After a new coronavirus mutation was discovered in Britain, Colombia banned incoming flights from the European nation. Shortly thereafter, the UK enacted restrictions on travelers from Colombia, or who have recently visited Colombia.
Based on the government website, visitors who have been in or transited through Colombia in the previous 10 days cannot enter the UK. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in the UK from Colombia will need to self-isolate with their households on their return.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office issued an advisory for British nationals against all but essential travel to the whole of Colombia based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks, and for security reasons the FCDO advised against travel to:
- the departments of Arauca and Guaviare (except their capital cities)
- the department of Chocó (except its capital Quibdó, the whale-watching towns of Nuquí and Bahía Solano, and the tourist site of Capurganá)
- the Ariari region of southern Meta (except the tourist site of Caño Cristales – if travelling to Caño Cristales, travel by air to and from the town of La Macarena with a reputable tour company)
- the South Pacific, Sanquianga and Telembi regions of Nariño
- the Western region of Cauca
- Buenaventura in the department of Valle del Cauca
- the Urabá and Bajo Cauca regions of Antioquia
- the region of Southern-Bolívar
- the region of Southern-Córdoba
- the Catatumbo region of Norte de Santander
- Orito, San Miguel, Valle del Guamuez, Puerto Caicedo, Puerto Guzmán, Puerto Asis and Puerto Leguizamo in Putumayo
- Cartagena del Chairá, San Vicente del Caguan, Puerto Rico, El Doncello, Paujil and La Montañita in Caquetá
- the municipality of Puerto Carreño in Vichada, except the departmental capital
- within 5km of the Venezuelan border and within 5km of the Ecuadorian border, except for the border crossing on the Pan-American highway, at Ipiales.
Beginning 4am on January 15, 2021 visitors who have been in or transited through Colombia in the previous 10 days cannot enter the UK. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in the UK from Colombia will need to self-isolate with their households on their return. Click here for the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Following the December 20 announcement by the Colombian Government to restrict flights to and from the UK, travelers cannot enter Colombia if their journey started in the UK, but with some exceptions to this (see Entry requirements). Direct flights to and from London have been suspended until further notice.
Travel is subject to entry restrictions
Arrivals to Colombia are subject to mandatory entry requirements:
- For air travel into Colombia, a negative PCR test issued within 96 hours prior to boarding will be required for all passengers, including children.
- Travelers without a negative PCR test may be asked to complete a written form explaining why they were unable to get a test or the results in time prior to being allowed to board by the airline. Passengers will be required to take the test upon arrival and to self-isolate either for 14 days or until a negative test result is received
- Between 24 hours and 1 hour before departure, travelers must fill out the ‘Check-Mig’ form, available on the Migración Colombia website. The traveler will receive a confirmation email that must be presented upon arrival in Colombia. Travelers also will need to complete this form 24 hours before departure from Colombia.
- Travelers must not present a fever or respiratory symptoms associated with Covid-19 prior to boarding the aircraft.
- The use of a mask is mandatory for everyone over two years of age throughout the flight.
- Travelers must bring spare facemasks and follow the airline’s instructions on how regularly to change them during the flight.
- Travelers must stay in your assigned seat during the entire flight.
- If travelers develop any Covid-19 symptoms within 14 days of arriving in Colombia, they must inform the local health ministry representative, as well as the airlines booked or flown. Land and river borders are closed at least until January 16th.
See Entry requirements before planning travel.
UK Residents Preparing To Return to the UK
If a traveler wishes to return to the UK from overseas, he or she must:
- provide his or her journey and contact details before travel
- check if there are self-isolation requirements upon return
When travelling to Colombia during the coronavirus pandemic, British nationals are advised to see the Coronavirus page for more information.
During the COVID-19 pandemic it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and verify coverage. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
There have been large scale protests in recent months which could recur at any time. These demonstrations can be confrontational and may turn violent. A number of people have been killed and injured. Travelers should remain vigilant, avoid all demonstrations, and monitor local media for the latest information.
The UK government is of the opinion that “terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Colombia.” The security situation can change very quickly in many areas of the country. All travelers should pay close attention to warnings issued by the Colombian authorities.
Additional Information From The UK Government
Despite high levels of crime, most visits to Colombia are trouble-free. See Crime
For British abroad who need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Consular support is limited in parts of Colombia where the British government advises against all but essential travel and areas where there is a limited state presence. When consular support is unavailable, the British Embassy will liaise with local authorities to request assistance.
To contact emergency services, call 123 (in Spanish).
UK health authorities have classified Colombia as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.