Visas part 2

PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT FOR ALL VISAS, PROCESSING TIME IS FIVE (5) WORKING DAYS FROM THE MOMENT THE COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION IS RECEIVED.

List of countries whose citizens DO NOT require a visa to enter Colombia as Tourists or temporary Visitors
 

Citizens from the countries listed HERE who are travelling to Colombia for tourism or as a temporary visitor DO NOT require a Visa to enter the country. The aforementioned citizens must apply for an entry permit upon arrival. Please remember to bring a valid passport and a return or onward ticket.

. Please refer to TEMPORARY VISITORS VISA for definition of Temporary visitor which includes attending work related meetings in Colombia, attending conferences or providing urgent technical assistance to Colombian companies.

If you are visiting or representing an NGO YOU DO NOT QUALIFY AS A TEMPORARY VISITOR. Please refer to NGO VISAS.

Nationals from the countries that DO NOT APPEAR on this list must apply IN PERSON for a visa to enter Colombia. Please allow 5 working days to issue the Visa.

If you are not travelling as a tourist or as a temporary visitor please refer to our list to find the appropriate visa for your circumstance.

Nationals from the People's Republic of China, travelling to Colombia ON TRANSIT MUST OBTAIN, prior to the trip, a Visitor visa at the nearest Consulate. Citizens from other countries on transit, must enquire beforehand.

Requirements for a tourist visa:
• 2 application forms duly completed in capital letters Click here to download it.
• Two (2) color photographs, passport size 3x3 cm, white or blue background
• Valid passport and one copy thereof (main page and Colombian visas granted previously)
• Documents that prove economic means to stay in Colombia as a tourist (last 3 bank statements).
• Round trip ticket
• Hotel reservation or letter of invitation from Colombian citizen with copy of Colombian id. (invitation must be notarized)
• Personal attendance required
Visa fee USD $130

Temporary Visitor Visa
COST USD 155.oo

Applicants: This Visa is best suited for people who intend to provide urgent technical assistance to a Colombian party, or for those who travel with no intention of residing permanently. This visa may be granted to individuals travelling to cover special events such as reporters, newscasters, or photographers from a registered news agency. People planning to travel in order to establish commercial and trade connections, attend academic seminars, conferences, expositions, short term studies, interviews for employment, medical treatment, or to participate in scientific, sporting and cultural events that will not be compensated, may also obtain this visa. Please refer to the list of countries that DO NOT REQUIRE a Tourist or a Temporary Visitors Visa.

Documents Required :
• Valid passport.
• Visa application form (2 copies) completed in capital letters and signed.
Click here to download it.
• Two (2) color photographs, passport size 3x3 cm, white or blue background.
• Return ticket
• Most recent bank statement

TEMPORARY VISA-SPECIAL
COST USD 255.oo

A foreigner who requests a Temporary Visa-Special, in addition to the general requirements must submit the following, depending on the category of visa required:

A. For medical treatment

1. Certification issued by a physician or MD, indicating the treatment and the time required for it, endorsed by the related medical institution, as appropriate.

2. Documents demonstrating the economic capacity to cover the expenses of his/her stay in Colombia, including the costs associated with treatment.

3. Return tickets

B. To take part in an administrative or judicial process

1. Certificate from the relevant authority, stating the type of proceeding and also indicating whether the foreigner is implicated, or is a party, or is an interested third-party, or an incidental third-party

2. Documents demonstrating the economic capacity to cover the expenses of his/her stay in Colombia, including the costs associated with treatment.

3. Return tickets


C. Partner or owner of a business or of a commercial company or owner of real estate:

1. Incumbency certificate issued by a Colombian Chamber of Commerce, within three months prior to the date of the application, demonstrating that the foreigner is a partner or owner of a business or of a commercial company duly incorporated and registered, indicating also the capital or assets being owned by the foreigner (capital should not be not less than 100 minimum monthly wages). In the case of a stock Corporation (sociedad anónima), a certificate signed by the Statutory Auditor should be attached, showing the composition of ownership, and stating the value of the shares owned by the foreigner applicant, which may be not less than 100 minimum monthly wages at the time.

