[ Practical Information ]
HEALTH AND VACCINATION
It is important to be aware of potential risks when travelling. The most common illnesses in Colombia are acute altitude sickness, stomach problems, and in jungle areas malaria and yellow fever. This information corresponds to current information from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Colombia. www.minsalud.gov.co
You must be vaccinated against yellow fever at least 10 days before departure to these areas:
We highlight in RED the places we will visiting for the congress and Study Tours:
• The departments of Amazonas, Caqueta, Casanare, Cesar, Guainia, Guaviare, Guajira, Meta, Putumayo, Vaupés and Vichada, where more than 80% of municipalities are classified as high risk.
• The Department of Magdalena: The district of Santa Marta and the municipalities of Ciénaga and Aracataca.
• The department of Norte de Santander, Catatumbo area: Convention municipalities, El Carmen, El Tarra, Teorama, Sardinata, Tibu, El Zulia, Hacarí and San Calixto.
• The department of Chocó: Rio Sucio, Carmen del Darién, Juradó, Nuquí and Unguía.
• The department of Antioquia: Dabeiba, Mutatá, Turbo and Yondó.
The vaccine is not suitable for people with HIV, pregnant women and children under 6 months of age, among others. To visit nature parks or wilderness areas other vaccines, such as tetanus and hepatitis A and B are also recommended. Visitors from countries offering a dengue vaccine should have it applied before traveling if visiting sites below 1,800 m. For more information go to the following link with recommendations for the traveler given by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia
MEDICAL CARE AND PURCHASE OF MEDICINES
Those wishing to visit Colombia should buy travel insurance giving them medical and emergency hospital care coverage. As regards medication and prescription drugs, these can be obtained without restriction in drugstores and pharmacies. You should verify that the package has the date of expiry and price printed on it.
Tap water is only safe to drink and use for cooking in Bogota. Other capital cities have very good water supply services, with water that can be used for bathing. In rural areas and small towns it is advisable to buy bottled water or in treatment plants.
MONEY IN COLOMBIA
The currency in Colombia is the peso. There are $ 1,000, $ 2,000, $ 5,000, $ 10,000, $ 20,000 and $50.00 bills and $50 $ 100, $ 200, $ 500 and $ 1,000 coins. Then you can convert other currencies.
It is advisable to exchange dollars and other foreign currencies into pesos at exchange houses at airports, hotels and banks. Never do this in the street. Also, consult the website of the Portfolio newspaper (www.portafolio.co/indicadores/monedas), which publishes the daily representative exchange rate
Capital cities have ATMs on major roads and shopping centres which mostly operate 24 hours in English. Do not give your card or reveal your password to strangers.
Most high category department stores, shops, supermarkets, hotels and restaurants in Colombia accept debit cards.
Most hotels, restaurants and commercial establishments accept credit cards like Visa and Master Card. Some places accept American Express and Diners Club.
MEASURES AND ELECTRICITY
In Colombia the International Unit System (IUS), heir to the metric system, is used.
We advise you to consider this information to avoid having major problems with distance, your cell phone charger or height somewhere.
In Colombia the International Unit System (IUS), heir to the metric system, is used. Measurements for distances are derived from the meter (centimetres -cm-, metres -m- kilometres -km-) and for mass the from the kilogramme (gram -g- kilogram -kg-, tonne-t). The unit of measurement for speed is the kilometre per hour (km / h); the temperature is Celsius or Centigrade (° C) and the volume level is the litre (l). Informally measures such as the pound (equivalent to 500 grams or 1/2 pound) and bushel (12.5 kg) were used. Inches, feet, yards, pounds, ounces, miles, and degrees Fahrenheit are rare, but are used in some imported appliances.
Domestic power is 110 volts AC at 60 Hz (110V AC, 60Hz). For industrial facilities it is 220 volts AC at 60 Hz (220V AC, 60Hz). Electrical connectors or plugs are used with two flat input pins or with a third round pin and it easy to buy adapters and voltage regulators. It is advisable to check the technical specifications of the devices that will be used in Colombia.
IS IT SAVE TO GO TO COLOMBIA?
According to the latest reports prepared by organizations and institutions such as The Colombian National Police, BBC News, the National Security System of Mexico and IMD Competitiveness Yearbook, Colombia has improved significantly in terms of safety, national security, and the peace process.
This continued growth has led to a strengthening of the national economy, which in turn contributes to global economic growth. Similarly, recent macroeconomic stability and strong economic performance in our country suggest that, in the long-term, Colombia will have experienced the fastest and soundest economic growth in the region (The Economist, 2014). Key data show that security in Colombia surpasses that of many countries in the region.
We invite you to read the latest reports on national and global security on sites like: http://www.imd.org/wcc/wcy-