Family members trying to return back home and reunite with our families. Overall Colombia is being ridiculous and should let residents enter first.

    My mother in law has been stuck in New York for now 6 months since March. Flight was to return to May but purchased for September 1 and they just canceled today supposedly to reschedule October 1st.

    Her visa is set to expire September 12, my wife and I are out of options due to not being able to take the humanitarian flights to bogota and take a 30hr bus drive to Santa Marta. This isn’t good and if she loses her visa well we can’t do anything about it.

    Thanks Amelia for your comments. God bless.

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  • Erik said

    El Dorado airport in Bogata just passed safety inspection 1 hour ago per the president. My flight on September 11th from Miami to Bogata to Pereira is still planned to occur as scheduled. I spoke with the airline today and as of right now the flight is still good to go. This could change but El Dorado passing safety inspection today seems to be good news.

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  • Alejandro said

    As of today , Aug 27 I have seen many Instagram post if bars opening up in Colombia by the end of this month if not sooner, I'm thinking international flights and tourism will be allowed back September 1st for Colombia. Of course with restrictions like a negative Covid19 test taken within 5 days prior to your arrival. Let's keep our fingers crossed. Life goes on guys

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  • Maurits said

    My friend who is Colombian has been here for several months and is scheduled to fly to Bogota from Miami leaving LA on the 27th of this month.

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  • Young said

    Hi, are there any known restrictions for passengers flying to Colombia from a specific state in the US? Of course I’m asking about after August 31.

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  • Raul said

    I had a flight scheduled from Ft Lauderdale, FL to Medellin on 09/05 with Spirit Airlines and it was cancelled. Does anyone know anything about when Americans will be able to travel to Medellin, CO ?
    I have been cancelled 5 times.

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  • Jean said

    Hi, Iberia cancelled my Madrid-Bogota leg, scheduled for 23 Sep, today...

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  • Mark said

    Delta just confirmed yesterday that all Bogota flights to ATL have been cancelled until at least October. But Pres Duque said last week, AT LEAST until mid Oct for Intl flights.

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  • Tomas said

    This is getting ridiculous now, but at least we have this piece of news:

    https://agenciademedioshoynoticias.com/cali-seria-la-primera-ciudad-de-colombia-con-vuelos-internacionales-en-medio-del-aislamiento-selectivo/

    What I don’t understand is why they don’t talk

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Tomas,

      Thanks for sharing this article with us – I'll update this travel alert as soon as official information is published on travel advisories, as there is still a lot of uncertain news circulating.

      Our next travel alert update will be released on 31 August. Hopefully by then we have more clarity over the situation.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Omar said

    Hi all,
    The latest news is that Ministry of Health gave the green light to international flights.

    If anyone can double confirm this if it is true please.


    https://www.eltiempo.com/economia/sectores/coronavirus-en-colombia-minsalud-autoriza-vuelos-internacionales-533854

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • Dylan said

    scheduled to fly out of JFK on 8 September on Avianca into Bogota... still no word. Am I likely to have this cancelled and moved back?

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  • Mike said

    I have a flight from Detroit to Cartagena September 09 I booked 3 weeks ago. 2 weeks ago they updated my flight and changed it to 11th,and asked was I cool with that.

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    • Benjamin Rose said

      I have a flight scheduled for September 7, Houston to Bogota. Made it in June, and have modified it twice, because of time changes, but not date changes. So far it's still not cancelled. Fingers crossed.

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  • Eddie Miami said

    I have a flight schedule for September 18 from Miami to Medellin, for a week. The latest I've heard (unofficial) is that flights will resume the first week of September, but with many restrictions for foreigners, particularly a 14 days quarantine (unless you leave the country before that; whichever comes first), that means that for your first 14 days you will be confine to your hotel room, visitors won't be allow, unless you both check in together, and then both won't be allow to leave the hotel (and perhaps the room), all at your own expenses. Cops will be assigned to hotels to make sure visitors comply with the ordinance (and believe me, you don't want to mess around with the Colombian cops). You may as well stay home and don't waste you money. That's what I intend to do!!

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    • carlito said

      Where did you hear that? I saw this from a few days ago that doesn't mention anything about quanantines. Of course this is mainly about people who live there instead of people coming there. But still, one of the articles linked above says they concluded their lockdown and travel restrictions didn't do that much.

      https://colombiareports.com/colombia-extends-covid-19-emergency-but-begins-lifting-lockdown-in-bogota-and-medellin/

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  • Scott said

    AS far as the 14 day quarantine is concerned. No way they have enough police or money to track all the new visitors that will be coming to Colombia. Tests pre and post flight however seem more plausible. Think about it. You rent an apartment through airbnb. You really think they will have a personal cop assigned to you? Come on now...lol

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  • Raul said

    I would appreciate it if you know and share it here.

    Can an American Citizen fly to Ecuador and go to (Colombia, Ex: Medellin, Cali or Bogota) by buss ?

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  • joe said

    Any updates to travel to colombia?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Joe,

      News circulating about the reopening to international flights from 1 September is still very unclear.

      So far, I have found these two articles to be most helpful:
      - http://colombiasigueadelante.mincit.gov.co/prensanot/noticias/abece-sobre-reactivacion-del-sector-turismo
      - https://www.eltiempo.com/economia/sectores/aislamiento-selectivo-asi-funcionara-el-sector-turistico-a-partir-del-primero-de-septiembre-534518

      I will be staying across all relevant news this week to keep this page fresh.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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      • Nick said

        :/ this is painful I have been canceling and rescheduling since May. I had one for the 3rd it was canceled I moved to the 10th it looks like the airline canceled that. I think colombia is only open for Colombians right now 🤷🏼‍♂️ Hope to hear better news. I’m also interested in the quarantine if getting there is possible...

        Good luck everyone and thanks Amelia

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        • Jack said

          Last I heard Spirit and American Airlines both got permits from US government to fly to Colombia. AeroCivil kept saying they where opening but Are waiting on the five countries they are negotiating with agencies to approve flights, I personally think they are using that as an excuse “I hope not” I have 4 flights, one with American on the 10th from Miami to Cartagena, one on the 14th from FLL to Cali on Spirit, one on the 16th with Viva Air from Miami to Medellín. I’m desperately trying to get down there to see my sons birth and be with my partner during at least some of the pregnancy, baby’s due in late October. I was going to get an emergency visa but apparently it’s not a good idea to travel with an open visa application so I told them to hold off for another week (do you know anything about that?) and they said they where opening so I waited because it takes 30 days for visa. Now I’m praying my flight goes on the 10th or I won’t have time to get a visa. This is insane, so many families are being separated because of this craziness. They need to at least open up Essential travel or give a straight answer. It’s so sad I’ve spoken to many people who have families or wives or husbands who haven’t seen them in 5-9 months These counties should be ashamed of themselves, it’s like the entire world has become authoritarian regimes overnight.

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  • joe said

    thank you
    it was very helpful
    Please let me know if any new developments

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  • Saudy said

    My parents arere scheduled to leave Cartagena and arrive at FLL on 9/7 .... Do they have to get a Covid test prior to leaving?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Saudy,

      Contacting your airline for this information is important, as different airlines may have different requirements in place.

      The airline will also be able to provide information on protocols for passengers onboard, and what to expect on arrival to the airport.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Santi said

    My fiance's dad lives in Medellin. We would like to fly him out from MDE to JFK. Is that allowed?

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  • madisyn said

    Hi. My boyfriend has a flight from Bogota to the U.S. on September 12th. I understand exact dates are still unclear, but based on your opinion can you please tell me what you think the likelihood of this happening is? I’d appreciated it a lot, thank you!

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  • Jake said

    So, I'm wondering if anyone has any more specific information about required 14 day quarantine upon entry to Colombia. I have a flight scheduled to Bogota on Sep 24 from the US via Aeromexico with a stop in Mexico City. I am only going there to visit my significant other, not for tourism or anything like that. I am wondering if I will required to quarantine, and if so will I be confined to the apartment I am renting for that entire time? Would my partner be allowed to visit me at all during that time? Any information that anyone has would be greatly appreciated.

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  • joe said

    new developments?
    I hear they open the country with no restrictions
    what have you heard

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    • Raul said

      Hi Joe, with all due respect ...

      Where did you hear or see 'no restrictions' ?

      I heard that if they open, there will at least be a requirement for a negative COVID test and possible 14 day quarantine.

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  • Mike said

    I have a flight scheduled from Miami to BOGOTA sept 12 and still has not been canceled by airline. I am only going to see my significant other. Anyone have any idea if non-citizens will be allowed into colombia and specifics on the quarantine rules, if any?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Mike,

      Definitely reach out to your airline to see if they can provide any further detail or clarity. The information is so misleading right now. While it looks like the commercial flight ban has been lifted, it seems no international flights (aside from humanitarian or repatriation) will be going ahead until they have a formal plan in place for the safety of locals and international travelers.

      Domestic flights have opened up in some locations, but I cannot find any concrete information on when foreign travelers will be allowed to enter, and exactly what the requirements are.

      Please do let us know what your airline has to say if you hear back from them.

      On Monday 7 September I will be reviewing the latest information and updating the travel alert.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Raul said

    Hey guys check this out this link. You need to be able to read Spanish. Colombia closed until 10/01.

    THIS IS REDICULOUS !!!

    https://www.traveloffpath.com/colombia-argentina-chile-and-peru-keep-borders-closed-for-tourism/

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Raul,

      Thanks for sharing this source of information! As far as I can see, the ban on foreign travelers officially applies to land and maritime borders until 1 October.

      "According to Decree 1168 of August 25, 2020, all land, sea and river border crossings in the country will remain closed until October 1, 2020." Source: https://www.migracioncolombia.gov.co/noticias/fronteras-de-colombia-permaneceran-cerradas-hasta-el-proximo-01-de-octubre

      Fingers crossed information becomes clearer in the coming days on the status of international flights.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • joe said

    I have a small resort in Armenia, Resort Riverwalk. We are connected with the Camara de Comercio and we now can have travelers stay at hotel
    People are able to travel about in the city without the "pico y placa" restriction
    That is what I know

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Joe,

      Glad to hear you're able to open your hotel to visitors again, and that you can now leave home with less restrictions. For now, I believe it's domestic tourism that has opened up – but not international. Is that right?

      I visited Armenia two years ago on our way to Salento, and I can't wait to return one day. I hope business picks up for you and all the local businesses soon. Stay safe!

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • joe said

    https://cr00.epimg.net/emisora/2020/09/03/armenia/1599087563_743098.html
    El eden airport opening doors September 7
    it is for local flights

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Thanks again, Joe! Always helpful to read local news sources for a better idea on the situation.

      Let's hope international visitors are allowed to visit again sometime soon.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Brian said

    Until we hear otherwise, international flights into Columbia are open as of September 1

    Many airlines have canceled flights or postponed flights to later in September or later in the year because of insufficient passenger load.

    It also depends upon the reopening of that particular airport.

    My flight on 1 September was canceled by American Airlines because they decided to postpone the restarting of flights into Columbia

    I am now scheduled to arrive in Cartagena on September 17

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  • Raul said

    Thank you Amelia for your link and clarification.

    It is very helpful.

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  • Carey said

    I have a flight booked to Cartagena for 26SEP. I see now that flights are suspended until 1OCT. Will there be a mandatory quarantine for travelers that arrive in October? If so where will visitors be quarantined?
    Quarantining tourist would defeat the purpose of tourism. Thank you for any information you can provide.

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  • Raul said

    This link gave me more info.

    Check it out (Spanish)

    https://www.valoraanalitik.com/2020/09/01/vuelos-internacionales-en-colombia-se-retrasaran-de-nuevo/

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  • Mike said

    spirit just canceled my flight this morning for a trip on Sept 12 from Miami to Bogota. Looks like they are indeed closed to immigration until at least Oct 1 although I did not speak to airline personally.

