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I have been asked by a friend to bring a few bottles of alcohol with me (from the US) when I visit Colombia this month (November 2016). After some research I have found that I can bring "two (2) bottles of alcoholic beverages" into Colombia, but I have been unable to find the maximum size of bottles or total volume allowed.

Is there a maximum size (volume) restriction to the bottles that can be legally brought into Colombia (I'm assuming 'yes') and, if so, what is the size restriction?

Bonus points if you can reference a source. ;)

  • it is generally the volume and not the size, like 2L. – edocetirwi Nov 15 '16 at 16:45
  • @pnuts Agreed. It also contradicts everything I've found online including the amounts of allowed tobacco and currency. – Steve Nov 15 '16 at 21:44
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I fear the bonus points may not be achievable. All the signs are that, basically, the allowance is whatever you want it to be, in practice. There is clearly no way whether 70cl or 1L each is going to make any difference:

Responses to a question on Colombia Connections about what the dollar allowance is for US purchases brought to Colombia before you have to start paying IVA:

coolcoil Mar 23, 2016 at 10:44pm:

It's USD $1,500 and 2 bottles of booze. In my experience, they will let you slide with 3 or 4.

gallito Mar 24, 2016 at 12:43am:

I buy my duty free booze when arrive in BOG;downstairs beside the international arrivals baggage carousel.The women there told me I could buy 8 bottles;so this last time I bought 2 bottles of rum (Botran Reserva,Solera $55) 3 bottles of wine + 1 lrg, bottle Crown Royal (Northern Harvest) I bought at YYZ duty free.
Never even asked at Colombian customs.

vago Mar 24, 2016 at 3:59pm:

My wife and I use the Attenza duty frees in PTY and BOG, and bring in up to 6 bottles each

A long time ago I was not sure about what exactly the measure "1 bottle" was but could not resist the temptation to try a rather large single bottle of Scotch (I think 4.5L), admittedly into a different country. I'm afraid nothing indicative came from my attempt as I managed to avoid Customs and Immigration (which was rather fortunate as I had another two standard bottles with me and was entering a prohibition state as a minor.)

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    Thanks @pnuts! Looks like from those posts that I shouldn't need to be too worried about buying the larger sizes. Sorry about the bonus points... maybe next time ;) – Steve Nov 16 '16 at 1:12
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    As a follow up, in my particular case, DIAN could not have cared less about what/how much alcohol I brought into the country. When entering, I asked if they wanted to see my duty free and dude shrugged it off and said "No, it's not necessary (in Spanish)". In fact, some of the people entering from my flight had up to 4 or 5 bottles each with them (visible through the duty free bags) and were let through without question. – Steve Dec 6 '16 at 15:08

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