Colombia tourist visa application, requirements, price, and processing time

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Colombia Visa Types

You can apply for a Colombian online visa by logging onto VisaHQ's application page to complete the application form. Our platform offers access to applicants who wish to apply for tourism, business, or transit e-visa. However, before you kickstart the process, you ought to know the features and requirements of the available visas. We review them below.

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A visa is not required for this destination.

Visa is not required for a stay up to 90 days

Visa is not required for a stay up to 90 days

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    A visa is not required for this destination.

    A visa is not required for this destination.

    Sounds good! What else do I need to know while planning a trip to Colombia?
    • First, check the current validity of your passport.

    • Second, make sure your passport has blank Visa pages.

    • Confirm if transit visa is required for any connections.

      Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Colombia. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa. Please refer to visa requirements of the specific country
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      Colombia Visa Policy

      According to the Colombian government's visa policy, all visitors not from visa-exempt countries must obtain visas before they are allowed into the country. The policy is constantly being updated to reflect the demographical changes and needs of the country. Currently, visa-exempt visitors are allowed to stay in Colombia without visas for 90 days, but should they wish to stay for much longer, they will need visas.

      Colombia Visa-Free Countries

      The government of Colombia has a visa waiver program for visitors from visa exempt countries. Eligible visitors can stay in Colombia for 90 days without a visa if they come for tourism, business or are transiting through Colombia to another country. This visa free list is always updated yearly so foreigners who qualify for visa free entry this year may not qualify next year. That is why travelers are advised to consult the visa free list before every trip so they will not be caught unawares.

      Substitute Visa

      The Colombian government issues special substitute visas to visitors who have visas or resident permits issued by a Schengen country or the United States.  Citizens of Cambodia, India, Nicaragua, Myanmar, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam can visit Colombia without applying for online or consular visas as long as they are not staying for more than 90 days. Check the list to know if your country is on the approved list.

      Colombian e Visa

      The electronic visa is for short-term visitors. This visa is for tourism, business, and transit, and the holder can stay in Colombia for 90 days or less. The Colombian government introduced this visa program to ease the visa application congestion at foreign missions abroad. E visas are easy to apply for as they take only a few minutes to complete.  Also, the application is approved within 24-72 hours so you don't have to wait for weeks or months to get it.

      The application is online so you can fill it anywhere and submit for approval. Interested applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for the Colombian e visa

      • They must come from eligible countries
      • They must have valid passports to cover their stay in Colombia
      • They must have sufficient funds to cover their expenses

       If you are from an eligible country you may visit the nearest Colombian embassy to apply for a consular visa.

      Key Information About Colombia e Visa and Trips To Colombia

      Only Use Approved Routes: Although e-visas are valid for entry into Colombia but not all routes are open to such visitors. Always make sure you use approved routes for your travels. For instance, if you are a transit visitor, you are only allowed to use the approved international airports for your entry, and you may only be allowed through if you arrive at an approved airport.

      You May Be Questioned: To combat illegal migration, Colombian border control agents may ask you about your visit, and you are expected to answer their questions truthfully. According to Colombians law, an officer of the law can deny you entry into the country despite having a visa if you cannot clearly explain the purpose of your visit or if your answers differ from what your visa suggests.

      Additional Documentation For Minors: Those traveling with minors must provide extra documents like original copies of birth certificates (to prove blood relationship if you are the parent) or a notarized letter of consent by both parents (if you are a legal guardian).

      Travel With The Same Passport: You must travel with the same passport used for the application, not a different one. Your electronic visa is linked to your passport, and the border control agents will scrutinize all your documents. You must use a different visa to be allowed into the country.

      Not For Residency or Work

      Electronic visas are short-term travel documents for tourism, transit, and business and not for long term residency or employment. If you wish to stay longer than the allotted time to secure a job in Colombia, you should visit the nearest Colombian foreign mission in your country to apply for a consular visa.

      Visa Fee: The visa fee is not refundable and is a requirement for submitting your application for the visa. Without paying the fee your application will not be processed. The fee is paid with a credit or debit card, not with cash.

      Apply At The Right Time: The visa becomes active the moment it is approved and sent to your email and the countdown will begin. If you wish to enjoy the visa to the fullest you must submit your application at least 4 days before the day you plan your trip. Since the application takes 3 days or less to process you should get it on time.  You want want to make sure that you leave the country before your visa expires or at least, on the day it expires not is illegal to stay in Colombia on an expired visa.

      Colombia Visa Online – Get your Colombia e-Visa with VisaHQ

      Your electronic visa application can be sorted out using VisaHQ's online services. Applicants for Colombian e visas can skip visiting an embassy or Consulate or going through the stress of waiting in line for Visas as they can submit their application online using our user-friendly website and system.

      How To Apply For A Visa With VisaHQ

      Did you know you will not need a travel agent or middleman to get your e visa if you use VisaHQ?In only a few steps, your application should be completed, and you can submit it with only a click of a button with our platform. If you would like to apply for any of these visas, please do the following.

      Complete The Application Form: Start by choosing the visa you want, then take your time to carefully fill out the form. There are sections for your personal, travel, and passport details. Ensure that all the information you provide is accurate and conforms with what is on your documents. Then pay the application fee and submit it for approval.

      Get Your Colombian Visa: If your application is approved within the next three days or less, the online visa will be forwarded to your email address. Please print out a copy and keep it safe for your trip.

      Why Use VisaHQ

      VisaHQ makes online visa applications easier, so it has become a trusted platform for eligible applicants.  We have been active for more than 2 decades and many have come to trust us for our value added services.  With offices in six countries and across two continents, we have built a rich network of professionals that can provide the support you need to get your online travel documents sorted out in no time.

      When you use our platform you

      • Enjoy all the support you need from our experts
      • Your information is safe and secure
      • Apply for as many visas as you want
      • Save your data for future use
      • Track your application status in real time

      Applying for an online visa doesn't have to be hard; complete your application form in 20 minutes or less, submit it, and await your visa in under 72 hours.

      Colombia COVID-19 travel restrictions

      • Entry is open
        Colombia is open to travelers.
        Prior to arrival requirements
        Valid passport. Valid national passport with at least 6 month remaining validity after the date of departure.
        Valid visa. Please see the instructions above if visa is needed and apply.
        Health form: All travelers must complete the Check-Mig form online 24 hours before their flight. Second, travelers must download the CoronApp app.
        Upon arrival restrictions
        😷Masks are required in public spaces and transport.

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      Frequently Asked Questions about Colombia visa

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