Flight Connections of Colombia after the Corona Crisis

Dear travelers
After a total shutdown, the first national and international flights are starting again in Colombia. Therefore, we have set up an overview below to summarize the progress and current status of all flight connections. You will find the 4 biggest airports in the beginning and below all airports in alphabetical order.

The information contained is for general guidance on matters of interest only. Given the changing nature of laws, rules and regulations, there may be delays, omissions or inaccuracies in the information contained.

Note: This list was last updated on November 20th.

My name is Frank and I run a travel agency in Bogota, Colombia. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please write them in the comments. Thank you very much and have a good trip to Colombia!

Requirements for international flights to Colombia

The information available so far provides the following:

    • All travelers from abroad must have a Negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken no more than 96 hours before boarding. This test will be required for all flights from October 1st.

UPDATE: On November 4th, the Ministry of Health announced that the PCR test will no longer be required. Now, airlines must inform passengers that once they arrive in Colombia, they will be monitored by their insurer, the Secretary of Health, or the National Contact Center for Tracking (CCNR). Hence, all travelers (national and foreigner) must reportvia phone call (they will reach out) whether they present Covid-19-related symptoms to the entities for the next 14 days of arrival.

The following requirements remain the same:

  • Fill out the Check Mig online form between 24 and 1 hours before your flight to facilitate your emigration control. Passengers who have not previously filled out the Check- Mig application will be denied boarding. This will be checked by Migracion Colombia once you enter the country.
  • Corona app registration on a mobile phone to report your health condition before the flight and for the next 14 days. Download the app: AndroidIOS
  • Anyone with a fever or symptoms associated with Covid-19 will not be allowed to board.

Measurements during the flight

  • Permanent mask-wearing (changing masks for flights longer than 2 hours is recommended).
  • Frequent hand washing/disinfection.
  • Social distancing of 2 meters minimum in airports.
  • Passengers must remain in the assigned seat throughout the flight.
  • The new regulation states that airlines must designate an exclusive bathroom for the crew, as long as there are enough for the use of the passengers without creating an overcrowding. In this case, the bathrooms must be assigned according to the location of the passengers.
  • When food is to be distributed, it must be done in sealed, pre-packaged containers and by letter location on the aircraft to avoid passengers in the same row eating at the same time. Also, for flights of less than two hours, airlines must refrain from on-board service activities.
  • It is suggested that travelers keep as much silence as possible during the trip, since this reduces the risk of transmission.

Since the opening of air borders for commercial flights, more than 9,000 national and foreign citizens have arrived in the country. However, since October 1st, 70 citizens have been denied admission because they attempted to enter without a PCR test or with a positive PCR test.

Update on November 10th: On Monday, November 9th, national headlines went crazy announcing that Colombia would restrict entry of citizens from 7 countries. These were Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. The news were spread after an internal memo from the Director of Migratory and Consular Affairs and Citizen Service – Fulvia Benavides- directed to the consulates abroad leaked into the media. The document stated that the government had decided to temporarily restrict non-essential travelers from the mentioned countries, as a reciprocate measure to the entry restrictions these nations maintained against Colombians. So, as of November 10th Nationals from those countries would only be allowed to enter with a visa and not only their passport, as it was before.

Good news is this measure was not implemented and the memo was an initial communication that needed the approval from other government authorities. Benavides then issued a new circular asking consulate officials to ignore the previous communication and emphasizing that travel restrictions to those visitors will not be established.

FAQs for foreigners:

