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V - Visa (Temporary Visitor)

For foreigners who wish to visit Colombia once or multiple times, without the intention of permanent stay:

  1. Airport Transit. ( for some nationalities )

  2. Tourism. ( for some nationalities )

  3. Business, Investment planning, or procedures.

  4. Academic exchange and some temporary studies.

  5. Medical Treatments. 

  6. Administrative or judicial procedures in Colombia.

  7. Ship crew or offshore platform.

  8. Seasonal farm worker

  9. Events. ( Lecturer, artist, athlete, logistics staff, etc.)

  10. Religious.

  11. Students/volunteers in religious entities

  12. Volunteer.

  13. Film or audiovisual production.

  14. Digital Nomads.

  15. Journalistic coverage.

  16. Permanent correspondent.

  17. Technical assistance.

  18. FTA businessperson.

  19. Unaccredited officers.

  20. Holidays and Work.

  21. Labor practice.

  22. Work or labor service provider.

  23. Promotion of internationalization.

  24. Rentista ( Rentier visa ) 

  25. Unforeseen cases.

  26. Courtesy.

  27. ICETEX Program.

  28. Courtesy international commitments.

  29. courtesy - film law.

  30. Complementary measure to the refuge.

  31. Courtesy unforeseen cases.


M - Visa (Migrant Visa)

For the foreigner who wishes to enter or remain in the national territory with the intention of establishing himself/herself, and does not meet the conditions for a type R visa:


  1. Spouse.

  2. Permanent the facto partner of a Colombian national.

  3. Parents or children of Colombian nationals by naturalization.

  4. Father or mother of a Colombian national by birth.

  5. Mercosur migrant.

  6. Andean migrant.

  7. Refugee.

  8. Long-term employment.

  9. Partner or owner of a Colombian commercial company. 

  10. Independent professional.

  11. Pensioner.

  12. Promotion of internationalization for foreigners with higher education.

  13. Investor. ( Foreign Direct Investment or Real Estate )

  14. Stateless. 


R - Visa (Permanent Resident Visa)

For those aspiring to establish themselves or begin a permanent residency in Colombia, apply to the following conditions: 

  1. Having been a Colombian national, and has renounced this nationality.

  2. Permanence in the national territory continuously and uninterrupted. ( Depending on the type of visa )

  3. Venezuelan citizens under ETPV.

  4. Special resident of peace.


Beneficiary visa


For members of the family group, economic dependents of the main holder of a type M or R visa in any case, or of the main holder of some types of V. 


(The beneficiary visa does not allow a work permit). See more information in the resources section.

Visa Transfer


It is the request to print a new visa label with the same data as a visa already granted to be stamped in another passport.


Visa termination application


Any type of visa may be terminated at any point at the express wish of the visa holder, or the natural or legal person requesting the visa on behalf of the foreigner.


Effects of visa denial 


A foreigner denied a visa must wait 6 months before reapplying. In many cases, denial can be avoided by working with an attorney.

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