CAN I TRAVEL TO COLOMBIA?
This is what we know about getting into Colombia right now:
Last Updated March 24th, 2022
Can I travel to Colombia?
Yes! Travel is currently allowed to Colombia - Entry requirements for Colombia
Can I enter Colombia if I'm fully vaccinated?
If you’re a fully vaccinated traveller, then come on in!! As long as you have not got symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days, then you're good to go. You must fill out the ‘Check-Mig’ form between 24 hours and 1 hour before departure - this is available on the Migración Colombia website. You will receive a confirmation email that you will need to present upon arrival in Colombia. The final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel to class as a fully-vaccinated traveller.
Can I enter Colombia if I’m unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated?
If you’re an unvaccinated or not-fully vaccinated traveller, then unfortunately the rules have changed. From 14th December 2021, all international passengers aged 18 and over must show proof of vaccination upon entry to Colombia.
Do I need a negative test to enter Colombia?
Nope, no test is required to enter Colombia!
Do I need to be vaccinated to enter Colombia?
Nope, Colombia is open and does not require a vaccine to enter!
Do I need to quarantine when returning to the UK if I'm fully vaccinated?
If you're returning to the UK, there are literally no more travel restrictions on arrival so that's definitely good news. The UK government have removed all the entry requirements so that you no longer need to complete a UK passenger locator form before you travel to the UK from abroad, you don't need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive and there is NO quarantine when you arrive back into the UK.
Do I need to quarantine when returning to the UK if I'm not fully vaccinated?
The easing of restrictions when entering the UK applies whether you are vaccinated or not.... YES! The dream, gone are the days of expensive and annoying tests!
WHAT'S THE BEST TIME TO VISIT COLOMBIA?
So the climate in Colombia changes hugely from region to region which means you can travel to places in Colombia all year round, winner winner chicken dinner (Quorn if you're veggie)! Colombia’s location is near the equator, which means the climate is tropical. However, the best time to visit Colombia generally is December - March, which are the driest months in the Andes. Although, Colombia’s Caribbean coast is hot all year round which means for some unreal beaches and maybe even a private island getaway?!
Colombia’s a country for all travellers, fancy hiking some mountains, exploring the jungle or hitting up the Caribbean coastlines? Well, Colombia’s got it all! There are even bustling cities to explore, give me your best Narcos impression I dare ya!
CULTURAL & COLOURFUL COLOMBIA
There is so much to do in Colombia so if you’re feeling overwhelmed with choice that’s understandable but, don’t worry because we’re here to give you the MUST sees and the MUST dos of Colombia.
Guatapé - Welcome to Colombia’s most colourful town! Guatapé is in the Northwest of Colombia to the east of Medellin and is well known for its fantastic street art and colourful houses. Fun fact, all the street art you’ll see tells a story, it can tell you about a family's heritage or business who owns the building! You’ll only find this street art in Guatapé so make sure you've got your cameras ready, or artsy ideas if you want to become the new Banksy of Guatapé!! Guatapé is also home to El Penol Rock which is a whopping 650 stairs to the top, but just think of the well-deserved beer you can have after and of course, the breathtaking view! So worth it! When in Colombia, you HAVE to visit a coffee farm, coffee lover or not! Here you’ll learn that the coffee industry is so vital for the local community and why it’s the country’s BIGGEST export (but I’m sure you already know this).
Private Island Getaway - Fancy an island-hopping getaway? Or staying on a private island for a couple of nights overlooking the absolute unreal views of the Caribbean sea set deep in the mangroves. Then this is most definitely for you! Islas De San Bernardo is a group of islands 2 hours away from the city of Cartagena. A picture-perfect retreat if you ask me! Incredible views with crystal clear blue waters, so get your snorkels and swimmers out! If you're looking for something a little more active, there's a bunch of water activities you can take part in such as kayaking and paddleboarding! You’ll also get the chance to see the serene island of Tintipán, home to exotic birds before stopping at a few different islands to relax and cool off!
Medellin, Comuna 13 - Comuna 13 is a MUST SEE in Colombia! Once known as the most dangerous area in Medellin, but now that Medellin has turned into one of the most popular cities in South America to visit, Comuna 13 has got a bright future! An experience you won’t forget, learning about the history and culture of Comuna 13 while exploring the streets, taking in the amazing street art (maybe even meeting a few of the artists if you're lucky!) and travelling the escalators into the vibrant neighbourhood. The street art is so popular in Comuna 13 that they hold graffiti festivals and competitions that bring loads of artists from all over South America, ARTSY VIBES YA FEEL?
Colombia is a country with so much to do; I would be here forever if I were to name everything, so there are a few highlights! Although it’s no good me just telling you about it, you’ll have to experience colourful and cultural Colombia yourself. Colombia’s waiting…
As Always, TruFam