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 Colombia - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -5 (daytime saving -4)

Yachting Essentials

Voltage: 110 V

Frequency: 60 Hz

Money

Peso (Col$) of 100 centavos. A maximum of 500 pesos can be exported and not more than 60 Col$ exchanged on departure.

The Peso varies its exchange rate with the US dollar. For example, in late 2009 it was 2350 peso's to the dollar. In 2012 1820 peso's to the dollar. So, if you agree on having work done on your boat here, it's advisable to somehow lock in the final price.

Travellers' cheques are difficult to change, as reportedly there are many forged American Express travellers' cheques in circulation. It is also difficult to change pounds sterling and US dollars are preferred, particularly smaller notes such as US$20 bills. The exchange rate on actual dollars however is quite poor, so you need to either arrange for a bank transfer or get your money out of the ATM's.

Use great care when banking here, especially outside of the centro area. Perhaps use a taxi for return trips to your boat if handling large amounts of cash, or use ATM’s and work with smaller sums of money. In a bank others may see you counting out large sums or you may be marked as a good target.

It is perhaps a good idea to have more than one credit card in case of emergencys and to have copies of your passport.

Communications

International Dialing code for Colombia is +57.

RangeRoamer provides short-term cell phone service for international travelers. Buy, Rent, or use your own cell phone.

Northwest Caribbean Net, 1400 UTC 6209 USB, alternates 6212 and 6516, 7 days/wk. Generally covers Providencia north to Mexico on the Carib side, including Providencia, San Andreas, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and the Caymans. They often follow boats all the way home to Key West through Galveston on the US coast, and sometimes boats heading south will continue to check in down to Panama, but not often.

Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

Emergencies - 119

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Colombia to Rio Dulce Cruising Guide
Authors: Amaia Agirre & Frank Virgintino (May 2016)
Available free at http://freecruisingguides.com/colombia-rio-dulce
Covers the coast of Colombia, The San Blas Islands, the off lying islands of
Colombia (San Andres and Providencia), the Moskito coast, the Cape at Gracias a Dios and the Hobbies, the islands of Honduras and finally the Rio Dulce River (Guatemala).

Sailing the Caribbean Coast of Colombia
By Constance Elson of SV Tashtego (compiled in 2011)
See report here for further details. Also includes an information guide to Santa Marta.

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the Many Facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published by Lulu: September 2013
ISBN 9781304133847
Roughly 200 pages long, the Guide addresses everything North American sailors need to know to get to the Caribbean safely through a discussion of various routes from North America to the Caribbean as well as a discussion of the entire Caribbean – which the author breaks down into four quadrants.
Available at Kindle as well as all other EPub bookstores
Now available as Free download at: www.freecruisingguide.com
See Noonsite reviews here

Pacific Coast of Colombia - A Guide to the Lesser Known Coast
By Eric Baicy & Sherrell Watson (Jan 2011)
www.svsarana.com/free_guides.php#COL
A free, online publication, to this part of the coast.

Cruising Guide to Colombia (2012)
Researched, written, and assembled by Omar Bechara and his daughter Samantha Bechara.
Produced by the government and distributed free via marinas, bookstores and other nautical venues. Contains nautical charts of most Colombian waters, including San Andres and Providencia. Includes information regarding new marinas in Santa Marta and Barranquilla, as well as information on other marinas like Club Nautico and Club de Pesca in Cartagena. 271 page guide in Spanish and English.
This guide is not available to download as it is so large. A more permanent solution as to where to host the guide online is being investigated, however in the meantime contact Miguel Angel Franco Hossain of the Tourism office for a copy.

Colombia Tourist Information
Colombia's Official Travel Guide

Sailing to Columbia from Jamaica
By Trimaran Naga

Sailing the Caribbean Coast of Colombia
By Constance Elson for the Caribbean Compass - September 2011

Colombian Nautical Tourist Guide
Published online by the Colombian Government (2014)
In Spanish only, but contains some very useful large scale charts.

Jacaranda Journey
http://www.jacarandajourney.com/
Chuck Houlihan & Linda Edeiken left San Diego in 2005 and spent 7 years cruising Mexico. In 2013 they headed south and have since explored Central America and South America with plans to explore Chile in 2015. Their blog has excellent passage notes and trip reports, including lots of information for Colombia.

Update History

April 2017: Clearance section and some marinas updated.
March 2017: Security section updated once more following violent attack on cruising boat - reported by CSSN.
November 2015: Security section updated following incident in Taganga Bay, Santa Marta.
June 2015: Publications checked.
March 2015: New ruling re. TIP application and owner permission passed on by Felipe Trauttmansdor.
February 2015: Formalities and Fees updated with assistance from Marina Santa Marta and ProColombia.
November 2012: Further formalities update from Sue & Andy Warman of SY Spruce
July 2012: Added link to detailed report from Sue & Andy Warman of SY Spruce
May 2012: Updated Clearance, Customs and Regulations with information from Pedro Faria.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.

Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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