Colombia Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Colombia, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
While traveling to Colombia, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
Make sure you know about Colombia’s medical care and safety and security tips.
Beautiful waters of Colombia


Often a victim of its reputation as a country with violence and drug cartels, many tourists have avoided Colombia. However, if you are a curious traveller, you will not find your stay uninteresting. From the beaches of the Caribbean coastline to the Andean valleys and Amazon rainforest, your stay in Colombia will provide both an element of adventure and a chance to relax. Whether you travel with family, coupled or friends, you will never find yourself bored. Colombia’s charming and authentic rural villages are also a wonderful way to challenge some of the preconceptions. In order to enjoy a comfortable and unforgettable stay in Colombia, please ensure to follow the safety advice.

Recommended travel vaccinations for Colombia

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Yellow FeverMosquito bites
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Colombia

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide/DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin/SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication


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RSS Advisory From The Government Of Canada

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Current Weather in Colombia


Medical Care in Colombia

Thanks to the expertise of its medical professionals, the large number of health institutions and the quality of care provided to patients, Colombia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world.  Due to its development, it has become an internationally renowned health tourism destination. Most hospitals and clinics are concentrated in large cities and are well equipped with medical resources. Travelers tend to use the Fundación Santa Fe de Bogota hospital if they require treatment. The Clinica del Country also offers state-of-the-art equipment and diverse care. In addition, there is a cosmetic surgery center in Colombia, but before using these services, you should thoroughly research potential complications.

If you are looking for a pharmacy, the American Embassy recommends either Cafam, Colsubsidio, Olimpica or Sideral.

In case of an emergency, dial 123.

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Is Colombia Safe for Travel?


Safety and SecurityDescriptive
Illegal armed groupsRisk of kidnapping and terrorism
TerrorismRisk present
CrimeHigh risk present
ScopolamineDrug blown in the face to incapacitate victims; be wary when interacting with strangers
Women’s safetyRisk of harassment and verbal abuse
KidnappingRisk present;
Even in crowded touristic areas
Recreational activitiesPlan your activities in advance;
Safety checks are not conducted regularlyClick the link below for more details
Demonstrations and electionsRisk of violence;
Avoid all political involvement to avoid deportation
Road safetyPoor and dangerous conditions

Never hitchhike in Colombia

Public transportationUnsafe

Do not hail taxis to avoid express kidnappings; book either through hotels or an authorized and controlled taxi center

HealthZika virus and Dengue fever warning

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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Colombia?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Colombia for business reasons. If you’re travelling for touristic purposes then only a passport is required. Your passport must be valid at the time of entry.

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Embassy of Canada to Colombia information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to Colombia (BOGOTA)
Street Address:
Cra. 7, No. 114-33, Piso 14,
Bogotá, Colombia

Tel.: 57 (1) 657-9800
Fax: 57 (1) 657-9912


Canadian Embassy to Colombia (CARTAGENA)
Street Address:
Edificio Centro Ejecutivo Bocagrande, Carrera 3, No. 8-129,
Oficina No. 1103, Cartagena, Colombia

Tel.: 57 (5) 665-5838
Fax: 57 (5) 665-5837


Click here to access the embassy’s website