As of 18 August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has temporarily closed the physical premises of the New Zealand Embassies in Brazil and Colombia (also accredited to Ecuador). The Ministry will be reviewing the temporary closure of these Embassies at regular intervals. The diplomatic staff will continue to perform their roles remotely.
Colombia closed its borders and banned international flights entering the country from 22 March, with such restriction lasting until 31 August. Early in July, national flights among low affected cities resumed. As of the 7 July, the Government extended the country’s quarantine through to 1 August. All individuals in Colombia are required to shelter in place and remain inside. Most public locations are closed.
Recently, the National Government announced the 1 September as the possible date for international flights reopening, but some experts think that the complete normalisation of flights will not be given until the month of November. Discussions will be held in mid-August on reopening air operations at Bogota's El Dorado Airport.
The national airline Avianca filed for bankruptcy protection according to the United States laws.
The Government is coordinating the activation of the ground transport service. Inter-municipal transport continues without operations due to the lack of agreements between municipalities.
While quarantine continues, municipalities with no coronavirus infections or with low infection rates will be allowed to open restaurants, theatres and gyms under strict protocols - including the use of face masks and social distancing - at the request of mayors.
According to some polls, one-third of Colombian restaurants have closed permanently due to the lockdown.
The government has authorised the continuity of the construction and manufacturing sectors following some strict sanitary protocols.
The country has celebrated two "VAT-free days", approved by the Colombian Government in late 2019. VAT in Colombia is 19%. The policy, intended to stimulate commerce, caused long queues and some criticism due to certain lack of mask using and social distancing. One more "VAT-free day" will take place in September.