Colombia destination information

All you need to know before visiting Colombia

Colombia summary

Colombia is a big country with around 49M Colombian. Official language is Spanish. Colombia uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC-05:00. Currency used in Colombia is Colombian Peso (COP).

🎫 Border Rank #️⃣ 62
🗺️ Passport Rank #️⃣ 83

ATMs in Colombia are Common. Internet speed in Colombia is on average 4.5 Mbps. In Colombia you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

🏙️ Bogotá
🗣️ Spanish
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 49M ☀️ ~25 °C 🌧 ~219 mm 👍 Developing 🚩 1142k km2 (441k mi²)
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📧 Colombian visa Online
🏥 Health regulation
🛃 Customs rules
🏛️ Embassies


Socket 🔌

Colombia uses 110V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.

Languages 🗣️

  • Spanish


Currency 💱

1000 COP = 0.29 USD

Colombia uses the Colombian peso (symbol: $), code COP.Banknotes come in denominations of 100000, 50000, 20000, 10000, 5000, 2000 and 1000 pesos. Peso is subdivided into 100 centavos. Coins come in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 pesos.

ATM 🏧🏦


Automatic teller machines are common in Colombia. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping 💁🏽

Not expected, but can leave extra tip

Tipping is usually not expected in Colombia. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip. Receipts usually include a service charge. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip.

Card 💳


Mobile Phone 📱

Colombia uses GSM mobile networks GSM 850 and GSM 1900.

Roaming 🌐

If you don't want to buy SIM card in Colombia upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Emergency Calls 🚨

Universal :


Police :


Ambulance :


Fire department :


Calling ☎️


To call Colombia, dial +, then 57 (the country code for Colombia), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.


For local calls within Colombia, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 1 .

international: + 57 1 1234567
calling local: 01 1234567

Internet connection

Internet Speed 💯

Internet speed in Colombia is on average 4.5 Mbps.

Wifi 📡

WiFi coverage in Colombia is moderate. It's relatively easy to find one when needed.

SIM Card #️⃣

You can buy a SIM card for about 40,062.86 COP, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Avantel, Claro, Movistar or Tigo.


Rules 🚗

In Colombia you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Limits 🚦

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 30-60 km/h (18-37 mph) in all built-up areas, 80-90 km/h (49-55 mph) on undivided highways, 90-100 km/h (55-62 mph) on motorways and 90-100 km/h (55-62 mph) on expressways.


Temperature 🌡️

Rainfall ☔

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