Getting Into Medellin: Colombia COVID Requirements

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Covid Entry Requirements Colombia

Thanks to its comfortable climate, delicious food, and friendly people, Colombia has become an increasingly popular tourist destination.

Unfortunately, the nation hasn’t been immune to the COVID-19 pandemic, and constantly changing entry requirements often confuse potential travelers.

Now, although entry requirements are always changing, it’s still good to be aware of what the regulations are. Here’s what to know if you’re planning to travel to Colombia.

Entry Requirements

Tourists over 18 years old who are not legal residents of Colombia can enter the country under one of the following two conditions:

  • They provide proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours
  • They provide proof of a negative antigen test no older than 48 hours

Minors under 18 years old are not subject to these requirements, and legal residents of Colombia have certain exceptions.

Colombia COVID Vaccine Requirements

As an international tourist over 18 years old, you can enter Colombia by providing a certificate for a full scheme (esquema completo) of vaccination.

While this isn’t required, it’s definitely a good idea for staying safe on your trip.

The Colombian government accepts the primary vaccines used in the United States and Europe including:

  • Pfizer BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Johson & Johnson

The definition of a “full scheme” depends on the vaccine but is two doses for Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca and one dose for Johnson & Johnson. Additionally, 14 days must have passed since the last dose.

A full list of vaccines accepted by the Colombian government in addition to the definition of a “full scheme” can be found here: Lista Vacunas COVID-19

For a vaccination certificate to be valid, it may be physical or digital but must include the following information:

  • Full name
  • ID number
  • Date of each vaccine dose
  • Name of vaccine
  • Number of doses

Colombia COVID Testing Requirements

The COVID testing requirements for entry into Colombia are waived for those with a certificate proving full vaccination. Those who are unvaccinated may still enter the country, but they must also present one of the following:

  • Negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival
  • Negative COVID antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival

Keep in mind that these test results only grant entry when accompanied by a certificate of partial vaccination.

Minors under 18 years old are exempt from all the above-mentioned requirements. They don’t need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result.

CheckMIG

Covid Entry Requirements Colombia

Regardless of vaccination status, all non-resident travelers to Colombia must fill out the Check-Mig form, which can be found on the website of Migración Colombia. To fill out the form, you need the following information:

  • Passport
  • Flight numbers and dates
  • Address and contact information in Colombia

Extra Requirements for Cruise Ships

If you are traveling to Colombia on a cruise, the entry requirements are different than those stated above. Specifically, you must show proof of full vaccination AND a negative test result. The accepted vaccines and tests are the same as above.

Be Aware of COVID Entry Requirements

If you’re planning a trip to Medellin, it’s super important to keep up with changing COVID requirements. These are the latest requirements as of February 2022.

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