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Best Colombia Sim Card For Tourist And How To Buy A Prepaid Sim Card in Colombia (Updated 2022)

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We will write how to buy a Colombian sim card and the best Colombia sim card for tourists and how to buy a prepaid sim card in Colombia. You can get a Claro prepaid sim card Colombia for 31000 COP= $8 USD with 20 GB and valid for 30 days if you buy from Claro official street sellers.

Claro street sellers are helpful and they will activate for you and your prepaid will be valid up to 90 days if you travel long in Colombia. Click here to book online tours in Bogota and Medellin Day Tours

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WHERE TO STAY IN BOGOTA

There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from especially in La Candelaria area. Accommodation price can take you around $10-12 USD if you sleep in a dorm. For mid budget accommodation starts at $40-60 USD and more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Bogota.

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VISITING COLOMBIA IN COVID TIME?

Make sure you register or download Check-Mig. You will have to register your personal information, countries that you have been before visiting Colombia and etc. They will ask before boarding the plane and before getting your stamp at Bogota International Airport.

COLOMBIA TOURIST SIM CARD

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First thing we have to say about Colombian sim card, internet and data connection in Colombia is great especially in the cities. There are a few places off the beaten path like mountains, beaches and dessert where the connection will be weak.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Colombia. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get outside the airport when getting to the city in an official phone shop.

There are 3 phone operators in the country: Claro, Movistar and Togi Une. You can buy your Colombia tourist sim card when you arrive in Bogota international airport, or at the small gift shop inside the airports. I would recommend to buy outside because prices tend to be higher at the airport compared to the stores in town.

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GETTING PREPAID SIM CARD COLOMBIA AIRPORT

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Getting a Colombia sim card airport is simple and easy. You can get your sim card in Bogota airport with Claro but the packages that they will offer aren’t so good as you will find at the stores in the city. Since it’s easier to check maps and it’s great to check internet while you are going to your hotel.

You can purchase your Colombia sim card in the airport but there aren’t so many options and prices will be more expensive. If you aren’t in a hurry you can wait until get to the city to get your Colombia prepaid card. There are kiosks and phone shops where to buy your Colombia tourist sim card.

WHERE TO GET YOUR COLOMBIA TOURIST SIM CARD

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You can get your Colombia sim card almost anywhere from the airport to cities to the street sellers as we didid in Bogota getting a Claro prepaid sim card. There are phone kiosks and local shops willing to sell an Colombia prepaid sim card. Just make sure that you present your foreign passport.

The main operators in Colombia are Claro, Movistar and Togi Une. If you are getting to Colombia by bus from Ecuador you can also get your Colombia tourist sim card in the Bus Station or around the city in kiosks and phone shops.

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD COLOMBIA COMPARISON

We will focus in this prepaid sim card Colombia with Claro the most popular one in Colombia. We will tell you about Movistar and Tigo the second and third largest in Colombia. If you stay in Bogota maybe you can check Avantel with affordable packages.

Claro Sim Card Colombia

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Claro sim card Colombia is the largest phone operator in the country and the most reliable talking about coverage. You can get a Claro prepaid sim card for 5000 COP which is $1 USD. Check here prices and packages in Claro website!

There are a few packages of data 10000 COP= $2.5 USD with 1 GB and valid for 7 days. You can also get for 15000 COP= $3 USD with 500 MB and unlimited Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter valid for 7 days.

You can get for 30 000 COP= $8 USD with 20 GB and valid for 30 days from oficial Claro street sellers around the cities in Colombia can give you the best rates. They activated for me and after 30 days you can add other packages since the Claro prepaid sim card is valid 90 days.

Movistar Sim Card Colombia

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Movistar Colombia sim card is the second largest phone operator in the country. It works great in the big cities. Check here prices and packages in Movistar website!

You can get these prices and packages: you can get for 5000 COP=$1 USD with 500 MB and valid for 3 days. For 14000 COP=$3 USD with 1.4 GB and valid for 7 days. If you prefer longer 25000=$6 USD with 2.5 GB and valid for 15 days. For 30 days you can get 3 GB for 50000=$12 USD with extra 500 MB for Whatsapp.

MORE PREPAID SIM CARD IN COLOMBIA

Tigo Sim Card Colombia

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Tigo sim card Colombia is the smallest phone operator in the country. These are the best packages: 5000 COP=$1 USD for 500 MB and valid for 3 days. You can get for 20000 COP=$5 USD with 10 GB and valid for 15 days. Check here prices and packages in Tigo website!

