Travel Information Uncover ColombiaWe have created this section to give you some practical travel information to help you make the most out of your trip to Colombia. We hope this information is useful, however, if you have any questions or you require more information, feel free to get in touch at information@uncovercolombia.com. We will do our best to assist.

Getting to Colombia:

El Dorado (BOG), located in the capital city Bogota, is the biggest international airport in Colombia; but there are also other international airports including:

  • Cartagena - Rafael Nunez Airport (CTG).
  • Medellin - Jose Maria Cordaba Airport (MDE).
  • Barranquilla - Ernesto Cortissoz Airport (BAQ).
  • Cali - Palmaseca (CLO) Located 18 Km from the city of Cali.

Avianca is the biggest Colombian airline operating international flights. However, there are other various international airlines flying frequently to Colombia, such as: 

  • Delta Air Lines
  • Air France
  • Iberia
  • Luftansa
  • KML
  • Air Comet
  • United
  • American Airlines
  • Varig
  • Mexicana de Aviaci√≥n
  • Aerol√≠neas Argentina

Before travelling:

Visa Requirements:

Visas for tourism purposes and for a stay of maximum 90 days are currently not required for passport holders of the following nationalities:

Citizens of the following countries do not require a TP-11, TP-12 or TP-13 Visa, to enter and temporarily stay in the country: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Canada, Czech (Republic), Chile, Cyprus, Korea (Republic of), Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, USA, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Granada, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Dominican Republic, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, San Marino, Saint Lucia, the Vatican, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela..

For up to date information about visas, please contact the Colombian consulate in your country. Further information can be found in the Colombia Travel official website: http://www.colombia.travel/en/practical-information/visa

Vaccinations and Protection:

Before travelling to Colombia, we recommend you to obtain protection against malaria, yellow fever and tetanus, especially if you are travelling to rainforest or jungle regions. However, we strongly recommend to get further information regarding vaccinations and travel health from your General Practitioner or your local health provider before you travel.

We recommend you to carry the vaccination certificates with you in case you are required to prove you have received the correct inoculations.

If you require further information you can also check these websites:

http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx

http://www.nathnac.org/travel/

Travel Insurance:

For all our tours around Colombia we require our customers to have their own travel insurance. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. We strongly recommend you to take copy of your travel insurance policy with you during your trip.

Practical Colombia travel information:

  • Electrical Supply & Plugs: Colombia uses 110 volts AC (60 Hz) and most of the sockets are for appliances using 2 flat pin plugs (similar to US standard).
  • Currency: Colombian Peso (COP$).
  • Time: Colombia local time is GMT -5. 
  • ATM Availability: In major towns.
  • Emergency number: 123.
  • Public phone services: There are widespread public phone services for making both local and international calls. 
  • Mobile telecommunications: There are three companies that provide mobile telecommunications: Movistar, Claro and Tigo.
  • Internet access: The majority of hotels provide internet acess for guests. In large and intermediate cities, there are internet cafes where you can rent a PC with Internet connection for an hour or fraction of an hour at a modest price.
  • Drinking water: Although major cities have excellent running water services, we recommend you to avoid taps, and rather drink bottled water.
  • Tipping: The suggested service is normally 10%. Always check the bill to verify if the service has been already included.