Visiting

Business hours

Normal business hours are from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Business visitors should check to avoid major holidays, including Christmas and New Year's, Easter, and Independence Day (July 20). January is the traditional holiday month.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year’s Day
January 6 – Epiphany
March 19 – St Joseph’s Day
April 1 – Maundy Thursday
April 2 – Good Friday
May 1 – Labour Day
May 13 – Ascension
July 20 – Independence Day
August 7 – Battle of Boyacá
October 11 – Columbus Day
November 1 – All Saints’ Day
November 11 – Independence of Cartagena
December 25 – Christmas Day

Climate

Although often perceived as a tropical, Colombia’s climate actually varies significantly with altitude. Seasons don't really exist, but rainfall and brisk wintry weather is common October to November and April to June in Bogotá. Temperatures in Bogotá rarely reach above 20°C year-round. The coastal cities are warm and sunny, and the valley cities of Medellín and Cali almost always have pleasant weather.

For weather details in Colombia, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The currency in Colombia is the Colombian Peso (COP). The exchange rate is stable, managed and fully convertible against the US dollar. The Colombian economy is effectively a dual currency economy (Peso and US dollar) with the majority of bank deposits and all international transactions in US dollars.

Time zones and time differences

Colombia is 15 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current time in Bogotá, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Colombia's country code is 57.

For calls to Colombia from Australia dial: 0011 + 57 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Colombia to Australia dial: 0011 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Colombia's power supply is 110 volts, 60Hz; 1, 3 phases, 2, 3 wires. The European two-prong pin plug and two-prong flat plug (North America) are standard. It is advisable to bring your own converter plug. It is not recommended that you drink tap water (see Health).

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Colombia Travel

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