Colombia Entry Requirements

Colombia Entry Requirements

Passport and visa regulations


Passport required visa required Return ticket required
Turkey Yes No/1 Yes
Other EU countries Yes 1 Yes
Switzerland Yes No/1 Yes
Austria Yes No/1 Yes
Germany Yes No/1 Yes

Passport information

A passport is generally required, it must be valid for at least 6 months when entering Colombia and it must be in good condition.

Visa information

A visa is generally required, except for citizens of the following countries listed in the table above for a tourist stay of up to 90 days (the date of the entry stamp of the immigration authority “Migració Colombia” counts). A paid extension for a further 90 days is possible. Maximum stay per calendar year 180 days.: EU countries, Switzerland and Turkey. [1] For business trips, work and study visits, there is a general visa requirement for nationals of all countries. Provided that a trip is not exclusively for tourist purposes (e.g. business trip with meetings), it should be clarified with the responsible consular representation before departure whether a visa is required.

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Varies depending on nationality and visa type. Information can be obtained from the consular representations.

Visa types and costs

Business, journalist, student, work, medical and other special purpose visas.


Work visas depend on the length of the employment contract, business visas and all other visas depending on the agreement, they are generally issued for a maximum of 2 years, but extensions are possible on site. In person at the consulate or consular section of the embassy.

Application required

Varies depending on visa type and length of stay. i.d. R.: (a) 1 application form (to be completed online). (b) 2 recent passport photos. (c) Passport valid for at least 6 months upon departure and containing at least 2 blank pages and copies of the personal information page and any pages containing Colombian visas or entry/exit stamps. Additional documents may be required depending on the purpose and duration of the trip. Translation of the above documents into Spanish by a sworn translator registered in the respective consulate and certified by apostille.

Temporary Residence

Details from the responsible consulate or the consular section of the embassy.

Processing time

Depending on the visa 6-8 weeks. Telephone appointments for visa issuance is desired.

Proof of sufficient funds

Foreign tourists must have sufficient funds (minimum US$20 per day).

Documents required upon entry

(a) Recommended: International vaccination certificate with proof of a measles vaccination. (b) Sufficient funds for the stay (minimum US$20 or equivalent in other currencies per day per person) (c) Return or onward travel ticket. (d) If arriving from Brazil: Proof of valid vaccination against yellow fever.

Extension of stay

Extensions of stay must be applied for in good time at Migración Colombia. This is chargeable.

Entry with children

German: Machine-readable children’s passport with photograph or your own passport. Austrians: Own passport. Swiss: Own passport. Turks: Own passport. Note: The same visa requirements apply to children as to their parents. Attention: Minors traveling alone (under 18 years) who (also) have Colombian nationality must carry a certified declaration of consent from their parents/guardians in Spanish. If traveling with only one parent/guardian, such a declaration should be available from the other parent/guardian. Colombian minors (under 18 years old) or foreign minors residing in Colombia, Those traveling from Colombia require notarized consent from both parents/guardians if traveling alone and notarized consent from the missing parent/guardian if traveling with a parent/guardian. When traveling with minors, it is advisable to consult the embassy in advance about exit regulations. The relationship to the minor child must be proven, for example, with a birth certificate for the child. Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Exit permit

Travelers with Visa Temporal and foreign residents of Colombia require an exit stamp from Migración Colombia to exit the country. This stamp is available in major cities, at the airport or at the state border. In addition, a tax clearance certificate (Paz y salvo) from the Ministerio de Hacienda is required

Colombia Entry Requirements