Coming to a new country from a distant land can be a daunting prospect, not least when information is scarce both in print and online. Step in See Colombia Travel with all the information you need (we hope) about entry requirements for Colombia.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 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 flight and an address for where you’ll be staying when in Colombia (a Colombian hotel name is fine).
So far what you need to get into Colombia:
• Return/Onward Flight
• An address for your stay
We’d also recommend the following documents:
• Student ID
• Driver’s License
• Travel/Medical insurance
• Photocopies of passport, credit cards, insurance etc.
VISA REQUIREMENTS: 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.
If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you will be granted a stay of 90 days without having to get a visa. If you want to stay more, you will have to obtain a visa using the DAS website. 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 per calendar year. 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 -$255
• 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. Equally, the Colombia work visa and Colombia business visa will grant you up to 2 years in Colombia. If you have a job waiting for you over here, it would be advisable to apply for the appropriate visa from your home country.
For the work/business visa you will need to supply some evidence of your job and a guarantee from your 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, we recommend obtaining this before coming to Colombia to save on postage costs.
EXIT TAX: Visitors to Colombia will sometimes be required to pay an exit tax at the airport. This is usually about COP$80,000 but can be less. If your stay is under 30 days it is likely you will be exempt from this tax.
REQUIRED VACCINATIONS: 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 appropriate equipment for what you plan to do.
For more information, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.