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Colombia Travel Tips

Colombia travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.

What are the Colombia Entry Requirements?
Submitted by M21144
-All U.S. citizens who are not also Colombian citizens must present a valid U.S. passport to enter and depart Colombia, and to return to the United States.

-U.S. citizens traveling to Colombia do not need a Colombian visa for a tourist stay of 60 days or less.

-Travelers entering Colombia are sometimes asked to present evidence of return or onward travel, usually in the form of a round-trip plane ticket.

-No arrival tax is collected upon entry into Colombia, but travelers leaving by plane must pay an ... view more exit tax at the airport, in cash. The tax varies with the dollar/peso exchange rate, but is usually between $70 and $75. Some airlines include all or a portion of this tax in the cost of your airline ticket; check with your airline to find out how much you will have to pay at the airport. In some cases where foreign travelers have been in the country for less than 30 days, they have been able to obtain an exemption from this tax by taking their documents immediately to the Aeronautica Civil desk (usually booth no. 19 in the El Dorado (international) terminal in Bogota and requesting the exemption.) (updated as of Aug 10, 2011 from travel.state.gov website)
Tips on Dining in Colombia
Submitted by M21144
-Ask if the water is okay to drink. If not, purchase Bottled Water, specially in the coastal towns and cities.
-If the water is not drinkable, avoid ice and ice in drinks.
-Do not drink fruit juice from cans or bottles already opened.
-Do not eat raw or half cooked shellfish.
-Use caution when purchasing food from street vendors.
-Always wash fruit and vegetables before eating.
-Do not leave drinks unattended.
-The tip is typically included in the bill just look for the word "Propina".
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-Restaurants typically do not give reimbursements for bad service or food so keep this in mind.