Getting to Medellin, Colombia
Follow the guides below to make your Medellin arrival a breeze.
Medellin, Colombia Airport (MDE) is served by:
Medellin's modern airport, Rionegro/Medellin-Jose Maria Cordova (MDE), is 3,353 miles from Los Angeles, 2,502 miles from Dallas, 1,976 miles from Atlanta and 1,381 miles from Miami.
Visa Guide: U.S. citizens do not need a Colombian visa for a tourist stay of 90 days or less. Please click our Visa link for detailed information.
Arrival Guide: When you arrive in Medellin depart your aircraft and follow the crowd and signs to Immigration. The Immigration area is downstairs and located next to baggage claim and customs. Wait in line until called by an Immigration Officer and present your passport. The Officer will probably not say much as he reviews your passport. The length of stay granted to you will be determined by the Officer and will be stamped in your passport. Normally, 30 days.
Important: If your staying in Colombia over 30 days ask the Immigration Officer for a 60 day Visa! Don't worry about your Spanish since the Officer will understand 60 days in English. Asking for 90 days will probably require an explanation and review of your departure ticket. After you get your visa stamp make a left turn and walk 30 feet to baggage claim.
Baggage Guide: Keep your luggage claim tags (attached to your ticket jacket)! Collect your luggage and wait in the custom's line. An airport employee will check your claim tags and take your custom's form. You will then be asked to press the light signal for a Red or Green light. If you get a green light you can place your luggage on the X-Ray machine and exit the terminal. If you get a Red light your luggage will be hand inspected by the police before you are allowed to exit the terminal. To exit the terminal walk 20 feet straight ahead and turn right. You will find a lot of people waiting for their relatives, numerous taxi drivers and porters wanting to help you with your baggage. Hang on to your luggage if you don't want help and advise "no gracias" with a smile. Otherwise they will help by pulling the luggage from your hand!
Ground Transportation Guide: The best way to get to the City Center or your hotel is to hire a Personal Driver. Medellin is 19 miles Southeast of Medellin Airport (MDE) and a short 30 minute ride via the new Las Palmas express way. A Personal Driver will pick you up at the airport for 70,000-75,000 pesos, a little more then a regular taxi, but we suggest using a personal driver.
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