The government of Colombia has implemented strict immigration measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key Points:

  • International air travel. Airports are closed to inbound flights from other countries. Both Colombian and foreign nationals will not be able to enter the country for the 30-day period that began on March 23.
  • Land, maritime and river borders. Land,  maritime and river borders are closed until May 30.
  • Domestic air travel. The country has been on lockdown since March 25. Domestic air travel has been halted with limited exceptions, such as providing medical services or supplying food.
  • Applicants outside of Colombia. Colombian consulates are closed. The Ministry of Foreign Relations will not process visa applications from foreigners who are outside Colombian territory.
  • Applicants in Colombia: Until April 13, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will accept visa applications for processing and electronic approval, but will not stamp visas in passports.
  • Extensions: Colombian Immigration is suspending the deadline for extensions of the following until May 30: Special stay permits (PEP), temporary stay permits (PTP) and permits for other activities (POA), excluding shore passes. Colombian Immigration may also decide not take administrative action for failure to register a visa or obtain a foreigner ID card following arrival because of mandatory self-isolation.
  • Public notaries. Public notaries will operate on a limited schedule and will be open to the public only from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Eexact schedules vary depending on location and the number notaries working at locations in question.

Analysis & Comments: Employers must be prepared for significant disruptions to employee mobility and all but essential business activity. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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