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  • James said

    @Mike- Spirit canceled multiple flights yesterday to Cartagena, Bogota,Medellín. When speaking to agent, they said "bulk schedule change." Within minutes they posted new flights to those 3 cities as early as Sept 10th in some cases. If you look on Spirit now, it lists the new FLL to BOG flight on the 12th as sold out. They may have filled up quickly. Flights still available starting on 17th to BOG from FLL. Good luck

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  • Alan said

    I have a flight on American 10 Sep to BAQ from MIA. Still showing active - the agents don't know any details other than what we see online. Someone above said they heard American has received permits or something. I am amazed at how disorganized this is.

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  • Mark said

    I found this from the Col Govt on Sept 3rd..

    Colombia
    Colombia extended their border closure until October 1st, even sealing up land and river borders between neighboring nations, with the exception of transport of essential cargo or humanitarian emergencies.

    Tourists are currently not permitted to enter Colombia.

    Humanitarian flights are still bringing home stranded Colombians and many are set to arrive into the nation between September 4th and 15th.

    Colombia wants to restrict airspace for these humanitarian flights, which is another reason for extending the ban on tourism for another month. Flights brining home nationals are expected to depart from Miami, New York, Panama, Spain, Chile, Aruba, Brazil, Australia and Argentina over the next few weeks.

    So according to the Govt., Oct 1st is the earliest that the borders will open. Delta cancelled my flight and moved it to Oct but this is the 3rd time they have made a change.

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  • Omar said

    Hi All,

    According to Aljazeera News, they are planning to reopen later on this month, however no specific date just yet.

    And according to Al Dorado airport Twitter account, they said

    "In September there will be pilots that seek to gradually reestablish international flights in the country, which comply with all biosafety protocols and coordination with the destination countries. More details in➡ https://bit.ly/3jAQ1OV "

    But that news was in 30th Augest.

    Here is the Aljazeera link which was 2 days ago.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/09/colombia-expands-reopening-coronavirus-cases-stabilise-200902080848386.html

    So I think we all just got to be patience and day by day will have to wait. Will definitely have news but as they say they are discussing with authorities in different countries to allow them to fly to their airports and so on...

    Hope that's helps so far, if anything, I will post it here.

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • Jenn said

    https://www.balglobal.com/bal-news/colombia-covid-19-border-closure-extended-internal-quarantine-lifted/

    Looks like no international travel allowed yet. Only domestic

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  • Angie Naranjo said

    Hi, my mom has been stuck in FL with me since march, she is a dual citizen with medical concerns. we had purchased a ticket for Sept 24th which JetBlue just cancelled. the next tbd is Oct 1st according to them. Do we have anywhere to find actual dates for reopening? She is a Colombian citizen as well as American.

    thank you

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  • Diego Escobar said

    SEP-5-2020:
    Below listed are the first flights that will be allowed to land in Colombia - during September only for CITIZENS, RESIDENTS (CE Cedula), and DIPLOMATS. The airlines will request respective documentation at check-in - there will be no advanced request from the airlines that you will need the above stated documents to board the flight.
    I suggest to all to use the Flight Trackers for American Airlines to see if the below listed flights have either "ARRIVED" or "IN AIR" on Sep 11,12,13,14. If they make it, there is a high chance that your flight at a later date with the same flight number will also depart. SPIRIT is not scheduled until Sep-17th.

    Sep. 11,12,13,14 - AA 921 - Depart MIAMI 19:40 -> Arrive CALI 22:15
    Sep. 11,12,13,14 - AA 915 - Depart MIAMI 19:40 -> Arrive BOGOTA 22:25

    It is not a coincidence that the above 2 flights leave Miami at the same time. In regards to agreement between the US and Colombia specialized personnel will be present to process passengers of both flight simultaneously in regards to COVID-19.

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  • bob johnson said

    I have AA 1127 schedule for sept 13. So those arent the only flights... I think you maybe correct, they just wont tell you the requirements till you try to step on the plane.

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  • Diego Escobar said

    The flights to Medellin (AA 1127 from MIA) start 2 days later than to Cali and Bogota: Sep 13,14,17,18,19...

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  • Diego Escobar said

    I was just informed that there will also be:

    Sep. 11,12,13,14... - AA 1125 - Depart MIAMI 10:40 -> Arrive BARRANQUILLA 12:30

    For the flight to CLO, BOG and BAQ (from MIA) there may also be a flight on the 10th but I cannot confirm 100%.

    Again, only Colombian CITIZENS, RESIDENTS (CE Cedula) or DIPLOMATS

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  • Diego Escobar said

    Without any of the above documents any arguing such as that you have a house or a wife in Colombia will not sway the rigid bureaucracy at the check-in counter - the airlines are obligated to return anyone at their cost that is not admitted into Colombia.

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  • Richard said

    Hey Diego, what is your source is information? We are on the earlier American flight Sept 12th. My wife is Colombian citizen but my son and I are not and just on US passport, do you know if they will allow us to go? Thanks.

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  • Diego Escobar said

    SEP-6-2020 / 2PM Easter Time (US)
    I hate to be the bringer of bad news: Just today American Airlines cancelled all flights into Colombia until Oct-14th. For the ones that booked a flight with AA: Please log into American Airlines and select: "my trips" - then enter your flight information and Name and you will see that it now states "you have no upcoming flight". Professionally as always, no E-Mail was sent to any of us . . . so far at least.
    For the technically interested ones: below is a link to track all scheduled flights with the Matrix Site. Important: For simplicity select "One way" and in the search options DISABLE the checkbox "Only show result in flight options that are not available for purchase" (close to the bottom) - that way you really see what planes are leaving . . . regardless if there are tickets or not available - if it does not show it does not exist any longer. As you will see when you do this . . . all AA flights to Colombia are gone until Oct-14.

    https://matrix.itasoftware.com/


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    • Jasmine said

      Im booked for AA on October 9th-29th to travel to Cali, Colombia & they haven't canceled my flight

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  • Tracey said

    This is incorrect. The earliest available flight on AA starts September 23rd.

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  • Richard said

    I called them this morning, they said they're not open to Bogota until October 4th now. We are now booked on spirit.

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  • Peter said

    My AA Flight MIA to BOG Sep 18th has been canceled

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  • Amelia Brady said

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks so much for sharing your news sources and extra information from airlines – this is really helpful. I have updated the travel alert now. As far as I can see, it really remains unclear when exactly international flights will resume.

    Please continue to share your experiences with us here. We are doing our best to rely on only official sources of information, as there is a lot of conflicting news circulating.

    All the best, stay safe!

    Cheers,
    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • William Cosci said

    I am in the country of Brasil. Yes all international flights are not happening. Maybe in October but don’t get hopes up. I have been trying now for 3 months to send a simple parcel package. The Brasil postal system says that Columbia will not let into the country. Any news on parcel shipments into Columbia. Thank you Your site is amazing

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  • k said

    United adding/restoring flights to Bogota.
    https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/united-adding-restoring-flights-in-october

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  • Henissy said

    Hi i was actually able to send a box of 84 lbs to bogota colombia. It took 2 weeks to arrive from NY. I sent the box 3 weeks ago. Here they have cargo shipments available.

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  • Don Jakobi said

    My mom was supposed to come into Armenia on September 22, from Ft. Lauderdale I think. Is that flight also cancelled? Looks like it is still listed, so yeah. I think it is Spirit.

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  • Raul said

    @DonJakobi,

    Good morning. By now it is almost 100% safe to say that there will be NO international flights to Colombia for any foreigners in September. I moved mine from Ft. Lauderdale to Medellin with Spirit Airlines for the 6th time to October 2nd and that's still being extremely hopeful. However if your mom falls into one of the categories deemed 'priorities' she may still have a flight (Ex: Colombian Citizens or Residents, etc.)

    Due to the uncertainty and confusion, I suggest that the best way to verify is to pass by the airport and check with the airline periodically (every week). I did that with Spirit to only find out there was no flight, meaning that they cancelled it. They did not sent me the cancellation email until 2 days before the flight.

    Check on the links posted above for more info.

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  • Raul said

    I just found another link (In Spanish) that states International flights to Colombia will resume on September 21st. I am not sure how trustworthy this source is.

    https://confidencialcolombia.com/lo-mas-confidencial/ya-hay-fechas-para-vuelos-internacionales-en-colombia/2020/09/05/

    This is why there is so much confusion and uncertainty. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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  • Jenn said

    Are they allowing international flights out of Colombia?

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  • Lauren said

    I just want to thank Amelia and everyone for all their comments. I feel like since March I haven't know where to go for info and this is the best place for updates and information regarding travel to Colombia. Since the country is really lacking in communication, it's really helpful to see everyone pulling together their knowledge here and helping people out.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Thanks Lauren, I'm glad to hear we've been helpful! It's certainly been hard to sift fact from fiction with all the news surrounding COVID-19 border closures, and without help from he community, it'd be a lot harder to tell what's really going on in Colombia!

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Diego Escobar said

    Getting out of Colombia to US is easy (for US residents and citizens). Not even a need to communicate with US Embassy - just book one-way with SPIRIT - all done. Not even higher cost than normal flight. They add new flights weekly. Here are the dates:

    https://co.usembassy.gov/alert-humanitarian-flights-from-bogota-cali-cartagena-and-medellin-spirit-airlines-2/

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  • Jenn said

    Not sure about that, I know people who have been stuck there since February. And I read this on YouTube video

    “All international flights banned. My flight was cancelled by Colombian government. Even repatriation flights are being stopped. Put that clearly in your heading. All international flights banned in September. State of emergency extended till 30 November. I and many foreigners held as prisoners. There is nothing whatsoever stopping the Colombian government from opening the airports.”

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  • Jenn said

    Saw this on YouTube

    All international flights banned. My flight was cancelled by Colombian government. Even repatriation flights are being stopped. Put that clearly in your heading. All international flights banned in September. State of emergency extended till 30 November. I and many foreigners held as prisoners. There is nothing whatsoever stopping the Colombian government from opening the airports.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Jenn,

      Thanks for sharing this news with us – I'll be updating the alert today.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Agustin said

    I’m traveling to Cartagena from lax-Panama city /panama city-Cartagena sept 21st thru Copa airlines,I think I booked at the perfect date
    https://confidencialcolombia.com/lo-mas-confidencial/cartagena-abre-vuelos-internacionales-el-21-de-septiembre/2020/09/07/

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  • Bruce MacKinnon said

    After seeing the last post regarding Agustin’s comments about flying from LAX on Copa Airlines through Panama City to Cartagena on September 21st, I called Copa. I was told there is no such flight in September.

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  • Omar said

    Hi All,

    Good news! Here are the latest Updates.

    It has been officially announced Twitter @JuanDaVelez that On 21st September, Cartagena will be the first airport to host international flights.

    https://www.bluradio.com/salud/se-reactivan-vuelos-internacionales-en-cartagena-desde-el-21-de-septiembre-alcalde-dau-crbe-264925-ie5134696

    We are now waiting the rest of the airports to open up. As @JuanDaVelez enforce the mayor of other cities including Bogota to open their international airport.

    Hope that helps.

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • Raul said

    @Omar

    Good news indeed. Do we know if there will be a 14-day quarantine in Cartagena ?

    I ask because I am going to another city but could change my flight to go to Cartagena instead and take a bus to my destination.

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  • Isaac said

    Agree with Omar's comment above - I've heard that Cartegena is the first city with flights starting 9/21.

    https://confidencialcolombia.com/lo-mas-confidencial/cartagena-abre-vuelos-internacionales-el-21-de-septiembre/2020/09/07/

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  • Breanna said

    Is anyone aware if it’s possible to fly in to Cartagena and then possibly fly to Another city from there? That could be an option right?

