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Health Recommendations for Visiting Colombia

Before traveling to Colombia, it is important to take some health recommendations into account, as it is a tropical country where people may be exposed to various diseases or conditions. It is recommended to get vaccinated against diseases such as yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, and malaria, among others.

Additionally, it is crucial to take precautions against vector-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika, and chikungunya, which are common in some regions of Colombia. It is recommended to use insect repellents, wear clothing that covers most of the body, and avoid the accumulation of stagnant water near lodging areas. If you plan to engage in outdoor activities or visit high-altitude areas, it is important to be prepared for changes in atmospheric pressure and altitude. Drinking plenty of water, avoiding intense physical exertion, and taking frequent breaks can help prevent altitude sickness

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Furthermore, it is advisable to be cautious with the food and water you consume, especially street food. Opt for well-cooked foods, peeled fruits and vegetables, and drink only bottled or boiled water to avoid gastrointestinal illnesses.  In addition, it is advisable to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, as well as  to carry a (small) first aid kit that includes basic medications, antidiarrheals, analgesics, and any necessary personal medications.
Finally, for more detailed and updated information on the necessary preventive measures according to the itinerary and planned activities during the trip, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or the relevant authorities.
In the following link, you can see the vaccination requirements and other necessary health recommendations to consider when visiting our country: