Colombian Visitor Visa

If you'd like to visit the beautiful country of Colombia, we can help you successfully apply for a Colombian Visitor Visa.

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Do You Need A Visa To Enter Colombia? 

If you do not fall under one of the following categories you'll need a visa to enter Colombia.

Holders of The Following Passports Are Exempt From Needing A Short Stay Visa in Colombia

Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Dominican Republic
El Salvador

Holy See
Korea (Republic of)
Marshall Islands
New Zealand
North Macedonia

Papa New Guinea
Russia (Federation of)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino
Solomon Islands
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America

Hong Kong – SAR Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

Sovereign Military Order of Malta

Individuals with passports from these countries AND a US Green Card or Schengen Visa valid for at least 6 months do not need a visa to enter Colombia.

People's Republic of China

Special Case Exemptions

1. Nicaraguans who prove they are natives of the Autonomous Region of the North Caribbean Coast and the Autonomous Region of the South Caribbean Coast will be exempt from a short-stay visa if they hold a valid residence permit in a Member State of the “Schengen Area” or in the United States of America; or if they are holders of a Schengen visa or a visa from the United States of America with a minimum validity of one hundred and eighty (180) days at the time of entry into the national territory.

2. Third-country nationals who are Permanent Residents in member states of the PACIFIC ALLIANCE will be exempt from a short-stay visa, provided that said activities do not generate payments for services, wages or salary in Colombia.

3. Non-EU permanent residents in countries of the ANDEAN COMMUNITY, based on reciprocity and in application of the Andean Migration Statute, will be exempt from a short-stay visa.

4. Nationals of those States with which Colombia signs agreements on visa exemption, under the terms of the respective international instrument.

Common Types of Visitor Visas

There are many different types of visitor's visas. We will help you choose the right fit for you that gives you the best chance of success in obtaining a visa.

Resident Visa

Tourist Visa

The tourist visa is meant for those who wish you visit Colombia for a vacation or short stay.

Business Visa

Allows foreigners to engage in business activities within Colombia.

Event or Convention Visa

For participants in special events or conferences in Colombia.

Digital Nomad Visa

For individuals who want to work remotely from Colombia.

Religious Visa

Granted to religious workers and missionaries.

Transit Visa

Allows travelers to pass through Colombian airports without entering the country.

Student Visa

For foreign students attending an accredited institution in Colombia.

Annuity/Rentista Visa

For individuals with income from overseas investments.

Crew Member Visa

Designed for members of international flight or maritime crews.

Medical Treatment

Granted to those seeking medical treatment or procedures in Colombia.

Administrative Procedures

For individuals involved in legal or administrative matters in Colombia.

Colombia Visitor Visa Requirements

Basic Requirements to get a Colombian Tourist Visa

These are the basic requirements to apply fora Colombian Tourist Visa, however the Foreign affairs ministry may ask for additional documentation.

Valid passport (or travel document)
Document needs to be in good condition, valid for at least 6 months, with a minimum of two blank pages.
Recent 3x4 Digital Passport Style Photograph
Facing the camera, in color and against a white background.
6 Months of Bank Statements
Provide documents evidencing that the economic capacity is sufficient to remain in Colombia as a tourist.
Plane Tickets and Accommodation
Photocopy or electronic information of the respective tickets for arrival and departure tickets and accommodation.
A Letter Describing The Purpose of Your Trip
A letter describing your itinerary and the purpose of your trip.

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We will help you every step of the way, so you can focus on the enjoying everything Colombia has to offer.

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How to Get a Visitor Visa

We have helped thousands of travelers and migrants obtain a Colombian visa, allowing you to have a step by step process that is organized and stress free.

Meet With Us

"The Colombian Visa team was great. They answered all of my questions from the first meeting I had with them and it was a painless experience throughout." - Brad W

Brad W

We will meet with you to determine what your goals in Colombia are so we can determine the best path forward. In this meeting we'll also be able to answer any questions you have about the process and procedures.

Gather Documentation

"The team was great. I needed a lot of documents for my visa application and Dani and her team made it a painless experience for me."

Ashton L

Once we determine what the best strategy for obtaining a Colombian Visa, we'll work with you on obtaining all the documents you need for your application. This typically requires translated and apostilled documents which we can help you obtain.

We Help Your File Your Application And See It Through

"Not only did the team help me submit my application for a resident visa, but when I was asked to submit additional documentation, Dani helped me obtain the documents and successfully get my visa!"

Sarah M.

Once we have all of your documentation, we will help you file your application on your behalf with Foreign Affair Ministry of Colombia (FAMC).

Typically this is where other providers stop. However if the FAMC requires additional documentation or explanatory documentation, we'll see your application through to completion.

Meet With Us

We'll meet with you and strategize the best path forward based on your needs and answer any questions you may have.

Gather Documentation

We'll help you determine which documents you need and certify, appostille, and translate any documents that require it.

Submit Application

We will file your application on your behalf and see it through to completion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about what you need to obtain a Colombian Visa and how we can help.

Do I Need A Visa To Enter Colombia If I have a Green Card?

The answer depends on your country of origin. Individuals from Cambodia, India, Nicaragua, Myanmar, People's Republic of China, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam do not need a visa to enter Colombia if they have a US Green card or a Schengen with 6+ months of validity.

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Do I Need to Purchase Flight Tickets Prior To Applying For A Visa?

Yes, in order to apply for a visitor visa in Colombia you will need prove of flight tickets entering and exiting the country. We recommend purchasing refundable or transferrable flights whenever possible.

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Is There an E-Visa in Colombia?

Yes, all visas in Colombia are now electronic visas or E-visas. There is no need to go to Bogota or a consulate to get your passport physically stamped.

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How Long Does It Take To Obtain A Visitor Visa in Colombia?

The government entity in Colombia has 30 days to respond to your visa application. While the time can be shorter, we recommend applying for the visa at least 30-60 days prior to your trip.

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How Much Does The Colombian Visitor Visa Cost?

The prices for visitor visas vary depending on the specific type of visa, however for a Tourist visa you can expect to pay around $136 USD. Typically you can pay around $50 USD for the study fee and $82 USD once you receive the visa.

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Do I Need to Pay for Official Translations?

For most tourist visa applications official translations are not required, however you should check with an immigration attorney before applying.

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How To Apply For The Colombian Visitor Visa?

To apply for the visitor visa you'll need to provide bank statements showing at least $2600 USD in your bank account over the past 6 months (or have a sponsor). You will also need flights booked, accommodations, travel itinerary, and health insurance.

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When Should You Apply for the visa?

The Colombian government entity has 30 days to respond to your application so we recommend applying at least 30 to 60 days before your trip.

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Is the Visa difficult to obtain? 

The difficulty in obtaining a Colombian visitor visa depends on the country you are applying from. Colombia is currently experiencing an influx of applications from countries in Africa, Afghanistan, and other countries where individuals want to enter Colombia and head north to the United States. Individuals from these countries can have difficult time obtaining visas and should consult with an immigration attorney before appling.

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How Long Does The Visa Last?

The Colombian Visitor visas duration depends on the type of visa you have and your application. If your situation requires a visa for a few months, you may be granted a visa for a few months. If your situation requires a longer stay, you may be granted more time. Most visitor visas are not granted for more than 180 days but some can be granted for up to 2 years.

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Your Partners

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.

Mike Funkhouser
Co-Founder and Client Support Lead

Mike co-founded Colombian Visa Services after moving to Colombia from the United States and finding the process of obtaining a visa difficult and frustrating. Daniela helped make the process so simple and stress-free that he partnered with her to provide the to help others.

Over 1,200 Visas Accepted

For the past decade we have been helping travelers secure visas to Colombia.

Personalized Support

We work with you 1:1 to ensure you not only have the best chance of getting approval, but that you have every one of your questions answers.

Fluent in English and Spanish

You don't have to worry about having to translate emails or communication, our team is fluent in English and can help you with whatever you need.

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