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Colombia SIM card: How much does it cost and where to buy it?

Forget about roaming fees or renting pocket Wi-Fi. You will connect online for a good price with the Holafly Colombia SIM card.

August 2, 2023

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Sharing experiences lived in this vibrant South America on social media won’t be a problem anymore. Forget about roaming fees or renting pocket Wi-Fi. You will connect online for a good price with Colombia SIM card.

We propose a trip through a megadiverse country called Colombia. You can get to Bogotá and walk through the colonial-style historical downtown. You can opt to travel to Medellín in August when they celebrate the Feria de las Flores, a show of floats and chairs made with the best Colombian flowers. Then you can take a flight to Cartagena, a city declared a historical heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

If you like nature and you want to know the jungles of the Chocó or the Amazon, have your camera ready because you will find all kinds of flora and fauna. Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, ranking second worldwide in species such as amphibians, butterflies, fish, flowers and reptiles.

We suggest you finish this trip by traveling to Armenia, the center of the coffee zone, and there you will know where the best coffee in the world is produced.

Virtual SIM card for Colombia

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Buying a Colombia SIM card from home

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Using cell phone in Colombia. Source: Unsplash.

Before arriving, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for Colombia in virtual stores with international shipping. You must always confirm that the supplier can actually deliver in your country. We also recommend you check with which local operator you will be connected to once you are in Colombia because this may affect your internet speed and coverage.

If you want an option with unlimited data and excellent coverage, you should check out Holafly’s virtual SIM card for Colombia. In a later section, we will give you more details.

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How much does a Colombia SIM card cost?

Prices can vary greatly depending on the supplier you choose. Also, consider that international shipping often makes the service more expensive. Generally, you can expect to pay between $10 and $40 for an international SIM card for Colombia. Among these options, it is difficult to find unlimited data alternatives like Holafly has.

Other advantages for buying the card before travelling

The day before leaving on a trip it is important to activate the prepaid SIM card for Colombia, in order to guarantee its proper functioning. Of course, the days of use start counting from its activation. The main advantages are:

  • It’s very easy to use. Once you land in Colombia, remember to insert the SIM card in your mobile and activate the ‘data roaming’ option. If you have any doubt the card comes with instructions.
  • WhatsApp in English. With this SIM card, your English number is still the same to talk and write to your contacts through this app.
  • Internet from the first moment you arrive. As you will already have the SIM card before arrival you can activate it when you get off the plane and have internet connection from the first moment you arrive.

Buying your SIM card in Colombia

Colombia has 14 international airports. You can acquire your card, for example, at El Dorado Airport, if your destination is Bogotá; there is also El Edén airport that connects with Armenia City; the Ernesto Cortizzos airport, placed just a few kilometers away from Barranquilla; the José María Córdova airport, close to Medellín, or the Rafael Nuñez airport of Cartagena, just to quote some of them.

The problem is that you will have to queue and visit some stores until you find the SIM card that best suits your needs. Keep in mind that it is not recommended to queue or to be among big groups of people risking catching Covid-19.

Of course, buying the SIM card directly in Colombia might be useful if your stay in the country will be only 1 or 2 days long. In that case you probably won’t need a big data plan, and you will only require 1 or 2GB for your trip. Buying the card right when you arrive will be useful when:

  • You are making a short trip. Just one or two days.
  • It is an urgent trip. You can’t wait in your house in Spain for your Colombia card to arrive.

In case you’re interested in visiting more countries other than Colombia, you could go to the Dominican Republic, a country very close to the coffee country. For this destination we recommend our article: Dominican Republic SIM card.

Colombia eSIM card, the new alternative

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Unlimited data eSIM for Colombia. Source: Holafly.

Holafly eSIM card is, basically, a digital SIM card that activates by scanning a QR code, which is downloaded from a file and it’s installed in your device. This card is aimed at travelers who are already in the destination or to those who, for some reason, can’t get a physical card. You can acquire it through the Holafly eSIM card store.

Buying a Colombia eSIM card will provide you with unlimited data at high speed. Buy your eSIM and get the QR code immediately. With this eSIM, you can keep your English number on WhatsApp and they are easy to set up. Colombia eSIM uses the 4G LTE network of Movistar Colombia, one with the greatest coverage in the country.

Remember your mobile must be eSIM compatible. The mobiles compatible with this technology are iPhone SE, XS, and XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 12 Mini, and Google Pixel 3, 3a, 4, 4a, 5, Samsung Galaxy S20, S21 Ultra 5G, Z Flip, Z Fold2 5G, Fold LTE, Note 20 Ultra, Motorola Razr 2019.

The requirements for its activation are very simple:

  • Check that your cellphone is eSIM compatible.
  • Buy the eSIM card.
  • You will receive an email with your eSIM.
  • Install and configure the QR code.
  • As soon as you land in Colombia, activate it.

Some of the advantages are:

  • The WhatsApp number is still the same. You will able text and call your contacts as if you were in your country.
  • Unlimited data. Available in all data plans for the country.
  • Tethering / Hotspot: enjoy 500 MB per day to share with others.
  • Renewal through top-ups. Whenever you need more days, you can buy another package for the same destination and extend your service.
  • 24-hour customer service. If you have any questions, you can communicate through email or access chat support anytime.
  • You receive it immediately. You get your QR code and you activate it once.

How much does the Colombia eSim card cost?

Days of useMobile dataPrice (USD)
5 daysUnlimited Data$19
7 daysUnlimited Data$27
10 daysUnlimited Data$34
15 daysUnlimited Data$47
20 daysUnlimited Data$54
Table N°1 Prices eSIM for Colombia from Holafly

Good advice is never enough. Remember that the risk of connecting to a public Wi-Fi network is permanent, no matter the destination. Cybercriminals are always on the prowl, ready to steal data or infect cell phones. It is better not to connect to networks that you don’t know or that are not safe.

Frequent questions about Colombia SIM card

Is my smartphone SIM card compatible?

We can tell you that to use a Holafly virtual SIM card, it is necessary to have open bands and a compatible cellphone. Most phones are Colombian network compatible.

How can I keep my WhatsApp number?

Simple! To keep your WhatsApp number, you don’t need to configure anything.

Can I share data with other devices?

No, at the moment with unlimited data plans it is not possible to share data with other devices.

How much data will I have with the SIM card for Colombia?

With any of Holafly’s data plans you will have unlimited data on your eSIM for Colombia.

How do I configure my device?

In most cases you just have to activate ‘data roaming’. You will get an auto-configuration SMS message. In case it does not configure itself, each card has the instructions to create the APN attached. So, get your luggage ready, your phone and a good book. During the flight you can read something by Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian Nobel prize for literature. Have a nice trip!

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