Entry & Exit Requirements
U.S. citizens must present a passport valid for at least the duration of their stay to enter Colombia.
A Colombian visa is not required for tourist stays of 90 days or less. Travelers entering Colombia are sometimes asked to present evidence of return or onward travel, usually in the form of a plane ticket.
No arrival tax is collected upon entry into Colombia, but travelers leaving by plane must pay an exit tax in cash at the airport. Most airlines include all or a portion of this fee in the cost of your airline ticket. Check with your airline beforehand to find out how much you will have to pay at the airport.
If you are not traveling with a U.S. passport, please check with the Colombian Embassy for the requirements based on your nationality.
Health and Safety
Please consult your physician for guidance on medical issues. Holbrook Travel is not authorized to provide medical information and the following advice should be confirmed with your doctor.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot before every trip.
There are no vaccinations required for entry into Colombia. Some physicians recommend that travelers get hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines before visiting Colombia.
Please visit cdc.gov/travel or consult your physician for additional information and recommendations based on your individual circumstances.
The CDC warns that travelers to Colombia may be at risk for exposure to malaria. Malaria is caused by a parasite found in Anopheles mosquitos, which are active from dusk until dawn. Prevention is twofold: the use of anti-malarial drugs and the prevention of insect bites. If you choose to use an anti-malarial drug, as recommended by the CDC, see your physician for a prescription.
According to the CDC, yellow fever is a risk in certain parts of Colombia. For more information please consult your physician, who can determine whether a yellow fever vaccination is recommended based on your travel itinerary.
Locally transmitted cases of chikungunya have been reported in several South American countries, including Colombia. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. The CDC recommends that travelers to Colombia protect themselves from mosquito bites.
Locally transmitted cases of Zika virus have been reported in Colombia. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with Zika and are spreading it to people. The CDC recommends that travelers to Colombia protect themselves from mosquito bites. As a precaution, the CDC advises women who are pregnant to consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
How to stay healthy
Drink only bottled or boiled water, carbonated drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes.
Eat only thoroughly cooked food or fruits and vegetables you have peeled yourself. Remember: boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it.
If you are ill upon returning home, consult your physician and let him or her know where you have traveled.
Wash hands often with soap and water.
The currency in Colombia is the peso (1 peso = 100 centavos).
Colombia's country code is +57.
To call Colombia (from the U.S.): Dial 011-57-(xxxx-xxxx)
To call the U.S. (from Colombia): Dial 00X-1-(xxx-xxx-xxxx)
(X is the long-distance carrier code.)
To make an international call, you must first gain access to the international telephone circuits by dialing an exit code (011 from U.S.; 00 from abroad). After dialing the international exit code, you need to dial the country code number for the country you are calling, then dial the city code/area code and the local number.
Telephone centers are available in most shopping malls. Most of the larger towns in Colombia have internet cafés, and many of the larger hotels also have their own internet service. Although international calls can be charged to your hotel room, it is usually a more expensive option, so be sure to check hotel phone rates prior to making any calls.
Please check with your cell phone provider if you’re unsure whether or not your cell phone will work internationally. Be aware that you are likely to incur additional charges for international use.
The increasing availability of computers and Internet access at hotels and cyber cafés has made it easier than ever to connect with friends and family via email. Many participants have found this to be a more cost-effective method for staying in touch with loved ones during travel.
Electrical current is usually 110 volts, the same as in the United States. (If your camera equipment or other electronics require a 3-prong plug, however, you should plan to bring a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter, i.e. two prongs without a grounding plug going into the wall. These can be found at hardware stores and sell for about $1.)
Colombia has one time zone, Colombia Time (COT), which is located in the UTC−05:00 zone, 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).