General Information and Recommendations


Authorized Taxis

El Dorado Airport offers authorized taxi service through the company Taxi Imperial, which has 1400 vehicles to provide service to all travelers and visitors. Only the taxis affiliated to that company are allowed to pick up passengers, in order to guarantee your safety and comfort.

Taxis operate in gates 2, 3, 5 and 6 of Terminal 1 and in the arrivals gate of Terminal 2.

Remember that the airport surcharge is $ 4,400 COP.

To pass the Customs

All international travelers are compelled to fill out the DIAN’s 530 form, which allows to verify declaration of the luggage, cash and monetary instruments brought in or out of the country. Travelers or family units with monetary instruments in excess of $10.000 American Dollars must declare. Not declaring may result in fines by the DIAN.

Avoid delays by completing the customs form as soon as it is delivered by your airline.

For more information consult the following link: Form 530 Guide

Ebola Virus

If you arrive to Colombia from an African country, have been in contact with a person that has visited Africa recently or experience any of the following symptons, report this situation to relevant authorities at arrival:

  • Sudden fever, intense weekness, muscle pain, headaches and sore throat.
  • Followed by vomits, diarrhea, skin rash, deterioration of kidney and hepatic functions and –in the advanced stage– internal and external bleeding.


Avoid inconveniences

Plant materials (products and by-products) may have some phytosanitary requirements for transportation on domestic flights.

In order to protect the population, the transportation of organic and plant-based foods from international destinations is totally prohibited.

Bogota, Distrito Capital, Colombia

Bogota is strategically located in the center of the continent, five hours by plane from New York, Mexico City and Sao Paulo. It has one of the best airports in the continent and an excellent air connectivity, with many direct flights to the main cities of the world.

Colombian’s capital is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan Latin American cities. Within the cities of the area, Bogota is characterized by being one of the most competitive and the one with a better business environment. It is with good reason that it has been listed as one of the main business centers of Latin America.

Welcome to Bogota

Everything you have to know about the city, what to do, where to go. Visit our welcome section.

Transportation in Bogota

See how to get around in the city, buses, taxis and other means of transportation.

GO Guides

See the Guía del Ocio (Leisure Guide) to know about events and entertainment. It is the most complete guide in Bogota.

Lost Objects, Pets and Others

Lost Objects

If you have lost one of your personal belongings during your stay at the airport, you may contact the lost and found office at 4397070 ext. 5112.

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Dogs and cats are allowed to enter Colombia. Passengers with pets must come to the ICA office with their pet to submit the regulatory documents.

Click here for further information about animals importation.

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Plant Products

In order to protect the population, the transportation of organic and plant-based foods from international destinations is totally prohibited.

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Paperwork and Customs

Documents to enter the country

During the immigration control the following will be verified: full identity of the traveler, the validity of his travel documents, and, according to the activity to be developed in Colombia, to grant the corresponding entry and stay permit that, in accordance with what was indicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, require a visitor’s visa.

To carry out this control, the passenger is usually required to submit the following documents: National Identification Document, current passport, travel
document or Andean Migration Card (TAM).

Click here for more information about Colombia’s immigration website

Migración Colombia

Migración Colombia is the unit responsible for carrying out the migratory control of the entrance of national and/or foreign citizens, verifying that all requirements are fulfilled in accordance with the laws and the policy defined by the National Government.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding migration, please call: 01-8000-510-454 or visit:

Entry of Goods

Entry of Tax-Free Merchandise

Travelers have the right to enter tax-free merchandise besides their personal objects into Colombia under these conditions:

  • Length of stay abroad: No restriction. Value of goods in Dollars: US$ 1,500. Type of goods: goods for personal and family use. Maximum amount: non-commercial amounts. Type of luggage: accompanied.
  • If the entire luggage is comprised by tax-free merchandise, the traveler may take the “non-declaring” (stop light) circuit. As a matter of fact, the “stop light” system is used to streamline requisition procedures for passengers coming from abroad. The system chooses luggage randomly. If the green light turns on when you press the button at the entrance you can move on, but if the red light turns on you must undergo an inspection.

People bringing in articles that need to be declared must approach DIAN officials to pay the necessary taxes.
For example, a person who has spent four days abroad may bring in a vacuum cleaner, a sewing machine, a television, a video camera or a computer, or goods for personal use as long as they don´t exceed US$ 1,500. But if the traveler enters a computer valued at US$ 2,000, he will pay taxes on US$ 500 only.

Entry of Tax-Paying Merchandise

Travelers have a right to enter tax-paying merchandise apart from their personal objects into Colombia under the following conditions:

  • Length of stay abroad: 5 or more days.
  • Value of merchandise: US$ 2,500, additional.
  • Type of Goods: Electrical or non-electrical domestic appliances, sports articles, and articles relevant to the traveler´s craft or occupation.
  • Maximum amount: 3 units for each one.
  • Tax payable: US$ 1,500.oo tax-free, US$ 2,500.oo paying 15% of tax once a year only.
  • Type of luggage: Accompanied or unaccompanied luggage.
  • Minors may only enter merchandise at up to 50% of the value of the above specifications.

This category does not permit the entry of railway or automobile vehicles of materials, aircrafts or aerodynes, hot air balloons, blimps, gliders, boats or any other floating device and/or its parts, ammunition, explosives, transportation materials such as tires and car or machinery parts. An exception is made for bicycles, wheel chairs and strollers.

For example, if a passenger has been abroad for over five days, his quota is up to US$ 4,000 including sports articles and articles relevant to the traveler´s craft or occupation in addition to home appliances. 3 units of each may be entered given that they don´t exceed the US$ 4,000 quota of which US$ 1,500 are tax free: 15% tax will be paid for the remaining US$ 2,500 (once a year only). In view of the latter, it is important to always carry the receipts for these articles in order to verify their value.

When luggage is declared and taxes need to be paid, receipts for the merchandise, passport and ticket stubs are attached and the “declaring” circuit is taken. Luggage is subject to inspection and taxes are paid in local or freely convertible currency. Taxed merchandise will be confiscated if it is not submitted to customs.

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Stamp Duty

Stamp duty is applied to all documents, public documents and private documents including securities that are executed or accepted in the country, or granted outside the country but executed in the country or that generate obligations therein. For more information, visit: > RUT Download