  • How do I know if my flight to Colombia is canceled? Checking the status of your flight directly with the airline is advisable.
  • Do I have to do quarantine once I arrive in Colombia? No, a negative PCR test for COVID-19 is required to enter the country. Therefore, quarantine is no longer necessary. Until today, travelers to Colombia don’t have to do quarantine as long as they comply with the measures mentioned above.
    *For travelers that arrived in humanitarian flights between September 19th and 30th without the PCR test, there was a mandatory quarantine of 14 days at the place of accommodation.
    *Colombians without a PCR test couldn’t be refused entry to the country, but they had a mandatory 14-day quarantine and a test done immediately.
  • Can I enter Colombia no matter the result of my PCR test? Before November 4, you could only fly if your PCR test result was negative.
    *Foreigners who do not comply with the protocols (arriving without a PCR test or a negative result or a test done more than 96 hours before) may be denied admission to the country.
  • Are rapid tests for COVID-19 valid? No, only PCR tests are admitted.
  • Do I need a visa to enter Colombia? Visa requirements in Colombia depend on your trip purpose. Check here if you need a visa.
  • What do I do if my visa expires during the health emergency in Colombia? Foreigners who have expired their visas have one month from September 21 to apply for a salvoconducto (SC-2 Safe-conduct) or leave the country. Salvoconducto gives a period of 30 days so that the foreigner can solve their migratory situation or leave the country when circumstances so permit. Without it, you cannot request a new visa.
  • And what about expired PIP permit or PT (tourism permit)? Foreigners with PIP permits such as those who entered for tourism will have up to one more month from October 1 to advance the renewal process, obtain a visa, or leave the country. Extension of tourism permits (PTP) can only be requested once.
  • How do I schedule an appointment with Migración Colombia? You must fill out the online FUT form and attach the required documents. Then, you can request an appointment on the same website. The deadline for scheduling appointments for paperwork is December 15, 2020.
  • What happens if I do not carry out the corresponding procedure? “The foreigner who does not carry out the corresponding procedure for a new visa, visa registration, requesting a foreigner’s identity card or Temporary Permit of Permanence (PTP) in the term stipulated in the resolution, will incur a cause of immigration violation and an administrative process will be initiated sanctioning in accordance with current regulations.” Resolución 2223 de 2020 – Migración Colombia
  • Do I need health insurance to travel to Colombia? It is highly recommended that you have coverage of international medical insurance since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can check for this certification in Visitor (V) visa and other visa types applications.
  • Are there curfews in Colombia? Local governments of different Colombian cities established curfew during the long weekend from October 30 to November 2 (because of Halloween) to curb a possible increase in cases of Covid-19.
    While Bogota ruled out the measure, other capitals and smaller cities decreed curfew at varying times. Boyaca and Tolima ordered it for its whole territory, Antioquia for most municipalities including Medellin, and other cities such as Bucaramanga, Manizales, Armenia, Monteria, and Neiva also implemented the measure. The curfew was aimed at the entire population of the city or, in some cases, only to minors. Also, in some cities, curfew was accompanied by the prohibition of selling, buying, and/or consuming alcohol.
    Have this in mind, because curfews may be implemented sometime in the next weeks or months as a preventive measure.

What is the current situation in Colombia?

Commerce and tourism are slowly reopening to the public with some restrictions. Malls, restaurants, shops, and other establishments will take your temperature and ask you to disinfect your hands and shoes for entering. These also are functioning with a reduced capacity, meaning you might have to wait a bit more than usual to enter a restaurant, for instance.

In the last days, unfortunately, coastal regions of Colombia have suffered huge devastation because of hurricane Eta and most recently, category 5 hurricane Iota. San Andres and Providencia Archipelago, especially, in the Caribbean, have been the most impacted. 98% of Providencia island infrastructure is destroyed and one person died. In San Andres, 60% of the territory was left with no power for hours due to the floodings and damages.

But other regions in Cartagena, Barranquilla, and Chocó on the Pacific coast have been hardly hit by this natural phenomenon. More than half of the municipalities of Chocó have been impacted by river overfloods and landslides related to the rainy season. There are at least 35.000 people affected, one dead, one missing, and around 50 houses damaged or completely destroyed. Other consequences are main roads blocked by avalanches and bridges collapsed, leaving several towns isolated.

This is the first time that a category 5 hurricane hits the country. Also, as an indirect consequence other coastal and inland cities are at risk of sudden floods and landslides, and most certainly will present heavy rainfall as it’s being seen in Bogota. So, if you’re planning to visit the country, be sure to check the news and sites such as the IDEAM to see the status and forecasts of the weather. San Andres and Providencia at least won’t be on the tourism radar for some time. Fortunately, cities such as Bogota have a wide offer for cultural tourism that you should consider.

[/fusion_text]

Requirements for international flights from Colombia

Requirements depend on the destination country. Check the health and migratory regulations of the country you are heading to beforehand.

  • Fill out the Check Mig online form between 24 and 1 hours before your flight to facilitate your emigration control.
  • Corona app registration on a mobile phone to report your health condition before the flight and for the next 14 days. Download the app: AndroidIOS
  • Travelers outside Colombia now can take the PCR test at private and public laboratories authorized by the National Institute of Health presenting their ticket as the negative result can be required before departure to some countries.
  • Passengers’ access to the airport will be allowed a maximum 3 of hours before departure to avoid crowds. Arriving 2 hours before is recommended.
  • Permanent mask-wearing (changing masks for flights longer than 2 hours is recommended)
  • Frequent hand washing/disinfection.
  • Social distancing of 2 meters minimum in airports.
  • Passengers must remain in the assigned seat throughout the flight.
  • For short flights, it is recommended not to use the plane’s toilets.

