Colombian Visa for Us Citizens

Learn everything you need to know about Colombian Visas for US Citizens, how to get one, and if you even need one.

Colombia Visa for Us Citizens
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As a US citizen, you might be wondering about the necessary steps to visit the beautiful country of Colombia. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll help you navigate the various visa requirements, application processes, and essential tips for a smooth journey to Colombia, focusing on Colombia visas for US citizens.

Key Takeaways

  • US citizens can visit Colombia for up to 180 days per year without applying for a visa (tourist stamp extension may be required).
  • US Citizens must meet various requirements when traveling to Colombia, including valid passports and entry through authorized border crossings. All travelers will need to complete a Check-mig form, proof of exit.
  • Long-term visas such as the Digital Nomad Visa, Investment Visa and Retirement Visa are available for US citizens in Colombia who want to stay longer than 180 days.

Colombia Visa Requirements for US Citizens

Familiarizing yourself with Colombian visa requirements is necessary to ensure a hassle-free trip. While no visa is necessary for short-term visits related to tourism and business up to 180 days per year, staying longer requires a visa. It is vital to know the specifics of each visa type, including their requirements and the processes for obtaining them.

Traveling to Colombia by road requires entry through an authorized border crossing, as per the Colombian immigration authority. In addition, you must always carry your valid US passport when entering and departing Colombia.

Tourist and Business Travel

US citizens traveling to Colombia for tourism or business purposes don’t need to obtain a visa. All you need is a valid passport and proof of onward travel to enter the country. This makes it considerably easier for US citizens to explore Colombia’s diverse attractions and engage in business activities without needing a visitor visa.

However, if you plan to stay longer than 90 days for tourism or business, you may need to apply for a visa extension. Be sure to prepare the necessary documentation, such as:

  • A valid passport
  • A local address
  • Proof of a return ticket
  • Evidence of the capacity to cover living expenses.

Visa Extensions

Sometimes, the allure of Colombia may entice you to extend your stay. so upon your arrival you receive a 90 days Tourist stamp and you can request a Tourist stamp extension if you wish to remain in the country for over those initial 90 days. You can apply online for an extension of an extra 90 days for a total of 180 days in a calendar year on the official website of Colombia Migraciones.

You will want to apply for your passport stamp extension 7-10 days before your stamp expires. The requirements include:

  • A valid passport
  • Exit Ticket

By meeting these requirements, you can continue enjoying Colombia's beauty without any hiccups.

Updated COVID-19 Requirements

US citizens traveling to Colombia our tourist in general does not need to show proof of testing and vaccination for COVID 19.

In accordance with the above, at the Immigration Control Posts it will not be required for entry and exit from Colombian territory; the vaccination certificate and the negative PCR or antigen test for COVID 19, as a requirement.

It should be noted that the requirement to complete the Check-Mig established by the UAE Migration Colombia for entry and exit from the country IS maintained, since its objective is to expedite the immigration procedure.

Check Mig

Completing the Check Mig pre-registration system is a must before starting your Colombian adventure. Check Mig is a mandatory system for travelers entering Colombia, requiring US citizens to provide pertinent travel and personal information.

It is recommended that US citizens apply for Check-Mig prior to arriving at the airport for their flight to Colombia. Typically, the airline will ask for you to present proof that you completed the Check-Mig form. The Check-Mig form details the traveler’s journey, including dates and flight numbers.

You can fill out the Check-Mig form here.

Colombian Visa Requirements With US Green Card

For US green card holders, whether you need a visa to enter Colombia depends on where your passport is from.

Individuals who possess a valid US visa or Schengen visa and have a passport from one of the following countries do NOT need a visa to enter Colombia:

  1. Camboya
  2. India
  3. Nicaragua
  4. Myanmar
  5. República Popular China
  6. Tailandia
  7. Taiwan
  8. Vietnam

However, when traveling to Colombia, it’s necessary to bring your valid US visa or Schengen visa along with your green card.

