Types of Colombian Visas

Colombia has a long list of Visas and if you apply for the wrong one it can end up being an expensive task. So here is a list of the current Visas that can be applied for, and what each covers, I have changed the colour with each block of Visas to make it easier to follow: COURTESY VISA - A courtesy visa may be granted to foreigners of recognized prestige or when it is considered advisable for the Colombian State.BUSINESS VISA - A business visa may be granted to a foreigner who is accredited as a business person, legal representative, director or executive of a foreign company who wishes to enter the country to establish a commercial presence.CREW MEMBER’S VISA - This visa may be granted to a foreign member of a crew or of an international carrier or fishing boat entering national territory.RESIDENT - This visa may be granted to persons who have renounced Colombian nationality.RELATIVE OF A COLOMBIAN NATIONAL QUALIFIED RESIDENT’S VISA 1. To a foreigner who has been a holder of a temporary visa and who has lived in national territory regularly for at least five (5) continuous, uninterrupted years and presents an application within at least the thirty (30) calendar days prior to expiration of the visa, except in the case of duly proven war or act of God 2. To a foreigner who is a father or mother of a Colombian national3. To a foreigner who is of age and, as beneficiary of a holder of a qualified resident’s visa, evidences an activity or source of income and has remained in national territory for a minimum of five (5) continuous and uninterrupted years at the time of requesting the visa,4. To a foreigner who has been a holder of a temporary visa as a spouse or permanent partner of a Colombian national for a continuous, uninterrupted term of three (3) years.RESIDENT INVESTOR’S VISA - A resident investor’s visa may be granted to a foreigner who makes a direct foreign investment in his/her own name, in accordance with the International Investments Statute and other conforming rules in force at the time of the request.TEMPORARY VISA - The first temporary worker’s visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases it may be granted in Bogota, providing the applicant has a valid visa.This visa may be granted to a foreigner contracted by a public or private company, entity or institution or a natural person wishing to enter or remain in this country for the purposes of engaging in work in his/her specialty, to personnel transferred from abroad to occupy a specific position in a Colombian company; volunteers and missionaries who do not form part of the hierarchy of the religious entity, to a foreigner who is a member of an artistic, sports or cultural group contracted by reason of his/her activity, when it is remunerated.TEMPORARY WORKER’S VISA - The first temporary worker’s visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases it may be granted in Bogota, providing the applicant has a valid visa.This visa may be granted to a foreigner contracted by a public or private company, entity or institution or a natural person wishing to enter or remain in this country for the purposes of engaging in work in his/her specialty, to personnel transferred from abroad to occupy a specific position in a Colombian company; volunteers and missionaries who do not form part of the hierarchy of the religious entity, to a foreigner who is a member of an artistic, sports or cultural group contracted by reason of his/her activity, when it is remunerated.TEMPORARY VISA OF SPOUSE OR PERMANENT PARTNER OF A COLOMBIAN NATIONAL - This visa may be granted to a foreigner who has contracted valid matrimony with a Colombian national or who fulfills the requirements for a permanent partner, in accordance with present Colombian legislation.TEMPORARY RELIGIOUS VISA - The first temporary religious visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be issued in Bogota, providing the applicant has a valid visa.This visa may be granted to a foreigner who forms part of the hierarchy of a church, confession, religious denomination, federation, confederation or association of religious ministers recognized by the competent authority and who come in order to carry out the activities involved in their cult.TEMPORARY STUDENT’S VISA - A temporary student’s visa may be granted to a foreigner intending to study in public or private educational establishments recognized by the Colombian National Government, for a minimum of ten (10) hours per week, under a student exchange program or for work practice or internship as an academic requirement of the study program.TEMPORARY SPECIAL VISA: A. SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT - This visa may be granted to a foreigner who requires medical treatment which cannot be given within the terms of the visitor’s visa or entry permit.B. SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA TO APPEAR IN ADMINISTRATIVE OR JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS - The first special temporary visa to appear in administrative or judicial proceedings must always be process at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be granted in Bogota, providing the applicant has a valid visa.C. SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA