Vaupés River, Amazon Region

Traveling to Colombia during COVID-19

Feb. 22, 2021 - Paola Olarte

It is incredible to think that it will be a year since the pandemic was declared. Life changed in a moment and although many countries have already started with their vaccination plan, it is still hard to believe the situation we are now living in. Colombia was the country with one of the longest quarantines in the world; it started on March 20 in Bogotá and on March 25 at national level and ended on September 1, 2020.

Since September 1, we went from a Mandatory Isolation to a Selective Isolation With Responsible Individual Distancing, which has been maintained to the date. It’s quite a long term but basically it consists of self-isolation in case of having COVID-19, flu symptoms or testing positive. It is mandatory to wear a face mask (a rule that has been enforced since March 25, 2020), to keep a social distance of at least 2 meters in public spaces, to wash your hands constantly and to avoid spaces with large crowds of people. It is also still recommended to work from home if it is possible and educational institutions are beginning to return to alternating classes. Travel can be done with complete freedom if biosecurity protocols are followed. Only bars, crowded venues and events remain closed until further notice and it is recommended not to have meetings of more than 10 people in enclosed spaces.

Although Colombia overcame its second wave of contagion a couple of weeks ago, the reality is that international flights have returned since September 21, 2020 and so has international tourism. The allowed routes at the moment depend on the international restrictions and decisions made by the national government, as the pandemic progresses.

The important requirements to take into account when entering Colombia are:

1- To present a negative PCR test. In case you have had difficulty taking the test before boarding the plane, you can take a test for free when entering the country at the airport, and a short quarantine is mandatory while the negative results are known. In case you do not want to take the PCR test you will have to do a mandatory quarantine of 15 days before you can continue with your travel plans in the country.

2- Download the CoronaApp. It is an application that allows tracking people with symptoms of coronavirus.

3- It is mandatory to comply with national measures. The use of face masks at all times, social distance of at least 2 meters and constant hand washing or the use of alcohol when entering any establishment.

Playa Brava, Tayrona NP, Santa Marta, Magdalena

At the moment, there are no major restrictions that would not allow the enjoyment of a good trip around the country. However, we do not rule out the possibility that new measures may be taken in case of an increase in the number of cases of infection. These possible measures do not go beyond curfews, some restrictions of entry to certain areas or the non-consumption of alcohol in public spaces.

Chingaza NP, Cundinamarca

The DE UNA team has traveled to different national destinations since the quarantine ended in September, in the upcoming weeks we will be sharing our adventures in times of COVID-19 and some travel experiences with clients who have already made the decision to travel again with the help of the agency.

Of course parties, bars and carnivals will not happen any time soon but a good trip filled with adventure and nature is more than possible. Colombia is waiting for you! Right now is the opportunity to enjoy its unique natural destinations carefree!