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  • Omar said

    Hi All,

    The official government advisory is that All inbound flights which coming into Colombia needs to have a 14 days quraintine. For more information, Amelia has wrote it top of the site.

    However anything within the Colombia, you do not need to.

    Glad you guys agree:)

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • James said

    I was considering flying to Cartagena then going to Medellín after reading you would have 24 hours to get to destination for quarantine purposes. But then my girlfriend who lives in Colombia told me her Aunt, a Colombian citizen, flew back on a humanitarian flight. She had to quarantine for 14 days in Bogota and then flew to Medellín where they made her quarantine for another 14 days. I'm not buying to connect through a different city until they release what the regulations are going to be because of that.

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  • Stephen Cerro said

    As of today my flight into Bogota, Colombia is still valid. I'm wondering though if they will just send me back to the U.S.?

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  • Jasmine said

    Hi @Stephen, please keep us updated! (:

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  • Mike said

    I booked a flight from NY to Fort Lauderdale to Medellín this past Friday with spirit. The flight date is Oct 1st. I am a U.S. Citizen but my son and his mother live in Colombia. Am I going to have problems on the when I arrive, I am not a colombian citizen. Also they have yet to cancel my flight.

    Also i booked a private room in a hotel but it might be a hostel. In any event is long as the room is private am I good for doing the 14 day quarantine. Lastly i am going to need food. Is going out to pick up food violating the quarantine?

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  • Raul said

    @StephenCerro

    Hi Stephen, just curious here, what day is your flight ?

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  • Reece said

    Well I had a ticket booked for September 16 with With United airlines had to change my date to October 2 so as far as I know as of October 2 I will be able to fly to Bogotá then to Santa Marta .... That’s the latest information I have

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  • Monica Morales said

    Hi I am a dual citizen of Colombia and the US, I would like to fly to Colombia in late October 2020 and fly back to the US a week after. Is this possible?

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  • Richard said

    We were booked on the 6th with delta, canceled then the 12th with American airlines, canceled then 18th with spirit, now canceled. Spirit is now booking starting the 21st so it looks like things are good from there, fingers crossed...

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  • Jonathan Hernandez said

    I had a flight with AA on September 17th from YYZ to MDE was cancelled, then rescheduled for the 26th. I bought with Spirit from MIA to MDE on the 17th of September was cancelled. Now I bought with Viva Air from MIA to MDE on the 23th of September. I have tried everywhere. Even from Panama City and now I have someone that can take me but Panama is closed too.

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  • Maurits said

    Since Cartegena is opening up shop for tourism on the 21st of September will they still require the 14 day self quarantine? Can't spend any money holed twenty four hours in a hotel.

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  • Raul said

    Anything on Medellin yet ?

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  • Amelia Brady said

    Hi everyone,

    International flights with some destinations may resume from 21 September, and these destinations MIGHT include Cali, Medellin and Cartagena. This article investigates the situation really well: https://simpleflying.com/colombia-international-flight-resumption/

    I am going to hold off writing anything in this travel alert until official information is confirmed. That news article says "Uribe said that nothing is confirmed yet, so the shortlisted cities could change before 21 September."

    It's best to contact your airline for information on any scheduled international flights from 21 September, as they will have the most up to date information. The IATA has not yet listed confirmed destinations for flights, and this is one of our sources of information: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php

    Cheers,
    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Maria F said

    I had a flight booked for September 10th to leave from Barranquilla to Miami and I just checked an hour ago and found out that its canceled. Colombia is STILL not allowing any international flights as of now. Just thought I'd update anybody who wanted to know!

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  • Major said

    I was planning on traveling to Bolivia on October 29th. Currently the ticket I want to book goew through Bogotá Columbia. My question is will the airport be open for stop over flights such as this?

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  • CATHERINE said

    Hi,
    I just read only Colombian citizens ... can travel to Colombia. I have dual citizenship. Can I travel to Colombia prior to 10/1 from USA?

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  • Raul said

    It looks like Colombia will also require a negative COVID-19 test as a requirement for international travelers, except for San Andres Islands. See list of countries below: (Spanish)

    https://www.valoraanalitik.com/2020/09/10/colombia-pedir-prueba-negativa-de-covid-19-para-vuelos-internacionales-define-pa-ses-a-los-que-se-podr-viajar/

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  • Jasmine said

    Although, I am not sure if this is 100% accurate, but a friend in Colombia sent me a video of the news report there that the dates for International travel has been announced:

    September 12th - Airlines must submit flight plans and routes for the countries they want to land in.

    September 19th - 1st international flight that is not humanitarian will depart from Cartagena to Miami.

    September 21st - 14 major cities will be open to receive International Flights in Colombia

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  • Ron said

    So I haven't seen anything that says only Colombian citizens will be able to fly, and honestly, there wouldn't be enough demand to have flights only to another country without bringing those travelers back, so there's that. Here are 3-4 articles that outline the current plan. Looks like VivaAir is first on the 19th of September with the rest following up on the 21st.

    https://www.valoraanalitik.com/2020/09/10/viva-air-reactiva-los-vuelos-internacionales-desde-colombia-con-ruta-a-estados-unidos/

    https://www.valoraanalitik.com/2020/09/10/colombia-pedir-prueba-negativa-de-covid-19-para-vuelos-internacionales-define-pa-ses-a-los-que-se-podr-viajar/

    https://www.valoraanalitik.com/2020/09/09/aerocivil-de-colombia-pide-itinerarios-de-aerol-neas-para-activar-vuelos-internacionales/

    https://www.valoraanalitik.com/2020/09/07/segunda-fase-en-aeropuertos-de-colombia-inicia-el-21-de-septiembre-otros-tres-fueron-aprobados/

    I have a flight to Medellin with Spirit on the 21st. We shall see what happens.

    Good luck all.

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  • Jon said

    A Colombian friend of mine is stuck here in the US. When will he be allowed to go back to Colombia? He had a flight for Sept 14 but it was canceled.

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  • Joe said

    I just read this finally an official response on opening Colombia to international flights. The whole process has been mis managed in my opinion.

    https://torreeldorado.co/confirmada-la-primera-aerolinea-en-retornar-vuelos-a-colombia/

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  • Jenn said

    I think there is a ton of misinformation floating around. I read this on YouTube on a video..

    L Leon
    Hey, bud great information!! let me tell you that I have changed my wife's plane tickets since COVID hit. She is stuck down there in PEREIRA. We received the last cancellation from AVIANCA for Sept 16. Have to move it for Oct 16. there is not going to be flights on sept at all, so they are telling lies and also they are not ready to open the airports. chapter 11 is to hold the US creditors and leasing companies that have the contracts on their fleets. Please keep information flowing because we are stuck and also I want my wife back... HAHAAHA! she is good down there with her mom and sister but is time to come home...



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  • Gary said

    I have a good feeling International flights are going to start on the 21st of September into Colombia to just a few airports. You will see a number of flights online from the States going into Medellin and surrounding areas , with no cancellations yet this close to the 21st, it is looking positive in my view. I think its going to be a slow process, but a step in the right direction as the Colombian economy sure needs a boost and this is exactly what is needed now.

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  • Richard said

    To me the big question is Bogota opening. If they don't open this month, what's to stop us from flying in to Medellin and driving the 8 hours to Bogota??

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  • Arsenios said

    Hello to everyone,

    I am trying to find a lab where my wife can have a covid PCR test in Bogota and the results will be in English. My wife and my daughter (10 months old) are taking a humanitarian flight to Madrid on 17th of September and then they have a Transit flight to Greece. For Greece it's necessary a negative pcr test 72hours before uppon arrival, to enter the country, when you are flying from Spain. So I was thinking that she could have it in Bogota and make it back home.
    I wish all the best to everyone that has issues with this pandemic situation and have back our life again.
    Thanks for your help.

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  • Talia said

    Just so you know, there is some indication that international flights will begin to phase in from the 21st of September.

    https://www.traveloffpath.com/colombia-to-resume-international-flights-sept-21-what-about-tourism/

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  • carl boyd said

    Hello, does anyone have any new information or personal stories about the quarantine period when Colombian citizens return to Colombia? My girlfriend lives in Bogota, and we have not been able to see each other for 9 months. We are interested in having her fly to the USA to visit, but when she returns, will she have to quarantine for 14 days? Her job would not allow that.

    Thanks for any information!

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  • Deanna said

    People that are actually IN Colombia are saying that no flights all of September.

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    • Tracey said

      I know people in Colombia who I speak with are saying Flights to resume end of September. I was told major cities will open but Bogota will open in mid October.

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      • Richard said

        I also know several people in Colombia who all confirm Sept 21st for major cities except Bogota. No one seems to know when Bogota will open. @Tracey where did you hear mid October? A reputable source?

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        • Tracey said

          When other sources announced September 1st re-open, the locals always said the end of September.

          Here is the link from local news stating the dates for re-opening.

          https://noticias.caracoltv.com/colombia/primeros-vuelos-internacionales-vuelven-a-partir-del-21-de-septiembre

          @Richard- The News and locals say they will Bogota will not re-open until October. Too many riots and protest. Let's see what happens.

          Lets see what happens

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  • Anon said

    https://www.financecolombia.com/viva-air-restarts-international-flights-september-19-with-miami-cartagena-route/

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  • Deanna said

    Eh they were saying September 1st for flights if you look back through this thread. That never happened.

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  • pedro said

    i think everyone at this point understand that international flights are already open but for colombian nationals or visas but not for US or other countries tourist. Lets keep this real and lets hope a reliable government source can tell us when flights will be open for tourists. I am buying my tickets for Octuber with American but I do not know what airlines will have more privilege over others, lets keep communicating, they have to reopen eventually.

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  • Tracey said

    Here is the link from the national news

    https://noticias.caracoltv.com/colombia/primeros-vuelos-internacionales-vuelven-a-partir-del-21-de-septiembre

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  • Omar said

    Hi All,

    More Good news.

    Here is the latest official news from the UK government.

    "International travel

    Colombia’s land and sea borders are closed. Although there is no confirmed date for the resumption of international commercial flights, President Duque has announced that the Colombian authorities will pilot international commercial flights, on a limited number of routes, later in September. There remain frequent humanitarian flights to the US and Europe, with onward connections to the UK.

    Avianca are operating a semi-commercial flight from Bogotá to London on 23 September. This flight is open to: British nationals or Residents of the United Kingdom or the European Union; long-term visa holders where the visa has been issued by a member country of the EU or the United Kingdom; and holders of a connecting ticket to their destination country within 24 hours of arrival in London.

    If you wish to travel on this flight, you should book directly with Avianca online. There is no need to contact the British Embassy prior to booking a seat.

    If you already hold Avianca tickets for flights between 23 March and 31 October, you’ll be able to exchange your ticket. If this applies to you, fill out this form and select the Bogotá to London flight.

    It will not be possible to travel with pets.

    You’ll need to arrange and pay for your own travel to Bogotá, as you would with any commercial travel.

    Check with the airline whether they require you to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to travel."

    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/colombia/coronavirus

    And UK, US, Turkey, Bolivia, Mexico, Ecuador and Dominican Republic is among the possibility of immediate activation according to on Twitter @orozco_angela Ministry of Transport.

    Hopes that clears up for everyone.

    Regards,
    Omar



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    • Amelia Brady said

      Thanks so much for sharing this update, Omar.

      I will be updating this travel alert first thing this morning. For anyone who is wondering, I am writing travel alerts Monday to Thursday each week, which is why there is a lag in responses/updates over the weekend.

      And a huge thank you to everyone else who has been sharing information here – it is really appreciated by not just myself, but I'm sure everyone else who is looking for reliable information.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads Editorial Producer – Travel Safety

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  • Tin said

    Thank you Omar. Canada is not on the list. But my flight connects in Mexico City to Bogota. Mexico is on the list. Does that mean the pilot international flight is applicable to my route since I am connecting in Mexico City and destination is Bogota?

