Travelers from countries that have a restriction need to apply for a tourist visa in the Colombian consulate of their country of origin to be able to travel to Colombia. Colombia Eco Travel is not a Visa service provider.
There is no nationality restriction to travel to Colombia.
Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Mexico, Norway, The Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, United States, Venezuela and foreign residents of Canada and the United States.
Canadians are required to pay a reciprical entry fee of $80 CAD.
Foreigners of countries that have no restriction when they travel to Colombia, if they travel only for tourism, may stay in the country for up to 90 days from the date of entry that is indicated on the immigration seal, which is stamped on the passport by the official at the port of entry.
Before travelling to jungle and low lying costal regions, you must have the Yellow Fever and Tetanus vaccines at least 15 days in advance. Yellow Fever vaccinations can be administered free of charge at local clinics and transport terminals.
Major cities have excellent potable water. However, we recommend you to avoid drinking from taps on the Coastal areas and rather drink bottled water. Read more about not using disponible plastic bottles here: TAP – Travelers Against Plastic.
Arriving in Bogotá at 2,644 meters above sea level (8,675 feet) can cause altitude sickness. We recommend drinking Coca Tea. It’s available most places and won’t have any negative effects. Read more about it on the Washington Post here.
Avianca is the oldest airline in Colombia, in fact in the Americas, and offers many international and domestic flights. It is also our preferred carrier.
You can book domestic flights through on our flights page.
Time in Colombia is based on Greenwich Mean Time with a difference of five or six hours, depending on the season. When it is 12 noon in Colombia, in London it is 5pm, in Madrid 6pm, in New York 12 noon and in Los Angeles 9am. In summer the difference increases one hour.
Colombia lies between latitudes 4º south and 12º north, and between 67º and 79º longitude west. It is an equatorial country whose climatic variations are determined by trade winds, humidity and especially by altitude: the higher up you go, the colder it is.
There are only two seasons, and almost throughout the country there are two rainy periods – from April to June and from August to November – and two dry periods. However, the country enjoys constant luminosity throughout the year, with an equal number of daylight and night time hours.
The official currency of Colombia is the Peso ($ COP). The Exchange rates are around $2,900 COP per $ USD, $3,450 COP per € EUR and $3,850 COP per £ GBP.
The major cities of the country have an extensive network of cash points. Most are in service 24 hours and offer the option of the English language. The transactions generally permitted are: credit/debit balance, withdrawals, transfers and cash advances.
Avoid giving the card to strangers or revealing your personal PIN code. Cash points are strategically located, particularly on thoroughfares and in shopping malls. Some, such as Cirrus, Visa and Master Card, permit international debit and credit transactions.
The majority of hotels, restaurants and commercial establishments accept international credit/debit cards. The most frequent are Visa and Master Card. Only some places accept American Express and Diners Club. It is advisable to inform your bank before you travel to Colombia so they can allow foreign transactions.
The majority of the hotels in major cities offer Free or Inexpensive Internet service. Many rural or country side hotels only offer limited internet connectivity. You may also find coffee shops with Internet as well as computer centers with internet access.
If you have any questions not covered here, please contact us. We are always available to help.