FAQs for Colombian citizens:

  • For information on the passport procedure in Bogotá, follow this link.
  • To book your appointment for the procedure, follow this link.
  • For the issuance of passports outside Bogotá you should consult directly with the Governor’s Offices in the departments where this document is issued.
  • Visa procedures should be consulted directly with the consular or immigration authorities of the destination country.
  • For any emergency occurring abroad, there is an online form for emergency and disaster registration that will facilitate the assistance of the consulates.
  • For citizen service, follow this link.

Requirements for domestic flights within Colombia

  • For flights to San Andres, a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken up to 96 hours before departure is required.
  • For departments with low infection rate and whose main access route is by air, negative Corona test result, valid for no more than 48 hours.
  • Passengers’ access to the airport will be allowed a maximum 3 of hours before departure to avoid crowds. Arriving 2 hours before is recommended.
  • Permanent mask-wearing (changing masks for flights longer than 2 hours is recommended)
  • Frequent hand washing/disinfection.
  • Social distancing of 2 meters minimum in airports.
  • Passengers must remain in the assigned seat throughout the flight.
  • For short flights, it is recommended not to use the plane’s toilets.

Note: Airlines, airports, and Migration Offices are responsible for ensuring the biosafety measures and controlling the flow and health condition of travelers, but individual responsibility as citizens is the first key measure of control of the health emergency.

Since 21 September 2020, 4 airports began to offer international flights again. These are El Dorado in Bogota, Jose Maria Cordova in Rionegro (Medellin), Alfonso Bonilla Aragon in Cali, and Rafael Nuñez in Cartagena. There are 9 destinations allowed for now:

    • USA
    • Mexico
    • Dominican Republic
    • Brazil
    • Ecuador
    • Bolivia
    • Guatemala
    • Chile
    • Panama

Bogotá, Distrito Capital, El Dorado International Airport, BOG

International Flights

      • Amsterdam (KLM from 3 October)
      • Atlanta (Delta from October)
      • Barcelona (Avianca from November 6)
      • Buenos Aires (Avianca from November)
      • Calgary (Air Canada from December 19)
      • Cancun (Avianca from 15 October, Wingo)
      • Ciudad de Guatemala (Avianca from 15 October)
      • Dallas (American Airlines from October)
      • Fort Lauderdale (Spirit from October)
      • Guayaquil (Avianca since 1 October, Wingo)
      • Houston (United Airlines from October)
      • Istanbul (Turkish Airlines since November 1 – Requirement: present a Covid-19 medical insurance and address of accommodation)
      • La Paz (Avianca from 15 October)
      • Lima (Viva Air, LATAM)
      • London (Avianca)
      • Madrid (Iberia will operate 3 charter flights Madrid-Bogotá-Madrid between the 9 and 24 of October. Avianca: Madrid-Bogota: 3 flights in October and 4 flights in November. Bogota-Madrid: 2 flights in October and 4 flights in November)
      • Mexico City (Avianca, AeroMexico) since 1 October
      • Miami (Avianca since 1 October, American Airlines)
      • Miami via Medellin (Viva Air since 30 September 2020)
      • Newark (United Airlines from October)
      • New York (Avianca since 1 October)
      • Panama City (Copa Airlines since 14 October)
      • Paris CDG (Air France since October 4)
      • Punta Cana (Avianca from 15 October, Wingo)
      • Québec (Air Canada from December 15)
      • Quito (Avianca since 1 October, Wingo)
      • Rio de Janeiro (Avianca from 15 October)
      • San Salvador (Avianca from 15 October)
      • Santo Domingo (Avianca from 15 October, Wingo)
      • Sao Paulo (Avianca since 1 October)
      • Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Avianca from 15 October)
      • Santiago de Chile (LATAM, Avianca from 15 October, JetSmart)
      • Toronto (Air Canada from December 9)
      • Vancouver (Air Canada from December 10)
      • Washington DC (Avianca from 15 October)

National Flights

Medellín / Rionegro, Antioquia, José María Córdova International Airport, MDE

International Flights

      • Fort Lauderdale (Spirit)
      • Lima (Viva Air)
      • Mexico City (AeroMexico since 2 October)
      • Miami via Cartagena (Viva Air since 23 September 2020)
      • Miami (Avianca since 28 September)
      • New York (Avianca since 28 September)
      • Panama City (Copa Airlines since 12 October)

National Flights

Cartagena, Bolívar, Rafael Núñez International Airport, CTG

International Flights

      • Amsterdam (KLM from 3 October)
      • Cartagena-Fort Lauderdale (Viva Air) since 19 September 2020
      • Fort Lauderdale-Cartagena (Spirit) since 21st September 2020
      • Panama City (Copa Airlines since 12 October)
      • Toronto (Air Canada from January 19 2021)

National Flights

Cali / Palmira, Valle del Cauca, Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport, CLO