AS A PARTNER OR OWNER OF A COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT OR COMMERCIAL COMPANY OR AS THE OWNER OF REAL PROPERTY - The first special temporary visa as a partner or owner of a commercial establishment or a commercial company or as owner of real property, must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be granted in Bogota, providing the applicant has a valid visa.A partner or owner of a commercial establishment or of a commercial company duly incorporated and registered with the respective chamber of commerce and with domicile in Colombia, or as an owner of real property, with proof of its acquisition through investment made in his/her name in accordance with the international exchange regime in force at the time of the application.D. SPECIAL TEMPORARY PENSIONER’S (PENSIONADO) VISA - This visa may be granted to a foreigner who receives a pension equivalent to no less than the equivalent of three (3) minimum legal monthly wages (around USD 990) in force.E. SPECIAL TEMPORARY INVESTOR’S VISA - This visa may be granted to a foreigner who receives an income equal to no less than the equivalent of ten (10) minimum legal monthly wages in force.F. SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA OF A COOPERATOR OR VOLUNTEER OF A NON-PROFIT ENTITY OR NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION (NGO) - The first SPECIAL TEMPORARY visa as a cooperator or volunteer of a non-profit entity or non-government organization (NGO) must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be issued in Bogota, provided the applicant has a valid visa.A visa may be granted to a foreigner whose intention is to enter this country as a cooperator or volunteer of a non-profit entity or non-government organization (NGO), or a person who has been duly presented by an international organization or a diplomatic mission.G. SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA FOR ADOPTION PROCEDURES - This visa may be granted to a foreigner who is carrying out adoption procedures in Colombia.H. SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA FOR THE PRACTICE OF INDEPENDENT WORK OR ACTIVITIES - This visa may be granted to a foreigner intending to enter Colombia for the purposes of engaging in independent work or activities which do not unduly affect public space.VISITANTE - The first visitor’s visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be granted in Bogota, provided the applicant has a valid visa.This visa may be granted to foreigners who wish to enter Colombia for rest or recreation and who require a tourist visa to enter and remain temporarily in Colombia, as established in resolution 5707 of 2008.A. TOURIST VISA - The first visitor’s visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be granted in Bogota, provided the applicant has a valid visa.This visa may be granted to foreigners who wish to enter Colombia for rest or recreation and who require a tourist visa to enter and remain temporarily in Colombia, as established in resolution 5707 of 2008.B. TEMPORARY VISITOR’S VISA - The first temporary visitor’s visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be granted in Bogota, provided the applicant has a valid visa.This visa may be granted to foreigners who require a temporary visitor’s visa according to Resolution 5707 of 2008 and who wishes to enter Colombia, with no intention of remaining here, in order to undertake journalistic activities to cover a special event, that is, journalists, reporters, cameramen, photographers, or persons who form part of the journalist’s team and accredit their capacity as such; to make contacts and carry out commercial or entrepreneurial activities, to participate in academic activities, seminars, conferences, symposia, exhibitions; informal courses or studies, which do not in any case exceed one academic semester; to hold interviews in a process of selection of personnel in public or private entities; for medical treatment; for unpaid sporting, scientific, artistic or cultural events; for foreigners coming to receive or provide training for public or private entities. In any event, no labor related relationship may be involved.C. TECHNICAL VISITOR’S VISA - The first technical visitor’s visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be granted in Bogota, provided the applicant has a valid visa.This visa may be granted to the foreigner requiring a technical visitor’s visa in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 5707 of 2008 and who intends to enter this country in order to provide urgent technical services to public or private entities, following prior presentation of a letter from the entity assuming the respective responsibility and justifying the urgency of the service required.TRANSFER OF VISA - A visa may be transferred when the foreigner requires the authorization of an activity additional to that shown on his/her visa or because of deterioration, change or loss of his/her passport and when any clarification of change of occupation is requested. ( Can only be resolved in person at Bogota)The details of all the Visas including a guide as to which documents are required ( I say guide, because as I have stated previously you need to ring and check for the latest list)can be found HERE

