Colombia Visa Policy

Check the visa policy of Colombia to see which travelers need an entry permit under Colombia’s current rules and regulations.

Visa policy for Colombia

The Colombia visa policy is the list of regulations which determine who needs a visa to enter the country.

Foreign nationals may require a Colombian visa to enter the country, depending on their nationality. The visa policy of Colombia also outlines which type of visa is required in a given situation.

There are a number of different types of visa for Colombia. The type required usually depends on the purpose of the visit and length of time the individual plans to spend in the country, in addition to their country of origin.

The Colombia electronic visa, or eVisa, can be obtained online. Eligible foreign nationals must simply fill in a quick form to obtain this entry authorization.

Visitors from countries that are not eligible for the online application procedure must go to a Colombian embassy or consulate to apply for their visa in person.

According to the Colombia immigration policy, foreign nationals who plan to relocate to the country and/or perform employed work on Colombian soil must obtain the relevant visa and permits from an embassy.

Conversely, citizens of many countries enjoy visa exemption for Colombia. This means that under Colombia’s current rules and regulations, they do not need a visa to enter for short-term visits.

However, for long-term stays or to live and work in the country, even nationals of these countries will need the relevant permits.

Find below an in-depth guide to Colombia’s visa policy and the various types of visa that foreign travelers can obtain to enter the country.

Tourist Visa Policy for Colombia

Colombia’s tourist visa policy requires that nationals of over 140 different countries and territories apply for and obtain a visa in order to enter the country for any reason.

The easiest and most convenient way to acquire a Colombia tourist visa (also known as a visitor visa) is by applying online.

Citizens of a large number of countries can use the electronic visa platform to fill out an application from the comfort of their own home or any other location with an internet connection. The tourist visa for Colombia will then be delivered by email.

Travelers from other countries must obtain their Colombian tourist visa at an embassy or consulate.

A Colombia visitor visa grants entry for temporary stays and can either be valid for a single entry or multiple entries, depending on the needs of the applicant.

According to Colombian visa policy, citizens of certain countries do not require a visa for short visits for the purpose of tourism.

Browse the map below to see which nationalities require a visa to visit Colombia.

Colombia eVisa

The Colombia eVisa (electronic visa) is a digital entry permit that grants entry to the country for eligible foreign nationals.

The eVisa for Colombia is quick and easy to obtain by filling out a simple online application form.

According to the Colombian visa policy, citizens of around 100 different countries can obtain an eVisa.

The eVisa platform can be used to obtain a Colombian visitor visa, which permits the holder to enter for the purposes of tourism, leisure, and participation in events.

This electronic tourist visa for Colombia allows foreign visitors to stay in the country for a temporary period.

The online platform gives applicants single-entry and multiple-entry visa options.

Foreign nationals planning to visit Colombia must fill in the required personal and passport details in the eVisa form. They must provide a recent passport-style photo and a copy of the main bio page of their passport, as well as a valid email address.

The process is done entirely online. This means that travelers can avoid having to make a journey to an embassy or consulate to fill out and submit an application for a Colombia visa in person.

See below the list of countries whose citizens can apply for a visa online using the eVisa system, in accordance with the visa policy of Colombia.

Colombia eVisa: Country list

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cuba
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Macau
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Embassy or Consular Visa Required for Colombia

A Colombia embassy or consular visa is any type of entry permit issued by a Colombian diplomatic mission abroad.

The visa policy of Colombia dictates that certain travelers must apply in person at an embassy or consulate to obtain authorization to enter the South American country.

Visitors of over 40 different nationalities must obtain their visitor visas from a Colombian embassy or consulate.

In addition, nationals of the majority of countries will need to go to an embassy or consulate to apply for other types of visa.

There are a number of types of Colombian visas issued by embassies. The kind required depends on the purpose of the trip and the length of time the individual intends to remain in the country.

For example, Colombian migrant visas and work visas can only be obtained from a diplomatic mission, in accordance with Colombia’s immigration requirements.

Certain travelers may be able to start the application process online before taking their supporting documents to an embassy or consulate and/or attending an interview.

Nationals of countries who are not eligible for an eVisa are recommended to contact their nearest Colombian embassy or consulate to enquire about applying for a visa.

Embassies are usually located in foreign capital cities, while Colombia maintains a number of consulates in other major cities worldwide.

Consult the list below to find all the nationalities that must apply for a Colombian embassy or consular visa even for short visits as a tourist.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required for Colombia: Country list

  • Aland Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Aruba
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Curacao
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Reunion
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sint Maarten
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Tokelau
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna

Visa Not Required for Colombia

In line with the Colombian visa policy, travelers holding passports issued by certain countries may enter the country without a visa for short stays.

Nationals of around 100 different countries and territories enjoy visa exemption for Colombia.

Visa-free entry to Colombia is permitted for stays of up to 90 days.

Travelers from visa-exempt countries may visit the country for tourism and leisure without applying for a permit, but must obtain the relevant visa to live and/work in Colombia.

Upon arrival at the Colombian border, visitors with visa exemption will have their passport stamped with a PIP-5 Entry Permit by an immigration control officer. With this stamp, it is permitted to stay up to 90 days.

It may be possible for a traveler to extend this stay once for a further 90 days without leaving Colombia. However, the maximum length of time a traveler can stay in Colombia without a visa is 180 days within one (1) calendar year.

Individuals who plan to stay for longer must apply for the relevant visa and/or permits.

Consult the list below to see which nationalities are exempt from Colombia’s visa requirements.

Visa Not Required for Colombia: Country list

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela

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