Colombia is a fascinating destination through and through. We are set to win you over with our landscapes, vibrant cities, and historical and cultural heritage. Now that you are coming, what do you need to travel to Colombia? Let us help you out.
The first thing you need when coming to Colombia is a valid passport. It should not expire within six months of your arrival. Otherwise, you will not be allowed into the country.
Secondly, it is sensible to have a yellow fever vaccine if visiting jungle or high-risk areas. You should be vaccinated at least 15 days before arriving. You can find a comprehensive list of places where it is most recommended here. Remember to bring along your International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), or yellow card.
On this same note, do not forget mosquito repellent for places like natural parks or high-temperature areas. It is both a comfort and a preventative healthcare precaution.
Sunscreen is another necessity. Most people agree that we should wear sunscreen everywhere, every day, to protect our skins from sun damage. Colombia is no different, especially when it comes to sunny areas. You do not want a nasty sunburn to affect your vacation!
Check out more about a ready-to-go Colombia packing list here.
One thing Americans traveling to Colombia need to know about our climate is that it is rollercoaster. Things like temperature and rain levels can be very different from place to place (even from one time of day to another). But, do not worry! The secret to bringing everything you need is in layering. Let’s see:
If you are enjoying our many national natural parks in hot areas like the Atlantic or Pacific Coast, you will be better off wearing lightweight pants and long-sleeved shirts. They will keep off both sunlight and insects.
There are pieces of clothing that will come in handy when you visit colder areas too, like the Coffee Triangle or Bogotá. Just layer a jacket on top and maybe throw on a scarf as well. Other convenient items include sunglasses, hats, and umbrellas.
Try to wear comfortable shoes, especially when exploring on foot. Trainers and hiking shoes are a good choice when traveling. A pair of flip-flops are useful in coastal destinations.
What do you need to travel to Colombia, health-wise? As mentioned before, a yellow fever vaccine is recommended when going to high-risk areas. If you are taking medication, remember to bring it with you, or a physician’s prescription for it. Other than that, you are good to go!
Here are some preventative measures you can take to mind your health when you visit Colombia:
The answer is quite simple: the will and desire to discover an incredible destination! We cannot wait to welcome you and help you experience our magical country. Here are some more secrets about Colombia that you want to know.
With this information, you will be armed to be a more informed traveler and therefore enjoy even more your upcoming trip to this marvelous country.
If you need help or guidance with the planning process of your trip to Colombia, don´t hesitate to contact us. We have a team of travel experts looking forward to help you have the best holiday of your life.