|PASSPORTS AND VISAS*||
A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens planning to visit Colombia for touristic purposes. It must remain valid for at least six months beyond completion of travel, and it must have at least one blank page.
No visa is required.
* Entry information is for U.S. citizens. Citizens of any other country should check with the Colombian Embassy for specific entry requirements.
|HEALTH AND SAFETY||
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|ENTRY AND EXIT FORMALITIES||
After you have cleared Customs and Immigration procedures and collected your luggage, exit the Arrivals Hall. You are met there by your local Cox & King representative, who will be holding a Cox & Kings sign displaying your name. He or she will then accompany you to your hotel by private vehicle. When you check in to your hotel room, please inspect your accommodations. If you are not happy with your room, immediately advise your Cox & Kings representative, who will be waiting in the lobby. He or she will help you secure more suitable accommodations in the same room category.
|CURRENCY||Colombia’s unit of currency is the Peso (COP). Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely acceptable in Colombia, and ATMs are readily available. We recommend that you carry cash in small denominations.|
|RECOMMENDED TIPPING GUIDELINES||
Your itinerary includes the services of local guides and a car and driver. However, gratuities for these services are not provided in the cost of your travel with Cox & Kings. Additionally, tipping for restaurant services, hotel porterage, room service, and optional sightseeing is not included. Restaurants typically add a 10% voluntary charge (propina voluntaria)to the bill, but most patrons pay it; the amount goes directly to the waiter. However, more exclusive restaurants may include a 15% service charge, so be certain to check your bill before paying it.Tipping is at your discretion and based on your satisfaction with the level of service received. Below are the recommended amounts per service:
If services rendered are for one day only, tip the higher amount. However; if the driver, guide or driver/guide are with you for two or more consecutive days, reduce the per diem by approximately 25%.
Since 1991, the Colombian government has enforced freedom of religion. However, more than 80% of the population consider themselves to be members of the Roman Catholic Church.
Colombia’s climate is diverse, with tropical rainforests, steppe, desert and mountain. Because of the variety, you are better off choosing easily packable clothing and layers for differences in temperature. Bring a raincoat or light jacket and a warmer coat if you travel to the mountainous regions. Regardless of your destination or month of travel, bring comfortable walking shoes (preferably flat soled) for sightseeing.
Most hotels have in-room direct-dial facilities for both local and international calls. However, as with other destinations worldwide, hotels do charge very high rates. You can buy international calling cards from newsstands all over. Check with your local cell phone provider prior to departure to determine the availability and charges to make and receive cell phone service in Colombia. Internet service is available throughout Colombia.
Please note that the name on your airline ticket must exactly match the name on your passport to avoid complication.
Flight times quoted are local and are subject to change. Check in for domestic flights should be at least one hour before departure, and we suggest three hours for international flights. Check with your Cox & Kings representative prior to check-in for any changes or delays.
The road system in Colombia is well maintained with access to the major Andean cities as well as those along the Caribbean coast.
Taxis and Public Transportation:
Colombia’s major cities have very good public transportation, including buses, busetas, colectivos, chivas, and boats. Medellin also has a state-of-the-art Metro network. Taxis are available and are surprisingly inexpensive.
Scouring the shops and markets in Colombia can be a fun- filled - and productive - pursuit. Look for chinchorros, Wayuu hand-woven hammocks; mochilas, shoulder bags from La Guajira; leather bags decorated with mola, the textile art of the indigenous Kuna people; silver filigree jewelry; artisan vases; Nariño masks; coffee; and chocolate.
The electrical voltage in Colombia is 110-120 volts, like in the U.S., and uses the same two types of plugs. You should not need a voltage converter if you are traveling from North America. Colombia uses Type A and B plugs (like those used in the U.S.)
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