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Travel advise: payments in Colombia
Jet off well-informed to Colombia. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Colombia.
Restaurants catering for tourists in Colombia will usually accept payments by card. However don't expect to find a card machine in every restaurant or shop. Colombians are not very keen to use their debit cards and it's common that stores offer discounts for cash payments. Vendors are charged quite heavily for letting their customers pay by card.
British debit and credit cards may be declined because they may not be compatible with Colombian payment systems. Some British banks may charge heavily for international card payments in Colombia. In addition your bank's COP to GBP exchange rate may not be so good. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Colombia it's always a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
Yes. Cash is the payment method of choice in Colombia. Many Colombian vendors will only accept cash or national cards. To get around in Colombia you will need cash, in the form of Colombian Pesos banknotes.
Foreign banknotes are rarely used for payments in Colombia, except in some luxury boutiques and on the airport, where payments can be made in US dollars.
Prices are quite cheap. A coffee in a cafe will cost around $2000 pesos. A three course meal in a mid-range restaurant costs between $45,000 and $60,000 pesos.
Tipping is common practice in Colombia. Every restaurant has its own tipping policy. Sometimes an optional tip will be added to the bill. In other restaurants it's up to the customer on whether to leave a tip or not and how much.
Poorer people tip less, richer people tip more. Leaving a few coins for a tip is normal practice: $500 or $1000. A $2000 banknote is a good tip. A 10% tip is considered generous.
Banknotes in Colombia
Colombian Peso banknotes all have the words 'Mil Pesos' on them, it means 1000 pesos. For example the banknote of 2 mil pesos is $2000 COP, 5 mil pesos is $5000 COP. Colombian Peso banknotes in circulation are $2000, $5000, $10,000, $20,000, $50,000 and $100,000.
Coins in Colombia
Colombian coins range from 50 to 1000.
Colombia's currency import and export regulations
There are no restrictions on the import or export of Colombian pesos into and from Colombia for amounts worth up to the equivalent of $10,000 US dollars. Amounts exceeding a value of $10,000 US dollars must be declared upon arrival.
Ordering Colombian pesos online
Order Colombian pesos online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Colombian pesos online.
Selling back Colombian pesos
If you have Colombian pesos to sell, follow this link to exchange Colombian pesos to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'COP Colombian Peso'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Colombian pesos.