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Health recommendations for travelers​

Whether entering or exiting Colombia …

Make sure you have:

  1. Health insurance for medical services as well as contact and insurer assistance numbers on hand.

  2. The paperwork on any special medical conditions in case of an emergency. 

  3. The prescription or formula, if you are taking medicine.

  4. Although there are no compulsory vaccinations to enter Colombia, it is advisable to have your vaccines up-to-date, including measles - rubella and yellow fever.

Avoid getting sick. Always consider …

  1. When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or handkerchief. If they are unavailable, cough into the inner elbow area of your arm, but never cough or sneeze into your hand.

  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating, coughing or sneezing and using the bathroom.

  3. If you do not have soap and water available, apply hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

  4. Drink only properly treated or bottled water.

  5. Avoid consumption of ice, unless it is made from drinking water.

  6. Protect yourself from the sun using sunscreen, sunglasses and/or hats.

  7. To reduce the risk of insect bites, use repellents and/or nets.

  8. If bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound with abundant soap and water. If the immunization status of the animal or a wild animal is unknown, seek medical attention. 

  9. Acquire alcoholic beverages (spirits) in authorized places.

  10. Avoid purchasing food and alcoholic beverages (spirits) from street vendors.

  11. Avoid raw foods other than fruits and vegetables that can be peeled, and avoid fruits with damaged skin.

  12. Avoid eating raw seafood.

  13. Prevent sexually transmitted infections by using condoms.

  14. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; if you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.

  15. Try to avoid close contact with people who have respiratory conditions or flu (kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or drinking glasses).​


  • If you have a respiratory infection, use a facemask when traveling by plane or on mass transit to avoid infecting others.

  • When you arrive from a trip or upon arrival to the country you are visiting, if you come up with a skin rash and fever, see the health services and inform them on your history before travel.

  • If you have diarrhea, drink plenty of fluids and immediately go to health services.

  • Before traveling, always ask whether the country of destination requires any vaccines; they may require ​vaccination at least 10 days before travel.​

Yellow fever vaccine

When should I get vaccinated?

At least 10 days prior to departure

How many doses are needed?
A single dose subcutaneously or intramuscularly

​Is a booster needed?
It must be applied every 10 years

What reaction can occur?
Sometimes mild reactions may occur such as fever, muscle pain and headache. If fever persists you should consult your doctor.

Who should not get vaccinated?

  • Children under 11 months and persons older than 60 years old
  • During pregnancy
  • Immune depressed persons
  • People allergic to eggs
  • Patients with diseases or removal of the thymus (miastheniagravis, thymoma, timectomiao DiGeorge syndrome)

In these cases see a doctor for evaluation
The physician should assess the individual risk for children under 9 months and pregnant women. If yellow fever vaccination is contraindicated for medical reasons, it will be necessary to carry a medical certificate of exemption issued by the attending physician.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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