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Country Information

Colombia

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
in addition to:
  • Banknotes in US dollar (USD)
    Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • Cash withdrawals often only with a PIN four digit possible.

Credit cards

  • Payment by credit card is relatively common. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • 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.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Colombian peso COP
Import local currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Import foreign currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 or more must be declared
Export local currency
up to the equivalent of USD 10'000.00, higher amounts only if declared upon arrival
Export foreign currency
up to USD 10'000.00; higher amounts only if declared upon entry
Note
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
  • Travelers are advised to take cash in US dollar (USD).
  • Currency exchange not advised on the black market.

Time difference with Switzerland

- 6 h / - 7 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
Spanish
Language capabilities
English

Capital

Bogotá

Country code for calling Switzerland

90 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110/150 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid after end of stay, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Bogotá, Cra. 9a no 74-08, Piso 11, Edificio Profinanzas
Tel. +57 1 349 72 30

Opening hours

Banks
8.00 - 11.30 h and 14.00 - 16.00/16.30 h (Mon - Fri)
Bogotà: 8.30 - 15.30 h (Mon - Fri)
Stores
9.00 - 12.00 h and 14.00 - 18.30 h (Mon - Sat)

Driving

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.

Health situation

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.

Other information

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.
Security
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.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

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 Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.