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Practical Information

Entry and Exit Requirements

U.S. Citizens (who are not also Colombian citizens) must show a valid U.S. passport to enter and depart Colombia. Tourists also must provide evidence of return or onward travel. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for a tourist stay of 60 days or less.

Stiff fines are imposed if passports are not stamped on arrival or if the traveler remains in Colombia for more than 60 days without the authorization of the Colombian Immigration Agency. Before traveling, please check with a Colombian consulate to make sure that the visa requirements are still the same.

According to Colombian law, any person born in Colombia must use their Colombian passport to enter and leave Colombia, even if also a citizen of another country. Therefore, if you are a Colombian-American citizen, you should be prepared to carry your Colombian passport as well as your U.S. passport on your trip.

If only one parent is traveling with children under the age of 18, then the other parent must sign a document allowing the parent to leave Colombia with that child. For information on this document, see the Colombia Consulate for more information.

For the most current information regarding entry and customs requirements, travelers should contact the Colombian Embassy at 2118 Leroy Place, N.W., Washington, DC 20008; telephone (202) 387-8338; Colombian Embassy website; or the Colombian consulate in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, San Juan, or Washington (for a list, click here).  

For up-to-date information on travel to Colombia, including travel warnings, visit:

Money and Taxes

The local currency is the Colombian peso. There are coins of 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 peso, and banknotes of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000 pesos.

Foreign currency can be changed at airports, banks, money exchanges and hotels. The maximum amount of foreign exchange permitted for tourists is US$25,000 for the entire length of stay. Major credit cards generally are accepted in larger cities but use may be limited in more rural areas.

Tourists in Colombia pay three kinds of taxes: airport tax, departure tax, and Value Added Tax or IVA.

Vaccinations

No particular vaccination is required unless visiting the jungle regions where it is recommended to vaccinate against yellow fever and tetanus.

Voltage

Electricity in Colombia is 110 volts. Plugs are American-type with two flat pins. For some appliances, adaptors are needed