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TLDR? No vaccines are required to enter Medellin. But, you should get the COVID vaccine and Yellow Fever vaccine to be safe.
If you’re planning to go to Medellin, you may need to get certain vaccines first, depending on where you’re coming from.
Whether you’re a social butterfly or a wildlife lover who can’t wait to explore what Medellin has to offer, this is your guide.
Keep scrolling if you’re planning a trip to Colombia and want to know what you might need to fully and safely enjoy this beautiful country fully and safely.
Currently, no vaccines are required to enter Medellin (or Colombia in general). However, if you wish to visit the countryside (such as Dabeiba, Mutatá, or Turbo) it’s highly recommended you get the Yellow Fever vaccine.
For those who plan on leaving Medellin and going on a weekend escape, you might need some additional vaccines. That’s because of the different diseases that are endemic to these areas.
For example, tourist destinations around areas such as Tayrona National Park, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, or the Amazon reserves require proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever.
Remember that you must get this vaccine at least 10 days before traveling to these locations.
Pro tip: Most people don’t realize that there are Malaria vaccines. However, in Colombia, you can get these vaccines at the Red Cross. If you’re going to be traveling to areas in where there is a high risk of contracting Malaria, you may want to look into getting this vaccine.
If your motto is “better safe than sorry,” it’s a good idea to check out these vaccines that will help keep you safe wherever you go. Most of them are routine vaccines, but some of them you may have to request from your doctor:
Even if you do get vaccines, these aren’t always enough. That’s why it’s always a good idea to take a few preventative measures to make sure you stay safe and have a great time in Medellin.
Some of the diseases that you can contract in Medellin require extensive treatment. To help avoid those issues, you can pack pills to treat them.
Not only does this help prevent issues from arising in the first place, but it can also save you a doctor’s visit on your trip.
When I first came to Colombia, a few pills I packed included:
Ask your doctor about what other preventative pills you can bring with you for your trip.
Bug repellent is probably the easiest (and cheapest) solution for staying healthy on a trip to Medellin.
Bug bites don’t always carry diseases, but when they do, they can be severe. They can cause fever, nausea, vomiting, eye pain, muscle pain, and headaches. Some diseases you can get include:
Even though the chances of catching these diseases are slim, it’s always a good idea to bring some strong bug repellent. Anytime I’m going hiking I always slap some on and then I know I don’t have to worry!
The pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. But it’s also helped us enjoy life and appreciate the little things.
One way that it’s changed life for us is through the new COVID vaccines. The Colombian government recently updated the COVID-19 requirements to enter Colombia. You either need to:
This is much simpler than the old rules, which were far more restrictive to those entering and exiting Colombia.
If you’re visiting Colombia and you want to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Medellin, check this list of places to get one free:
Just remember that if you’re on a tourist visa and you want to get a vaccine in Medellin, you should ask your insurance provider about coverage and locations to get the vaccine.
You can always ask local hospitals about getting vaccinated, but they’ll likely ask for a Colombian ID and insurance to cover the cost.
If you didn’t get a certain vaccine at home and you decide you need one, you can get one in Medellin! I found a place near the Pebellon de Agua station called Previnm. You can find them in the Tranvia Plaza, on the sixth floor.
From their website, you can make an appointment or ask for an online inquiry. That makes it super easy to book an appointment and get any additional vaccines you need.
Whether you’re fighting through a thick jungle or shopping in cities, you know what vaccines you’ll need for your trip to Medellin. So, it’s time to pack your things, a good bug repellent, and some good vibes to start this new trip!
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