COVID-19: Coronavirus testing added as requirement for arriving travelers

28 Jan 21

COLOMBIA

IMPACT – HIGH

The Colombian government has reinstated COVID-19 testing for all travelers seeking entry into the country.

Key Points:

  • A negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours before entering the country is required of all arriving airline travelers.
  • Airlines may allow some travelers to board planes headed to Colombia if they give a verbal statement under oath that they had difficulties taking the PCR test or getting the results. These individuals must provide information on where they will be tested after arriving in Colombia, where they will isolate until they receive test results or if they are completing a 14-day quarantine instead of testing for COVID-19.
  • Colombian health authorities will ensure travelers are complying with the regulations and have discretion to deny entry to any foreign national.

Additional Information: On Dec. 21, the Colombian government suspended flights to and from the United Kingdom. Only Colombian citizens and foreign nationals with permanent residency are allowed to enter the country when traveling from the U.K. Certain Colombian cities with high COVID-19 infection rates remain under curfew.

Analysis & Comments: The new restrictions will add to the time it takes to travel to Colombia. Businesses and employers should account for that in travel plans. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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