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  • Bob said

    My flight from Canada to Mexico City then connecting to Bogota just got cancelled, it was on oct 1. This is the 3rd time it has been cancelled and I rebooked. Done with it now just get my money back too much of a hassle travelling during this bs

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  • Ted said

    Bob,

    I would forget about Bogota. The Mayor is beginning to make a political stance with numerous issues..so I would write off Bogota for international flights for an extended period of time.

    What I would do..would be to fly into Cartagena. From there, it is easy and quite inexpensive to fly to Bogota. I know that there was a policy in place that you have to travel to your FINAL destination within 24 hours of your arrival in Colombia. Not sure if that is still the case.

    Not sure where you are flying from but Spirit has been confirmed as the first airline flying into Colombia from the states. There are many ways to get into Cartagena from Florida through either Miami FLL or Orlando. It is cheap and the flight is direct.

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  • Aaron M. said

    Is the 14 day quarantine going to be enforced by immigration? I know probably noone knows for sure but i want to know if anyone has any insider info or heard anything. if it’s anything like what’s happening in the states with NJ basically politely asking everyone else to quarantine (holier than though a bit) for 14 days but it’s not being forced.

    Reason i ask is i was planning a 7 day trip to Cartagena and have been moving the dates back with every postponement of the border opening. It’s now set for 10/8 but if they will force me to quarantine for 14 days i will probably push it back again

    Thanks! And very great forum for this topic, super helpful

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  • Richard said

    If Bogota does not open soon I'm wondering if we cannot just fly into another city and either drive or catch a local flight.

    I understand a local flight would probably require a covid test within the last 48 hours so that may not be possible, but driving?

    I wonder if we can fly into Medellin, drive to Bogota and quarantine there? Or do we have to quarantine in medellin for 14 days?

    I know probably nobody can answer this question with certainty yet

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  • Tracey said

    As per local news, the first phase of international flights will include 4 cities in Colombia (Medellín, Cali, Bogotá and Cartagena).

    They also updated information on Europe.

    https://noticias.canalrcn.com/nacional/esta-es-la-prueba-que-pediran-en-aeropuertos-para-salir-del-pais-362776

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  • Jake said

    My question is, if they require a PCR test within the last 48 hours, yet most tests seem to take at least 3 days to get the results back... then how does that work? If you have to wait more than 48 hours to get the results then you won't know by then if you're negative or not. Doesn't really make any sense.

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  • Rocio Gutierrez said

    Hello I have a question I was supposed to travel to Cali Colombia in September 20 but it got canceled due from the Covid-19 supposedly Colombia airport will re-open October 1 but will that be the exact date or will it still change

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  • Tracey said

    Cali is part of the 4 airports open in phase one starting September 21st. Only several countries will fly international (Brazil, Mexico,US, Australia, Ecuador, DR).

    I know several people who are traveling from Canada but their flights got canceled until mid October.

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    • tracey said

      I will also add that only limited amount and flights and airlines will fly in September. and other start October. There will be 2 phases. This is what the local news is currently reporting.

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  • Raul said

    In regards to link below:

    https://noticias.canalrcn.com/nacional/esta-es-la-prueba-que-pediran-en-aeropuertos-para-salir-del-pais-362776

    Does anyone know anything about how or where we can get the COVID-19 test done 48 hrs to the arrival in Colombia ?

    Your input is appreciated.

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  • DJ said

    On @ivanduquemarquez on Instagram, @aeropuertocartagena just replied to my inquiry and confirmed that Colombia will require a 73-hour testing result. So we at least have some solid hope with this.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CEiHGqZAbtx/?igshid=1uhueltqraedu

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  • Richard said

    Looks like spirit from Fort Lauderdale to Bogota on Sept 23rd cancelled.... Now prices 10 times higher for a week later

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    • Tracey said

      The local new is currently reporting bogota will not be opening until the end of October. They also added additional humanitarian flights.

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    • David said

      I know this may frustrate some of you, but there is too much grey area with tons of conflicting news. I have tickets for Bogotá for Sept. 23 and it’s still active. Someone above said that day had been cancelled but mine has not. I’m sure it will be soon though. I have rolled 5 different tickets since March and if anything, nothing seems to be set in concrete yet. Stories are everywhere. I have 2 tickets one way tickets for different dates (ex. Sept. 23-Bogotá and Oct. 1- Medellin.) as one cancels, I roll it out another few weeks. Prices are better out a little if course. I’d guess Nov.1 at worst, but maybe next week at best. Most flights have good refund policies, so just play the game until you get locked in for the right date. It’s definitely coming to a head soon. Remember, if you do a 1 way, you will need another ticket for return by fly date. Trust me, I’ve been popped by this glitche before......Pronto:)

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  • Ray said

    Does anyone know if the PCR test required by Colombia within 72 hours is based on test of date or test results date??? I was told both would be on the certificate but don’t know what it’s based on.

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  • Oh My said

    I have had 4 flights cancelled from MIA to MDE, with the latest being a cancellation on 9/13 only to rebook me on 9/28. Fingers crossed. I’m assuming I will need to get a rapid results test a few days before departure and that I will be quarantined for 14 days when I arrive (I won’t consider flying to CTG first as I’m sure theyd make me quarantine there instead of MDE.

    It seems unlikely to me that Colombia will allow air travel while their land and sea borders are closed. (Anyone coming in by sea is essentially arriving quarantined.) If I had to wager on it, I’d say I will make it back to my apartment and gf in MDE by Nov 1st (barring any huge spike in cases between now and then). I’m guessing they will stall until mid October and have limited flights thereafter. AA is only offering flights 4 times a week on my route as opposed to previous 3 times a day.

    Boy o’ boy is Colombia screwing up an initially well managed national emergency. The government can’t even communicate a plan. Sheesh. The satire between the BOG mayor and Duque is entertaining at least. Everyone wants their media moment. Sigh. Meanwhile there is a massacre in rural COL every week. Makes Trumps disastrous presidency in America look tame.

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  • Tracey said

    Update: Covid PCR test will be required 96 hours Max before flight.

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  • Ray said

    Tracey,
    Can you please share where you got that information from? That would be awesome.

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    • Tracey said

      It was just announced live.

      https://twitter.com/MinSaludCol/status/1306036690574815232

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  • Tracey said

    The gov't just just announced you need the PCR test 96 hours before your flight. Please see link of update report. Also see link of Ministry of health speaking about requirements.


    https://www.lafm.com.co/colombia/vuelos-internacionales-desde-colombia-se-reanudan-el-21-de-septiembre

    https://twitter.com/MinSaludCol/status/1306036690574815232

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Thanks Tracey! I have just updated the alert with this information.

      Nice to see clearer information finally coming through. Hopefully everything goes smooth from the 21st.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • James said

    Here's two articles, I've seen at least one or two more I wasn't able to copy the link.

    Good luck and safe travels everyone!

    James

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2912497385522680&id=100002873406603

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2912495485522870&id=100002873406603

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  • Richard said

    Thanks for the info Tracey. What news is saying Bogota won't open until the end of October? We watched a live interview yesterday where they stated Bogota was opening along with the other cities.

    In that interview they mentioned that if you have a recent covid test you won't need to quarantine. Hopefully this is the case, as we are now booked to fly into Medellin on the 27th and drive to Bogota the same day.

    David, I've found it faster to check flight status by having the airlines app and your booking registered. Then I constantly check the booking in the app, when it starts giving me errors is when they have cancelled it. Normally they don't email you for another 2 days.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Richard,

      All the best on your upcoming trip! Please share your experience once you've arrived safely in Medellin with us if you have time – we'd all love to hear how the process works.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • James said

    Here it is. The other is ready listed above by Tracey.

    https://www.valoraanalitik.com/2020/09/15/colombia-reinicia-vuelos-internacionales-desde-cuatro-aeropuertos-y-siete-destinos/#.X2Ft39pNJE0.facebook

    James

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  • MANUELA BETANCUR said

    hello does anybody know if its mandatory to have the pcr test to fly from USA to colombia and is there any other type of restrictions or quarentine?

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  • Raul said

    It saw a link that the PCR test for COVID-19 is required to be presented in Colombia upon entry. It must be taken no more than 96 hours prior to the time of the flight. I saw this on a link on my cell phone and can not find the link now.

    Is this info correct?

    Anyone knows anything about this ?

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  • Osvaldo said

    I’m just playing it safe and booked my flight to CTG from JFK on November 11th via JetBlue. Good luck to everyone traveling this month and in October.

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  • Richard said

    Crazy thing. Spirit cancelled our trip to Bogota on the 23rd yesterday. Next trips to Bogota were on the 30th for crazy prices as of yesterday. So we booked to Medellin and figured we would drive.

    Woke up this morning and they now have flights to Bogota starting the 21st for reasonable prices. So we rebooked to Bogota.... Fingers crossed.

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  • Melissa said

    So is Medellin international airport opened as of September 21 as well to tourists or is it only Cartagena?

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  • Justin Lowry said

    Thanks for all the information sharing everyone.
    I'm flying from the UK to Cali. Most likely via Miama.

    My question is about the 96 hours prior to the departure flight for the PCR test. Will that be from my first flight out of the UK or the final flight which goes into Colombia?

    Thanks for any help.

    I've also had various flights cancelled, lets hope we can all get there soon!
    Justin

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  • Chyna said

    My sister in law had booked a flight for her son from MDE to MIA on the 9/16 and it got moved to 9/21 because that's the first day they start flying.

    My aunt that lives in Bogota has a friend that works in Avianca and was told by her that Colombia has no restrictions, we would have to call our airline and ask for there restrictions if any.

    On 9/19 my fiance will go to the airport and confirm with the airline of any restrictions and requirements needed, he will also be asking in reference of quarantine. Will give updates on the information given.

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  • Melissa said

    Does the test need to be done within 96 hours or the results once received have to be within 96 hours. Say I get the results 4 days before my flight but the test was done 6 days before is it acceptable?

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  • Roberto said

    Justin

    There is no entry to the US for foreign nationals from the UK.

    Have you checked this???

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    • Justin Lowry said

      Roberto, I had not, thanks.

      And you're right which is a very sad realisation.
      My only hope is that as I wouldn't be going through immigration I wouldn't be 'entering'. Does anyone have any more information whether UK citizens can use USA as a connecting flight?

      Melissa. My understanding after a lot of research is that it is from the time the test is done. Not the receipt of the results.

      Thanks all

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      • Justin Lowry said

        FYI, i found out that no, you cannot use USA as a transit destination if you're from the UK or other countries that aren't allowed entry at the moment.
        Hoping for better news on the 21st.

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        • Jonathan Hernandez said

          As Mexican do you guys know if I can use USA as transit? Im flying from Canada Miami Medellin

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  • Elias said

    Hi, I get it about the test. Who can fly to Colombia not mentioned in the article. Before they were saying Colombian citizens or residents only, has that changed now? Thanks

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Elias,

      It remains unclear who will be permitted to enter from 21 September when flights are set to resume.

      These countries have been listed, but this is pending approval: Mexico, the United States, Brazil, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Australia and the United Kingdom.

      I will not be publishing a list of countries in this alert until an approved official list is available.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • David said

    Spirit cancelled my flight for Sept.23 and opened flights again on same flight in same day. 🤨 Decided to change to Medellin instead of Bogotá from Fort Lauderdale for the 26th. I’ll keep updating as time progresses.

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    • Richard said

      the same happened to me, but most likely your flight was actually canceled the day before they just didn't notify you until the next day.

      I simply rebooked again, but after going through the fiasco of booking to Medellin then canceling that flight to book back to Bogota.

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      • David said

        Yes...me too. Decided that Medellin is a better bet than Bogota so am booked for September 26.....now just need to tune this PCR test right.

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  • Raul said

    Hey guys, is the 96 hour nonsense for the PCR test from the date and time the test is done or from the date we get the results ?

