What is the change? The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a resolution that allows Venezuelans to enter, transit and leave Colombian territory with an expired passport.

What does the change mean? Venezuelans are now able to use expired passports up to two years past their expiry date as a valid entry and exit document. They may also use their expired passports to request a new or renewal visa.

  • Implementation time frame: Effective March 5.
  • Visas/permits affected: Entry and stay permits. Visitor and work visa applications.
  • Who is affected: Venezuelan nationals.

Background: The Venezuelan crisis has led many governments to adjust their immigration regimes to accommodate the influx of Venezuelan migrants entering their countries. Colombia has allowed Venezuelan nationals to obtain special stay permits and has eased the validation process for holders of higher education degrees from Venezuela. The most recent change (Resolution 0872) eases the entry and exit process for Venezuelan passport holders who may not be able to renew their passports.

Analysis & Comments: The resolution will ease travel to Colombia for Venezuelan nationals who do not hold a valid passport and are unable to obtain a new one. Additionally, Venezuelan nationals will be able to use an expired Venezuelan passport up to two years past its expiry date when applying for visas.

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