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Types of Colombian Visas
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Colombia has a long list of Visas and if you apply for the wrong one it can end up being an expensive task. So here is a list of the current Visas that can be applied for, and what each covers, I have changed the colour with each block of Visas to make it easier to follow: 


COURTESY VISA - A courtesy visa may be granted to foreigners of recognized prestige or when it is considered advisable for the Colombian State.

BUSINESS VISA - A business visa may be granted to a foreigner who is accredited as a business person, legal representative, director or executive of a foreign company who wishes to enter the country to establish a commercial presence.

CREW MEMBER’S VISA - This visa may be granted to a foreign member of a crew or of an international carrier or fishing boat entering national territory.

RESIDENT - This visa may be granted to persons who have renounced Colombian nationality.

RELATIVE OF A COLOMBIAN NATIONAL QUALIFIED RESIDENT’S VISA 

1. To a foreigner who has been a holder of a temporary visa and who has lived in national territory regularly for at least five (5) continuous, uninterrupted years and presents an application within at least the thirty (30) calendar days prior to expiration of the visa, except in the case of duly proven war or act of God 

2. To a foreigner who is a father or mother of a Colombian national

3. To a foreigner who is of age and, as beneficiary of a holder of a qualified resident’s visa, evidences an activity or source of income and has remained in national territory for a minimum of five (5) continuous and uninterrupted years at the time of requesting the visa,

4. To a foreigner who has been a holder of a temporary visa as a spouse or permanent partner of a Colombian national for a continuous, uninterrupted term of three (3) years.


RESIDENT INVESTOR’S VISA - A resident investor’s visa may be granted to a foreigner who makes a direct foreign investment in his/her own name, in accordance with the International Investments Statute and other conforming rules in force at the time of the request.


TEMPORARY VISA - The first temporary worker’s visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases it may be granted in Bogota, providing the applicant has a valid visa.
This visa may be granted to a foreigner contracted by a public or private company, entity or institution or a natural person wishing to enter or remain in this country for the purposes of engaging in work in his/her specialty, to personnel transferred from abroad to occupy a specific position in a Colombian company; volunteers and missionaries who do not form part of the hierarchy of the religious entity, to a foreigner who is a member of an artistic, sports or cultural group contracted by reason of his/her activity, when it is remunerated.

TEMPORARY WORKER’S VISA - The first temporary worker’s visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases it may be granted in Bogota, providing the applicant has a valid visa.

This visa may be granted to a foreigner contracted by a public or private company, entity or institution or a natural person wishing to enter or remain in this country for the purposes of engaging in work in his/her specialty, to personnel transferred from abroad to occupy a specific position in a Colombian company; volunteers and missionaries who do not form part of the hierarchy of the religious entity, to a foreigner who is a member of an artistic, sports or cultural group contracted by reason of his/her activity, when it is remunerated.

TEMPORARY VISA OF SPOUSE OR PERMANENT PARTNER OF A COLOMBIAN NATIONAL - This visa may be granted to a foreigner who has contracted valid matrimony with a Colombian national or who fulfills the requirements for a permanent partner, in accordance with present Colombian legislation.

TEMPORARY RELIGIOUS VISA - The first temporary religious visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be issued in Bogota, providing the applicant has a valid visa.

This visa may be granted to a foreigner who forms part of the hierarchy of a church, confession, religious denomination, federation, confederation or association of religious ministers recognized by the competent authority and who come in order to carry out the activities involved in their cult.

TEMPORARY STUDENT’S VISA - A temporary student’s visa may be granted to a foreigner intending to study in public or private educational establishments recognized by the Colombian National Government, for a minimum of ten (10) hours per week, under a student exchange program or for work practice or internship as an academic requirement of the study program.


TEMPORARY SPECIAL VISA: 

A. SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT - This visa may be granted to a foreigner who requires medical treatment which cannot be given within the terms of the visitor’s visa or entry permit.

B. SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA TO APPEAR IN ADMINISTRATIVE OR JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS - The first special temporary visa to appear in administrative or judicial proceedings must always be process at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be granted in Bogota, providing the applicant has a valid visa.

C. SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA AS A PARTNER OR OWNER OF A COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT OR COMMERCIAL COMPANY OR AS THE OWNER OF REAL PROPERTY - The first special temporary visa as a partner or owner of a commercial establishment or a commercial company or as owner of real property, must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be granted in Bogota, providing the applicant has a valid visa.

A partner or owner of a commercial establishment or of a commercial company duly incorporated and registered with the respective chamber of commerce and with domicile in Colombia, or as an owner of real property, with proof of its acquisition through investment made in his/her name in accordance with the international exchange regime in force at the time of the application.

D. SPECIAL TEMPORARY PENSIONER’S (PENSIONADO) VISA - This visa may be granted to a foreigner who receives a pension equivalent to no less than the equivalent of three (3) minimum legal monthly wages (around USD 990) in force.

E. SPECIAL TEMPORARY INVESTOR’S VISA - This visa may be granted to a foreigner who receives an income equal to no less than the equivalent of ten (10) minimum legal monthly wages in force.

F. SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA OF A COOPERATOR OR VOLUNTEER OF A NON-PROFIT ENTITY OR NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION (NGO) - The first SPECIAL TEMPORARY visa as a cooperator or volunteer of a non-profit entity or non-government organization (NGO) must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be issued in Bogota, provided the applicant has a valid visa.

A visa may be granted to a foreigner whose intention is to enter this country as a cooperator or volunteer of a non-profit entity or non-government organization (NGO), or a person who has been duly presented by an international organization or a diplomatic mission.

G. SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA FOR ADOPTION PROCEDURES - This visa may be granted to a foreigner who is carrying out adoption procedures in Colombia.

H. SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA FOR THE PRACTICE OF INDEPENDENT WORK OR ACTIVITIES - This visa may be granted to a foreigner intending to enter Colombia for the purposes of engaging in independent work or activities which do not unduly affect public space.


VISITANTE - The first visitor’s visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be granted in Bogota, provided the applicant has a valid visa.
This visa may be granted to foreigners who wish to enter Colombia for rest or recreation and who require a tourist visa to enter and remain temporarily in Colombia, as established in resolution 5707 of 2008.


A. TOURIST VISA - The first visitor’s visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be granted in Bogota, provided the applicant has a valid visa.
This visa may be granted to foreigners who wish to enter Colombia for rest or recreation and who require a tourist visa to enter and remain temporarily in Colombia, as established in resolution 5707 of 2008.

B. TEMPORARY VISITOR’S VISA - The first temporary visitor’s visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be granted in Bogota, provided the applicant has a valid visa.
This visa may be granted to foreigners who require a temporary visitor’s visa according to Resolution 5707 of 2008 and who wishes to enter Colombia, with no intention of remaining here, in order to undertake journalistic activities to cover a special event, that is, journalists, reporters, cameramen, photographers, or persons who form part of the journalist’s team and accredit their capacity as such; to make contacts and carry out commercial or entrepreneurial activities, to participate in academic activities, seminars, conferences, symposia, exhibitions; informal courses or studies, which do not in any case exceed one academic semester; to hold interviews in a process of selection of personnel in public or private entities; for medical treatment; for unpaid sporting, scientific, artistic or cultural events; for foreigners coming to receive or provide training for public or private entities. In any event, no labor related relationship may be involved.

C. TECHNICAL VISITOR’S VISA - The first technical visitor’s visa must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be granted in Bogota, provided the applicant has a valid visa.
This visa may be granted to the foreigner requiring a technical visitor’s visa in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 5707 of 2008 and who intends to enter this country in order to provide urgent technical services to public or private entities, following prior presentation of a letter from the entity assuming the respective responsibility and justifying the urgency of the service required.


TRANSFER OF VISA - A visa may be transferred when the foreigner requires the authorization of an activity additional to that shown on his/her visa or because of deterioration, change or loss of his/her passport and when any clarification of change of occupation is requested. ( Can only be resolved in person at Bogota)


The details of all the Visas including a guide as to which documents are required ( I say guide, because as I have stated previously you need to ring and check for the latest list)can be found HERE

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