Colombia is a country located in South America. There are 5 countries (Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Venezuela) that Colombia shares its borders with. The official language of Colombia is Spanish. Traveling across Colombia if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.
In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Colombia was ranked 81st out of 100 countries in 2021.
The national currency in Colombia is Colombian peso (COP). The peso ($) is subdivided into 100 centavo.
With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 4714.08 COP and 1 USD is worth 4393 COP.
Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.
Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Colombia is 133.85 Mbps and mobile is 19.02 Mbs.The global average is 159.18 Mbps and 109.61 Mbps respectively.
ATM Density The number of ATMs per person in Colombia is close to the world average.40.02 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.69.
SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Colombia, a passport or ID is required as identification.
There are 2 socket types used in Colombia. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.
The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).
In the year 2023, Colombia will celebrate 20 national public holidays. The next one Corpus Christi will take place on June 8.
|January 1, 2023||New Year’s DayAño Nuevo|
|January 6, 2023||EpiphanyDía de los Reyes Magos|
|February 20, 2023Moving holiday||CarnivalCarnival|
|February 21, 2023Moving holiday||CarnivalCarnival|
|March 19, 2023||Saint Joseph’s DayDía de San José|
|April 6, 2023Moving holiday||Maundy ThursdayJueves Santo|
|April 7, 2023Moving holiday||Good FridayViernes Santo|
|May 1, 2023||Labour DayPrimero de Mayo|
|May 18, 2023Moving holiday||Ascension DayAscensión del señor|
|June 8, 2023Moving holiday||Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi|
|June 16, 2023Moving holiday||Sacred HeartSagrado Corazón|
|June 29, 2023||Saint Peter and Saint PaulSan Pedro y San Pablo|
|July 20, 2023||Declaration of IndependenceDeclaracion de la Independencia de Colombia|
|August 7, 2023||Battle of BoyacáBattle of Boyacá|
|August 15, 2023||Assumption of MaryLa Asunción|
|October 12, 2023||Columbus DayDía de la Raza|
|November 1, 2023||All Saints’ DayDia de los Santos|
|November 11, 2023||Independence of CartagenaIndependencia de Cartagena|
|December 8, 2023||Immaculate ConceptionLa Inmaculada Concepción|
|December 25, 2023||Christmas DayNavidad|
- EF English Proficiency Index (EF Education First)
- Speedtest Global Index® (Ookla®)
- Automated teller machines (ATMs) (per 100,000 adults) (The World Bank Group)
- Registration Policies Per Country (Prepaid Data SIM Card Wiki)
What hotel chains are present in Colombia?
There are Mariott hotels in 5 cities.
The Hilton hotel chain operates in Colombia.
The IHG hotel chain operates in Colombia.
The Best Western hotel chain operates in Colombia.
There are Radisson hotels in 4 cities.
The Accor hotel chain operates in Colombia.
What fast food chains are present in Colombia?
The McDonald’s chain operates in Colombia.
The KFC chain operates in Colombia.
The Burger King chain operates in Colombia.
The Subway chain operates in Colombia.
The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Colombia.
The Starbucks chain operates in Colombia.
- Country by National Dish (Samson Daniel)
What is the weather like in Bogotá?
Weather data for Bogotá (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com
Railways There are no passenger trains available.
Subway Systems The subway system is available in Medellín.
- List of high-speed railway lines (Wikipedia)
- List of metro systems (Wikipedia)
- Left- and right-hand traffic (Wikipedia)
- The Global Enabling Trade Report 2016: Road connectivity (World Economic Forum)
Emergency phones in Colombia
- Colombia Travel Advisory (United States: Department of State)
- Travel Advice for Colombia (United Kingdom: The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office)
- Mortality caused by road traffic injury (The World Bank Group)
- Corruption & Economic Crime (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
Smoking & Alcohol
Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.
Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Decriminalized up to 22g
Medical usage: Legal
- List of smoking bans (Wikipedia)
- Legality of cannabis (Wikipedia)