Practical info about Colombia

Here we share with you some practical information before your trip to Colombia and things that are important to know when visiting the country. Check out this information so you are well prepared.

Passport/Visa

Not required for stays 90 days or less.

Your passport must be valid for at least three months after the departure date from Colombia. Be sure to get an entry or exit stamp in the passport. You should investigate which rules apply to you. You are responsible for ensuring that all travel documents are in order when you arrive at the airport.

Vaccination

Vaccinations before traveling to Colombia depend on your health profile and the length of travel. The vaccination center makes an individual assessment to see which vaccines you need. You should contact it at least one month before departure.

Yellow fever vaccine, documented on the WHO International Certificate of Vaccination, is required for travelers coming from Brazil, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda. The vaccine must have been administered at least 10 days before arrival in Colombia.

Zika virus

There is a zika virus infection risk in Colombia. The virus is transmitted via the same mosquito that can be infected with dengue fever and yellow fever. There are no vaccinations or preventative medicine for zika virus. It is therefore advisable to protect bare skin with mosquito spray. The disease is very similar to a mild flu and is only serious for pregnant women. If you are pregnant and infected with zika virus, there is a great risk of birth defects, among other things, the brain of the fetus does not develop properly. Therefore, we do not recommend traveling to Colombia if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has now established that a dose provides lifelong protection. However, some countries still require a certificate of replenishment dose after ten years. travel in this area takes malaria prevention medicine. In the rest of Colombia, especially on the Pacific and in the countryside for approx. 100 meters is a risk of malaria, and you must also be very careful and prevent mosquito bites (mosquito spray with DEET or AUTAN, use of impregnated mosquito net or stay in hotels with air conditioning). The malaria mosquito only stings when it gets dark. Choose light upholstery. Wear long sleeves and trousers. Spray the clothes with insecticides containing permethrin.

Dengue fever

Dengue fever occurs throughout Colombia, also in the cities. There is no vaccine or preventative medicine for dengue fever and care should be taken to protect against mosquito bites with mosquito spray with DEET or AUTAN. Dengue mosquitoes usually revolve around sunset and sunrise. Requirements and recommendations regarding vaccinations are constantly changing for different countries. Therefore, contact your doctor or vaccination center for up-to-date information on necessary vaccinations.

Safety

Security situation in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years. Travel to the country’s major cities and tourist areas can now be made without problems, but usual caution should always be exercised.

Climate

Heavy rainfall can sometimes cause major problems. The coldest is the months of April and May. Colombia has seismological activity.

Travel insurance

Contact your insurance company to check if current home insurance includes travel cover for stays in Colombia. If not, you should take out a separate travel insurance.

Currency

Colombian peso (COP)

Electricity

Colombia has a different standard on electrical outlets than in Europe. It’s better to bring an adapter.

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