Any info on your experience would be helpful. -with an experimental vaccine that is proven not to protect at all?! The more vaccines in arms, the safer we are all and the quicker we can travel worry free and not even have to think about nasal swabs and Covid testing in Cartagena or anywhere! Are their results legit and accepted by airlines? Contact: +57 314 2521118 (*including WhatsApp) No appointment required (by arrival order). Editors note: updated on October 29, 2021 with new stricter COVID testing requirements for travel to the U.S. that start on November 8, 2021. PCR is now 320,000. Hi Rob. Will everything be closed due to it being Holy Week? Computer generated image of COVID-19, photo by Felipe Esquivel Reed. How about the ban on Prostitution in the Walled City, did that really happen yet?, I am curious, I overhead a conversation stating that tourists would be deported if they are caught soliciting in public. Thanks v much. I'll be in (ta && ta.queueForLoad ? Thats great, Im glad you find it useful, and hope you you enjoy Cartagena once you are here! Hope you have a great time Gladys! Im super excited. Great, glad you found the list useful! Although a PCR test will be administered upon arrival, a negative result does not guarantee early release from isolation. *Two venues and capacity for 1,000 daily passengers. We focus on showing you the local and authentic side of Cartagena, giving you a full picture of our culture and lifestyle throughout our professional travel experiences. One of the disadvantages of living in a less rich country. We provide advice and information on places and prices for getting a COVID-19 test in Cartagena. Antigen: $70,000, results in 24-36 hours. Restaurants are allowed to take walk ups, but given capacity limits, many more popular restaurants may fill up, especially on weekends. Adam moved to Cartagena in 2011 where he later met Susana, Cartagena born and bred. There are some additional ones listed there that I have not independently verified, and its also not clear how often or when the last time that list and the prices and turn around times were updated. This is especially true if you plan to travel to other cities overland or outside the touristy areas of Cartagena. From what Ive read Medellin is fully open. Two Medellin Guru reader reported a good experience atSynlab Colombia, Synlab has locations in several cities in Colombia including Barranquilla, Bogot, Cali, Cartagena and Medelln. Yes, in certain situations, For visitors ages 18 and older who do not have a complete vaccination scheme at least14 days before arriving in Colombia are required to show a negative antigen test from no more than 48 hours prior to their initial departure to Colombia or a PCR test from no more than 72 hours prior to their initial departure to Colombia. EPS insurance providers generally recommend home visits for tests, private clinics may offer home service at a small cost. Other entry requirements remain unchanged to include wearing a facemask upon entry. Thank you. For example, if the lab says 24 hours, Id suggest getting your test at least 36 hours before you need it. Hi Rob. Hi Sidney. If youre wondering where to get a rapid Covid test in Cartagena, youll see it noted in the list of Coronavirus testing locations in Cartagena below. I would predict, assuming there isnt some other variant or massive uptick in cases, well see the mask mandates go away entirely soon. For pico y cedura, do establishments often accept a photocopy of your passport? The previous largely symbolic curfew of 3 am to 5 am is no longer in effect, and there is no other restriction related to people being able to freely move around the city at any hour. Not sure when it will move on to the general population. Hi Maria, yes. process for all your Covid testing needs. My Colombian friend says they have now tightened the curfew for that weekend to closing everything at 2 PM in the AFTERNOON until the next morning. It is $91 RT now. Thank you. Unvaccinated travelers, or those that have not completed vaccination 14 days before travel can show a PCR test 72 hours before travel or an antigen test 48 hours before travel. Does public places mean beach and outdoor space as well? New Normal in Medelln: Medelln is Returning to Normal. That can take days or even weeks to form and show up in testing. Most countries requiring a test for entry do not accept Antibody tests for entry. Thanks for the information Adam. Hi Steven. My advice would be, do as the Romans when in Rome, and erring on the side of caution, and that is my advice to follow. Note that since January 26th, 2021, the US government has required all air passengers arriving back to the US from any foreign country to demonstrate they are negative for COVID-19 in order to board their flights. . If you are looking for Covid Pcr Test in Colombia find a complete list of specialists offering Covid Pcr Test in Colombia. Supermarkets does apply for tourists, using your passport, so hopefully you guys have some odds and some evens in your group. If your hotel has its own private beach facilities and has the proper licenses to be open, you can use those spaces after the beach closure time. That is usually only an issue in the newer buildings in Bocagrande. They speak English well if thats important to anyone. I hadnt been advising that, and I think most likely they will at least have things open during the week, but I think the weekend lockdown may be here to stay. On September 1? USA +1-786-522-3667 Vaccionation of people 60+ is wrapping up and they are getting ready to start teachers and people 18-59 with risk conditions. Some countries may accept them for entry, while others may want the higher standard tests above. Its fair to say if youre 6 feet plus away from anyone it isnt really all that necessary, especially outside. And will we be able to enjoy beach and restaurants while there? You still need a PCR test to enter, there is no