Colombia is home to some of the most breathtaking forests, peaceful beaches, fascinating mountains, distinct cultures, and historical spots.
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Colombia is one of the most dangerous states because of its high rate of violence. But it is only one side of the coin. Undoubtedly, the conditions have been worse in Colombia for a few past years, but the country is gradually developing as a significant visitor destination. As for terrorism, yes, it exists there but not all over the country. You do not have to worry when visiting it as most parts of Colombia are safe to visit.
If you want to visit Colombia, the first thing you need is to check whether you need a Colombia visa or not.
Who does not need a Colombia visa?
If you are a citizen of any of the following states, you are allowed to enter and stay in Colombia without a visa, not more than 90 days. You only need to have a valid passport to enter the state.
European Union citizens
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hong Kong (up to 180 days)
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
If you are a national of any state listed above, you can also request to extend your stay for up to 90 days more. It means you can stay for up to 180 days without a visa.
Also, if you are from any following countries listed below and have a short-stay visa or residence permit issued by the Schengen country or the USA, you are allowed to enter Colombia without a Colombian visa for up to 90 days. Keep in mind the residence permit or a visa must be valid for at least another 180 days.
Macau (up to 180 days)
How to get a Colombia Visit Visa?
To visit Colombia, everyone needs to apply for a Colombia Visit Visa (V) exempt from the nationals of the visa exemption states. It will allow you to stay in Colombia for a short period, usually for tourism and leisure activities, short-term study programs, medical treatment, or attending a business meeting or any sports event. It allows you up to 90 days of stay in the state. After you arrive in Colombia, you need to register your visit to the local immigration authorities in Colombia within 15 days.
Requirements for a Colombia Visit Visa
You must have the following documents to apply for a visit visa to Colombia.
1. Valid passport
2. Passport size picture (3 cm x 4 cm)
3. A bank statement that shows enough financial funds
4. Travel itinerary
5. A letter stating the purpose of visit
6. Proof of accommodation in Colombia
7. Evidence of family relationship (If you are visiting a family member)
8. The letter of invitation from a hosting company (To attend a business meeting)
9. A report stating your medical condition(If the purpose of the visit is a medical treatment)