Authorities in Colombia are likely to continue the gradual easing of restrictions on international air travel to various cities through October as part of the nation's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan. However, land and maritime borders will remain closed through at least Nov. 1 except for cargo and humanitarian aid.

International Air Travel
Colombian officials have approved several international flight routes, including to and from cities in the US and Bolivia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and, more recently, Curacao and Panama. The availability of flights depends on the discretion of international airlines to resume flights on the approved routes. As of mid-October, airports with the approved reactivation of international flights are:

  • Armenia: El Eden International Airport (AXM)
  • Barranquilla: Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (BAQ)
  • Bogota: El Dorado International Airport (BOG)
  • Bucaramanga: Palonegro International Airport (BGA)
  • Cali: Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport (CLO)
  • Cartagena: Rafael Nunez International Airport (CTG)
  • Medellin: Jose Maria Cordova Airport (MDE)
  • Pereira: Matecana International Airport (PEI)


In order to be permitted entry, all international travelers must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken no more than 96 hours before the travel date. Citizens and residents may be allowed entry without a COVID-19 test but will be required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine. All travelers must complete the Migracion Colombia's online "Check-Mig" form between 24 hours and 1 hour before departure. Travelers are also required to comply with regulations associated with the "CoronApp" contact tracing mobile application.

Domestic Measures
Authorities will enforce selective quarantine measures until at least the end of October. Under the directive, only people who present COVID-19 symptoms are required to self-quarantine at home for at least 14 days. All other individuals must continue to wear facemasks in public spaces and adhere to physical distancing and sanitization protocols. All open establishments must continue to follow strict safety and sanitation guidelines. Municipal officials have the authority to suspend certain activities or enforce tighter movement restrictions depending on local disease activity. Nonetheless, the following restrictions remain in place nationwide:

  • Restaurants may operate with a 50-person capacity limit. No alcohol may be served.
  • Entertainment establishments, including cinemas, theaters, bars, and casinos, are allowed to open. No alcohol may be served. Nightclubs remain closed.
  • Spas and sporting facilities, such as gymnasiums and swimming pools are open, with a maximum capacity of 50 people. Sporting events are prohibited.
  • Religious services may take place in certain municipalities but may have no more than 50 people in attendance.


Despite the relaxing of some restrictions, transport and business disruptions are likely to persist. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

 

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

 

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