Colombia Essentials

A list of essential information about Colombia, including language, currency, visa requirements, time zone, dialling code and emergency numbers.

Language: Spanish

Currency: Peso (COP) – check latest exchange rates on

Visas: Free / 90-day issued at border with proof of onward travel; see visa requirements for more details

Time zone: GMT -5 (BST -6)

Dialling code: 57

Emergency codes: Police 123, Medical 132

Capital city: Bogotá

Population: 48,400,388

Tipping: In hotels and restaurants a voluntary 10% is suggested; tipping is not necessary in taxis.

Insurance: We recommend travel insurance from – available in over 150 countries.

Electricity: 110V/60hz. Colombia uses the below AC power plug and sockets. We recommend the OREI travel adaptor. It works in over 150 countries and includes a USB charger.

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