    I have a flight to Medellin from Ft Lauderdale on 09/26 and I don't know when to get this PCR test done on time.

    Any one knows anything ?

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    • bob johnson said

      There are Rapid PCR testing services but various companies doing them are location based. I have access to one called Elite medical center and their tests results are back within 48 hours for $150. I have NOT used them yet but plan on doing so. The gov agencies took 3 days for my last PCR results back so if your flight falls on the weekend... good luck meeting the 4 day deadline.

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  • ALEX PRUITT said

    So as far as paying the 150 for results in 48 hours I found a medical center that gave me the results in 30 mins for 150. Same day.

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    • bob said

      What company? Most of the ones I have found are 24-48 hours for the PCR swab test.

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  • Tina said

    I have an open ticket. I can only change it once after that even if the flight is cancelled, the airline won’t refund me. So it’s very important that I make a safe decision. Flying from Vancouver-Mexico City- Bogota. It appears Oct 4 is the first flight. Should I wait until sept 21 to see how the international flights are doing? What if the operation increased covid and after 2 weeks they shut everything f down again, leading to cancellation of oct 4th flight...

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  • Ray said

    Just heard now on Caracol news live that no covid 19 test PCR will be required for international arrivals in Colombia until September 30th after that date there was no mention of what would change, but covid test will be done in Colombia and 14 day quarantine required. Lord things change every day with the government.

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    • Justin Lowry said

      Any link or further information on this?
      Would be great news for people who are able to fly before sept 30th.

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  • Robert said

    Has anyone tried to register the corona app that they say we have to have in order to avoid the quarantine? For those of you who are unfamiliar with the app is corona app Colombia on your iPhone’s. I’ve tried to register and it keeps rejecting my phone number and I’ve played with it tried retyping everything over again and still nothing. Any of y’all that are familiar with this app have any luck registering??

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  • carl boyd said

    My girlfriend in Bogota sent me this today. Details on how travelers will be processed, at bottom of article:

    https://gerente.com/co/con-dos-vuelos-a-ee-uu-se-reactiva-el-transporte-aereo-internacional/

    Hopefully this is not just a repeat of news have already posted.

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  • Rob said

    Was anyone here on the flight to cartagena yesterday? If so give us updates.

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    • bob johnson said

      yes please an update would be nice as i fly out a week from today... Do i take paper proof of the negative test or is electronic ok ?

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  • Amelia Brady said

    Hi everyone,

    For the most up to date information on requirements prior to departure, your airline will be best suited to answer, as they will be facilitating the boarding process. Each airline may have different procedures, especially depending on the departure location.

    Safe travels!
    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Bill said

    Hi Guys,
    I have been reading this daily and thank you all for your valuable contributions and information.
    I would like to ask anyone with their finger on the pulse if there is any news about Europeans getting into Colombia.
    My girlfriend lives in Santa Marta, I live in Toulouse, France. I have dual British French nationality, but no cedula or residency permit for Colombia.
    Currently anyone that has been anywhere in Europe cannot transit through the US. There do not seem to be any commercial flights going from Europe either at the moment.
    Anyone got any ideas? I will try anything within reason... I have put the idea of jumping on a container ship to the back of my mind for now..!
    Thanks in advance.

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    • Jean said

      Hi, I am looking to get in to Bogota from London. Does not look good until first part of November. I have a flight last days of November, back beginning December. I only need 7-8 days in Bogota, on business. Keeping my fingers crossed that will work. If not, Christmas is coming up and local holidays first part of January. If my November flight does not work, I am re-scheduling to end January next year...

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  • Richard said

    I am traveling from the US to Bogota on the 23rd. I'll update everyone on the process and what I learn once I get there. We got our covid tests 95.5 hours before the flight to ensure ample time to get results.

    Took them Saturday morning, just now got them back 42 hours later, over a Sunday.

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  • Justin Lowry said

    Hi Bill, I disagree with Jean's comment. I am paying close attention this morning as we should find out full details soon. https://twitter.com/IvanDuque/status/1307899986957471744 The presidents twitter is a useful start.

    The 7 countries have been confirmed this morning but I cannot find official information about citizens not from those countries.
    I am also trying to fly over from Europe.

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  • James said

    Hello. I'm currently on the flight from FLL to MDE on Spirit and about to push off. Your paperwork for COVID test must say PCR on it. They are verifying that the test was taken within 96 hours, not the results given from what it seems.

    4 flights full to Colombia out of Ft Lauderdale caused major lines in the international side like I've never seen. 3 1/2 hours to the airport was not sufficient. I'm suggesting 5 hours because of the chaos.

    I hope this helps anyone with questions and wish you all good luck and safe travels!

    James

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Thanks for sharing this information with us! Sourcing official information from your airline is definitely the most reliable way to go.

      Such a shame there is a lot of conflicting information out there.

      Jamaica has a really good test calculator on their travel authorization website, I am hoping other destinations start doing the same!

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • DJ said

    Hello
    I am scheduled to fly in cali, Colombia via American airline from Dallas.
    How long ago I need to get Covid test in order to enter CALI

    If I have negative test 96 hours ago then I should be fine without quarantine ?

    Please advise

    DJ

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  • Vicente Mejia said

    I just talked to Americam Airlines (Monday, September 21 at 11:30am CST) . I am traveling from Miami to Medellin on Sept. 24. They said, since I am traveling before Sept. 30, I don't need the Covid test. Any comments.......

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  • bob johnson said

    wow james!?!? thats crazy. I am connecting through MIA to MDE on the 26/27th so I hope i can bypass most of that. Thanks for the update thats very helpful.

    I called AA and they said bring electronic or paper showing PCR test. Keep in mind this is NOT the person at the gate but it does reassure me that they are accepting both forms as proof. Discovered a Rapid test that delivers results same day for $300 but that seems a bit excessive (cuurdiagnostics.com).

    For DJ the test is 96 hours or less from departure time according to the person i spoke to... please confirm with your airline.

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  • Tracey said

    I don't understand. If the PCR is not needed until after September 30th, then why is Spirit airlines asking for this? American airlines stated they will not be checking.

    Does spirit airlines prefer a printout of the PCR test or digital from phone?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Tracey,

      Spirit Airlines may have their own requirements in place: https://www.spirit.com/notices

      Contact them to be sure, but there is a chance they might not have changed their wording on their website since the official information was announced about the "from 1 October onbowards" details.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • bob johnson said

    AA told me they required it. Not sure who keeps saying they dont.. they absolutely do ... and its the gov that requires it.. so the airlines have to comply.

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  • Benjamin Rose said

    I just pulled the following from IATA Travel. I have included the URL as well as the verbiage for Colombia. It kind of shows the difference between flights before October 1, and afterwards.

    COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map* (powered by Timatic)
    21 September 2020 18:45:08 UTC
    Colombia

    Published 21.09.2020
    1. Flights to Colombia restarted.
    2. Until 30 September 2020, passengers arriving without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point are subject to a PCR test upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days.
    3. A completed "Check Mig" must be submitted before departure at <a href="https: apps.migracioncolombia.gov.co="" pre-registro="" public="" preregistro.jsf"="">https://apps.migracioncolombia.gov.co/pre-registro/public/preregistro.jsf
    4. Effective 1 October 2020, passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

    https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

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  • Omar said

    Hi Amelia and All,

    Here is the Good news yet again from the UK.

    The government in UK as official publish the requirements to enter Colombia and vise versa.

    It says:

    "From 19 September, entry to Colombia from abroad is permitted. Restrictions for tourists are no longer in place.

    Colombia’s land and sea borders will remain closed until 1 October 2020. Internal travel within Colombia is permitted."

    Entry to Colombia

    "From 19 September 2020, entry to Colombia from abroad is permitted. Restrictions for tourists are no longer in place.

    Colombia’s land and sea borders will remain closed until 1 October 2020. Internal travel within Colombia is permitted.

    Mandatory entry requirements:

    For air travel into Colombia, a negative PCR test result issued within 96 hours prior to your departure will be required by the Colombian authorities. If you cannot get a test or certification, contact your airline directly for advice

    Travellers with a negative PCR test result will not be required to quarantine upon arrival in Colombia

    Between 24 hours and 1 hour before departure, you must fill out the ‘Check-Mig’ form, available on the Migracion Colombia website

    You must comply with follow-up health checks via the ‘CoronApp’ mobile app (available on major mobile platforms)

    Regulations are subject to change at short notice and you should check with your travel provider before your journey."

    Quarantine requirements

    "If you are permitted to enter the country, you will have to self-isolate at your accommodation for 14 days, unless you have obtained a negative PCR test result, 96 hours before your departure from the country of travel."

    Read more @ https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/colombia/entry-requirements

    I hope this will help. I'm glad we can finally travel again but with much tougher measures.

    I will be asking the Airlines what are the protocol they want so I know exactly what I need to do especially for the PCR test.

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • Jacob said

    I am a US citizen and I intend on flying to bogota on the 18th of October. Based on what I’ve read there shouldn’t be any issues ? Can some give me some insight on what I will need in order to make this happen ?

    Warm regards,
    Jacob

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Jacob,

      According to official sources online, flights from the USA are permitted. Please contact your airline for the most up to date information as your departure date nears.

      From 1 October, all eligible international passengers must obtain a medical certificate confirming a negative PCR test result issued no more than 96 hours before their departure flight. I would assume this will still apply to you on the 18th October.

      Requirements may change with little notice, and don't forget to check your government's travel advice before you go.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Agustin said

    So I flew in thru Spirit from Fort Lauderdale,crazy first day of international travel but nevertheless I’m here in Cartagena,all you need is a covid Test with PCR(very anal on the PCR! )on the negative result and you’re good,registered for the migration online but it seems once I landed since they are just initiating this ,their system crashes but regardless you just redo it in person and from there that’s all ,I fly to medellin on Thursday and I’ll update if anything changes ,cheers and safe travels !!!

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Agustin!

      Safe travels in Cartagena. I'd be interested to know if people are adhering to the mask-wearing protocols, and if you find traveling there safe at this time.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • John said

    I'm assuming that the PCR test and results are not needed for an infant below 2 years old. Or any information on that?

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  • Tracey said

    Hello all. I am aboard a flight going to Cali Colombia with spirit airlines. They are asking for test results. If you do not have them within 96 hours you are not able to board the flight. They rejected a person here because their Covid test results were 1 week old.

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    • Tina said

      HI TRACEY! I hope you see this and reply to me. Where were you departing from? I’m trying to understand when to have my results. I thought the results were needed upon arrival in Colombia. But it seems the results are needed boarding the plane to Colombia? I’m flying from Vancouver to Mexico City to Bogota. I’m wondering if they will require it in Vancouver or Mexico City?

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  • Paula said

    Hi, my name is Paula. I wanted to travel to Bogota from Pananam on October 1. Does someone know a website where I could buy a humanitarian flight as soon as possible from pty to bog?

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  • Tracey said

    The airline has their own protocols. Just know if you do not have your test that states PCR or RNA/ Nasal swab results, then you are unable to board the flight. No exceptions.

    The line was very long when checking for negative results and a few people were denied to board flight. I had a 45 min layover and on the 2nd flight my results were checked again.

    FYI- They prefer the printout of the results.

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  • Matt said

    Attempting to go to Medellin as soon as possible. But I keep hearing conflicting reports from different websites. Does the PCR test need to be TAKEN 96 hours prior to the flight. or does it just have to be PCR test results are published no more than 96 hours prior? Thanks.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Matt,

      This page has an infographic that illustrates the process for travelers: https://www.migracioncolombia.gov.co/infografias/viajar-a-colombia

      Translated from Spanish to English, that first part says
      "Get a PCR test for COVID-19 with maximum 96 HOURS in advance of your trip"

      I understand this is difficult to obtain the results within that 96 hour timeframe, however this seems to be the requirement.

