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Colombia: FAQs

Our frequently asked questions about travel to Argentina. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge.

Do I need to get a visa?

The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Colombian authorities:

“To enter Colombia a passport with at least six months validity is needed.  At point of writing a tourist visa was not required for UK, European, American, Canadian and South African clients for stays up to 90 days.”

However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is the traveller’s responsibility to check with the Embassy of the Republic of Colombia or its consulates for up-to-date information before travel.

Do I need any vaccinations before I go away to Colombia?

Please seek professional medical advice and recheck close to the date of travel as the situation may change.

If visiting the southern Amazon, Amacayacu and Gorgona National Parks, you will need to present a yellow fever certificate upon arrival and a tetanus vaccination will also be required.  If travelling on to neighbouring countries in Central and Latin America from Colombia, you may not be allowed to do so without production of a yellow fever certificate.   You should confirm with the authorities of your next destination whether they require a certificate following your visit to Colombia.

What is generally recommended for all is that you ensure you are up to date with hepatitis A, typhoid and routine immunisations – specifically tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, polio, and varicella.

If travelling onwards to a country that requires proof of yellow fever vaccination, it is important that you are able to present your certificate.

Do I need to take malaria tablets?

Colombia is a tropical country so we do recommend you bring good quality mosquito spray with you, especially if you are going to the Amazon. Check with your medical advisor about the areas you are going to before travelling to see whether you should bring malaria tablets with you and which ones will suit you best. Some excellent medication (with fewer side effects) is available for shorter visits to risk areas.

Should I bring travellers cheques?

In Colombia we do not recommend to bring travellers cheques.  Travellers’ cheques are rarely used in Colombia and are difficult to change outside of Bogotá.

Cash machines are always nearby in big cities, but you must be sure to look for the relevant symbol on the machine for your card to ensure it is an international machine (displaying the VISA, Master Card etc symbols), local ones will not work.  If you are travelling to a remote area make sure you have some cash already and don’t have to rely on what may be the single cash machine in the village.

Major credit cards are usually accepted in most important tourist destinations. Generally it’s good to have more than one card, so that you have an alternative if there is a problem with the connection for one.

Which currency should I bring?

The local currency is called the Colombian Peso. You may be able to buy some Colombian currency from your bank or currency exchange either near your home or at the airport.  If not available pre travel you can take some currency to exchange upon arrival or use a cash machine.   If exchanging money we recommend changing only in authorized money exchange bureaus, banks or hotels and never on the street. The USA dollar is the easiest currency to exchange.

Electricity

All of Colombia uses 110 volt electricity with US type flat two pin plugs.  It is best to bring an adapter if you need one.