This morning, Colombia’s President Ivan Duque announced that there will be no entry into Colombia by foreign travelers, regardless of nationality beginning this weekend and for a period of 30 days. This measure includes Colombian citizens and permanent residents.
The president took these steps as part of emergency measures to fight the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic. The extra steps may have been precipitated by the now infamous case this week of a Colombian woman who returned with her American husband, and ignored the mandatory self-quarantine order to go partying and drinking the very next night; where she was caught “red-handed.” The woman now faces up to 8 years in prison and her husband is being processed for deportation.
The president also announced that Migration Colombia, the country’s border control agency will take additional steps to monitor compliance by returnees under quarantine orders. Those violating quarantine face prison or deportation.
Photo credit: Juan Pablo Bello, Presidencia de la República