When you visit San Andres you might need to make use of a couple of services, a few examples are hospitals, police office, banks, consulates or a churches. We provide the locations of these governmental and general services. Before you travel to San Andres you might need to consider that this island is in a remote location in the Caribbean Sea, therefore some services are not available and the medical care is limited.
The Colombian and foreign governments provide the following services;
The main police office is located on Av. Francisco Newball 1-34. When you are in an emergency you can cal: 123. The police office is open 24 hours on every day of the year.
The main hospital on the island is Hospital Departamental Amor de Patria. It is located on Via San Luis. The hospital can provide medical care to most patients but if you have chronicle diseases that require medical specialist you might need to travel to the mainland of Colombia. The hospital is open 24 hours a day on every day of the year.
On San Andres you can find the consulates of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Austria and Panama. The closest U.S. consulate is located in the mainland of Colombia in the city of Barranquilla. The U.K. consulate is located in Cartagena. For any other consulates it is wise to fly to Bogota or Medellin, these cities cover most of the countries consulates and embassy’s.
Banks and ATM’s
When you travel to San Andres you don’t need to bring extra money since the island offers enough ATM’s all around, you will find your first one the airport. Is your creditcard or bankcard stolen, broken or do you have any other problems then you can visit one of the local banks. They are open from Monday-Thursday 08:00-11:30 a.m. and 02:00-04:00 p.m. On Friday the banks are open until 04:30 p.m., these banks all accept Cirrus, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa. The major banks are Banco de Bogota, Bancolombia and Banco Davivienda.
You will find internet-cafes all around the island and most restaurants, hotels and hostels offer free or paid Wi-Fi. There are multiple tour operators found on the island, check with your accommodation which tour operator is the best and might give you discount. If you want to make use of any religion services you can do this in the multiple Churches or Mosques, which are found all around the island. The services are held in English, Creole or Spanish.