Whether you're looking to eventually become a Colombian Citizen, or you just want to spend a long period of time in the country, we can advise you on the best process.
These are the specific requirements to apply for a Colombian Digital Nomad Visa however you may be required to submit additional documentation.
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 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.
For the past decade we have been helping travelers secure visas to Colombia.
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.
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.
"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
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.
"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."
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.
"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!"
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.
We'll meet with you and strategize the best path forward based on your needs and answer any questions you may have.
We'll help you determine which documents you need and certify, appostille, and translate any documents that require it.
We will file your application on your behalf and see it through to completion.
We will help you every step of the way, so you can focus on the enjoying everything Colombia has to offer.Schedule A Consultation
The Digital Nomad visa can be granted for up to 2 years, however most individuals will be granted 1 year at a time. However, the visa is renewable as long as you still qualify for the visa.
Yes, Colombia offers a digital nomad visa. Falling under the visitor visa category, the digital nomad visa allows foreigners to live and work remotely in Colombia for a up to 2 years.
If you don't live in a country that is on Colombia's restricted travel list, you are free to travel to Colombia for up to 180 days per year under a normal visitor visa and work from your computer.
However Colombia also offers a Colombian Digital Nomad Visa which will allow foreigners to stay in the country longer than 180 days per year.
You need make more than 3 times the monthly minimum salary from a foreign employer or a business you manage remotely. The minimum salary can change, and currency exchange rates can vary, but in 2023 the required amount is about $750-$850 USD or 3.480.000 Colombian pesos.
The cost of a the nomad visa in Colombia is approximately $231 USD. This includes a $50 fee for the Cancillería to "study" the visa and a $177 USD to receive the visa.
You are not considered a tax resident until you stay more than 183 days in Colombia. After 183 days you will need to file taxes in Colombia, but typically you will not owe money on foreign earned income.
Most countries have a tax relationship with Colombia preventing double taxation. That means that if you pay taxes in your home country, you won't owe taxes on the same income in Colombia. However, situations vary person to person so it is important to consult with an account.
To apply for a Colombian digital nomad visa, you will need to follow these steps:
1. Determine if you are eligible:
To qualify for a retirement visa in Colombia, you must have a have a minimum monthly income from a foreign employer of three times the minimum wage in Colombia. In 2023, this is around $750-$800 USD per month. You will also need to have a letter from your employer stating you are able to work remotely from Colombia.
2. Gather the necessary documents:
You will need to provide the following documents when you apply for your retirement visa:
- A valid passport
- A Passport Style Photo In A Digital Format
-A letter from your employer
- Proof of your income through bank statements
- Health insurance with coverage in Colombia
3. Submit your application:
You can submit your application at the Cancillería's website.
4. Wait for the visa to be processed:
The processing time for a retirement visa can vary, but you should receive a response to your application within 30 days.
Note that visa requirements and application procedures can change over time, so it's always a good idea to check with the Colombian embassy or consulate in your home country for the latest information.