1. When is the best time to apply for my Colombia visa? The best time to apply for your Colombia visa is 1-2 months before your travel date.
  2. Do I have to send you my passport to get a Colombia visa? Is it safe to send a passport? You will need to send your actual passport, not a copy of it. The Colombia visa is stamped on your passport and will become one of your passport pages. Visa requests cannot be processed without your original passport. Because of the importance of your passport, we strongly suggest that you send your application and passport to CIBTvisas in a secure way, using a traceable courier such as FedEx, UPS, Express Mail or Certified Mail.

 

 

Business Visa Application Requirements for a Colombia Visa

  1. Visa May Not Be Required

    The Consulate of Colombia determines whether you need a business visa based on individual circumstance. As a general rule simple business meetings or negotiations will not require a business visa. However, a business visa is likely required if your business matters involve monetary transactions or remunerative activities or if you intend to enter Colombia more than 2 times in a 12 month period. Regardless your circumstances CIBTvisas advises that you contact the consulate directly for the final determination on the requirements for your individual situation. If you plan to travel to Colombia visa exempt, then we recommend that you hold a passport that is valid six months beyond your stay, hold proof of onward and return flights, hold proof of sufficient funds, and travel with an invitation letter from the company in Colombia, if possible.  

    If you do not meet the visa exemption requirements listed above, then please refer to the consular contact information listed below. 

  2. Personal Appearance

    The consulate requires travelers to apply directly and a personal appearance may be necessary to obtain your visa. We recommend that you contact the consulate to obtain the most current forms and requirements before making a personal appearance at the consulate. Many consulates require an application appointment. Please contact:

    Embassy of Colombia
    2118 Leroy Place, NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    Tel: (202) 387-8338

    It is important to note that most consulates and embassies are only open to the public during the morning hours.  Please take these hours into consideration when contacting the consulate about your visa application.

     

  3. Yellow Fever Risk Area

    Applicants travelling to a Yellow Fever risk area in Colombia or arriving from a Yellow Fever risk country must provide a Yellow Fever certificate showing vaccine administration at least 10 days prior entry into Colombia. A list of Yellow Fever risk countries and areas can be found at https://www.iamat.org/country/colombia/risk/yellow-fever.

  4. Previous visits to China or other areas impacted by COVID-19

    Colombia has temporarily suspended entry to travellers who have been to China or other areas impacted by COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Tourist Application Requirements for a Colombia Visa

  1. Visa Exempt

    A visa is not required for this destination for a stay of up to 90 days. Please keep in mind that while a visa is not required, you must:

    • Hold a passport valid at least six months on entry with one blank visa page
    • Hold proof of onward/return flights
    • Hold all documents required for the next destination
    • Hold documents showing proof of travel purpose (e.g., business cover or support letter, conference registrations, tour itinerary, etc.)
    • Hold proof of sufficient funds relative to your intended length of stay
    • Confirm with your airline that boarding will be permitted without a visa as these conditions are subject to change

  2. Yellow Fever Risk Area

    Applicants travelling to a Yellow Fever risk area in Colombia or arriving from a Yellow Fever risk country must provide a Yellow Fever certificate showing vaccine administration at least 10 days prior entry into Colombia. A list of Yellow Fever risk countries and areas can be found at https://www.iamat.org/country/colombia/risk/yellow-fever.

  3. Previous visits to China or other areas impacted by COVID-19

    Colombia has temporarily suspended entry to travellers who have been to China or other areas impacted by COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

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