October 2, 2020

Colombia: Reopening of International Flights and Implementation of Travel Procedures

Columbia recently announced updated immigration control procedures as certain international commercial flights are resuming, following restrictions put into place earlier this year as a result of the coronavirus. In accordance with Resolution 2232, Special Administrative Unit Migration Colombia issued new protocols around entry and exit procedures, and the obligations travellers must meet before, during and after their trip.

What has changed?

While Columbia has resumed some international commercial flight activity, it is currently restricted to specific countries, including the United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia and Guatemala. It is expected the list of countries will increase once governments and airlines accept and approve the associated travel protocols.

Following the reopening of the above flights into and out of Colombia, the Special Administrative Unit Migration Colombia have issued clear instructions for travellers. Below are some of the key obligations that travellers must follow:

    • Complete the Check-Mig online form, prior to both the exit or entry process to the national territory. This can be done between 24 hours and 1 hour before the trip.
    • Provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before the flight.
    • Maintain social distancing measures and sanitizing of hands according to the airport signs.
    • Comply with current biosafety protocols.

For previously registered travellers, Automatic Migration and/or Biomig services will be available at the airports to facilitate these requirements.

Alongside the obligations the individual travellers must follow, Migration Colombia are also bound to complete the following:

    • Verify that travellers have all their travel documents.
    • For those foreigner nationals entering the country, visas will only be required for non-restricted nationalities, as well as for those who require a visa due to their activities in the country.
    • In the event that a possible case of Covid-19 is detected, Migration Colombia must activate the protocol Public Health Event of International Importance - ESPII.
    • Apply the biosafety protocols designed by the national government in conjunction with the Labor Risk Administrator (ARL) and suggested by the health authorities, as well as provide personal protection equipment.

Further to the above, airport operators must also disseminate information on the protocols for social distancing and virus spread prevention. They must implement and monitor thermal cameras to determine the temperature of multiple passengers quickly and with real-time reporting. They must also guarantee the presence of health professionals in all terminals.

What you need to do

For further information on entry into Colombia, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at immigration@sterlinglexicon.com.

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