"Hundreds of migrants are returning to Venezuela from Colombia because of the pandemic."
According to Colombian immigration authorities, lagging the border crossing is a measure to avoid crowding at exit points.
Until recently, Colombian authorities had led migrants to believe that it was Venezuela that was delaying them from returning.
But Colombia had to desist from that farce. "This is how the protocol set up with the mayors and governors is established. We must prevent agglomerations at the exit points," Juan Francisco Espinosa, director of Migration Colombia, said.
"Colombia is willing to help Venezuelans, but in a responsible way," Espinosa explained in a video released by his office.
Those who wish to return voluntarily will be able to do so, as long as they comply with the established procedure.
"And those who don't comply will have their trip suspended until they do." Espinosa concluded.
Since March 25, over 12,000 have returned to Venezuela in some 300 buses.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reported last Friday that more than 20,000 Venezuelans have returned, amid the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.