When traveling to Colombia, your nationality and the types of activities you will conduct during your trip will determine whether you may travel lawfully as a business visitor or if you require work authorization. Please seek advice from your immigration counsel if you are uncertain about the specific types of activities that constitute business or work.
As a business visitor to Colombia, you may engage in the activities below depending on the type of authorization you are traveling under. The most common types of authorization for business visitors are the Visitor Visa (V) for Business Activities, Tourist Permit and Integration and Development Permit. While this list is not exhaustive and other activities could qualify as business, depending on the visa held, you may:
Most foreign nationals intending to enter Colombia to conduct business activities must obtain authorization. Depending on their intended activities, non-restricted nationals may apply for a Tourist Permit or an Integration and Development Permit upon arrival at the port of entry or in-country if already in Colombia. Non-restricted nationals may alternatively choose to apply for a Visitor Visa (V) for Business Activities. Restricted nationals must obtain a Visitor Visa (V) for Business Activities from a Colombian Consulate or Embassy prior to travel. Please obtain an individual assessment before traveling to determine your eligibility for a Tourist Permit, Integration and Development Permit or Visitor Visa (V) for Business Activities.
The activities below, whether paid or unpaid, generally constitute work under Colombian law. This list is not exhaustive, and many other professional activities are considered work in Colombia, even if conducted for a short duration.
The requirements for work authorization depend on your qualifications, on the nature and duration of your work and on whether your employer has an entity in Colombia. The most common types of work authorization for Colombia are:
Colombia does not offer work authorization exemptions.
Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection, as well as visa waiver and work authorization eligibility, entail the careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.