What is the change? Colombia has implemented a resolution that changes entry procedures for visa-waived nationals.

What does the change mean? Visa-waived nationals will now receive one of three permits upon entering Colombia: a tourism permit, an integration and development permit, or a permit for other activities. The changes also allow for visa-free entry in limited number for visa-required nationals traveling for short-term nonprofit activities.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing. The changes took effect Dec. 1.
  • Visas/permits affected: Tourism permits, integration and development permits, and permits for other activities.
  • Who is affected: Visa-waived nationals traveling to Colombia; a limited number of visa-required nationals traveling for short-term nonprofit activities.
  • Next steps: The permits will be granted by the Migration Colombia agent upon arrival in Colombia. The type of permit that will be granted will depend on the purpose of the trip.

Additional information: Colombia’s Resolution 3167 of 2019 was issued on Oct. 25 and took effect Dec. 1. It replaced Colombia’s old entry system with a new one under which visa-waived travelers will receive one of three permits when entering Colombia:

  • Tourism permit. This permit is valid for tourism, business activities, and medical treatment or to attend conventions or cultural or sporting events.
  • Integration and development permit. This permit is for those traveling for educational activities, journalistic activities or to develop cooperation agreements in Colombia. It will also be granted to those who are entering Colombia on an emergency basis, e.g., because of a natural disaster or civil unrest.
  • Permit for other activities. This permit is for those traveling to provide technical assistance that is not available in Colombia or to those organizing events or conducting artistic activities.

Authorities have also implemented provisions of the resolution that allow immigration agents to authorize visa-free entry of nationals who normally require visas provided that they are traveling for short-term nonprofit activities and (1) hold permanent residence in a Pacific Alliance country (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, or Peru); (2) are nationals of Cambodia, China, India, Myanmar, Thailand or Vietnam who hold a U.S. or Schengen Area residence permit or visa valid for at least 180 days; or (3) are Nicaraguan nationals who hold a U.S., Schengen or Canadian residence permit or visa valid for at least 180 days.

Analysis & Comments: Those planning travel to Colombia or with employees who are traveling to Colombia are encouraged to work with their immigration provider to make sure they obtain the correct permit for their planned activities.

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