We look at upcoming humanitarian flights from Colombia to the U.S. and other countries. With international flights banned, humanitarian flights from and to Colombia are still permitted.

Well over 15,000 foreigners have left Colombia over the past few months on humanitarian flights arranged by embassies. Also, over 15,000 Colombian nationals have returned to Colombia over the past few months.

Colombia is currently banning international flights to/from Colombia until September 1. But humanitarian flights organized by embassies are still permitted.

Several Medellin Guru readers asked about humanitarian flights. So, we look at upcoming flights from Colombia to the U.S. and other countries.

Humanitarian Flights to the U.S.

Over the past few months, the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá has arranged humanitarian flights monthly to the U.S.

The U.S. Embassy in Bogotá recently announced that Spirt Airlines and will operate humanitarian flights on several dates in July from Colombia to the United States. And the U.S. embassy later announced additional flights to the U.S.

These flights from Spirit Airlines are for primarily for U.S. citizens and permanent residents that want to return to the U.S. However, other nationals may be permitted on these flights to the U.S. to connect on their way home but U.S. citizens have priority.

In July, there are flights from the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá (BOG), the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport in Cali (CLO), Rafael Núñez International Airport in Cartagena (CTG) and the José María Córdova International Airport (MDE) in Rionegro near Medellín. The following are the schedule dates:

El Dorado Bogotá Airport (BOG), photo by EEIM

El Dorado Bogotá Airport (BOG), photo by EEIM

Bogotá El Dorado Airport (BOG) departures:

  • July 3 – 12 pm (noon), Spirit flight NK#6311 to Fort Lauderdale
  • July 5 – 12 pm (noon), Spirit flight NK#6311 to Fort Lauderdale
  • July 7 – 4 am, Avianca flight AV 162 to New York JFK
  • July 8 – 9 am, Avianca flight AV 164 to Atlanta
  • July 8 – 12 pm (noon), Spirit flight NK#6311 to Fort Lauderdale
  • July 10 – 12 pm (noon), Spirit flight NK#6311 to Fort Lauderdale
  • July 15 – 12 pm (noon), Spirit flight NK#6311 to Fort Lauderdale
  • July 22 – 12 pm (noon), Spirit flight NK#6311 to Fort Lauderdale
  • July 24 – 12 pm (noon), Spirit flight NK#6311 to Fort Lauderdale
  • July 29 – 12 pm (noon), Spirit flight NK#6311 to Fort Lauderdale
Inside Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport (CLO)

Inside Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport (CLO)

Cali Alfonso Bonilla Aragón (CLO) departures:

  • July 2 – 2 pm, Spirit flight NK#6322 to Fort Lauderdale
  • July 11 – 2 pm, Spirit flight NK#6322 to Fort Lauderdale
  • July 21 –  12 pm (noon), Spirit flight NK#6322 to Fort Lauderdale
Inside José María Córdova International Airport (MDE)

Inside José María Córdova International Airport (MDE)

Medellín José María Córdova Airport (MDE) departures:

  • July 4 – 12:30 pm, Spirit flight NK#6344 to Fort Lauderdale
  • July 12 – 12:30 pm, Spirit flight NK#6344 to Fort Lauderdale
  • July 23 – 12:30 pm, Spirit flight NK#6344 to Fort Lauderdale
Rafael Núñez International Airport in Cartagena, photo by Martin St-Amant

Rafael Núñez International Airport in Cartagena, photo by Martin St-Amant

Cartagena Rafael Núñez Airport (CTG) departures:

  • July 7 – 1 pm, Spirit flight NK#6333 to Fort Lauderdale
  • July 13 – 1 pm, Spirit flight NK#6333 to Fort Lauderdale

All of the above Spirit flights from Colombia in July arrive at the Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida (FLL). Onward connections from Fort Lauderdale, Florida are available.

To buy tickets for these flights, contact Spirit Airlines directly and look for one-way flights:

Spirit Airlines website: https://www.spirit.com/

In addition, if you purchase a ticket on one of these flights and you encounter difficulties in traveling to the airport, contact the U.S. Embassy at ACSBogota@state.gov or +57 1 275.2000.

Taxis are still operating in Colombia. Travelers should carry a copy of their boarding pass – physical or digital – as well as identification (passport).

Also, if you think you will have difficulty reaching the airport due to travel restrictions in Colombia, provide the U.S. Embassy with your travel information including travel date, name, date of birth, passport number and contact information.

Furthermore, make sure to get to the airport much earlier than your flight due to lines at the airport and biosafety protocols in effect. Also, keep in mind that normal services such food service, and water fountains are closed at the airports

Humanitarian Flights to Other Countries

Over the past few months there have been several humanitarian flights from Colombia to other countries arranged by embassies including Canada, the UK and several countries in South America.

