Colombia

Capital Bogotá

Population 48,759,958

Area 1,141,748 km2

Key facts

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 4449.51 COP and 1 USD is worth 4530.02 COP.

Colombian
Banknotes

$1000$2000$5000$10000$20000$50000

Colombian
Coins

$5$10$20$50$100$200$500$1000

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 115.81 Mbps and mobile is 17.44 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density The number of ATMs per person in Colombia is close to the world average.41.15 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Colombia, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

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.

Type A 110 V, 60 Hz  Type B 110 V, 60 Hz  

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).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Colombia will celebrate 20 national public holidays. The next one Columbus Day will take place on October 12.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022New Year's DayAño Nuevo
January 6, 2022EpiphanyDía de los Reyes Magos
February 28, 2022Moving holidayCarnivalCarnival
March 1, 2022Moving holidayCarnivalCarnival
March 19, 2022Saint Joseph's DayDía de San José
April 14, 2022Moving holidayMaundy ThursdayJueves Santo
April 15, 2022Moving holidayGood FridayViernes Santo
May 1, 2022Labour DayPrimero de Mayo
May 26, 2022Moving holidayAscension DayAscensión del señor
June 16, 2022Moving holidayCorpus ChristiCorpus Christi
June 24, 2022Moving holidaySacred HeartSagrado Corazón
June 29, 2022Saint Peter and Saint PaulSan Pedro y San Pablo
July 20, 2022Declaration of IndependenceDeclaracion de la Independencia de Colombia
August 7, 2022Battle of BoyacáBattle of Boyacá
August 15, 2022Assumption of MaryLa Asunción
October 12, 2022Columbus DayDía de la Raza
November 1, 2022All Saints’ DayDia de los Santos
November 11, 2022Independence of CartagenaIndependencia de Cartagena
December 8, 2022Immaculate ConceptionLa Inmaculada Concepción
December 25, 2022Christmas DayNavidad

Food & Hotels

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?

Ajiaco, Bandeja paisa are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Colombia. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Colombia below.

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.

Weather

Today the sun in Bogotá, rises at 5:41 AM and sets at 5:47 PM. The climate of Bogotá may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 5ThunderstormLow: 10.4°C (50.72°F)High: 18.1°C (64.58°F)
ThursdayOct 6ThunderstormLow: 9.8°C (49.64°F)High: 17.2°C (62.96°F)
FridayOct 7OvercastLow: 11.4°C (52.52°F)High: 19.4°C (66.92°F)
SaturdayOct 8OvercastLow: 10.8°C (51.44°F)High: 19.9°C (67.82°F)
SundayOct 9OvercastLow: 11°C (51.8°F)High: 20.1°C (68.18°F)
MondayOct 10OvercastLow: 11°C (51.8°F)High: 19.6°C (67.28°F)

Weather data for Bogotá (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Medellín.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 13 cities. Bolt is not available in Colombia.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Colombia.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.9, Colombia is placed 94th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Colombia traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  565.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 15.40 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Colombia

123 Police
123 Ambulance
123 Fire police

Sources

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

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Colombia?

Currently, citizens of 101 countries can enter Colombia without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Colombia.

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