Frequently asked questions about Colombia

  1. Can I pre-book transfers and extra nights?
  2. Do I need a visa?
  3. Do I need vaccinations or malaria tablets?
  4. How is accommodation arranged if I book alone?
  5. Is Colombia a safe destination?
  6. What is the time difference?
  7. What kind of transportation is used?
  8. When is the best time to visit?

1. Can I pre-book transfers and extra nights?
Yes you can book transfers (on arrival) and extra nights with Shoestring. If this option is not visible when making your booking please make a remark and we will contact you with the costs.
2. Do I need a visa?
You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. UK/many other European passport holders do not need a visa for Colombia at present but please check here if you are unsure. Please check the embassy if you need a visa for Colombia. Make sure you inquire at least a month before departure if you need a visa so you do not run into time problems.
3. Do I need vaccinations or malaria tablets?
Please click here for questions regarding vaccinations or malaria tablets for this country and contact after your local practitioner or a specialized health centre and make an appointment to get your shots and pills. Please make sure that you allow at least six weeks for a full program. People who already have had a few shots might do with two weeks. You are responsible for having the right protection when going on tour.
4. How is accommodation arranged if I book alone?
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveler ( from the same sex when possible ) unless you have booked a single room.
5. Is Colombia a safe destination?

In recent years safety has improved in Colombia. As a tourist you can easily walk through the streets of Colombia without any danger. However, just like anywhere in the world you have to be careful with pickpockets. If you happen to be a victim of robbery do not resist and comply with what is asked.

Please don’t tempt fate by taking any expensive or precious jewellery or other valuables on your trip.

6. What is the time difference?
Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference.
7. What kind of transportation is used?
The vast majority of our travels in Colombia are completed using our own minibus/bus.
8. When is the best time to visit?
The dry season in Colombia runs from December to March and July and August, so these are good periods. Colombia is generally speaking a 'year-round' destination, particularly along the Caribbean coastline where fine weather is guaranteed almost every day of the year.