Avantel Sim Card Colombia

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Avantel sim card Colombia can be your option if you are planning to stay only in Bogota when visiting Colombia. Check here prices and packages in Avantel website!

You can get for 10000 COP=$2.5 USD 1 GB valid for 10 days. Also if you are staying longer for 30000 COP with 4 GB and valid for 30 days.

BEST COLOMBIA SIM CARD CONCLUSION

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My Best Colombian Sim Card Conclusion is getting Claro prepaid sim card Colombia for 31000 COP= $8 USD with 20 GB and valid for 30 days if you are planning to travel around Colombia since the coverage is better and prices are similar to Movistar and Tigo. Unless you are staying in a city like Bogota and you can go for a small company like Avantel with better prices or packages that can offer at that moment.

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COLOMBIA POCKET WIFI

If you prefer Colombia Pocket Wifi a Hotspot can be the best option. You will avoid changing sim card and just landing in Colombia you will start getting data connection. Read here our full review of Tep Wireless Hotspot with all the details, prices, coverage and how it works.

The price is €7.95 to get wifi when traveling and it includes truly unlimited internet, which is never cut off, regardless how much you use with unlimited wifi and can connect up to 5 devices. If you use more than 1GB in a day, your connection speed will get slowed to 256kbs.

The connection speed will return to normal the next day. Click here, to buy your Tep Wireless Hotspot now. If you add the promo code GAMINTRAVELER you will get 10% discount!

WHERE TO STAY IN BOGOTA DOWNTOWN: IBIS BOGOTA MUSEO

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We decided to stay at IBIS Bogota Museo and we were so happy with the location jsut 20 minutes walking distance from La Candelaria. Around IBIS Museo there are a few bars, coffee shops restaurants to go out at night. If you are looking accommodation on a budget with a nice and quiet location check it out!

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The breakfast was so delicious with Colombian (especially delicious fruits) and Western options. The staff so helpful and friendly and internet working great! A perfect stay for the three of us avoiding the busy city center but at the same time walking distance!

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STREET FOOD TOUR BOGOTA (LA MESA BOGOTA FOOD TOUR)

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We joined to a Bogota Food Tour experience with La Mesa Tours and we really loved it. We had a great cultural and food tour around La Candelaria. We tried the most typical Colombian street food, breakfast, drinks and with a great guide explaining about history, food and facts about Colombia. Check our Bogota Food Tour experience in Our Instagram Reels!

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The street food tour had several stops from 5-7 depending how much time you want to stay and how hungry and thristy you are. We tried the delicious hot chocolate with cheese, empanadas and arepas as the most popualr street food in Colombia. We tried delicious fruits, juices, chicha (alcoholic drink). And to finish the tour we had the delicious Colombian Tamales and Obleas as dessert with Colombian coffee!

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A total of $5-6 USD dollar can be your daily street food budget travel in Colombia. Local food in a local restaurant will start from $3-5 USD. And you can get snack like street foods for $1 USD. 

BEST TIME TO VISIT IN COLOMBIA

You can go to Colombia any time of the year. The months of December to February are the best time to visit Colombia because is the sunniest also the peak season. October to November are the months ideal for those working with a budget, because its is considered the low season in the country.

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ATMS AND CASH IN COLOMBIA

The official currency of Colombia is called Colombian Peso (COP). And $1 USD=4000 COP. ATM’s are available all throughout the country but my advise to you is to us those are inside the banks. And it is also advisable to withdraw as much as you can because fees for transaction tend to be higher for foreign cars. The maximum amount that you can withdraw will be around 600K COP depending on the bank.

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BANK FEES FOR FOREIGNER CARDS IN COLOMBIA

Most of the banks in Bogota and Colombia will charge fees for foreigner cards in Colombia. Check the list below with the exact fees for foreigner cards in Colombia and how much money are you allowed to withdraw in Colombia with every bank.

BankAmount Allowed And Fees
Colpatria900K COP Withdraw And No Fees
Pichincha800K COP Withdraw And No Fees
Banco Caja Social700K COP Withdraw And No Fees
BBVA300K COP Withdraw And No Fees
CorpBanco400K COP Withdraw And No Fees
Davidienda400K COP Withdraw And No Fees
Citibank1200K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees
Bancolombia900K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees
ATH400K COP Withdraw And 10k COP Fees
Servibanca750K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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