What documents do I need to travel?

Find the necessary documents to travel to national and international destinations, requirements by country, yellow fever vaccination certificate, VAT refund in Colombia, information on connecting flights, documents for children and special medical conditions.

Documents for domestic and international destinations

Domestic Flights:

  • Valid national ID card

In case of loss of a national document, they are accepted:

  • Passport
  • Driver's license
  • Military passbook
  • Professional card or any document issued by a Colombian state entity.

International Flights: 

  • Identity Card (for Mercosur citizens traveling between South American countries)
  • Valid passport valid for at least 6 months at the date of return.
  • In some cases, you will also need a visa, depending on the destination country and your citizenship.

Learn about special country requirements and yellow fever vaccination certificates.

The health authorities of some countries require the International Certificate of Vaccination (CIV) against yellow fever. Here are some recommendations and exceptions for you to consider.

Exceptions:

  1. Customers with a connecting flight with Avianca who do not leave the terminal. The stay in the country must be less than 24 hours.
  2. Passengers with medical contraindications who cannot be vaccinated against yellow fever.
  3. Children under 9 months of age and adults over 60 years of age (in this case, they must present an identity document).
  4. Pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Know the requirements according to the country of destination.

Aruba

Special documents: Apply for Aruba Immigration Card Online

Yellow fever vaccination certificate for passengers coming from:

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Benín
  • Bolivia
  • Brasil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Camerún
  • Chad
  • Colombia
  • Congo
  • Costa de Marfil
  • Ecuador
  • Etiopía
  • Gabón
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guayana
  • Guayana Francesa
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guinea Ecuatorial
  • Kenia
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Níger
  • Nigeria
  • Panamá
  • Paraguay
  • Perú
  • República de África Central
  • República Democrática del Congo
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leona
  • Sudán
  • Sur Sudán
  • Surinam
  • Togo
  • Trinidad y Tobago
  • Uganda 
  • Venezuela
Belice
Yellow fever vaccination certificate: Applies to travelers over 1 year of age, coming from countries with risk of transmission or travelers who have been in an airport with risk of contagion/transmission of the disease.
Bolivia
As of December 2022, the Bolivian government and the National Customs requires the completion of the virtual form of Customs Affidavit for the entry and exit of passengers. Complete it here. 
Brazil 

Special documents: To enter or leave the country, you must declare before the Receita Federal do Brazil Resolution 2524/98, resources equal to or greater than R$10,000 to the Central Bank of Brazil.

If you are traveling to or from Brazil and any of the passengers need special assistance during the flight, and are under different specific medical conditions, consult MEDIF requirements. 

Yellow fever vaccination certificate: Required for travelers 9 months of age or older from Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Canada
Special documents: If you are traveling by air and you are a visa exempt citizen, you must have the Electronic Travel Authorization or AVE. This document is linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires.
Colombia

Special documents: If your flight is an international flight to or from Colombia, fill out the Check-Mig form on the Migración Colombia website (for both outbound and return flights), 24 hours prior to your trip, and up to (1) one hour before the closing time of the flight. In case you have problems with this application, you can download the registration support on the Migration page.

Yellow fever vaccination certificate: Travelers 10 months of age or older, coming from countries with risk of transmission. Travelers who have been in transit for more than 12 hours in an airport of a country with risk of transmission of the disease.

To travel to San Andres Island, Colombia

To enter San Andres, you must present a tourist card that you can purchase in the waiting room, before boarding your flight, for a current value of COP 118,700*. Remember to keep the tourist card throughout your trip and for your return flight, otherwise you will have to buy another card.

*This price is subject to change without notice. All travelers will have to pay this card, except if your stay is less than 24 hours. Children under 7 years old do not pay.

 

Costa Rica

Yellow fever vaccination certificate applies for passengers coming from:

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Guyana Francesa
  • Peru
  • Venezuela

Exceptions in Colombia:

  • Bogotá
  • Bucaramanga
  • Cali
  • Cartagena
  • Medellín
  • Providencia
  • San Andrés

When people travel from Costa Rica to this geographical area:

  • Angola
  • Benín
  • Burkina Faso
  • Camerún
  • Gabón
  • Gambia
  • República Democrática del Congo
Cuba

Yellow fever vaccination certificate applies to passengers 9 months of age or older, coming from:

  • Angola
  • Brasil
  • República Democrática del Congo
Curazao

Special documents: Curaçao immigration card is required.



Ecuador

Documents required: Registration in the Virtual Consulate of Ecuador's system and completion of the Single Tourist Validation Form are required.

