Health and Vaccinations

Health and Vaccinations

The vaccinations you need for your travelling in Colombia depend on the exact regions you plan to go, as well as the vaccinations you’ve already had. Contact your doctor or a local travel vaccinations provider to get a personal advise about your vaccination requirements and get the vaccines and/or medicines you may need.

Make sure to be on time (ideally, 4-6 weeks) because some vaccinations need to be repeated.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advices to make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations before every trip. These include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Moreover, CDC mentions the following regarding your Colombia travel:

Most travelers need:
– Hepatitis A
– Typhoid

In some cases travelers need:
– Hepatitis B
– Malaria
– Rabies
– Yellow Fever (vaccination is sometimes recommended to keep you safe from contracting the disease, depending on which part of the country you are visiting and/or the length of time of your stay)

Since December 14, 2021, it is mandatory for tourists to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the country. If you have not been fully vaccinated, but have had 1 shot from, for example, Pfizer or Moderna, you must also be able to show a negative PCR test. You must also be vaccinated to enter restaurants and other catering establishments (with the exception of hotels). No vaccination or test is required for domestic flights. The vaccination certificate can be on paper or digital and must contain your name, type of vaccination and date of vaccination. This measure is in effect at the time of writing, February 5, 2022. Measures regarding COVID change frequently, make sure you are up to date with the latest rules before traveling.

Ticks and mosquitoes
Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection against ticks and mosquitoes.

Protection against UV radiation
Colombia has a very sunny climate. However, the local temperature can be very divers because of altitude differences but the sun power remains the same. Make sure to always use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, to wear clothing that covers up the sensitive parts of your skin and to seek shade during the hottest time of the day, being from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Regarding medicines, for advice on current use of medicine during your travel and for a medicines list, we recommend to get advised by your doctor.

We don’t provide for a health insurance. In any case, our clients are responsible for being insured sufficiently.

We require you to get your own travel insurance for health and luggage. Please check the official travel advice from your government for Colombia, this can impact the validity of your travel insurance.