      Any clarification from travelers who have gone through the arrival process already might be helpful! Otherwise, the best thing to do is contact your airline.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Justin Lowry said

    Flights from Europe are most likely only humanitarian for the time being, please be careful booking flights.

    Hi all, I would like to share an experience to hopefully save some others issues:

    Everything was going well until today when I received an email from Iberia (2 days before my flight) explaining the requirements due to COVID. Fortunately I was prepared with all these requirements, but they also included a note that only Colombian citizen could fly to Colombia from Europe.
    This clashed with their previous information to me so many phone calls followed.

    Colombian Embassy in UK confirmed that all nationalities can enter Colombia.

    I discovered the issue when I called again as if to book this flight and asked for them to check if the flight was a commercial flight again, this representative explained it was a repatriation flight for Colombian citizens. Therefore I was misinformed by an Iberia member of staff and was left being told I couldn't even get a coupon as it was too close to the flights departure. I should now be getting a coupon in the next 5 days and have also completed a complaint.
    Unfortunately I had also made payments for trains, hotels, insurance and had my covid test etc.

    I hope others are having better luck. My flight search starts again.
    Take care.

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  • Levi said

    Hi, i have a flight booked from london heathrow to bogota via paris with air France for monday 5th of October... i called ahead of booking the flight and they told me that all seems well and the flight is still scheduled to run so im hoping for the best with my plans.

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  • Omar said

    Hi Justin and Levi,

    First of all Justin, you said you called Colombian Embassy and they said we all can fly to Colombia from UK?

    And the airline defer?

    I asked you because 2 days ago on 22nd I asked them and the guy said no not for UK yet, told me to call again end if month.

    For Levi, you are visiting or are you a national? If you are entering as a visitor then where you go the info saying we are allowed to fly from UK to Colombia?

    And another thing is how you get your PCR test done quickly? Or where you planning to get it done?

    Please advise Justin and Levi, I'm in UK too.

    I still haven't book my ticket yet cause it so confusing. KLM is the one I'm looking at to book as they more or less has the best flight itinerary for me.

    Thank you,
    Omar

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  • ethan said

    Just to be clear. I'm flying from Chicago to Cali. If i present a negative PCR test I dont have to quarantine and I can travel throughout Cali without problems. What about traveling back to the US??

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    • bob johnson said

      I have the same question as ethan as there is a post on joinsherpa.com that states we have to re-test once we are in colombia and must quarantine till the results come back as negative. I havent heard anyone mention a test once you are in.

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  • Robert Barham said

    I talked to both the DFW and Fort Lauderdale international airport operations folks which you can contact 24/7 for these types of questions about the covid tests but to clear the air it is a PCR tests that you must take 96 hours prior to your departure flight. If you have a connection be prepared to present your results a second time. Both places also stated that once you are cleared by the airline you are traveling on to fly then you are good. I even asked if you needed a second test to return to the US and both airports said no you do not have to get a second test to return to the US. I cannot speak for other countries but these are the requirements both airports operations employees told me you would need and that is it. Good luck to everyone and safe travels..

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  • Matt said

    Thank you everyone for the clarification on the PCR test timing. To anyone that has flown Spirit from fort Lauderdale to Colombia, it seems that most of the flights have been full from a ticketing perspective but I was wondering if when on the actual flight if there were extra seats empty seats, if the flight was 100% completely full? I travel on standby tickets so I'm wondering about my chances

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  • Raul said

    Well well.

    I have been away from this site for a couple of days now. I was supposed to travel from FLL to MDE tomorrow 09/26, but my PCR test came back positive yesterday. With this said, not a chance. Though I have no symptoms, now I have to quarentine for 14 days, retake the test and wait for a negative result.

    I wish you all safe travels and good luck.

    I will try to come back and repost updates in 2 weeks.

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  • Justin Lowry said

    Hi Omar,

    It is certainly confusing and I'm losing the will to keep booking at the moment.

    I had my PCR test done in Manchester. There were three doctors which could get results done in 48hrs. However, when I arrived I had to sign a form to agree that due to demand from NHS testing the results were more likely now back in 72hrs. This particular center was doctorscall, they have centers in London too.

    It is 100% certain that people from all nationalities can enter Colombia, this was true since September 21st and confirmed with Migracion colombia through my partner and by the Colombian embassy in the UK.
    However, you can only enter if you are taking a flight through one of the stated 7 countries which Colombia opened its borders to. Therefore I would be concerned Levi's flight will either be cancelled or is like my Iberia flight and is in fact a humanitarian flight. It took many phone calls for me to finally confirm that I could not take this Iberia flight, its been extremely frustrating and very poor from Iberia.

    I am now focusing my search on flying through Mexico as this seems the most regular operator to Bogota/Cali.

    I do have one question. I now understand the PCR 96hrs is from the departure time. But what if you have two separate bookings/flights with a long overlay? Is it from the first departure (in my case from the UK) or on the flight which is actually going into Colombia?

    Thanks all, these are very hard times.

    Justin

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    • Tina said

      Hi Justin,

      I believe the 96 hours PCR test needs to be within that timeframe for both departures. It is difficult if the layover is longer and it’s actually the one people select because it’s on the safer side of not missing the flight due to longer line ups.

      I would assume the plane actually making a landing in Colombia would request it even more than the first departure.

      Good luck, indeed very tough times.

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  • Rodney said

    I am attempting to do the immigration form online, but when I try to submit, it keeps thinking indefinitely. Anyone have success with this?

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  • Levi said

    Its very frustrating, there seems to be no clear cut information... i called air france ahead of my booking and they told me this flight is available and scheduled to leave (october 5th 11:50 am) it is available with Air France direct on there website and many other booking companies on sky scanner... I understand everything is uncertain but it will be very annoying if they let you book and pay for a flight that wont be available. Also i already payed £200 to have a pcr test sent to me. I just pray that my flight goes ahead but i wont get my hopes up. Air france still show these flight available on there website.

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    • Justin Lowry said

      Hi Levi.
      Exactly the same as me. All flights were online and available to everyone. Also spent money on covid tests etc.

      Please don't hope, call them again and make sure it is a commercial flight.

      As it is after Oct 1st you do have some chance as phase 2 should have started.

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  • Levi said

    Hi,
    I just called the airline, they informed me that it is definitely a commercial flight which is now fully booked and the same flight seems to have successfully operated yesterday so that has give me some much needed reassurance :)

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  • Omar said

    Hi Justin & Levi and all,

    Here is the updated info so far.

    Yes we are allowed to fly to Colombia now from UK. That's according to Colombian Embassy in London. I gave them a call 2 days ago on 25 September.

    The guy told me that 'Yes you are now allowed to enter Colombia, with requirement which is the PCR test."

    I asked him can you elaborate about the PCR Procedure, he said" You MUST have to have results before 96 hours of your flight but it doesn't matter when you take the test. It is when you have the results is the key."

    Furthermore Justin & Levi, I'm flying out from Manchester and KLM has the best schedule of itinerary in terms of stop over, it's not too long.

    I called KLM and they told me everything is all Good, we are good to go. Bookings are getting filled up very quickly.

    I asked" what if I can't provide Covid test?"
    She said" we can reschedule your flight, that's not a problem. she continues and said " We can reschedule the flight free of charge as long as price are same or else you just need to add the difference in price until the 31st November. Even if you booked a flight but you change your mind to go a later date, you may rebook it before 31st November."

    So we'll done guys. Really happy with this news.

    Justin, is it true that NHS is delaying results for 72 hrs now? Or just with different locations? If I go to my local town which has Covid test tent, I think they can give us faster.

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • Justin Lowry said

    Hi all,

    This communication is really useful, thank you.

    Levi, that sounds like great news, good luck! :)

    Omar, I got my results back yesterday which took 56hours since getting the test with Doctorscall. And yes, the doctor very clearly explained that the reason they changed their 'guarantee' from 48hrs to 72hrs was because NHS tests are now using private labs too.

    I'm intrigued about what the embassy said to you that the 96hrs is from receipt of the results not the test. I've seen this discussed on various forums and was sure it was from the time the test was taken?

    Can you share the flight you are mentioning with KLM? I live near Manchester so this would likely suit me.

    Omar,
    If this is allowed this should be a link to my facebook profile and some info you should see: https://www.facebook.com/justin.lowry.969/ Intro
    Team Leader at PGL Liddington
    Worked at Camp Timberlane For Boys
    Former Head of PE at Dwight School London
    Joined on June 2007

    I'd love to ask you more about what you've found out.

    Justin

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    • Justin Lowry said

      Furthermore, another forum I am following has now updated there information to say it is 96hrs from the test being taken! Wish they could make it clear. Either way I will be calling the embassy tomorrow.

      Comment and link to the government document in Spanish below.

      The official Resolución 1627 includes the requirement for negative PCR COVID-19 test results for a test that was taken within 96 hours – see 4.2.2 in this (in Spanish) https://www.minsalud.gov.co/Normatividad_Nuevo/Resoluci%C3%B3n%20No.%201627%20de%202020.pdf. This wasn’t clear in communications reported in the press and also from the Health Ministry. The article is updated with this information.

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  • Omar said

    Hi all,

    Yes please find out clear about what they actually want, they will tell you to read UK travel guide on UK gov page the advisery page. So just make sure you read that.

    With the flight the shortest itinerary is 13hrs ish from Man to Amsterdam then to Bogota. You might not find it anymore, as it's only very few left on few days. The next best is 19 hrs which have 2 stop overs and it's including Panama city.

    If you coming back after November then return flight is usually has no issue anyways. The best schedule for that is by Air France which sold with the same return ticket with KLM since they are in the same alliance. And that's is around 16hrs and with one stop over in Paris if I remember correctly.

    But please let us know here how the embassy conversation get on. And apparently, on KLM website said you must arrange a travel destinations upon arrival or else you will be put into a hotel for 24 hrs while you finding your place to stay and quraintine.

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • Omar said

    Here is what KLM wrote on their travel requirements for traveling to Colombia.

    COVID-19 TRAVEL ALERTS

    'Passengers will be refused entry if they do not possess a negative PCR test result for novel coronavirus issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure.'

    'Passengers must possess an email confirming they have downloaded and registered on the 'Check-Mig' app at https://apps.migracioncolombia.gov.co/pre-registro/public/preregistro.jsf within 24 hours prior to departure to or from Colombia, due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.'

    'Passengers are required to organise their transportation with authorised means of transport before arrival in Colombia if their destination city is not Bogota. '

    'Passengers who have not organised such transportation upon arrival in Colombia will be required to stay at a hotel in Bogota for up to 24 hours untill they have arranged the transportation. '

    For UK gov page info:
    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/colombia/entry-requirements

    Make sure you also read this everyone and Justin.

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • Justin Lowry said

    Hi Omar and all,

    I spoke to the Colombian Embassy in London this morning.

    He was very useful and explained the following:

    1) He has had the question about the 96hrs many times and agrees it has been unclear. He checked with the consulate two days ago. The 96hr window starts from WHEN THE TEST IS TAKEN. He explained the logic behind this and it certainly makes sense to me.

    2) "Can you get the test when you land in Bogota if you're unable to get a test back in 96hrs". He explained, technically yes, however this is still unclear and I recommend you call back on Friday 2nd when I hope to have an answer as we have a meeting on the Wednesday.
    It is also depends whether the airline themselves want the Covid negative test to allow you to fly so you need to confirm with the airline too.

    3) I said I am considering flying to Ecuador first as they give a 10 day period from getting results taken and then getting a new test done in Ecuador before travelling into Colombia.
    He that that this is plausible but reminded me that the land borders into Colombia are not open yet so I would need to fly. *Land borders potentially opening on October 1st.


    I'm sorry if this is bad news for you Omar, its certainly frustrating but I believe we must assume that the 96hrs is from the time the test is taken. It does make more sense!