In April and May, Air France – KLM operated 25 humanitarian flights to Paris and Amsterdam from Bogotá. And almost 7,000 E.U. citizens return home on these flights from 22 different countries and nearly 7,000 Colombia citizens returned home on these flights.

Australia flight in July

The Australian embassy has arranged a humanitarian flight to Australia on July 6. Qatar Airways has confirmed a flight from Bogotá to Doha to Australia on July 6. Itineraries from Bogotá through to Australia can now be booked directly with Qatar Airways though their website: https://www.qatarairways.com/en-au/homepage.html

For this flight to Australia there will be a stopover in São Paulo, Brazil. Passengers will not be able to leave the international transit area of the airport during this stopover.

Netherlands flight in July

Also the Dutch embassy has arranged a humanitarian flight on KLM from Bogotá to Amsterdam on July 14 that will stop in Cartagena as well. For this flight travelers reportedly must contact the Dutch embassy by July 5 at 6 pm via email to BOG@minbusz.nl.  Also, other nationalities are allowed on this flight.

Both Canada and the UK had flights from Colombia in May and June for citizens returning home. For July 2020, so far only the U.S. embassy and Australian embassies have announced humanitarian flights from Colombia.

We recommend checking with other country embassies for flights:

Also, other nationals are reportedly permitted on humanitarian flights to the U.S. according to three other embassies we talked to but priority is for U.S. nationals. In addition, there is a “first come, first served” principle that applies to passengers from third countries on these flights.

Humanitarian Flights to Colombia

The Colombian government over the past few months has arranged over 150 humanitarian flights to Colombia, which permitted well over 15,000 Colombian nationals to return to Colombia. In July, there are several flights to Colombia from other countries that permit Colombian nationals to return to Colombia:

  • July 2: United States
  • July 3: Peru
  • July 2: Miami
  • July 4: Washington D.C.
  • July 5: Peru
  • July 6: Guatemala
  • July 6: Australia
  • July 7: New York
  • July 7; United States
  • July 8: Peru
  • July 8: Atlanta
  • July 9 Spain
  • July 10: Chile
  • July 10: Miami
  • July 11: Argentina
  • July 11: Orlando
  • July 12: Panama
  • July 13: United States
  • July 14 United States
  • July 14: Spain
  • July 15: Mexico
  • July 15: United States
  • July 20: Spain
  • July 21: United States
  • July 22: United States
  • July 24: Ecuador
  • July 25: Argentina
  • July 26: Switzerland
  • July 27: Chile
  • July 28: Brazil
  • July 29: France
  • July 30: Mexico
  • July 31: Brussels

To qualify for these humanitarian flights to Colombia, travelers have to register with their respective Colombian Consulates or the Colombian embassy in Washington D.C.

In addition, these flights to Colombia required passengers to fill out a “Preventive Control Against Coronavirus” form on the Migracion website.

Also, when passengers arrive in Colombia, they are assessed by health authorities at the airport and must commit to self-isolate for 14 days once in Colombia. Compliance with self-isolation will be verified by agents of Migración Colombia, National Police or municipal or departmental Health agencies.

Medellin Guru’s Coronavirus Series

Medellin Guru has a series of articles about the coronavirus pandemic and the impacts in Colombia: Also, these articles are being kept up-to-date, as this is a fast-moving topic:

The Bottom Line: Humanitarian Flights from Colombia to the U.S. and Other Countries

If you are interested in returning to the United States, please take advantage of these humanitarian flights in July 2020.

The U.S. Embassy cannot guarantee the ability to arrange flights indefinitely. However, normal international flights are currently scheduled to resume in Colombia on September 1. But this could change due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you are a foreigner in Colombia from another country looking to return home, check with your embassy. Also, if you are from another country you can potentially use the humanitarian flights to the U.S. as a stop on a way home but keep in mind that U.S. nationals have priority on these flights.

Readers if you find out about other humanitarian flights, please let us know in the comments below. We would like to keep this article up-to-date with upcoming flights and will update this article when we find out about additional flights.

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Editors note: updated on June 30, 2020 to add a humanitarian flight to Australia from Bogotá on July 6.

Editors note: updated on July 2, 2020 to add four additional humanitarian flights to the U.S. from Spirit airlines from Bogotá, Cali, Medellín and Cartagena.

Editors note: updated on July 4, 2020 to add a humanitarian flight to Amsterdam from Bogotá on July 14.

Editors note: updated on July 5, 2020 to add humanitarian flights from Bogotá to New York JFK and Atlanta from Avianca on July 7 and 8.

Editors note: updated on July 7, 2020 with information about humanitarian flights to Colombia in July.

Editors note: updated on July 13, 2020 to add several additional humanitarian flights on Spirit from cities in Colombia to Fort Lauderdale.

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