2. Financial report of the company, duly certified by a public accountant, and if necessary, by a statutory auditor, attaching the digital certificate in force issued by the Colombian Central Board of Accountants, and if relevant, the photocopy of the most recent income-tax for the company.
Real estate Owners should attach the following:

1. Written communication from the International Exchange Department of the Central Bank ( Banco de la Republica), stating that the foreign direct investment has been registered, for the purchase of real property in the name of the applicant, for an amount not less than US$100,000, in accordance with Article 12 of Decree 2622/2009, amending Section 41.3 of Decree 4000/2004, and in accordance with the terms of the general regime for foreign investment and exchange, and other Colombian regulations in force.

2. Certificate of free title, issued by the Public Records Office at least one month prior to the application, showing that the applicant is the owner of the property in Colombia, for an amount which corresponds to the investment registered, which may not be less than the amount mentioned in the preceding Section.

NOTE. For any application for a Temporary Visa-Special to be admitted and approved for a partner or owner of a business or a commercial company, the Visa Officer will take into account the activity of the company, its interest to society, and its economic capacity.

D. Pensioner

A certificate issued by the competent authority, government, public or private enterprise, or Colombian or foreign entity, showing that the applicant receives a pension equivalent to at least three minimum monthly wages. If paid overseas, the document must be authenticated by a Colombian Consul or bear an Apostille, as appropriate. If the requirement for an apostille or legalisation is missing, the diplomatic mission or consular office of the foreigner's country, or the place where he obtains his pension, may certify that the foreigner receives a pension from a public or private entity of that country.

E. Rentier

A certificate issued by a public entity, bank, financial company, social security institution, insurance company or any other private enterprise recognized by the foreign government, which pays or send the income; or the original of the contract which allows an appreciation of the amount of income, which must not be less than 10 minimum monthly salaries. If sent from abroad, the document must be authenticated before a Colombian consul, or bear an apostille, as appropriate, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in accordance with the terms of the Civil Procedure Code.

F. Cooperation agent or volunteer for an NGO, duly presented by an international organisation or a diplomatic mission.

1. Original letter signed by the legal representative of the NGO or diplomatic mission or international organisation, indicating the activity the foreigner will undertake in Colombia, or the work programme he will pursue, specifying duration, schedule, institutions and public or private entities with which he will have interviews, as appropriate. Likewise, the experience and suitability of the foreigner will be documented, in terms of the activities which he will undertake in Colombia.

In order to obtain an authorisation to practise a regulated profession, the foreigner must comply with the same requirements applicable to Colombian nationals, and for this purpose, he will supply documents evidencing his suitability.

2. Original letter from the entity of applying for the visa, stating that it undertakes to bear the costs of his stay in Colombia, and his return to the country of origin or last place of residence, for both the foreigner and his family, if any, at the end of the activities, or should situations arise which affect the performance of those activities, in the terms of Decree 4000/2004.

3. Incumbency certificate of the non-profit organisation or NGO, issued by the relevant Colombian authority, within the three months prior to the submission of the Visa Application; and, if necessary, the document of registration before the corresponding national authorities.

If the non-profit entity or NGO has no representation in Colombia, the interested party must supply a certified copy of the deed of incorporation and representation, or an instrument which accredits existence and representation, translated into Spanish and legalized before the appropriate Colombian consul.
Paragraph. A foreigner engaged or contracted as an officer or employee of the non-profit entity or NGO must apply for a Temporary Visa-Worker.

G. Adoptions

1. Photocopy of the certificate issued by Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF), or the adoption agency involved;
2. Copy of the document accrediting the legal existence of the adoption agency in Colombia; if the process is handled by ICBF, this requirement does not apply;
3. Original letter of application from the adoptive parents;
4. Return ticket

H. To engage in independent trades or activities:

1. Original letter of application signed by the interested party, indicating the activity to be undertaken in Colombia.

2. Documents to show that his capacity or economic solvency is sufficient for the activities to be undertaken in Colombia.

