Colombia Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import by passengers of 18 years and older:
1. 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars and less than 50 grams of tobacco;
2. 2 bottles of alcoholic beverages per passenger;
3. a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use by female passengers.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Prior authorization from regional police departments is required for import and export. Must be declared on arrival and departure.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
For further details please refer to CITES:

Additional Information on regulations:

Prohibited: vegetables, plants or plant material, meat and food products of animal origin.

Export regulations:

Free export of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages as under "Import".


Passengers arriving with cats or dogs must obtain approval from the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) at first point of entry and must be accompanied by:
1. original Sanitary Inspection Certificate issued (or endorsed) by the official sanitary authority in country of origin containing all details of the pet. The certificate must be stamped and signed for a period not exceeding 10 calendar days prior to arrival and must state that the pet:
a. is in good health and free of contagious and parasitic diseases and has no fresh or healing wounds;
b. has a current vaccination plan and is suitable for transport;
c. was treated with authorized internal or external antiparasitic products;
2. original and copy of a vaccination certificate showing vaccination against rabies issued at least 60 days before arrival. If the pet is vaccinated for the first time, this must be done at least 21 days before arrival.
Pets imported from the USA must be accompanied by a certificate issued by Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA -APHIS).

Imported cats or dogs not complying with above mentioned conditions are subject to quarantine (or other suitable actions) for 5 days at the premises of the transporting company at passenger's expense. There are no quarantine offices at the airport.
For more information, contact the Quarantine Technical Direction of the ICA at or ICA offices at the airport.
In addition, passengers departing Colombia must obtain a CIS Certificate (Certificado de Inspeccion Sanitario) issued by Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) at El Dorado Airport authorizing the pet to exit. This can be done up to three days before traveling, from Monday to Friday.
The following canine breeds and any cross breeds of: Staffordshire terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, pit-bull terrier, American pit-bull terrier.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination in Colombia.
a. baggage of passengers traveling to Armenia (AXM) or Manizales (MZL), which is cleared at the airport of entry in Colombia;
b. baggage of transit passengers on an international flight to a destination outside Colombia.


Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Colombian Peso-COP) and foreign currencies: up to USD 10,000.- or equivalent. Amounts exceeding USD 10,000.- must be declared on arrival.

Currency Export regulations:

1. if under 15 years of age: local currency (Colombian Peso-COP): up to COP 5,642.- per day of stay abroad (max. COP 169,260.- per year) or foreign currencies: up to USD 35.- or equivalent per day of stay abroad (max. USD 1050.- or equivalent per year);
2. if 15 years of age or over: local currency: up to COP 11,284.- per day of stay abroad (max. 338,520.- per year) or foreign currencies: up to USD 70.- or equivalent per day of stay abroad (max. USD 2,100.- or equivalent per year).
Local currency and foreign currencies: up to USD 10,000.- or equivalent. Amounts exceeding USD 10,000.- must be declared on arrival.

Airport Tax

1. Airport tax is collected upon ticket issuance or upon embarkation.
Place of payment: Point of ticket sale or airport of departure.
1. Transit passengers continuing their journey on the same day and not leaving the international transit area.
2. Exit Tax: USD 19.-, in cash only, is levied on residents of Colombia departing for abroad and on all departing passengers whose stay in Colombia exceeds 2 months.
Place of payment: Airport of departure.
1. Diplomatic officials;
2. Residents of Colombia for a stay abroad of max. 180 days and non-residents of Colombia for a stay abroad of max. 60 days.

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