Colombia Travel Guide
What are the most important things to keep in mind while planning your Colombia vacation? Is it safe to exchange money in the country? What is the process for obtaining a Colombian visa? Find answers to all these questions and more in our Colombia travel guide.
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Entry and Visa in Colombia
- No visa is required for visitors from the US, Canada, UK, EU, and Australia.
- Canadian citizens must pay a reciprocity fee of USD $ 75 per person upon arrival at the airport as of November 1, 2018.
- UK citizens must pay a departure tax of approximately USD $ 35 per person which is collected at the airport by Colombian officials at the time of departure.
You must have a passport that is valid for six months from the date of entry and must have at least two blank pages remaining. For guests coming from Brazil (irrespective of nationality), you will have to show a mandatory yellow fever vaccination certificate for entering Colombia.
Language in Colombia
Spanish is the official language of Colombia and more than 99% of the population speak it. Colombian Spanish however, is somewhat different from Spanish spoken in Spain.
Colombia is one of the most populated countries in Latin America with a staggering ethnic diversity. It is little wonder then that there exists a diverse linguistic variety, and over 100 languages are spoken throughout the country, many of them indigenous Amerindian.
English is spoken in major tourist destinations and cities. However, English-speakers are rare in the countryside. During your Enchanting Travels tour, we will ensure that you are accompanied everywhere by your English-speaking guide or chauffeur so you can make the most of your vacation. Should you need further assistance, your personal Trip Coordinator will be available for you 24/7.
Currency, Cash and Cards
The Colombia Peso (COL$) is the official currency of Colombia. Counterfeit currency is an issue in Colombia – to ensure that you are not scammed, check that the notes you are handed are in good condition. Always ensure that you change money at a trusted source such as a bank or at the airport.
ATMs are widely available throughout the country although most banks have a maximum withdrawal limit of COP$ 300,000. Some ATM machines only accept chip or PIN debit cards. If you need to use the ATM after dark, always visit one inside a gas station or mall. Your Enchanting Travels chauffeur or guide will be happy to locate a trusted one for you.
VISA and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards in Colombia. Moneygram and Western Union are your best options for having money transferred to you quickly. Traveler’s Checks are not commonly used in Colombia.
While it is common practice to tip in Colombia, this is completely optional and entirely up to you. Many restaurants add a 10% service charge to the menu however, the staff is expected to inform you about this in advance. Usually, tipping 10% of your bill is considered adequate. Tipping taxi drivers is not a common practice however, if you wish, you can round off your fare by 500 or 1000 COL$. We recommend an amount of between USD$ 5 – 10 for your personal guide or chauffeur, should you choose to tip them.
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