Colombia Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
Other EU Yes Yes No/1
USA Yes Yes No

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Passports

A passport valid for six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above to enter Colombia.

Visas

Not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days except the following:

1. Nationals of Bulgaria.

Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa note

Any foreign nationals arriving on a visa with a validity of more than three months need to register with Migración Colombia within 15 days of arrival.

Types and cost

Tourist visa: €62 (£56.89) or US$80.

Validity

Visitor (tourist or temporary): multiple entries within six months; business: multiple entries within four years with maximum stays of one year each. 

Transit

Transit passengers do not require a visa or to pay departure tax providing they do not leave the airport and make their connecting flight within 24 hours of arrival.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy) or online (www.cancilleria.gov.co/en/procedures_services/visas).

Temporary residence

Enquire at the consulate for forms and details on how to obtain temporary residence in Colombia.

Working days

Visa processing usually takes five working days, or eight days if the application is referred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sufficient funds

You may be asked to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover your costs in Colombia. Up-to-date bank statements showing more than £1,000 will suffice. In practice, this is rarely requested.

Entry documents

Apart from your passport, you are theoretically required to show an onward or return ticket. In practice, this is rarely required.

Extension of stay

Extensions for up to a further 120 days are available from Migración Colombia (www.migractioncolombia.gov.co). Visitors cannot stay for more than 180 days within a 12-month period.

Entry with children

There are no restrictions on entry with children, but children of Colombian nationality must have the written consent of both parents to travel without them, even if travelling on another nation’s passport.

Entry restrictions

Colombia has imposed travel restrictions on those with HIV/AIDS. Exemptions may be obtained; check with your country’s Colombian embassy. A yellow fever certificate may be necessary if you are planning to visit the jungle areas of Colombia.

Entry with pets

You can take your pet to Colombia provided they have been vaccinated against rabies (unless coming from a rabies-free country or under four months old), distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvovirus, and they have a licensed vet’s certificate. However, for the purpose of travelling it is best to leave pets at home.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Colombia
Telephone: (1) 326 8300. Website: http://ukincolombia.fco.gov.uk Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0830-1230 and 1330-1700, Fri 0830-1330.
Embassy of Colombia in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7589 5037 ; (020) 7927 7123 (consular section). Website: http://www.colombianembassy.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1800.
Embassy of Colombia in the USA
Telephone: (202) 387 8338. Website: http://www.colombiaemb.org Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1800.
Proexport Colombia (tourist office)
Telephone: (1) 427 9000. Website: http://www.colombia.travel
Edited by Jane Duru
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