Do you need a visa to enter Colombia?

A guide for Visas in Colombia

There are multiple reasons we can think of as to why you would have Colombia at the top of your bucket traveling and even living list. Among the astonishing landscapes, the beauty of its cities and the warmth of its people, lies the fact that Colombia is listed as one of the easiest places in the world to obtain a residency visa. 

Getting a Colombian visa is both an easy and inexpensive process, thanks to the Colombian visa policy that recently changed in 2022. When planning to visit Colombia, your first step should be to determine if you are required to have a visa in order to enter the country. 

If you are wondering how to get your Colombian visa, the first step will be to check the list below,  if you are a citizen of any of the countries listed, you are allowed, according to Colombian visa policy, to enter the country 90 days-visa free and you can also extend your stay in the country for 90 more days online. 

  • European Union citizens
  • Nationals of Mercosur Countries
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Fiji
  • Georgia
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Micronesia
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Sovereign 
  • Military Order of Malta
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vatican City

Also, if  you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you are allowed to enter Colombia without a Colombian visa for up to 90 days, if you already have a short-stay visa or residence permit issued by a Schengen country or the USA, mentioned countries include: 

Cambodia, China, India, Macau, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam.

So, if after reading these lists you realize you do need a visa to enter Colombia or if you wish to extend your stay in Colombia for more than the specified 180 days you’re allowed, the next step will be to apply for one of the many visa options Colombia has to offer. 


Who is this visa for

The Visitor Visa is destined to those foreigners who visit the country temporarily. The Colombian Visitor Visa type is for those who wish to visit the country once or several times temporarily and carry out activities ranging from tourism and vacation, studying Spanish, airport transit, Business which involves events, conferences, seminars without the passport holder being employed, Short-term academic exchange program, training in arts, trades or graduate courses, Medical treatment, Journalistic work, Inter-corporate transfer, Volunteering and even for boat or cruise crew. 

Term: The Visitor Visa is a short term visa that can be issued for as short as 30 days and as long as two years, according to the recently renewed Colombian visa policy which changed in 2022.


Who is this visa for

The Migrant type of visa is for those foreign individuals who wish to enter or remain in the country with intentions of establishing but do not meet the criteria to apply for a R type visa.

Term: The Migrant Colombian Visa can be issued for a maximum of three years and is subject to be reapplied after, this is if you still meet the criteria as when you were first granted this visa and as specified by the new Colombian visa policy.


Who is this visa for

The Resident visa category is meant for those foreigners who wish to live in Colombia and remain inside the country for an indefinite period of time, this may be to settle permanently or to fix their domicile in the country. This visa stamp  is valid for 5 years and is completely renewable.

Term: The Colombia Resident Visa is issued for five years at a time and after this time it can be renewed, according to Colombian visa policies.

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