Sep 03

Travel to Colombia: Entry Requirements and Other Useful Information

A visa is required for entry into Colombia, unless you are citizen of one of the following countries:

Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, United States, Finland, France, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Mexico, Norway, The Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela and foreign residents of Canada and the United States.


A Colombian vacation (or any vacation for that matter) isn’t all fun and games. There’s planning, costs and paperwork.

Indeed, coming to a new country from a far and distant land can be a daunting prospect, not least when information is scarce both in print and online. Step in Colombia Travel Blog with all the information you could possibly need (we hope) about entry requirements for Colombia.

¡Bienvenidos a Colombia!

First up, obviously you need a valid passport, wherever you come from. If you’re a dual citizen, you’ll need your Colombia passport to get in and out of Colombia and your other passport for the other country. You will also need to present evidence of a return/onward bound flight and an address for where you’ll be staying when in Colombia (a Colombia hotel name is fine).

So far what you need to get into Colombia:

  • Passport
  • Return/Onward Flight
  • An address for your stay

This will grant you a stay of 90 days without having to get a visa. If you want to stay more, you will have to obtain a visa from a DAS office. It is possible to leave the country and come back, effectively extending your stay, but you can only do this for a maximum of 180 days in total. Following is a list of costs for the most popular visas you can obtain in order to prolong your stay in Colombia (rough guides):

  • Tourist Visa – $55 (6 months)
  • Temporary Visitor – $65 (6 months)
  • Student Visa – $50
  • Work Visa -$210
  • Business Visa – $210

A Colombia student visa will cost much more eventually owing to the costs of studying here, but will grant you over a year here. Equally, the Colombia work visa and Colombia business visa will grant you up to 2 years in Colombia but it is important to note that both need to be obtained abroad. Most people choose to travel to either Ecuador or Venezuela and apply from these countries, but if you have a job waiting for you it would be advisable to apply from your home country.

You’ll need one of these.

For the work/business visa you will need to supply some evidence of your job and a guarantee from you employers as well as a notarised copy of your university degree. This is basically a legal stamp obtained in the country your degree was issued in. Again, I recommend obtaining this before coming to Colombia to save on postage costs.

Visitors to Colombia will sometimes be required to pay an exit tax. This is usually about COL$80,000 but can be less. If your stay is under 30 days it is likely you will be exempt from this tax.

You’ll only need injections if you plan on visiting the Amazon. If this is the case, be sure to bring documentary evidence of your injection. Otherwise, just bring lots of insect repellent, sun tan lotion, and your best gringo accent: “Dahhhnde estarrr lous baniows por favaww?”


One thought on “Travel to Colombia: Entry Requirements and Other Useful Information

  1. Tyler on

    I just wanted to add that if you do have to go visit DAS for a visa, Das requires passport sized photos of you on a BLUE background while the MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES (which you also have to visit for certain visas) requires their passport photos on a WHITE background. 🙂


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