American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart Colombia.Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from the original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Both Canadian and American citizens traveling on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. This may be different for citizens of other countries. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassy of Colombia for the most up- to-date information.
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
No vaccinations are currently required to enter Colombia, although it is strongly recommended to vaccinate against Malaria and Yellow Fever if visiting rural areas.
It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:
Yellow FeverHepatitis A & BMalariaRabiesTetanusTyphoid
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
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Due to its proximity to the equator, the temperature in Colombia varies little throughout the year. It does change depending on the altitude though, with very hot lowlands and freezing temperatures in the Andean peaks. The lowlands also experience a sometimes extreme temperature difference from day to night. As a rule there are two seasons in Colombia: the dry season from December to March, and the wet period is April to November.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
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Electricity: Electricity in Colombia is provided at 110V/50Hz, using Type A and Type B sockets. If you are using a Canadian or American appliance, an adapter is needed.
Phone: Coverage is good throughout most of the country. Check with your phone company if there are roaming agreements before your departure.
Internet: Internet cafés and wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels with good connections and speed.
The official currency of Colombia is the Peso (COP) which come in denominations of 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, and 5,000 peso notes and 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 peso coins. The Colombian peso has lost so much value that USD is much easier and more commonly used in Colombia. ATMs are available in most cities but it is still best to carry alternative forms of payment as not all accept international cards. For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
Language: Spanish Currency: Colombian Peso (COP)
Religion: Roman Catholic
Time Zone: UTC -5
Telephone: Country code for calling is +57
Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number
Emergency numbers in Colombia: Police: 156, Medical Emergency Services: 132, Firemen: 119, General emergency number: 223 or 113