Colombia Modernizes Immigration Control in Four Airports with Biomig, Achieving the Largest Migration Upgrade

Bogotá.- With 30 new machines Biome Colombian and foreign travelers now meet when doing their immigration control at the El Dorado international airports in Bogotá; José María Córdova, from Medellín; Ernesto Cortissoz, from Barranquilla; and Rafael Núñez, from Cartagena.

This is the largest modernization of Biomig’s technological infrastructure carried out by Migración Colombia in its history, to streamline immigration control for travelers and strengthen its presence at the country’s main international airports. In this way, the Entity prepares for the growth of tourism, which is one of the goals of the National Development Plan “Colombia, world power of life.”

“With these new Biomig we increased the number of existing machines by 71%, going from 42, which we found when we came to the Government, to 72, which we achieved today in just 14 months,” highlighted Fernando García Manosalva, general director of Colombia Migration.

The main innovation of the new machines – unlike the current ones that work exclusively for Colombians or foreigners – is that they can be used interchangeably by national and foreign travelers. The benefit is the same: time savings in immigration control.

Modernized airports

The new 30 Biomig corridors implemented by Migración Colombia this year are distributed in the following four main international airports in the country:

✓ Twenty (20) at the El Dorado airport in Bogotá
✓ Six (6) at the José María Córdova airport in Medellín
✓ Two (2) at the Ernesto Cortissoz airport in Barranquilla
✓ Two (2) at the Rafael Núñez airport in Cartagena

The General Director also announced that two more Biomig corridors are planned to be installed at the José María Córdova airport and two at the Rafael Núñez airport, for next December.

With the growth of the 20 Biomig in El Dorado, up to 57% of travelers leaving the country have been able to use this innovative technology and improve service times.

In the case of Bogotá, the official reported that the location of the Biomig corridors was also changed for the convenience of travelers. Before, they were located entering through the emigration zone, in the background, and now, entering through this same area, but towards the right side.

Key allies

This expansion of the technological infrastructure is possible thanks to the fact that Migración Colombia acquired 14 of the new machines and managed the other 20 with strategic actors: 15, provided by the El Dorado Airport concessionaire, Opaín, and five, by the airline Avianca.

According to the general manager of Opaín, Natalí Leal, “at El Dorado we continue working to improve the experience of our passengers. Nowadays, technology has become an indispensable tool to optimize airport processes. “We will continue to work in collaboration with the airport community and authorities to continue improving the experience of all our travelers.”

«It is essential that El Dorado and all processes work well so that a correct service is provided to passengers and stability is given to the sector. One of these processes is migration, in which we are working with the authorities and OPAIN to guarantee greater fluidity and stability, betting on BioMig technology with incentives for people to enroll and new machines so that they use it more. “This way we will have a better flow, faster connections and a better experience,” said Felipe Gómez, Director of Institutional Relations and Avianca.

The sum of these efforts makes it possible today to provide more agility and security in the immigration process for travelers entering and leaving Colombia.

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