Is it SAFE to travel to COLOMBIA right now during Covid? (AUGUST 2021)
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Since the surge in COVID-19 cases in June, the numbers of daily coronavirus cases have been dropping in Colombia. Yet, traveling to Colombia should be avoided. The CDC determined a very high level of COVID-19 (red) in the country. To date, the alert has not been lifted.

On the other hand, Colombia is open to tourism without any restrictions. No test, quarantine, or vaccine is required to enter the country. However, the local governments might soon implement restrictions for unvaccinated people.

Current COVID-19 situation in Colombia

Colombia has been one of the most hit countries by the pandemic. Until today, it has reported over 4.8 million positive coronavirus cases and 122,601 deaths related to the virus.

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At the moment, there are 63,697 active cases (August 9) with an average of 5,994 daily new infections.

There are also mobility restrictions in some regions of the country depending on the number of infections and occupation of local Intensive Care Units. 

Vaccination progress in Colombia

As of August 7, 30.2 million doses have been administered in Colombia. 13.2 million Colombians have been fully vaccinated, which is around 26.2% of the country’s population.

Is it safe to travel to Bogotá?

Bogotá is the largest and most cosmopolitan city of Colombia. No wonder it has reported most cases of the novel coronavirus. As of August 9, it has confirmed more than 1.4 million COVID-19 infections.

However, it seems that Bogotá has passed the third wave of the pandemic. Most establishments and other economic activities in Bogotá reopened on June 8. Also, you can move freely around the city. But you should follow the biosafety measurements, such as wearing face masks, social distancing, and disinfecting.

At the moment, there are 15,262 active cases in Bogotá. We recommend you don’t travel to Bogotá yet. If you must, it’s better to be fully vaccinated.

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Is it safe to travel to Medellín?

Medellín is the capital of the Antioquia province, the second region hit the hardest by the coronavirus crisis. Up until today, it has registered 723,128 cases. Nevertheless, as the surge had passed, the numbers are dropping.

There are 4,194 active cases at the moment. Also, establishments and generally all economic activities reopened in Medellín on June 8.

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Is it safe to travel to Cartagena?

Cartagena de Indias is a port city in Bolívar, which has registered 152,580 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The whole region has 4,383 current infections and belongs to the safer areas of Colombia regarding the pandemic.

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Why visit Colombia in times of COVID?

First of all, there are no entry restrictions in Colombia, even for the high number of coronavirus cases. 

The good news is that the numbers are dropping. Also, there is something for all types of travelers. From the Caribbean beaches and Andean mountain peaks to rainforests and other natural wonders. And, of course, the coffee! In case that you decide to visit Colombia this year, the CDC recommends you be vaccinated.

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