Colombia will restrict flights to and from Brazil for a month to prevent the spread of a new strain of the covid-19 circulating there.
Monitoring at the border between Brazil, Latin America’s largest country, and Colombia will also be increased, the President said.
Cargo flights will continue operating with security measures in place, he added.
While countries around the world also placed restrictions on UK flights, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson subsequently imposed restrictions on flights from South American countries over concerns over the spread of the new variant in Brazil.
Earlier on Wednesday, Portugal also said it will suspend all flights to and from Brazil from January 29 until February 14.
Manaus, a city in Brazil’s Amazonas state, which borders southern Colombia, is currently experiencing a brutal second wave of COVID-19 cases, driven by the new Brazilian variant.
Researchers in Manaus have said it is quite likely the new Brazilian variant is more infectious than other strains.
Colombia has reported more than 2 million coronavirus infections, as well as 52 523 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.