Colombia visa requirements are somewhat easy to understand. The application process is online. An electronic visa is issued. You would just need to print and present the visa at the port of entry. Colombia visa fee is a bit steep though.
Colombia EXEMPTS visa for many nationalities. Passport holders of a few countries are also visa EXEMPT if they hold a valid visa from the US or Schengen.
Colombia Visa Requirements
Visa EXEMPT passport holders
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Vatican City (Holy See)
Visa REQUIRED passport holders
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Congo (Dem. Rep. of)
Congo (Rep. of)
Sao Tome and Principe
Visa EXEMPT Passport holders with a valid VISA from the United States or Schengen
Check if you need a visitor/tourist visa to travel to Colombia in the “Visa Requirements” section above. Alternatively, you can check your visa eligibility and requirements at the Colombia Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Colombia visa can be applied either online or in person. If applied online, an electronic visa is issued and sent to your email. You must print and present this electronic visa at the first port of entry in Colombia.
Electronic visas are issues for up to 90 days. If you need a visa longer than that, you must apply in person at your nearest Consulate General of Colombia.
You can submit your online application at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Here is a step by step guide on how to fill the online application. If you have any questions while filling the online application, you can call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hotline at +57 (1) 3826999. Phone, email, chat options are also available in the visas section of Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
The following documentation are required
- Copy of first and last pages of your passport
- Copy of passport pages with previous Colombian visa/stamps if any
- If applying through a visa/travel agency, a letter stating that you are granting the rights to apply for visa on your behalf
- Last 3 months bank statements
- Round trip flight tickets
Supporting documents: Order all the supporting documents in the above order into a single PDF.
Digital photo: Passport size digital photo in JPG format of max size 300KB.
Fee for tourist visa is currently $82 USD. After you receive your approved electronic visa in the email, you will have 15 days to make the payment either online or at the nearest Consulate General of Colombia. You can also pay the fee at the visa office in Bogota after entering Colombia. Contact your nearest consulate for more information.
Apply in person
You can submit your visa application online or in person. When submitting in person, you do not need to enclose passport size photographs. Photos are taken during the visa appointment at the consulate itself. Check with your nearest consulate if you need an appointment. Carry your original passport and all supporting documents.
Apply by mail
You cannot apply for Colombia visa by mail. You must either apply online or in person.
Apply through visa/travel agency
You can have a visa/travel agency apply for the visa on your behalf. A letter must be attached stating that you are granting the rights to the visa/travel agency to apply for the visa on your behalf.
Priority visa service
There is no priority visa service. Regular visa application takes about 4 days for approval. If you need visa to be processed quicker than that, contact your nearest consulate.
There is no dedicated customer service. You can call/email your nearest consulate or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hotline at +57 (1) 3826999.
There is no formal procedure to withdraw an application. If applied online, you can just abandon the application.
Immigration and Customs
Most airlines do not let you check-in online if you need a visa to travel to the destination country. If you check-in online or at the airport, either way, make sure to arrive at the gate a bit early and see the airline staff. They sometimes have to go through the visa requirements again, verify the documents and put a “Docs Ok” stamp on your boarding pass.
Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of travel.
At your first port of entry in Colombia, you have to go through the Customs and Immigration. You will be asked about your purpose of travel and the number of days you will be staying in Colombia. Your passport will be marked with an entry stamped.
The number of days you are allowed to stay will not be marked on the stamp. It is assumed that you can stay up to 90 days. In doubt, ask to make sure how long you can stay. As always, carry a copy of your return ticket and hotel/hostel/Airbnb booking for just in case.
On exit, you will go through the Customs and Immigration again. They will verify your entry stamp and add a new exit stamp to your passport. Usually, you will not be asked any questions unless you overstayed your visa. Account some additional time for this exit process. Make sure to stop by the gate to check with the staff if you they need to verify your documents.
You may have to go through immigration and customs on your return at your home country or the country you are flying back to. If you are flying back on an Airbus A330/A340/A380 or Boeing 747/777, expect long lines at the immigration and customs.
Colombia visa requirements are easy to understand. The application process is online and the visa is electronic. There is no need to go to the consulate in person. The entire process can be done from the comfort of your home.
Most passport holders are exempt from visa. Passport holders of a few countries that hold a valid visa from the United States or Schengen do not need a visa to enter Colombia.