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Republic of Colombia > Details

Country Name
Republic of Colombia
Geographical Area
440,831 square miles
48,219,827 (2015 estimate)
Capital City
Language   The official language of Colombia is Spanish, which is widely spoken. English is spoken in many hotels and restaurants that cater for tourists, but a phrasebook will be useful at all times.
Religion   Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3%
Government   Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic
Head of Government   President Juan Manuel Santos
Embassy   Calle 24 Bis No. 48-50 Bogotá, D.C. Colombia Telephone: +(57) (1) 275-2000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(57) (1) 275-2701
Visas   A valid American passport is required. U.S. citizens may enter for up to 90 days for tourist purposes without a visa, however visa requirements are subject to change. Check with the consulate before traveling.
Health Risks   Medical care is adequate in major cities but varies greatly in quality and accessibility elsewhere. Emergency rooms in Colombia, even at top-quality facilities, are frequently overcrowded and ambulance service can be slow.
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Time Zone:   COT (UTC -5)
Banking / Exchange   Foreign currency, including traveler’s checks, can be exchanged at banks and special exchange shops in large towns.
Currency   The Colombian peso (COP) is the official national currency of Colombia.
Electric Current   Metric
Credit Cards / Traveler Checks  
Shopping   Colombia is famous for emeralds. If you are shopping for precious stones, be sure to purchase from a store where you can get a certificate of authentication, otherwise you may find you have purchased little more than colored glass or plastic.
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National Airport   Bogota (BOG), Armenia (AXM), Cartagena (CTG), Medellin (MDE,
Major Tourist Attractions   Cartagena & Santa Marta offers travelers a great insight to Colombia combining the capital of the co
Tipping Suggestion   When dining out, it is customary to tip 10% at restaurants. Tipping taxi drivers is not expected, but most visitors will tip bar and hotel staff and guides.
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