Travel Advice for Colombia
Colombia
Capital: Santa Fe de Bogota

Time Zone GMT - 5
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 57
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available to most areas. Calls to remoter areas may have to be made through the operator
Outgoing Code: 90
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
All services - 112 (01 in smaller towns and rural areas).
Tourist
Information
Ministerio de Desarollo Economico, Carrera 13, No 28-01, Pisos 5-9, Santa Fe de Bogota DC, Colombia. Tel: (1) 320 0077 Fax: (1) 287 6025. Corporacion Nacional de Turismo, Apdo Aereo 8400, Calle 28, No 13A-15, 16-18, Santa Fe de Bogota DC, Colombia.
Tel: (1) 283 9466 Fax: (1) 284 3818.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all with 6 months validity except nationals of Chile and Ecuador travelling direct from their respective countries and holding national identity cards. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Not required by tourists staying less than 90 days. NOTE: Visitors must show proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay. Nationals of The People's Republic of China, Taiwan and Haiti do require visas, whatever the purpose of their visit. All visitors must obtain an exit stamp from the security police before leaving. (Best obtained at the airport or in the main cities).
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists throughout the year in low lying and rural areas in the Falciparum variety.
Resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: Vaccination recommended.
Other Health Risks: Cholera, Hepatitis and Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Peso (Col$).
Exchange: The US$ is the easiest to exchange at hotels, banks, shops and travel agencies.
All major credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques in US dollars are preferred. These are easier to exchange in the larger towns.
ATM availability: Over 2,500 locations.
Cost of
Living
Accommodation and commodities are moderately priced in the cities.
Languages Spanish. Local Indian dialects and English is also spoken.
Weather Hot and humid with a raining season between May - Nov. Cooler climate in the upland areas.
Electricity 110/120 Volts AC, US 2 pin plugs are used.
Post Airmail usually takes 5 - 7 days. International post boxes are yellow.
Transport FLIGHTS: There is an excellent network of domestic flights and the large distances between cities makes this method of transport more convenient.
ROAD: Highways connecting the main cities have recently been completed. Roads are usually passable except during the raining season.
DOCUMENTATION: An IDP is required.
Special
Information
Guerilla attacks on the periphery of Bogota and other urban entres are intensifying. Kidnapping and criminal violence remain problems especially in rural and border areas extreme caution is therefore required. Road journeys are dangerous and so is travel after dark. Personal safety and possessions are at risk at all times. Thus, whilst not specifically advising against travel to Colombia, great caution is needed and conditions cannot be guaranteed. Corruption is commonplace in Colombia.