South America Living

Visas & Fees for Colombia

U.S citizens, Canadians, Australians and Brits (folks who call the UK home) do not need a visa to enter Colombia. You only need a valid passport. Upon arrival you will be issued a Visitor’s Permit (the stamp put in your passport by Immigration at the time of entry) for 180 days or less (most common is 30 or 60 days).

Editor’s Note: Want to work in Colombia? How To Obtain a Colombian Work Visa

Coat of Arms of Colombia

Colombia requires travelers to provide proof of onward travel (plane or bus ticket) and that he or she has sufficient funds for their stay (bank or credit card statement). Be prepared to show both of these when crossing a land border or flying into the country.

Have questions? Contact your embassy: Living in Colombia – Embassies of the USA, Canada, Australia & UK

You can request an extension for a longer stay by visiting an Immigration office (officially called “Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad” or DAS). Maximum stay in a twelve month period is six months.

If your visa is longer than three months, you need to register with DAS after arrival.

Quoted from the U.S. Department of State website: “Any traveler possessing a Colombian visa with more than three months’ validity must register the visa at a DAS immigration office within 15 days of arrival in Colombia or face fines.”

The DAS immigration office in Bogotá is located at Calle 100 and Carrera 11B 29, telephone (571) 408-8000. This office is open from Monday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 07:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.”

Departure Tax

When flying out of Colombia (International departures only) you will be required to pay a departure tax of approximately $75 USD. Be prepared with cash so you do not miss your flight looking for an ATM!

Flying into our out of Bogotá? Need to know where to stay, what to do and restaurants (in all price ranges) to chow down at? Get your FREE online travel guide here: Living in Colombia – Capital City Bogotá

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