Application requirements:

  • Attach the requested documents and wait for them to be validated by an official of the Vice-Ministry of Human Mobility of Ecuador.
  • Within a week you will receive an email indicating whether you have been validated as a tourist.
  • If you were accepted, in the same e-mail, you will receive an alphanumeric code that you must give to the airline for the purchase of your ticket and to the immigration agent upon arrival in Ecuador.
  • This code will be valid for a maximum of 10 days from the planned travel date.

For travel to the Galapagos and San Cristobal Islands

 

Before going to the airline counter, you must go to the office of the Galapagos Government Council to validate your travel documents and obtain the tourist card (TCT) for entry to the Islands. Afterwards, go to the Agency for Regulation and Control of Biosecurity and Quarantine for Galapagos (ABG) to have your luggage checked and identified as fit to travel.

El Salvador
Yellow fever vaccination certificate: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is recommended for travelers over 1 year of age from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Estados Unidos

For all travel to, from or within the U.S., your reservation must be processed with the exact information contained in your passport. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) requires that all reservations include: first and last names (as they appear in the passport), date of birth and gender.

  • At the time of boarding at the airport of origin, through online communication, the TSA will determine if the registration information entered coincides with that of the previous reservation, and if this in turn complies with the conditions required by this authority. If not, the TSA will deny access to the air service, regardless of the airline and without any liability on the part of the airline.
  • To travel to the United States you must carry your mobile device with a charged battery before boarding, due to a new regulation determined by the Transportation Security Administration. In case the devices do not turn on, you will not be able to enter the plane and you will have to undergo an additional inspection.
  • Both government authorities and we have mechanisms in place to ensure the privacy of your information.


Travelers with Chinese nationality who have a U.S. visa

As of November 29, 2016, you must update your personal information using the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) if you are a traveler with Chinese nationality and have a valid 10-year B-1, B-2 or B-1/B-2 visa. You will be denied boarding on aircraft bound for the United States if you do not update your information. We recommend that you complete this process at least one week prior to your trip.

Honduras

Yellow fever vaccination certificate applies for the following countries:

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Benín
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Camerún
  • Chad
  • Colombia
  • Congo
  • Costa de Marfil
  • Ecuador
  • Etiopia
  • Gabón
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guinea Ecuatorial
  • Guyana
  • Guyana Francesa
  • Kenia
  • Liberia
  • Mall
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Panamá
  • Paraguay
  • Perú
  • República Centroamericana
  • República Democrática del Congo
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leona
  • Sudán
  • Sudán del Sur
  • Suriname
  • Togo
  • Trinidad y Tobago
  • Uganda
  • Venezuela
México

If you are traveling to Mexico, you should know that as of April 1, 2022 Colombians must complete a mandatory pre-registration to enter the country. Learn about the requirements. 

Nicaragua

Documents required: Registration is requested as established by the Nicaraguan Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC).

Application requirements: Learn about the steps to travel to or from Nicaragua. 

 

Panamá
Yellow fever vaccination certificate: Applies to travelers over 1 year of age, coming from Brazil, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required.
República Dominicana
Yellow fever vaccination certificate: International yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for passengers arriving from the Brazilian states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Espírito Santo, and Minas Gerais, also for passengers arriving or who have been in Venezuela within the last 14 days.

Important: If you are flying to Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay or Venezuela, you must be vaccinated 10 or more days before your flight.

Additional information

Documents for connecting flights

When your flight includes connections before reaching your final destination, it is important to check if the country or countries where you have such connections require a visa. Some countries allow passengers to transit without a visa requirement (Transit Without Visa TWOV), when the flight itinerary requires a transit or stopover in a country other than the destination country, you need to have a transit passenger visa.


What you must carry whenever you are in transit in a country of which you are not a national:

  • Complete documentation for your transit and destination.
  • The destination or return ticket to the point of origin.
  • Sufficient funds or credit card, in case you need to buy another ticket.
  • Valid identification document.
  • Visa for your final destination or prior entry authorization.

Do you have transit in Mexico?

Conditions: 

  • You must travel without checked baggage
  • You must have your connection and ticket confirmed on an international flight out of Mexico City.
  • You must have the complete route of your trip in one ticket.
  • For flights connecting in Mexico City, a fee of USD 75 plus taxes applies.

Restrictions:

  • You cannot volunteer to give up your seat in case you are overbooked.
  • Does not apply to passengers with discount tickets and/or subject to availability.
  • Does not apply to passengers who must spend the night in Mexico City.
  • Does not apply to passengers carrying hold baggage without exception.

Note: travelers in transit are not allowed in Cancun according to your nationality, you must present your Visa.

VAT refund in Colombia
For VAT refunds to foreign tourists consult the DIAN.
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