The Apollo Guide to

Cartagena de Indias,
Bolivar, Colombia

World Class Care, For Less

everything you need to know before arriving in Cartagena

Is it safe in Cartagena?

Travelers need to take sensible safety precautions like not flashing expensive items and drinking in moderation. The local expression is "No dar papaya / Don't show your valuables." That said, Cartagena is safe and receptive to tourists and hosts hundreds of thousands of foreign guests every year. For an up to date assessment you can see the latest US State Department Travel Advisory.

What Are the Current Rules and Restrictions?

As of 22 April 2021, travelers seeking entry into Colombia must present:
1. Negative COVID-19 PCR Test taken within 96 hours of arrival
2. Check-Mig Registration
3. Proof of return flight within 90 days

Detailed, current updates can be found at the US Embassy Covid-19 Information Page

How do I get to Cartagena?

Getting into Cartagena:
Cartagena's Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) offers direct flights from:

Miami (MIA)
Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)
Orlando (MCO)
Atlanta (ATL)
New York (JFK)
Toronto (YYZ)
Montreal (YUL)

Short connecting flights are available via Bogota (BOG) from:

Houston (IAH)
Dallas (DFW)
Los Angeles (LAX)
Washington DC (IAD)

Many of our partners, including the Hilton Cartagena offer airport pick ups. Uber, InDriver, and taxis also provide service at the airport for about 20,000 COP ($5.75 USD).

If you need any assistance or have any questions, your patient coordinator will always be available to help you.

Some cool tips you should know

01.

Transportation in Cartagena

If you want to explore the city, the easiest and least expensive option is to use InDriver. InDriver allows you to offer up a bid for how much you are willing to pay to get to your destination and then drivers close by can choose to accept that price. Pro-tip: check Uber's estimated price and offer a little less.

For a full guide to your transportation options, check out Getting Around Cartagena.

02.

You don't need to Speak Spanish!

Cartagena caters to hundereds of thousands of largely English-speaking tourists a year and the Northern Neighborhoods of Bocagrande, El Laguito, El Centro, Getsemani, and Manga are easily accessible without Spanish. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to communicate in Spanish, SpanishDict is the best translator out there.

03.

Bundle and Save

Cartagena offers affordable, high quality procedures made all the more accessible by the low cost of living and a strong US Dollar. Bundling optical services, prescription drug purchases, and procedures will help make your trip all the more worth the visit.

04.

Check Out the Spanish Defenses

Cartagena has a rich military history and boasts fascinating 16th century defensive works. Check out the fortifications of the Castillo San Felipe and finish the night at the Cafe del Mar on the walls of the historic center.

05.

Try the Local Cuisine

The Costeños of Colombia's coast are famous for some of the most delicious dishes in the country. Don't leave without trying fried Mojarra with coconut rice and patacones.

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Dental Clinics in Cartagena

Centro de Implantes de la Costa

5/5

5/5 – 6 Reviews

Centro de Implantes de la Costa is a dental clinic in Cartagena, Colombia that offers highly specialized treatments such as orthodontics, oral surgery, smile design, oral rehabilitation, aesthetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry and dental implants.

Dentist Cartagena

5/5

5/5 – 4 Reviews

Improve your smile in one of the top destinations in the Caribbean. Located beachfront in the most exclusive part of the wonderful Cartagena, Colombia.

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Where to Stay in Cartagena

Hilton Cartagena

4.7/5

4.7/5 – 4,156 Reviews

Apollo Medical Travel has partnered with the 4-Star Hilton Cartagena to offer an exclusive, discounted rate and additional services for our patients including a special soft foods menu for patients undergoing dental procedures.

The Hilton Cartagena is a beachside hotel that rises above El Laguito Pensisula, six kilometers from the ancient walled city — a UNESCO Historical Heritage of the Humanity site. The hotel boasts a swimming pool complex, tennis courts, and a wellness center. It is just 6 miles from the Rafael Núñez International Airport.

$130

Mention Apollo Medical Travel upon booking.

Enjoy the Caribbean Coast

Going to the dentist can be an intimidating experience. Relax in the tranquil sea breeze and reward yourself for your bravery with a drink overlooking the ocean.