Travel Planning
Colombia
Travel Planning
Colombia

Colombia at a Glance

Magical Colombia has everything from lush jungle to arid mountains to sultry beaches. Dive in and get ready to see what this under-traveled country has to offer. 

The cities of Medellin and Bogota are teeming with life. Great music, dance clubs and late nights on the beach are local favorites. With some caution, you too can get swept up in a communal evening in the bars, restaurants and clubs. If there's a football match on TV, expect nothing else to be on. Join in with locals as they enthusiastically support their team.

Colombia is also known for its beaches. White sands are awash with bathing beauties male and female. Surfing, kite surfing and snorkeling make beaches similar to a Caribbean paradise. For those who crave an adventure, head to the mountains. High terrain, wonderful views and the bright, equatorial sunshine make traveling a treat.  Open up your heart to Colombia and you will discover a paradise. 

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Popular Places
  • Bogota Bogota
  • Medellin Medellin
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport El Dorado International Airport
  • Major Airport José María Córdova International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

Most visitors to Colombia do not need a visa for trips under three months. A valid passport from your country of origin with at least six months remaining and one page for stamping is required. Contact the Colombian Consulate to learn more about the entry requirements for your personal situation. American citizens can learn more at the  U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather and Seismic Activity Colombia's higher elevations can have extreme variation in temperature between day and night. Lower elevation areas are uniformly warm. Earthquakes occur in Colombia. 

Safety Concerns The U.S State Department routinely flags Colombia with travel warnings. Check the U.S State Department's list of travel alerts and warnings  for updated information. Drug violence and kidnapping are chief concerns, especially in unsecured rural areas. Petty criminals are interested in your cash and you should be alert for pickpockets and hold-ups. Carry a decoy wad of cash and leave your valuables behind at home or in a hotel safe. 

Health Concerns Travelers should contact their doctor at least two months before their trip to learn about required vaccinations. Do not drink the water in Colombia. It is easiest to purify or boil it to avoid getting sick. 

 

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