    Regards,
    Justin

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  • Justin Lowry said

    I called the Embassy again to ask about connecting flights. I.e. does the 96hrs window end when getting the first flight or the final flight into Colombia.

    He did not have the answer for this and apologised.

    His personal opinion was that it would be from the first flight because at no point did they say you cannot take connecting flights on the way to Colombia.

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  • Omar said

    Hey Justin and all,

    Understood, let's see what they say on Friday, I will be awaiting for your update here.

    Oh well, we just got to get test done and have result in 96 hrs haha.

    I understand that before 30th September, you don't have to have test done. As you can do it at the airport. But what did he say after 30th September?

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • Paul Rodriguez said

    Hi all,

    Can I fly to Medellin with Spirit Airlines and get the COVID-19 test done once I get there ? It just makes more sense and I would be willing to pay the fee there. Most likely insurance companies will not cover this in the USA for travel purposes anyway.

    Thank you for your input.

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  • Greg said

    FOLKS, I need your help. I’m flying from Vancouver, Canada. There is only 1 accredited provincial lab for processing PCR tests. They cancelled my appointment because the lab has reached its limits, public health sucks. My American and Canadian friends. Do you know of any labs that would hemp me?

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  • DeLuca said

    I'm concerned with airlines selling flights that aren't available because the destination airports aren't working yet.
    It shouldn't be a problem to fly to Bogotá with a negative PCR, but can I fly to Matecaña?
    I did some investigating last week for Matecaña and only Avianca and EasyFly were working, they said there were no flights and limited national flights.
    Will I get stuck taking a bus to Pereira (are busses working) or can I get a flight with EasyFly or Avianca, now?
    If anyone is flying, please update on the process if it is difficult and if you have any trouble reaching your final destination. Thanks.
    The concensus in Colombia seems to be that nothing is open yet and Maria Orozco is just talking.

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  • Kim said

    Hi everyone, I have been following these posts for 2 weeks now... here is my experience! My daughter and I flew to Cali, Columbia from LaGuardia Airport (New York City) on American Airlines September 27 at 3:30 pm. Our connecting flight was thru Miami International. We had the RAPID Co-vid test done at 7pm on Friday, September 25..... NOT realizing that we needed the PCR Co-vid test to fly to Columbia 🙄. So 3:45 pm on Saturday, September 26th we went to a 24 clinic, paid $250 each to HOPEFULLY get the results back within 24 hours. That did NOT happen, but we decided to board the flight to Miami and HOPEFULLY receive the results when we landed. That did NOT happen... 🤞maybe by the time we land in Columbia- NOPE!!! We were prepared to quarantine in the airport and wait for the results (they came in 9 am Monday morning). American Airlines did NOT require any form whatsoever, NOTHING!!! When we landed in Columbia, they casually asked for a Co-vid (non-specific) test result, I gave them my RAPID Co-vid test results, that was fine and nothing was said about a MANDATORY QUARANTINE. The flights were over-booked, there was NO temperature check and No paperwork at the airport in the US. Please have your immigration form filled out in your phone before departure from the states, I did not and they weren’t very happy....they had to put all the information (address, phone number, etc...) in the computer themselves. I know things may change after September 30th, but flying American Airlines was a breeze! ENJOY YOUR TRIP!!!

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  • Matthew said

    Can anyone speak to the CoronApp? Is it a requirement or not? I don't have an iPhone and don't really want one.

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    • bob johnson said

      coronapp is supposedly on the google store (android) too. I was able to use it but only if i had a Colombia phone number. The core question, is it required... i dont know.

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  • Andy said

    I called the Embassy today and the coronapp seems not to register to UK users at least but I was advised just to get my local colombian friend to register it for me. it is only advisory, not necessary, he said.

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  • Matthew said

    Thank you bob johnson and Andy. Unless I hear otherwise I'm going to ignore it and plead ignorance if it comes up.

    The PCR is the big hurdle to overcome. My plan at the moment is to get tested at two different private clinics in hopes that at least one will be able to get the results back in time. They've both told me they will try but can't guarantee because the volume of tests to process is so high.

    They really need to do something about testing if international travel is going to recover. I need to travel to the Far East and don't want to try to explain the loss of a day due to crossing the International Dateline. lol

    Thanks again

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  • Andy said

    So I was talking to the London embassy again today and the man told me that he received many calls today saying there are new problems with flights to Colombia in October. I had booked KLM for October 23 but that flight now appears to have been cancelled. Does anyone know if KLM pulled the AMS-BOG flight altogether for October? It now only shows up in November searches (and double the price)

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    • claudia said

      hi,

      Andy I was about to book that flight ams -bog but it dissapeared today from klm's website. Im considering to book the one that goes via panama but not sure how secure it is. I had flight with Lufthansa but they cancelled it yesterday (and obviously i dont have the money back yet)

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  • DeLuca said

    I will be travelling as a tourist.

    My fiance just got back from the Matecaña airport pereira, there was 1 plane on the runway. The attendant inside said that there were no international flights.

    I'm waiting for the first opportunity to get a flight, but there is a lack of communication about flight availability. Lots of flights are available online, and the latest decreto seems to allow for international flights.

    If someone knows something that could help, please let me know. I was ready to book a flight in October and was hoping for some good news from the airlines, airport, or someone in government, but nothing has changed.

    I don't know if I could get a flight to Bogota and then fly nationally, but the attendant who I couldn't hear properly didn't seem to think that would work.

    I also have no information on whether a flight to Bogota is currently possible.

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  • Faolan said

    Hi :) Does anyone know if a PCR 'certificate' is needed for entry into Colombia or if just showing the results is sufficient? I am planning to stop in Mexico to get tested before flying to Bogota and the clinics that I have spoken to here say they can send me the results but that they don't provide a 'certificate'. Just wondering if a printed email with the results would be enough. If anyone has any info on this would be a big help. Many thanks

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  • Alejandro Pinzon said

    I am planning on getting a medical procedure done in Bogota in this month of October. If I can't get a COVID test done within 96 hours of my departure what are the options? As far as leaving the country, what restrictions are there?

    Thanks

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  • Traveler said

    Some updates related to KLM flights from AMS to BOG. Was suppose to fly Bogota next Tuesday (which was confirmed by KLM customer service) Thursday early afternoon. Later in the afternoon noticed from KLM app that flight was cancelled and my flight was moved to Thu 8th. This was confirmed by customer service in the evening.

    Checked the flight status this morning for the app and now Thu flight is also cancelled. No info on replacing flight and when checking app there is no more direct flight to Bogota. Make's me wonder what is the system customer service is getting their information as things are changing so rapidly.

    On testing topic, https://coronalab.eu/ offers "same day" testing in Netherlands (several locations) if needed.

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  • Omar said

    Hi Justin and Levi and y'all,

    Levi I know you are flying out in the next few days as you mentioned. Please update us what is your experience.

    And anyone in UK please let us know.

    For Justin, you had ring the Colombian embassy in London?

    Can you please let me know what they said in the testing?

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • Marvin said

    I have a flight scheduled from LaGuardia to Bogota on October 10th, but I just received news from a friend in Colombia stating that they planned to shut down the airports again due to tourists entering with the virus. Can anyone confirm that this is the case, as this would be the 5th time I would have to rebook my flight.

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  • Agustin said

    so i just returned 2 days ago from cartagena-medellin and enjoyed myself ! you just need a test with the words PCR on it and youre good to go,also register to the migracion of colombia which is standard and i was not able to register the corona app with my US number but i was never haggled for it once ,i arrived thru fort lauderdale and had no trouble of quarantining coming back, i really enjoyed this trip and will be booking another trip within 24 hours to return in january,marvelous country and people,stay safe and live life!!

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  • Bill said

    Hi guys,
    Regarding KLM to BOG CTG...
    I was booked to go to CTG Sunday 4 Oct. flight cancelled, rebooked Thurs 8th.
    I see conflicting info about this new flight. It is no longer available for sale, yet is still showing in KLM flight status page on their website. Other flights that are cancelled are actually crossed out and marked cancelled. I have a message on the app too (like Traveller said in a post above) saying flight disrupted. I called KLM yesterday and they said that the flight is still on but need to check again tomorrow. If anyone has more information regarding this please share!

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  • Patrick said

    Hello all. i was using this site as a source of information and wanted to pass along my experience. I live in san diego, ca and flew to FLL to take Spirit Airlines to Bogota on October 4th. i got my PCR test in San diego and was worried about obtaining results so i had it done on Sep 30th at 12:30. my flight left FLL at 11:00am so i felt i would be fine. I showed my results to many people and no problem during boarding and when first landing in Bogota. But once I was at the immigration window, they said it was not within the 96 hours. I tried to explain that it was and my flight left at 11:00am but they didn't accept it. They said it was 96 hours from the moment i was in immigration. The crazy thing was if you account for the time change, I still was within 96 actual hours. It was 2:15pm when I landed local Bogota time, which is 12:15pm in San Diego, which would have me just barely make the time frame. The immigration agent even asked her supervisor and they wouldn't accept it. This is by 1 hour and 45 min according to their time, so they are being extremely strict on this. The positive side is they let me in but told me i need to quarantine in my hotel for 14 days. Hopefully that was just a rogue agent but wanted to let everyone know. Good Luck!!

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  • Scott Rich said

    Yes Patrick The same happened to my wife last night in Bogota. She came in from Atlanta on Delta 981. As you say technically she was within the time frame not accounting the time change as we live in Salt lake City. I think it is very difficult to meet the time frame requirements as it takes time on our end to receive the test results. The immigracion said her PCR Test was expired. As we have an apartment in Facatativa they told her to quarantine there and get another PCR test. They said ands we will be checking on you..... Right! In my opinion if they what to stick to these requirements they should have the fast test available right at the airport. Anyway Good Luck to All.

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  • DJ said

    I just returned to US last week from Colombia. From my experience, to summarize it all.

    1) ARCPoint Lab for PCR test results within 48 hours guaranteed. I got mine within 47 hours via email. (Also for all the 7 people in our group).
    2) Carry a hard copy of the PCR test results with you.
    3) Fill out the COL migracion form within 24 hours of the flight and properly submit (by uploading the PCR test result and hitting send within the small box) then click next or submit. (PDF only with a limited file size)
    4) Carry a hard copy of this form with you
    5) Before departing US airport to go to COL, airlines will verify this and stamp your boarding pass with a blue ink if it's all good, or red if something is missing. Ensure this happens.
    6) The PCR test result and COL migracion form was verified again by the immigration in COL. Procees was very fast.
    7) Cartagena airport was much safer and followed all the covid 19 prevention rules, much better than US airports did.
    8) Cartagena was also very clean and safe and all the restaurants, hotels, and taxis followed all the covid 19 prevention rules. I wish everyone understood the importance of this in US also.
    9) On your return to the US, you must again fill out the COL migracion form (within 24 hours of your return flight) and submit it the same way I explained above.
    10) If you follow all these properly, you should have no issues with your travel.

    Good luck and be safe!

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi DJ,

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us, and it's great hearing how Colombia (or, atleast, Cartagena) are dealing with the pandemic.

      Did you notice any safety issues while you were there – any increase or reason for concern for your personal safety? I have seen a few comments on our other articles about an uptick in crime and robberies (likely due to the loss of income for many locals).

      I would love to know if you (or anyone else here) has experienced something similar in Colombia.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • DJ said

    Hi Amelia,

    No safety issues at all if you remain within the El Centro wall, bocagrande, and castillogrande area. But it is never wise to roam around alone even in El Centro after 10 - 11 pm. Bocagrande I thought was fine to walk around until 12 am. Police are always patrolling these areas, especially El Centro. Extremely safe! I am returning again in December. 😃

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Awesome, thanks so much for getting back to me! That sounds similar to how it was back in March 2018 when we were in Cartagena. Here's to hoping the safety situation doesn't deteriorate.

