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Colombia’s past history still haunts it. While there is still security concern about the South American country as obvious from the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice, some parts of Colombia is relatively safe for Canadian tourists.

After the decade-long civil war ended between the Government of Colombia and the FARC, most parts of the country have enjoyed an unprecedented peace. Travelers only have to worry about petty theft and scams.

Canadians love to travel to Colombia for tourism due to its beautiful landscape and features. When traveling to Colombia, you need to adhere to the Government of Canada’s travel advice and get the right Colombia travel insurance to protect yourself against medical emergencies while outside Canada.

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Basic Information About Colombia

Some important information on Colombia Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Peso
Official languages Spanish and English
Capital Bogotá
Continent South America
Population Approx. 49 million
Plug type Plug type A and B
Driving side Right-hand side
  • Autumn - March to May
  • Winter - June to August
  • Spring - September to November
  • Summer - December to February
Laws Local laws and customs


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Colombia Security Measures for travelers

You will be responsible for your personal safety and security while outside the shores of Canada, including Colombia. But we provide you credible and timely Travel Advice to help you in making an informed decision as regards traveling to Colombia or any other country.

Risk Level

Colombia – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to high levels of crime, exercise a high degree of caution in Colombia.

  • Due to the risk of kidnapping and violent crime posed by the presence of illegal armed groups avoid all travels to the area within 20 km of the Colombia border with Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador, as well as Buenaventura and Tumaco ports.
  • Due to drug-related criminal activity by illegal armed groups avoid non-essential travel to Arauca, Caqueta, Antioquia, Cauca, Choco, Cordoba, Guainia, Guaviare, Meta, Narino, Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Tolima, Valle del Cauca and Vichada with the exception of a few cities where you can travel by air.

Travel Health Notice – Zika virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises Canadian travelers to practice special health precautions when traveling to Colombia and other countries affected by Zika virus.

Entry / Exit requirements

Countries and territories decide who passes through their borders. The Government of Canada will not intervene on your behalf if you do not meet the entry and/or exit requirements of the country.

The information on this page was obtained from Colombian authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.


The type of passport you use to travel determines the entry requirements that apply to you. Check with your transportation company to find out about the passport requirements before you leave.

  • Regular Canadian Passport - You are required to have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your duration of stay in Colombia.
  • Passport for official travel - Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents - The entry rules that apply when traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document may differ. Find out about the applicable entry rules from the closest diplomatic mission for Colombia before you travel.

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Colombia Healthcare

There are public and private hospitals and healthcare centers in Colombia. The standard of healthcare in Colombia may not be up to Canada’s standard but medical treatment could be expensive. This is why you should have the right Colombia travel insurance plan in place before you leave. It is also recommended that you travel with enough money to cover potential costs because some hospitals may ask for cash payments.

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Colombia Travel Insurance News

In the past, Canadian travelers are advised not to travel to Colombia due to the high crime rate, violence, and wars in the South American country. However, Colombia is no longer as bad as it once was. As at the year 2000, kidnappings were at its peak in Colombia but today the risk of kidnapping has dramatically reduced.

Some parts of Colombia were declared by the French government as safe in February 2010. These include Barranquilla, Santa Marta, Tunja, Bogota, Bucaramanga, and so forth. These destinations were approved for travel. But this is not to say that crime and kidnapping has been completely erased from Colombia. In fact, the 2005 movie titled “Secuestro express” clearly describes the type of kidnapping taking place in some parts of Colombia.

If you decide to travel to Colombia, you need to know how to avoid crime in the South American country. It is advised that you take a credit card with a low limit, keep a low profile, avoid flashing valuables or money, avoid using illegal taxis, avoid driving at rural roads in the night, avoid traveling alone, lock the door of your car and so forth.

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