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Passengers from countries that have a restriction need to apply for a tourist visa in the Colombian consulate of their country of origin to be able to travel to Colombia.
There is no nationality restriction to travel to Colombia. A visa is required, except for citizens of the following countries (who stay strictly for tourism purposes and for a maximum of 90 days): Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, United States, Finland, France, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Mexico, Norway, The Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela and foreign residents of Canada and the United States.
Foreigners of countries that have no restriction when they travel to Colombia, if they travel only for tourism, may stay in the country for up to 90 days from the date of entry that is indicated on the immigration seal, which is stamped on the passport by the official at the port of entry.
Those who wish to visit the country for work or study must apply for a visa or permit at Colombian consulates abroad. The visas may be temporary or resident. The former are given to people who enter with no intention of living in the country, the second is given to those who intend to live there permanently. