Covid and Medellin Travel - Rules and Testing Options

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Greetings Casacol guests Medellin travellers!

See below for a guides to the latest rules and COVID testing options for travellers arriving to and departing from Colombia. We will keep this blog page up to date as changes develop and we hope one day to delete this page entirely!

COVID Travel Update

The Colombian Ministry of Health announced on June 3, 2021 that international arrivals to Colombia NO LONGER require a COVID test to enter the country. The pre-flight Checkmig form is still required to present prior to boarding and on arrival (takes just a couple of minutes).

Returning to the United States

For our guests returning to the United States, you also have options according to the CDC guidelines released January 26, 2021.

1) Present a negative COVID test (Antigen or PCR) prior to boarding, OR
2) Present a doctors’ recovery letter written within 3 months of a positive infection (see link above for details)

Airport Testing Option

At JMC Airport Medellin arrivals level you can get an antigen test AND RESULT within 20-40 minutes for use prior to boarding for $80,000 COP, just give yourself some extra time. Or you can get tested at your Casacol rental/hotel by nurse house-call any time within 3 days of boarding for $115,000 COP from Laboratorio Abad in Poblado (see below). Casacol staff are ready to assist you if needed, don’t let testing be a deterrent to Medellin travel!

General COVID situation in Medellin

Regardless, Colombia is making strong vaccination progress and as of June 2021 the Medellin economy (restaurants, bars, clubs, theatre, museums, soon sports and concerts, events) is nearly 100% open and back to “normal”. Mask wearing in Medellin is widespread and police will remind you to put your mask on if you forget. Otherwise life has now normalized as much we could expect at this point.

COVID Test via House Call

Abad Laboratorio ✅ Casacol Staff Verified and Recommended
Payment: cash, or credit card machine. No English.
Open: M, T, W, Th, F, S, Closed Sundays/Holidays

PCR: $250,000, Turnaround: 24-48 hours.
Antigen: $160,000, Turnaround: SAME DAY. Casacol clients can ask for a special price of $115,000 COP.
Antibody: $94,000, Turnaround: SAME DAY.
Phone: (034) 4446628, Option 1
Whatsapp: +57 3104362450
Google Maps: Link

Flight Connectivity

Post-pandemic international flight connectivity to Medellin is now even higher than it was in 2019, especially as Colombians pack flights to Miami/FLL for vaccines. The flight frequency to Medellin to Madrid is still down as Colombians cannot enter the EU easily (as of June 2021). Otherwise flights to MIA/FLL, Panama, New York have resumed pre-pandemic schedules with American Airlines actually increasing flights MIA to MDE and Viva Air adding new routes to Orlando.

Future of Travel to Medellin

At Casacol we have seen tremendous pent-up demand for Medellin travel since international flights resumed in September and October 2020. The long term travel trend to Colombia and Medellin in particular is firmly in place.

Thank you for reading and we will keep you up to date here! For any blog ideas or inquiries you can write us at [email protected]. And remember to sign up for our informative monthly newsletter in the footer of the website.

Safe and happy travels,

Casacol Team.

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