Preparations for coming to Bogota and Colombia.
Visa for Colombia
Before you come to Bogota and Colombia. Check if you need a Visa for Colombia and if your passport has a validity of more than 6 months. EU, Mercasur, Andina, Latin American and US citizens don’t need a Visa.
It is advised to get a vaccination for Yellow Fever also if you not travel to risk areas because at customs when entering the country at a major airport sometimes it can be required by officials.
If you come to Bogota be sure to take with you a warm clothes and water resistant jackets because there is always a probability of rain and the nights can be fresh because of the high altitude.
Most people come to Bogota by air. El Dorado Airport, main Colombian airport lies on an altitude of 2.548 m, it has good connections with Latin America, North America, Europe and Turkey.
In Bogota there are two bus terminals.
- Centre Terminal (Terminal Central Salitre).
This bus terminal has connections with the north and west of the country.
- South Terminal (Terminal el Sur)
This terminal has connections with the south of the country.
After Landing: procedure customs El Dorado
Security check and luggage recollection usually doesn’t take more than 40 minutes.
After leaving the airplane you will pass directly through migration.
With your luggage you pass by a DIAN officer that recollects the filled in form.
After the DIAN control security personel will check your luggage in an x-ray machine.
The Eldorado Airport is close to the city centre with a travel time by taxi of less than 30 to 45 minutes depending on traffic to the Bogota main square: La Plaza Bolivar.
The official taxis stop on the second floor outside. If you pas through the exit you will see the pick up spot for the official yellow cabs.
Airport Pick up
If it suits you Pionero can pick you up from the airport. Then one of our team will await you. To welcome you to Colombia and bring you to your hotel.
One of the most important things when you arrive is to get connected with your mobile. In Colombia there is generally a good connection (4G) for telephone and internet in the big cities. Outside of the big cities there are areas where the signal can be weak for internet.
The most used mobile networks in Colombia are Claro & Movistar.
See for nationwide coverage :
In Colombia the Sim Card is only issued if you can identify yourselves with your ID or Passport. To show a copy of your Passport/ ID is sufficient.
You can buy a sim-card or top them op at the service centres of the major providers or any shop with the logo of Claro or Movistar.