Updated: Apr 19
Most flights are operating normally in and out of Colombia - you will need to do a PCR test before traveling*
Updated 19th April 2021
The city of Santa Marta is currently in confinement on weekends (this will likely be lifted at the end of April), however, most visitors fly into the cities of Santa Marta, Barranquilla, or Cartagena and quickly travel out to a less urban area to enjoy the beaches and nature. The restrictions outside of Santa Marta city are much more relaxed, and once you are at your accommodation, you will soon forget about the restrictions set in place.
Travelers are allowed to transit to and from their accommodation on any day of the week, as long as you have a reservation. Parks, museums, beaches, etc. may be closed on the weekend, but it isn’t going to stop you from getting to your next destination.
“Can I finally make my trip to Colombia? Is it worth going with the restrictions?” (Yes it is, just be prepared for a little more paperwork before flying*)
Getting to Colombia from the USA
International travellers are required to take a PCR test 96 hours before they board their flight to Colombia. I have taken the PCR test twice before returning to Colombia, and the process is quick and easy. Both times I was administered the test within 5 minutes of arriving and got my results emailed to me within 36 hours. The front desk agent at your departure airport WILL ask for your test results, so make sure you have them printed out and ready to go.
Upon entry, Colombia also requires you to show proof you filled out a Pre-Registration form using the Check-Mig app. I highly recommend you download this app before you depart to Colombia, as I have always had trouble getting a steady internet connection at the airports here. Fill out the form, and take a screenshot of the final landing page to show to the Migration agent.
Getting to Colombia from Europe
The process is very similar to traveling from the USA, although there are a few countries restricting flights to and from Colombia. You’ll need to take a PCR test 96 hours before boarding your flight, download the app, and fill in some extra forms. Your airline will send you a full checklist of things to do before your flight. Make sure you double-check your email for this checklist, as rules change regularly.
There are a few countries restricting travel to and from Colombia: Canada, Brazil, and the U.K. to name a few. Refer to your home country’s embassy web page for the most up-to-date information about travel from your home country.
Now is the time to enjoy this unspoiled area of Colombia
Far from being totally empty, the hostels, hotels, and beaches along the Caribbean Coast around Tayrona are still humming along, it’s easier to find a bed than pre-covid, and because it’s not totally packed, it’s a great time to enjoy the area and be surrounded by fresh air and nature.
Like most of the world, the tourism industry in Colombia has taken a massive hit due to the pandemic. Colombia had a record year for tourism in 2019 attracting more than 4.5 million visitors from the exterior of the country and were preparing for more than 6 million visitors in 2020. Due to the pandemic, over half of Colombians employed in the tourism sector lost their jobs, and the government left them high and dry with no financial support. With tourism numbers not expected to reach pre-pandemic levels until 2024, it will be a slow climb back to normalcy for those involved in the tourism sector.
Adrenaline Addicts and all of our partners are eagerly awaiting your return to our beautiful country. Time to dust off the motos, throw on a mask, and open the throttle into some new adventures.
*If you are in a high-risk category, we don’t recommend that you travel until you are either fully vaccinated, or the risk has cleared.