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Colombia Reopens Borders To International Tourists
With 2021 just around the corner, we are hopeful for a year full of travel and adventure to make up for lost time. Borders are starting to reopen across the globe, welcoming international travelers and hopefully, beginning a trend to return us all to normalcy. Colombia added its name to that list this month when it officially reopened its borders for international tourism on September 21.
After six months of lockdown, Colombia’s airports will also reopen on the 21st, removing any COVID-19-related entry restrictions for travelers from all nations. Visa requirements will remain the same, but thankfully Colombia welcomes almost 100 countries that can visit visa-free, including Canada, USA, UK, Australia, and all EU nations.
If you plan on visiting Colombia, you will still have to follow some strict guidelines. Travelers must show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken no more than 96 hours prior to departure. No quarantine will be required for anyone who is able to provide this test. All arrivals will have to undergo health screenings, including temperature checks, and all passengers will need to wear a mask during their in-bound flight, at all times within the airport terminal, and on any transportation to their final destination.
According to the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, Colombia has just over 784,000 confirmed cases and just over 24,000 confirmed deaths due to the coronavirus.
The South American nation saw record tourism in 2019 with 4.5 million visitors, and earlier this year President Duque stated that for 2020, Colombia wanted to exceed that number with 6 million visitors. Hopefully, the country will be able to get back on track in 2021, and return to being one of the top visited countries in South America.