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Colombia Visa & Passport Requirements

Colombia Visa & Passport Requirements

*** Updated: February 22, 2018

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Rest of World Citizen of countries NOT mentioned on this list, it is vital that you check your specific visa requirements before traveling to Colombia. We recommend visiting VisaHQ to stay up-to-date with all the latest visa & passport requirements.

** Note for Travelers from New Zealand, South Africa, and other Latin American countries

Whether you are wondering if Australian Citizens need a visa for Colombia or if Japanese Citizens need a Colombian Visa, this guide has got you covered. Travelers from New Zealand, South Africa, and many other Latin American countries DO NOT REQUIRE A VISA to enter Colombia. However, it is still very important you check with your local consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date visa & passport requirements.

Passport Requirements:

Citizens of ALL countries: To enter Colombia, your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your travel dates. For example, if you are traveling to Colombia in March, your passport must be valid through September of that year.

We strongly recommend making copies of your passport. Keep your original passport locked away in the safe of your hotel and carry a photocopy of your passport with you during your travels. You might also consider purchasing a passport holder to keep all your documents safe.

Visa Requirements:

Citizens of the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and most of Europe DO NOT REQUIRE a tourist visa for travel to Colombia unless they are planning to say longer than 90 days. 

US citizens will receive a visa upon arrival in Colombia, valid for 60 days. US citizens can apply for a visa extension of up to 1 year. 

UK residents can extend their visa for up to 90 days at DAS offices for approximately US $25 USD.

Visa Fees:

US Citizens will receive a FREE visa upon arrival in Colombia. 

Canadians do not need a visa but will be charged a COP 160,000 reciprocity fee (about US $72 CAD) upon arrival at the airport or land border crossing. It can be paid in cash in Colombian pesos or with an international debit or credit card. The fee is waived for travelers under 14 or over 79.

Please note, visa information stated here is only a guideline. Only the information given by the consulate of the country you are planning to visit is up-to-date, official and correct. 

For more information visit Project VisaVisaHQ, or check with the nearest Colombian Consulate.

Processing Time for Visas:

Visa processing usually takes five to eight working days

It depends on whether or not the application is referred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Vaccination Recommendations: 

We highly recommend visiting the World Health Organization website for the most up-to-date country-specific vaccination requirements. 


Colombian Consulate General in New York, United States
10 East 46th Street

New York, NY 10017
United States
Telephone: (+1) 888 764 3326
Head of Mission: María Isabel Nieto Jaramillo, Consul General

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