Border crossing: Ipiales to Tulcan?

Does anyone know the current situation regarding crossing the border from Colombia to Ecuador at Ipiales/Tulcan with an American passport?
I know that Ecuador does not require a special visa, but my question is regarding the current status of the border crossing there, is it open?  Are there any special requirements for crossing into Ecuador concerning Covid testing or proof of vacination?
I am currently trying to get a Colombian visa, but the process seems stalled and I have only a few weeks until I must leave Colombia.  My idea is to go to Ecuador to wait out the delay in my visa if it comes to that.
Any info/advice/help would be greatly appreciated.   I have been across that border crossing at Ipiales in the past with no issues whatsoever, but times being what they are, due diligence is in order

Hi

1 the border is not closed by Air only by Land and Sea
2 you can apply for a Salva conduto  at Migracion Colombia it's done online it gives you extra 30 days while you wait for visa.

3 if you are fully vaccinated you don't need PCR to enter Ecuador I did it in July

Check it out hope it helps you.

Hutch

Hutch, thank you for your information.  Websites I had researched were inconsistent as to whether people were getting across the land border.

You said the land border is closed.  You also said that you crossed successfully in July.

Are you implying that the border was open in July .. and the land border at Rumichaca (near Ipiales) has since been closed?

What is your source of information that the land border is currently closed this month, September 2021?  How recently did you get the information that the border is still closed this month?

cccmedia in Quito, Ecuador

No I flew into quito from Bogota thus I said borders are still closed by land and sea, by looking into Ecuador entry requirements page, I saw the information had not changed I only fly so I'm not concerned with land or sea but that's what I saw on that page, maybe they did not update it you know how things go.

HutchX2020 wrote:

I flew into quito from Bogota thus I said borders are still closed by land and sea, by looking into Ecuador entry requirements page, I saw the information had not changed I only fly so I'm not concerned with land or sea but that's what I saw on that page, maybe they did not update it you know how things go.

This means that we don't have reliable information on this thread as to whether the principal border crossing at Rumichaca/Ipiales/Tulcán is open or closed in September 2021.

Furthermore, it should be pointed out that Colombia and Ecuador each have independent border control -- meaning that on any given day it's possible that one country is allowing crossings while the other is not.

Typically, to be in full compliance, a traveler is supposed to obtain an exit permit from Country A before obtaining an entry permit from Country B.

cccmedia

We have several friends in Colombia who are trying to drive the PanAmerican Hwy...From Colombia to Ecuador, then south.

Land borders are still closed.  They've been stuck for quite a while and immigration has let them stay due to it.  I haven't heard any rumors about their opening soon...

Supposedly according to the immigration official in Medellin Colombia is open but Ecuador is closed. So how much sense does that make? Plus a lady friend in Ibarra and other information from Pan American Travelers F.B. say people are crossing borders going both ways but illegal. This insane Covid management is making criminals out of all of us.......

prospector911 wrote:

Supposedly according to the immigration official in Medellin Colombia is open but Ecuador is closed. So how much sense does that make? Plus a lady friend in Ibarra and other information from Pan American Travelers F.B. say people are crossing borders going both ways but illegal. This insane Covid management is making criminals out of all of us.......

Kudos to Prospector for doing his best to tell us the sources of his information.  This aids members in evaluating the information, or should I say "information"...

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I believe lax border control over vehicles entering Colombia at Rumichaca had been going on long before The Situation.  I say this based on my observing traffic, including my own driving, during a ten-month stay I did in Ipiales.

The authorities often stopped my Ecuador-plated car and other vehicles entering Ecuador about 75 yards past the international line .. apparently to briefly check the trunks for contraband.  I never was stopped a short distance into Colombia when going the other way.

cccmedia

@CCC.......Do you remember any migracion/aduana checkpoints between Ipiales and Pasto. I dont remember ever being checked coming  the other way from Pasto to the border. Im in Ecuador now and poco a poco moving that way. Working on all angles including a salvo conducto to allow me free passage to Bogota or Medellin to resolve this little problem with immigration....which only seems to exist in Medellin. Had no problem in Jan of this year.....But it came back to haunt me 2 weeks ago in Medellin. Avoiding Rio Negro/Medellin airport (at least for entries) seems to be called for any more......They hassle a lot of people there for no particular good reason.

prospector911 wrote:

@CCC.......Do you remember any migracion/aduana checkpoints between Ipiales and Pasto.... Im in Ecuador now.... Working on all angles including a salvo conducto to allow me free passage to Bogota or Medellin to resolve this little problem with immigration....which only seems to exist in Medellin. Had no problem in Jan of this year.....But it came back to haunt me 2 weeks ago in Medellin. Avoiding Rio Negro/Medellin airport (at least for entries) seems to be called for...

I don't remember any checkpoints between Ipiales and Pasto.

What is the problem you are encountering, Prospector? -- "this little problem with immigration."

Have you crossed the border at Rumichaca lately?  What did you encounter?  Or did you fly between the two countries?

Medellín -- what happened to you there two weeks ago?

cccmedia in Quito

They sent me back to Panama saying I needed a visa becuz I had been deported (even while leaving at the airport) for a 10 day overstay. They wanted to charge me a multa and I was ready to pay it in cash.. They wouldn't accept cash only credit/, debit card... Mine had been stolen along with laptop as nd cel phone etc a few weeks before. So I couldn't comply... That's how nasty they are... And I was granted entry in Cartagena in mid Jan.. I examined everything to the jefe of migra there and he made a few phone calls and then stamped me in.... Do even tho I have spent 4 months in Colombia this year they denied me entry in Medellin... According to my Wingo Guardian for the nite at the airport it happens most every day...

Forgot to mention I was 1 of 3 they sent back to Panama... Those 2 for supposedly acting grosero... all of us with the same immigration official... I think the Medellin immigration drpt needs a purge... this guy is bad for business.

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