Where to get a COVID-19 PCR test for travel in Cartagena – Juan Ballena | Experiências de viagem em Cartagena

Cartagena Travel Requirements & Updates | COVID-19 Information

publicado por Ruben Sanchez on
Last Updated JUL/2021

For entry to Colombia 🇨🇴 It is not necessary show a negative PCR test for Covid-19.Check if your country of origin is requesting ia NEGATIVE Test for your return trip.

The new ruling additionally added two new measures that travelers need to know.

Any traveler that shows signs of respiratory illness or fever will not be able to board a flight to Colombia

Travelers that did not fill out the Check-Mig form between 1-24 hours before the flight will not be allowed to board.

“In any case, passengers with fever or respiratory symptoms associated with COVID-19 and those who have not previously completed the Check-Mig application will not be allowed to board,” said the Ministry of Health.

Happiness is the word that summarizes the feeling of the passengers who arrived in Cartagena this morning on a flight from Bogotá. (Read here: A commercial flight with more than 100 passengers lands in Cartagena) More than 100 people arrived in the city to visit family members, do business or take a vacation after five months of lockdown. 

Here’s where you can quickly get a COVID-19 PCR test for travel in Cartagena

If you need a coronavirus test for travel back from Cartagena, you might be wondering where you can get one, what type of test you’ll need to take, how long it will take to get an appointment (and wait for results) and what it will cost. The PCR test price is around usd$83 and they provide results in 24 hours. Make an appointment one day in advance.

Laboratorio Continental
Laboratorio de la Universidad de Cartagena UNIMOL Phone number +57 322 8579772
Laboratorio Yamile Bajaire Cartagena Airport - Hours: Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays hotel delivery under prior scheduling.

Allowed Activities in Cartagena after first stage of reopening

The arrival of tourists also brings into question what activities travellers can take part in, taking into account that there are still mobility restrictions. However, as María Claudia Peña, the District of Cartagena’s reactivation advisor, points out, visitors can move freely throughout the city as long as they carry with them a ticket, reservation or any other document that shows their arrival to the city. This means that the pico y cédula, specified times when residents of the city can leave their homes, does not apply. “Our historic city centre is prepared to welcome tourists. Visitors can travel along the coast, go to restaurants and of course to hotels in the city, which are prepared to welcome them.

Entrance to the Castillo de San Felipe will be open The Castillo de San Felipe already has a reopening date. Locals, nationals and foreigners will be able to visit it as of October 2 of this year, maintaining the biosafety protocols to avoid contagion by COVID-19.

Attendees must buy tickets through the website and comply with the protocols. In the next few days, the entity attached to the Mayor's Office of Cartagena will publish the steps that people must follow to buy tickets and schedule their visit through the website of 'Fortificaciones de Cartagena', to avoid crowds to the entrance of the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas.

Cartagena will be the first city restarting commercial flights in Sep 21st, after nearly six months of a complete shutdown

Peña also assured that sights such as the Castillo San Felipe will open in October 1st. Additionally, the squares in the historic city centre are open, but the consumption of alcohol is permitted in . 

Regarding the beaches, it will be allowed to swim from the second stage of reopening that begins in October first Initially, two important city beaches will be reopened. One in Bocagrande, starting from the Hotel Caribe and going towards the center that will have more or less about 700 linear meters and the other pilot beach is in La Boquilla - Playa Azul.“Our hope is that as new flights arrive we can begin to open other tourist attractions across the city. We cannot return to the same normality that we had before, with many crowds and no ability to social distance. These changes are focused on how we can adapt the biosecurity standards to our daily lives.” she said. 

Where do I make the reservation for the open Cartagena beaches?

You can make your reservation for the beaches of Cartagena that are open at the following link where you can book to go to the beaches of Cartagena. People who want to go to the beach and bathe in the sea should enter the website, where they will find all the information about the enabled beaches, the modules and schedules available A maximum of six people can be in each socio-family module.

Due to the biosecurity protocols, the authorized places at the Rosario Islands are working at a lower capacity, book here your beach day at least 36 hours in advance.

  Once there, choose which of the two Cartagena beaches that have opened you want to reserve for, then you’ll be able to choose your date and reservation window before entering the information for each member of your group. The reservation has no cost.

After making your reservation, you will receive an email with a link to confirm your reservation (don’t forget to confirm it!) as well as a reservation code and QR code that they scan when you arrive, so be sure to bring it with you.

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