      I can't wait to return one day myself.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Jason said

    Is there a blog anywhere similar to this with information about tourists wanting to travel to the US from Colombia??? Thanks in advance

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  • ethan said

    I just noticed my passport expires soon..

    I am supposed to leave 10/11 and come back 11/2 and it expires the 11/5. Will I be able to enter Colombia? They arent listed as a 6 month country. All it says is valid passport which it would be valid the entire time there. Completely forgot about the 6 month rule.

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  • Daryl said

    Ethan,

    see below from the UK Govt:

    Passport validity

    Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Colombia.

    I believe it is the same for the US

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  • carl boyd said

    Hello, has anyone encountered the Migracion check in page not working? My girlfriend is leaving Bogota in the morning, and the page will not accept the flight number, and nothing else beyond that will work.

    Can she just call Migracion to sort this out?
    Thanks in advance!!

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  • Sam said

    Hi everyone,

    Has anyone flown from London to Colombia yet? I am looking to fly Nov 20th and return around 3rd dec.

    1) when will avianca starting flying from Uk again?

    2) how was the journey from airport to airport? Looking to fly to cartagena and Medellin only.

    Thanks

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  • Robert Barham said

    Well,
    I was supposed to fly to Cartagena today but earlier this week when i went in for my PCR test I tested positive. I had no idea i was remotely ill. Now I'm looking at rescheduling for early December to early January. I'm going to try to retest after a 60 day wait because according to CDC guidelines they recommend waiting 90 days but to me it hurts nothing to try again in 60 days. If I test negative then great I get to see my girlfriend in 60 days if it fails and I test negative well then I'm out nothing and after waiting this long 30 more days would be a cakewalk. I definitely see why they want us to test for covid prior to departure but I think they should loosen up a bit on the 96 hours prior to departure.

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  • Omar said

    Hi Robert,

    Oh damn, I'm sorry to hear you tested positive.

    Well I will be following the industry that I'm in. Which is before a shoot date, we need to quraintine for 14 days to make sure we are virus free.

    So this is what I would be doing ahead of my flight ahead of November. To minimize the chance of getting infected.

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • Maurits said

    Hello all, Is the Coronapp mandatory to have? One person on this blog said he was not asked about it. Another mentioned the app would not accept his phone number. Please advice.

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  • John said

    Does anybody know if an infant under 1 year old needs a test to enter Colombia?

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  • Amelia Brady said

    Hi Maurits,

    The UK Government's travel alert states "You must comply with follow-up health checks via the ‘CoronApp’ mobile app (available on major mobile platforms)"

    I can't see any mention of the App on IATA, however the aim of the app is to keep people safe and for contact tracing. Read more here: https://coronaviruscolombia.gov.co/Covid19/aislamiento-saludable/coronapp.html

    Cheers,
    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Em said

    Hi! I'm hoping to travel to Colombia this October to reunite with my partner (expat working for an IO). I was advised that visa requirements to enter Colombia are now back to pre-covid period (meaning foreigners who are citizens of countries with no-visa entry arrangements with Colombia are again allowed to enter without a visa). Is this correct? Thanks!

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  • David Rodriguez said

    My brother in law just tried flying home from Florida to MDE and they didn’t let him board because of the immigration link you have to fill out prior to flight was saying he didn’t fill it out when we filled it out together. What a mess, now we have to pay to retake the Covid PCR and pay to reschedule flight. It’s been happening to a lot of people according to American Airlines if I were you I would fill out the form the soonest you can and call the airline to make sure it’s been confirmed you sent it in!!

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  • EC said

    the first question on the pre-registration form for Migracion Colombia is "before the trip have you been in isolation or quarantine?"

    What is the correct answer to this question?

    I have a negative PCR test uploaded and everything else is self-explanatory, but this has me stumped.

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  • Levi said

    Sorry for the late update... on the 5th of october i flew from london to bogota via paris with air france with out any issues! It was very stressful trying to obtain the pcr results in the given time frame but along with that and registering the check mig i had a trouble free journey and im now comfortably residing here in Colombia after a painful 6 month wait! When i was in bogota airport to fly to another city they asked that i registered the corona app but as i didnt have a Colombian number at this time they said I didn’t need to i just had to give the address of my girlfriend. I consider myself lucky that i managed to make it, i wish the rest of you all the best :)

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  • Omar said

    Hey Levi,

    Thank you so much for your update. I will be flying in beginning of November from Manchester. Everything should be ok. Just wanted to ask which airline you fly with?

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • Kyle Aaron said

    Hello,

    What does the PCR certificate need to say? I have a PCR test scheduled for 11/11 for my flight on 11/14 and want to make sure the certificate has the required info.

    Kyle

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  • A C Griffiths said

    Hello. I am leaving Colombia on the 25th of November. I'm flying through Mexico city to London. Neither the airline nor Mexio and the UK state that you need a COVID test to leave the country. Some people are telling me that they are asking for the PCR test to enter the airport, but im worried about getting a test in case it is positive and them I cant return home. No where states that I need a test to leave Colombia - do I need a test to exit the country?

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    • Fabrice Brasseur said

      Hallo to all...i just landed yesterday in Cartagena coming from Panama coming from Amsterdam. I am a Belgian citizen and nowadays in Belgium Covid 19 is a real pain...so getting my test results of PCR test in time was norteasy more over I left on a Tuesday and needed my test done in the weekend...but got is and off i went...The thing was that i had to wait for almost 18 hours in Panama for my connecting flight to Cartagena. I flew from Amsterdam to Panama with KLM and Panama to Cartagena with Copa.
      In Amsterdam they ask for your PCR test on paper at check in...could be that the result on a hand phone might also be ok for them i do not know. In Panama they did not ask anything cos I stayed in transit zone. I filled out my online immigration form on my hand phone. It was a bit of a hassle cos did not go cos needed to fill in only the numbers of the flight number not the letters.
      When boarding in Panama on the Copa flight to Cartagena they asked for the PCR test on paper. By the way the flight from KLM was half empty and we were allowed to go and lay down in the back of the plane = super...the fight with Copa was totally full ...
      In Cartagena i had to wait about 10 -15 minutes before standing in front of immigration agent. I had my passport, PCR test on paper and immigration fill in form attestation in my mail open on my hand phone.
      The agent checked it all with much attention and put a stamp in my passport and wished me a fine stay in Cartagena...my test was within the 96 hours from the moment it was tested in the lab by a few hours taking into account the time difference with Colombia from Belgium...

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      • Saso Justin said

        hi everyone
        i see people coming to colombia even from europe
        that means europeans are allowed to enter if u have negative covid test? or do you have to enter only thru counties which are open in order to enter colombia?
        for example flying from germany to bogota directly is a no go but flying from germany to mexico and than colombia is ok?

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  • John said

    I just arrived in Colombia with my family. Spirit airlines is turning away everyone who doesn't have a covid test. That includes infants, even though Colombia doesn't require infants having a test. Spirit is the worst, i highly recommend dont fly with them. At colombian migracion I didnt provide them with the form for our baby and they never asked for it. Spirit airlines employees are very ignorant. Common sense tells you an infant doesn't need something shoved up their nose. Other than that the process is smooth. At the gate they ask for the pcr test every time. Upon arrival in Colombia they ask for the migracion form print out from your email confirmation as well as pcr test results for adults. I hope this helps. Also filling out the migracion form the normal answer would be you haven't been in quarantine.

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  • Tony said

    Does anyone know if immigration is counting the 96 hours from the time I board the first plane? Or are they counting from time of arrival in colombia?

    The colombian embassy here has assured me it is 96 hours from the time I board the first plane, but reading some comments on here has got me worried that in practice, they are counting from time of arrival. Any info is much appreciated.

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  • John said

    Tony, I wouldn't risk it. Just make sure you arrive within 96 hours of taking the test. Theres too much confusion on the part of the airlines and consulates. Our local colombian consulate told us if the dr will give the baby a pcr test then it's needed. If not then no. That makes no sense.

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  • Mike said

    I took my covid pcr test on 09/29/2020 at 1:30 pm.My flight was at 6:30am from Michigan to fort lauderdale than cartagena colombia. I didn't get my results online until I got to Florida. I picked up my luggage and recheck it and, showed spirit airlines my results on my phone. When I was waiting in Florida I checked in on mig check site.when I got to Cartagena colombia I showed migration my results of my negative pcr test on my phone and, That I checked in on the mig check and that was it.

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  • Mike said

    My flight was October 3 6:30am. When I landed in colombia it was minutes after 96 hours. Still there was no problems.

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  • Michael UK said

    Hi All,

    Just on our way back from a 5 day trip to Colombia (London-Paris-Mexico City-Bogota) - all was fine, not much hassle. Got print out of PCR test within 96 hrs of arrival, showed printout to the immigration team and registration on migracion colombia site - all fine. With the CoronApp - was only asked for it one once on way back at airport door, but said as I don't have a +57 number couldn't register - and they said it was fine. You don't need a PCR test to leave the country - just register again before leaving on migracion colombia site - uploading original PCR test from when you arrived. Hope that all helps. Michael

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  • Omar said

    Hi Michael and all,

    Quick question, when you arrived with your PCR negative. Do you still have to quraintine or you are free to go wherever?

    Regards,
    Omar

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  • Richard said

    Michael where did you get your pcr test from?
    I am flying From London to Mexico City and then to Medellin both separate tickets.

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  • Michael UK said

    @ Omar - no quarantine, can travel wherever
    @ Richard - we used Hale Clinic, 4 Harley Street, London W1G 9PB - next day results by 8pom, so went two days before we travelled

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  • Nikola said

    Hello everyone, I am flying from Florida to Colombia tomorrow and I am staying for a week. I am a US citizen and i have all my paperwork thats required to enter Colombia. Can someone tell me if I need any paperwork to return back to US.

    Thank you.

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  • DeLuca said

    @Nikola
    Can't say personally, but other responders have answered that question.

    I'm a US citizen with no Visa, I am planning a flight for some time in early November. Should I know anything, like what airline to fly with?

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  • AC said

    I plan to do some domestic traveling within Colombia (Medellin, Cali, and Cucuta) next month. Once I’m allowed in from the USA with my negative PCR test, are there any restrictions for domestic air travel to other Colombian cities? I would rather fly than to take bus when visiting other cities, thanks for any info.

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    • Michael UK said

      @AC - I don't believe any restrictions domestically within Colombia

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  • Philipp Hasskamp said

    Hi there.

    Anyone travelling from the US to Bogotá in the upcoming days / weeks and could bring me a small package (new mobile phone) in the Hand luggage? Thanks!

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  • Joe Bennett said


    Does anyone know if you can fly from Mexico to Bogota during the pandemic ? ( 27.10/2020)

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    • Michael UK said

      @Joe - yes, we have just returned from a UK-Mexico-Colombia trip, so fine to go from Mexivo to Bogota (just need the negative PCR test within 96hrs of arrival)

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  • Kelly said

    I’ve been trying to fly from London to Bogotá for the last 3 months but avianca keep cancelling flight,and is not looking hopefull this time either. Can anyone help on giving me a different flight route to take to get there or has anyone done any stopover flights from U.K. to Bogotá I’ve been away from my partner since January and just want to get there. Any help very much appreciated

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  • DeLuca said

    @AC There aren't any restrictions necessarily, but you might find that some airports are not flying.

    @Kelly I'm in a similar situation, and I'm confused about the mixed responses on this forum. I plan to fly the first week of November, but I don't know which airline or if I should go through Mexico first. Nobody seems to have the answer to those questions. I haven't seen my partner in over 9 months. Also I've been on the phone with most of the airlines that have flights to Colombia and they are vague and dismissive. I know for a fact that my destination airport in Colombia (newly renovated and relatively large) is open for business, but has no flights and only 1 airplane on the runway.

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