Colombian government announces proof of COVID vaccine requirements for public places



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Amid widespread reports of a new Omicron COVID-19 variant emerging across the world, the Colombian government has announced that from November 16, 2021, anyone 18 years of age or older will need to prove that they have received at least a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to enter large-scale events and some commercial establishments across Colombia. The orders are contained in Decree 1408 issued by the Colombian Ministry of the Interior and Decree 442 by the Office of the Mayor of Bogota. As of November 30, 2021, children 12 years of age and over will be subject to the same requirements.

The following categories of events / businesses are among those that will be necessary to enforce this requirement:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Movie theater
  • Dance clubs
  • Concerts
  • Casino
  • Sport events
  • Theme parks
  • Museums
  • Exhibitions / trade fairs

The specific locations and restrictions may vary depending on local guidelines provided by cities and departments.

Guidelines issued by the Colombian Ministry of Health specify that proof of vaccination can be physical or electronic and that people vaccinated outside the Colombian system can present documents from where the vaccination was received.

Actions to be taken:

  • Carry proof of vaccination for admission to the events and public places listed above.
  • Those who have been vaccinated in Colombia can download a digital vaccine certificate at mivacuna.sispro.gov.co.
  • Those who have been vaccinated in the United States or another country can present any document showing proof of vaccination.

Important parts of this article have been compiled from communications issued by the United States Embassy in Bogotá.

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