International Flights

National Flights

Apartadó / Carepa, Antioquia, Antonio Roldán Betancourt Airport, APO

National Flights

  • Arauca, Arauca, Santiago Pérez Quiroz Airport, AUC

    National Flights

      • Bucaramanga (EasyFly since 25 September)
      • Cúcuta (EasyFly since 25 September)

      Armenia / La Tebaida, Quindío, El Edén International Airport, AXM

      International Flights

          • Fort Lauderdale (Spirit since 1 October)

      National Flights

      Bahía Solano, Chocó, José Celestino Mutis Airport, BSC

      No flights at the moment

      Barrancabermeja, Santander, Yariguíes Airport, EJA

      National Flights

      Barranquilla / Soledad, Atlántico, Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport, BAQ

      International Flights

          • Fort Lauderdale (Spirit from 19 November)
          • Miami since October 1st
          • Panama City (Copa Airlines since 12 October)
          • Curaçao once enter of Colombian citizens is allowed

      National Flights

      Bogotá / Chía, Distrito Capital1, Flaminio Suárez Camacho Airport, GYM

      No flights at the moment

      Bucaramanga / Lebrija, Santander, Palonegro International Airport, BGA

      International Flights

      National Flights

      Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca, Gerardo Tobar López Airport, BUN

      No flights at the moment

      Cartago, Valle del Cauca, Santa Ana Airport, CRC

      No flights at the moment

      Corozal, Sucre, Las Brujas Airport, CZU

      National Flights

      Cúcuta, Norte de Santander, Camilo Daza International Airport, CUC

      National Flights

      Florencia, Caquetá, Gustavo Artunduaga Paredes Airport, FLA

      National Flights

      Girardot / Flandes, Tolima, Santiago Vila Airport, GIR

      No flights at the moment

      Guapi, Cauca, Juan Casiano Airport, GPI

      No flights at the moment

      Ibagué, Tolima, Perales Airport, IBE

      National Flights

      Leticia, Amazonas, Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport, LET

      National Flights

      Manizales, Caldas, La Nubia Airport, MZL

      National Flights

      Mariquita, Tolima, Mariquita Airport, MQU

      No flights at the moment

      Medellín, Antioquia, Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport, EOH

      National Flights

      Mitú, Vaupés, Fabio Alberto León Bentley Airport, MVP

      National Flights

      • Montería, Córdoba, Los Garzones Airport, MTR

        National Flights

        Neiva, Huila, Benito Salas Airport, NVA

        National Flights

        Pasto / Chachagüí, Nariño, Antonio Nariño Airport, PSO

        National Flights

        Pereira, Risaralda, Matecaña International Airport, PEI

        International Flights

          • National Flights

            Popayán, Cauca, Guillermo León Valencia Airport, PPN

            National Flights

            Providencia Island, San Andrés y Providencia, El Embrujo Airport, PVA

            No flights at the moment

            Puerto Asís, Putumayo, Tres de Mayo Airport, PUU

            National Flights

            Puerto Carreño, Vichada, Germán Olano Airport, PCR

            No flights at the moment

            Quibdó, Chocó, El Caraño Airport, UIB

            National Flights

            Riohacha, La Guajira, Almirante Padilla Airport, RCH

            National Flights

            San Andrés, San Andrés y Providencia, Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport, ADZ

            National Flights

            San José del Guaviare, Guaviare, Jorge Enrique González Torres Airport, SJE

            No flights at the moment

            San Vicente del Caguán, Caquetá, Eduardo Falla Solano Airport, SVI

            No flights at the moment

            Santa Marta, Magdalena, Simón Bolívar International Airport, SMR

            National Flights

            Saravena, Arauca, Los Colonizadores Airport, RVE

            No flights at the moment

            Tame, Arauca, Gabriel Vargas Santos Airport, TME

            No flights at the moment

            Tolú, Sucre, Golfo de Morrosquillo Airport, TLU

            No flights at the moment

            Tumaco, Nariño, La Florida Airport, TCO

            No flights at the moment

            Valledupar, Cesar, Alfonso López Pumarejo Airport, VUP

            National Flights

            Villavicencio, Meta, Vanguardia Airport, VVC

            National Flights

            Yopal (El Yopal), Casanare, El Alcaraván Airport (El Yopal Airport), EYP

            National Flights

            Dear Reader,

            • Share your personal experience in the comments so that other travelers can also benefit from your knowledge.
            • Feel free to spread the word that Colombia is one of the most wonderful countries in the world, the share buttons are below

            [/fusion_builder_column]

            [/fusion_builder_row]
            [/fusion_builder_container]
2020-11-20T15:42:10+00:00

Leave A Comment