- Foreign nationals who wish to visit or stay in Colombia must obtain the permits necessary to do so. Such authorization consists of either an Entry and Permanence Permit (PIP) for short stays in the country (issued by migration authorities in entry points and available for those foreigners whose nationality is entitled to a visa waiver) or a Visa issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to those foreigners whose nationality is not entitled to a visa waiver or whose activity and permanence requires him/her to have a visa.
- The national authority in charge of Visa expedition has the power to request interviews and additional supporting documents, in the case it deems appropriate. The notification of this request may be done personally or through any other form of communication.
- Visas can be requested online, through Colombian consulates abroad or directly at the Visa office in Bogotá.
- Visa holders and their beneficiaries, who have received a visa for more than 3 months must inscribe themselves in the Foreign Registry of Migración Colombia in the following 15 calendar days in the following manner:
- If the visa was issued in a Colombian consulate: counted from the day you entered the country.
- If the visa was issued in Colombia: counted from the date of issuance.
- All supporting documents for visas, in Colombia or abroad, must be Apostilled or Legalized and translated by an official translator, if in a language different to Spanish.
- Documents issued in Colombia that support or are part of the requisites for a visa requested at a Colombian consulate abroad does not require being Apostilled or Legalized.
- The foreign national who wishes to stay in the country for a greater periodo d time must request an extension of his/her Permanence Permit (PPT) or if he/she holds a visa request a new one before its expiration. Please take into account the visa expedition timeframe as to not suffer any inconveniences.
- In the event there is a mistake in the visa issued, as long as they are of typing, mechanic and/or spelling nature or those who do not affect the essential data the holder counts with a maximum of 30 days to request its correction. After the initial 30 days the holder must request the transfer of the visa.
Note: The foreigner that has obtained a visa must observe the limitations imposed by national laws in regards to his/her establishment in determined areas of the country and exercise activities.
Note: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends to request a new visa with a minimum of 30 days before the expiry of your current visa.