Immigration formalities and customs in Cartagena de Indias

Arriving to Cartagena de Indias, the Rafael Nunez airport is situated about 10 minutes of taxi to the touristic zones. If you must take a boat for the islands, the docks are at 5 minutes. If you’re going to the Isla Palma (Decameron, Isla San Bernardo), then you have 2 hours of car to get to Tolu and then 20 minutes of boat to your destination.

Immigration and Emigration
The immigration formalities are fast considering that the officer doesn’t speak really well English and less French. A passport with at least 6 months before the expiration is required. There aren’t any visas asked for Canadians entering Colombia. A period of 30 or 60 days will be stamped in your passport. Do not exceed the number of days written because you will not be able to exit the country without an extension or a delivered conduct paper from the DAS (Departamiento Administrativo de Seguridad). Don’t forget that you will have to pass through the emigration exiting in order to validate your time in Colombia.

The entering and exiting Customs
A declaration form will be given to you before arriving in Colombia in order to declare with you’re bringing, your reason and the place you’ll be staying. No restrictions concerning cigarettes, alcohol, or other objects, therefore keep in mind that your items aren’t for sell (by example 3 laptops). The maximum of liquid cash is 10,000 $ US. You’ll be searched arriving and equally while exiting.


Ø Canadians traveling to Cartagena in 2009-2010 – Useful information


Claude Lasanté