If you do not hold a passport from one of the countries listed above, you will need to apply for a visitor visa to enter Colombia.

Long-Term Visas for US Citizens

If your plans for Colombia extend beyond a short visit, several long-term visa options are available for US citizens. These include:

Each visa, including the migrant visa and visitor visa types, has specific requirements and application processes for visa applicants.

You can refer to this blog to dive into greater detail about the specifics of each visa.

Online Visa Application Process

Applying for a Colombian visa has never been easier, thanks to the online visa application process. US citizens have the opportunity to apply for a Colombian visa online through the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

The online visa application process is relatively straightforward and can be accomplished solely online. To apply for a visa, you must:

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Submit the necessary documents, such as a valid passport and a passport-sized photograph.
  3. Provide any other documents mandated by the Colombian Consulate.

This convenient method ensures a smooth application process from the comfort of your own home.

Visa Processing Time and Fees

Generally, applying for a visa in Colombia takes no more than 30 days. This includes any additional paperwork to be submitted. It is important to note that the government entity requires that they have at least 30 days to respond to your visa application, so you should plan your trip accordingly.

Fees for Colombian visas differ based on the visa category. Make sure to check the fees associated with your desired visa type, as well as the acceptable payment methods, such as credit card or Colombian bank card through the PSE payment system.

Dual Citizenship and Travel Documents

For dual US-Colombian citizens, understanding the travel document requirements for both countries is important. Dual citizenship is acknowledged in Colombia, and there is no stipulation to relinquish one’s previous nationality in order to become a Colombian citizen.

When traveling between the United States and Colombia, dual citizens are obliged to carry both their US and Colombian passports. This ensures that you adhere to each country’s entry and exit requirements and avoid any complications during your journey.

Transit Visas and Airport Procedures

For US citizens transiting through Colombian airports, a transit visa is not required. This makes it convenient for travelers who have a layover in Colombia while on route to another destination.

Nevertheless, carrying a valid passport with at least six months remaining from the date of travel is still necessary. By having the necessary documents in order, you can ensure a smooth transit experience through Colombian airports.

Tips for a Smooth Visa Application

Following some key tips is important for a successful visa application process. First, apply well in advance of your planned trip to account for any potential delays. This will allow ample time for visa processing and any necessary follow-up.

Additionally, ensure that all required documents are accurate and up-to-date for your Colombia visa application. Submit all documents in PDF format and verify that the information provided in the application form is consistent with your official documents. If you have any doubts or need further guidance, consult official sources such as specialized agencies or your nearest Colombian embassy for the most up-to-date and reliable information regarding visa applications.


In conclusion, understanding Colombia’s visa requirements and application processes is crucial for a seamless and enjoyable trip. Whether you’re a tourist, an investor, a digital nomad, or a retiree, Colombia offers a diverse range of opportunities and experiences. By following the guidelines outlined in this guide and adhering to the necessary regulations, you’ll be well-prepared for your Colombian adventure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a US citizen live in Colombia?

Yes, US citizens can live in Colombia as they are able to obtain a Migrant Visa (M) to extend their stay beyond the 180 days allowed by visa-free entry and can become a full-time resident.

With the Migrant Visa, US citizens can stay in Colombia for 1-3 years.

Is Colombia visa easy to get?

Getting a Colombia visa is relatively straightforward, though the online form and requirments can be challenging for some. Citizens of around 100 countries can simply apply for an eVisa.

Those from other countries will need to apply for a tourist visa, which also involves a fairly straightforward process.

Does Colombia offer visa on arrival?

Yes, Colombia offers visa on arrival for visitors from 102 countries who can stay up to 180 days.

U.S. citizens do not need a Colombian visa for a tourist or business stay of 90 days or less, and can extend up to 180 days per calendar year.

Daniela Cordoba
Founder and Lead Attorney

Daniela Cordoba is a lawyer specializing in immigration and commercial law. Daniela Cordoba has helped individuals and businesses live and operate in Colombia for over a decade. She also has training in compliance with the respective accreditations to serve as Compliance Officer.

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