Planning to visit Colombia? Take a look at our practical information to help you plan your trip.
The official language of Colombia is Spanish, with variants in pronunciation and iteration depending on the country's region.
(UTC-05:00) Bogotá, Lima, Quito
Always use car parks. Parking cars in the street is prohibited in all major Colombian cities, and may result in traffic fines or vehicle clamping.
There is no obligation to tip in Colombia, yet in most commercial establishments a suggested value is often added to bills - if this is the case, no further tip is necessary.
Dialing to Colombia:
Landlines : +57 + area code + telephone number
Mobiles : +57 + 3 + telephone number
There are high rates of crime in Colombia, as in other countries around the world. It is always advisable to be careful on the streets, keeping your hands in your pockets where valuables are or perhaps using zipper bags.
- Road information: call from the mobile phone to 767
- Policía Nacional (National Policy): 11
- Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad, DAS (Administrative Security Department): 153
Although tap water is treated in Colombia, using bottled water is still recommended, particularly in rural areas. Bottled water can be found in supermarkets, convenience stores, service stations, beverage dispensers or any other food establishment.
Pico y Placa (Peak & Plate):
The Peak and Plate system was introduced in major Colombian cities in order to decrease traffic and improve pollution levels. It involves traffic restrictions for private vehicles on certain days and times during the week. In some cities, it also applies to motorcycles and taxis. Restrictions change every year so keep checking for all the latest information.
Public toilets can be found at all airports, shooping malls, restaurants, bus terminals and gas stations. Please be aware that these can sometimes be very basic and are not always cleaned on a regular basis.
Internet - WiFi
Internet access is widely available all around the cities; you will find Internet cafes that offer different services with varying fees depending on the quality of the equipment and services. Many restaurants, hotels and malls have free WiFI available to the public.