Colombia has a rich culture and complicated history. The country is a popular travel destination, with the four most desired locations being Cartagena, Bogota, Santa Marta, and Cali. For years, however, it has been a dangerous area for outsiders due to civil unrest, crime, and terrorism.

In keeping with the caution travelers normally take in Colombia, U.S. citizens should consider the risk of contracting COVID during their trip. The CDC issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice, which means the organization recommends avoiding travel there and being fully vaccinated if you must.


The U.S. Department of State tells citizens to avoid travel to Arauca, Cauca (except Popayán), Chocó (except Nuquí), Nariño, and Norte de Santander (except Cúcuta) due to crime and terrorism. Additionally, U.S. travelers should avoid crowds and protest areas.

American tourists to Colombia do not need to show paperwork for a negative COVID-19 test. They also no longer need to quarantine on arrival. But all travelers will need to complete a pre-registration form between 48 hours and 1 hour before departure. Travelers can find and complete the form online.

U.S. citizens can fly into Colombia but only through one of the eight busiest airports;

  • Bogota
  • Cartagena
  • Medellin (Rionegro)
  • Cali
  • Barranquilla
  • Armenia
  • Pereira
  • Bucaramanga

Curfews fluctuate based on intensive care unit (ICU) statistics. Public limitations can start anytime between 6:00 pm and midnight and end at 5:00 am. Curfews vary by city, so visitors will need to check local guidelines. Likewise, restrictions can vary widely by region or city.

Upon return, travelers will need to present negative COVID results from a test within the three days before departure.