3. Documents accrediting suitability to perform such activities:

4. Authorisation of registration of the foreigner's activity, issued by the relevant regulatory entity.

5. Documents accrediting the physical address where the activity or trade is to be undertaken, such as a certified copy of the tax registration (RUT), or incumbency certificate issued by a Chamber of Commerce.

I. For occupations or activities not contemplated above

1. Original letter of request signed by the interested party, indicating the activity to be undertaken in Colombia.

2. Documents showing economic solvency of the foreigner

3. Documents accrediting the physical address where the activity or trade is to be undertaken, such as a certified copy of the tax registration (RUT), or incumbency certificate issued by a Chamber of Commerce.

4. Return tickets

RESIDENT VISA - RELATIVE OF A COLOMBIAN NATIONAL
Cost: USD 435.oo

Besides the general requirements, the applicant must present the following:
1. Evidence that he has surrendered the Colombian nationality, in case his permanence is subsequent to 1994.

2. Form "Commitment to Report to the security police DAS", duly completed and signed, in accordance with the terms of Articles 85, Sections 98.1 and 98.3, and Articles 116 and 117 of Decree 4000/2004. If the applicant intends to practice a regulated activity, the relevant documentation, including academic recognition procedures in Colombia, must be presented.

Paragraph 1. A foreigner holding this visa is authorised to permanently live in the country as “spouse/ student/independent/to be contracted”, subject to compliance with regulations, for which purpose he must complete and sign the form "Commitment to Report to the security police DAS", as indicated in subsection 2 above.

Dependants of the foreigner, holder of this visa might be granted the same visa as “beneficiaries”, provided that they prove the dependency. If this requirement is satisfied, dependants will be authorised to study only. In order to obtain Resident visa as beneficiary, the dependants must provide the following, besides the General requirements (i.e. passport, photos, application form):

- 1. Birth certificate or any other document that proves kinship. If issued overseas, this document must bear an Apostille issued by the country of origin or legalization by the Colombian Consulate in that country.
- 2. Evidence of economic dependency of the beneficiary.
- 3. Letter from the holder of Resident visa, assuming the responsibility for the beneficiary during the period of stay in Colombia and of his/her departure. If the dependant is a child, the letter must be signed by the parents and their signatures notarized.
- 4. Photocopy of the main applicant’s visa

RESIDENT VISA-INVESTOR
COST USD 435.oo

A foreigner who applies for a Resident Visa-Investor, must attach the following in addition to the general requirements
a. For foreign direct investment in areas other than real estate:

1. Written communication from the International Exchange Department of Banco de la Republica (Central Bank of Colombia), certifying the existence of the foreign direct investment in the name of the applicant, for an amount not less than US$100,000, in accordance with the terms of Article 16 of Decree 2622/2009, amending Article 52 of Decree 4000/2004, and in accordance with the terms of the General Regime for Foreign Investment and Exchange, and other Colombian regulations in force.

2. Form "Commitment to Report to the security police DAS", duly completed and signed, in accordance with the terms of Article 85, Sections 98.1 and 98.3, and Articles 116 and 117 of Decree 4000/2004.

b. For foreign direct investment intended for the acquisition of real estate:
1. Written communication from the International Exchange Department of Banco de la Republica (Central Bank of Colombia), certifying the existence of the foreign direct investment in the name of the applicant, for an amount not less than US$200,000.

2. Certificate issued by the Public Records Office, issued within 30 days prior to the application, showing that the applicant is the owner of a property whose value corresponds to the amount registered with the central Bank.

3. Form "Commitment to Report to the security police DAS", duly completed and signed, in accordance with the terms of Article 85, Sections 98.1 and 98.3, and Articles 116 and 117 of Decree 4000/2004.

The foreigner is authorised by this Visa for occupations “housewife/student/independent/to be contracted”, subject to compliance with regulations on the matter, for which the applicant must complete and sign the form "Commitment to Report to the security police DAS".

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