Here you will find important tips and useful information for Colombia.
in Swiss francs (CHF)
For ATM cash withdrawals
For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
in US dollar (USD)
Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas
Local currency / ISO Code
Colombian peso COP
Currency exchange rate
COP 100 = ~ CHF 0.00 ; CHF 1 = ~ COP 0.00 (07/2015)
Payment by credit card is relatively common. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
Cash withdrawals often only with a PIN four digit possible.
Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.
Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
Travelers are advised to take cash in US dollar (USD).
Currency exchange not advised on the black market.
- 6 h / - 7 h during our summer time
90 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)
110/150 volt / adapter required
Passport still valid after end of stay, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.
Bogotá, Cra. 9a no 74-08, Piso 11, Edificio Profinanzas
Tel. +57 1 349 72 30
8.00 - 11.30 h and 14.00 - 16.00/16.30 h (Mon - Fri)
Bogotà: 8.30 - 15.30 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 12.00 h and 14.00 - 18.30 h (Mon - Sat)
Swiss driver's license accepted; international driver's license recommended.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).
CH sticker and breakdown triangle mandatory.
Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Risk of dengue fever.
Year-round risk of malaria throughout the country.
Vaccination against yellow fever, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.
Most of the country's volcanoes are found in the Cordillera Central, some of them are active.
There is a potential risk of earthquakes and mudslides.
Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.
Travelers should pay close attention to their personal security.
Join a guided group tour when possible and choose to travel by air.
Travel to the border areas with Ecuador and Venezuela is not advised.
Relatively high crime rate, especially in the cities.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.
Travel is the secure prepaid card for use away from home – without any annual fees. In the event of loss, the card including the balance will be replaced worldwide.Find out more about Travel
While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.