Colombia has a lot to offer travellers interested in natural and cultural experiences. It’s the second-most biodiverse country in the world, home to more than 1,920 species, and an ideal destination for birdwatchers.
At ProColombia, we are committed to fostering a culture of sustainable and responsible tourism that cares about the environment and local communities.
Colombia is known as the country of 1,000 rhythms, because we dance to the rhythm of cumbia, champeta, reggaeton, salsa or vallenato, but we also enjoy the traditional notes of the Colombian Pacific and the sounds of the east.
It is not a coincidence that our international tourism campaign, Visit Colombia: Feel the Rhythm, uses music as a vehicle to promote tourism.
Can you travel to Colombia?
British travellers cannot go to Colombia at the moment.
The country has reopened its borders to those arriving by air, with the resumption of some international flight routes.
However on January 15, the UK government introduced a ban on arrivals from Colombia following the identification of a new strain of coronavirus in Brazil. This doesn’t apply to British and Irish nationals or those with UK residency, but they must enter a government-approved quarantine hotel for 10 days on their return after the country was added to the UK’s ‘red list’.
How is Colombia planning to reopen to tourists?
Tourism has been one of the most affected of all major economic sectors. However, we are convinced the tourism industry has immense resilience and it will play a crucial role in the recovery of the world’s economy.
At ProColombia, we are working on a recovery plan focusing our efforts on the following priorities:
- adapting to change.
- facilitating air travel connectivity.
- reinforcing travellers’ trust in their ability to safely visit our destinations.
With these priorities in mind, we are dedicated to supporting the recovery of Colombia’s tourism industry.
Our government has provided tools to help travel companies maintain their businesses, as well as redesigning products and experiences according to new types of consumers and changes in market behaviour.
ProColombia is providing virtual training through our Export Training Programme in Tourism. This tool offers a series of courses in different topics including biosecurity, tourism packages and sustainability, among others. In just six weeks, around 9,000 tour operators, travel agencies and other companies have participated in the courses and seminars.
In addition, we are promoting high-quality and sustainable tourism. ProColombia has been working on these guidelines for some time now, but it has now become imperative that the tourism supply chain focuses on activities that positively impact the environment and communities.
When can I fly to Colombia?
International air operations began in September, with more flight routes being added each day, such as the reinstatement of the Air Canada Toronto-Bogotá service in September.
ProColombia has made great progress in international air travel connectivity, lowering the sales tax on air travel from 19% to 5%, a reduction of 14% on ticket prices.
What can travellers expect on arrival in Colombia?
The Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia, with the support of the International Air Transport Association, among other organisations, are working together on new security protocols in all Colombian airports.
For example, El Dorado Airport in Bogotá will have security protocols such as thermal cameras that can detect the body temperature of 15 to 20 people simultaneously in just two seconds. There are also portable sinks, sanitising gels, soap and water at various locations throughout the airport, as well as frequent sanitising and digital immigration procedures to reduce contact.
Our nation took early isolation measures to tackle Covid-19, which allowed us to strengthen the health system and slow the virus infection rate through social distancing.
We are confident about the future, and we believe that the measures we have taken to face the pandemic will help Colombia recover its economic and social growth path once this has passed.
To find out more about the latest Covid-19 updates in Colombia, visit our website.
Last updated February 15, 2021