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Cartagena Prepares to Safely Welcome 20 Cruise Ships

November 18, 2021 • 8:42 pm CST
(Vax Before Travel)

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota advised U.S. citizens on November 17, 2021, there has been increased criminal activity throughout Cartagena as Covid-19 restrictions have been reduced, and extra precaution is merited in areas with less police presence. 

Specifically, there have been several notable criminal events in the Chambacu neighborhood, the East of Centro Comercial Caribe Plaza, and Southern Cartagena.

Local media reported on November 18 the port city of Cartagena is preparing to receive more than 20 cruise ships in December 2021 and an estimated 25,000 tourists.

Cartagena’s police chief Nicolás Zapata reiterated that Cartagena is “safe to visit” and proven by the fact that five international flights arrive every day, representing a daily influx of 780 travelers.

The U.S. Embassy recommends U.S. citizens remain aware of their surroundings and that drivers stay on main roads while driving through these areas. Side streets can be narrow or often blocked by parked vehicles, even though a GPS may show the road passable.

And the Embassy suggests visitors enroll in Smart Traveler Program to receive security updates.

Additionally, the U.S. Embassy confirmed beginning November 16, 2021, anyone 18 years or older would be required to show proof of having received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to enter large-scale events and certain business establishments throughout Colombia.

And beginning November 30, 2021, children 12 years and older will be subject to the exact requirements.

The U.S. CDC has issued various travel vaccine recommendations such as dengue, in addition to COVID-19 when visiting Columbia.