verification criteria for proof of being vaccinated at this time. Colombia Gun Laws: Is it Legal to Have a Gun in Colombia? Thank you very much for keeping this information up to date! Of course, its always possible things change with the virus case counts, but they are making a big push now to start vaccinating more people, even expanding the time between the first and second shot to get more people the first and July is an important month for tourism, I would be highly surprised if they shut down. Please consult the, Country Information and Travel Advisory page, Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Thank you so much for all the helpful info you post on Cartagena Explorer. Hi Harry. More or less we are back to full normalcy with only the mask requirement indoors. With many countries requiring different types of tests, some interchangeably, and different prices and turn around times, below youll find a quick summary of the 4 main types of Coronavirus tests. Its so hard to make a decision and I dont want to cancel since we are only a week away. It is probably best to double check with your hotel. Planning your trip to Cartagena? It checks for active virus via a nose swab. This is the official announcement: Travelers should be prepared to show their original, physical vaccination card or digital certificate both at airline check-in and when passing through Colombian Immigration. I also get it, wearing the mask, well, kind of sucks. 0% Commission. There has been a critical error on this website. They are the total number of hospital beds. I heard they were previously not due to covid. Makes me want to go back to the U.S. and wait it out. Daily reported case counts are usually in the double, not triple digits now, and even the first cruise ship was authorized to arrive. The vaccine requirements also apply to indoor and outdoor seating. A handful of hotels such as Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel will arrange a test to be done at the actual hotel or the guests room. Also do any of the testing sites accept credit cards? "Failure to provide the negative test will result in a PCR test being administered at the cost of the traveler and a mandatory quarantine of 14 days. Yes, there are hospitals in Cartagena, the best is the Bocagrande Hospital. Boats are now also allowed to operate at full capacity. Also, it was never a bad idea to begin with, but the last year has shown that its always a good idea to have health insurance. i just contacted Health Cars for the test at the airport, they answered fast on WhatsApp. Travelers flying to the United States from Cartagena must have a viral COVID-19 test with a negative result taken within 72 hours of flight departure. No appointment required (by arrival order). Gary. Its a good place to start of if youre looking for where to get a Covid test elsewhere in Colombia or alternatives to these Cartagena Covid testing sites though. These smaller establishments are technically meant to close by midnight in the new rules, although again, I dont expect that to be strictly enforced. It may be possible at pharmacies, but those usually arent applicable for travel. My girlfriend and I are both vaccinated so we were planning on trying to experience the city to the fullest extent, but obviously if restaurants are closed so early (especially on weekends) getting food would be a huge problem. While its unlikely that youll be fined or anything, the respectful thing to do is just wear it. Safe travels! To be 100% sure see if you can get an apartment that has an independent entrance in the Old City or Getseman, and of course people will have to spend the night if they stay past curfew time. Hi Dame. Visittravel.state.govto view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security. Would hotels be able to keep their restaurants and bars open or does curfew demand everything shut down? It is important to note though, it is always possible the Cartagena curfew rules are tightened again at some point in the future should there be another big wave of another variant or something, although I think its not very likely. But that's the price Report inappropriate content I highly recommend her service. If the normal forms website is down travelers can find a contingency website, Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Find out the Cartagena curfew time and other restrictions here. Colombia Starts to Lift the Quarantine in COVID-19 Free Areas, Colombia Quarantine: Nationwide Quarantine Extended to September 1, Coronavirus in Colombia: Myth vs Reality Current Status, Coronavirus Hospitalization in Colombia: Myth vs Reality. The future of Medellin Guru needs the help of readers to remain ad free. 0. Why is the situation so bad in Colombia while in the U.S. they are dropping mask requirements for fully vaccinated people? +57-1-275-2000 or 601-275-2000acsbogota@state.gov, U.S. Department of State Consular Affairs1-888-407-4747 or1-202-501-4444, Enroll inSmart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security updates, Outside of Office Hours, contact: (601) 275-4021, Outside of Office Hours, contact: 2331-2354, Emergency Information for American Citizens, Updated COVID-19 Vaccination/TestingRequirementsto EnterColombia. Current time for curfew in Cartagena, Colombia ( updated for September 2021). I hope you all have a great time. Neither the Colombian government nor the U.S. Embassy will pay for COVID-19 tests. No, there is no, at least to my knowledge, ICU threshold that will lead to removing the curfew. Location: Cra 6a No. Branch Mi nombre es Miguel. Maybe they will get more from the US now that they are starting to share more of the stockpile and ramp it up more. The following places are close to your hotel. Id prefer not to give out my phone number publicly. However, the PCR test requirement for those that are fully vaccinated has now been discontinued. Access our highly recommended labs across the world.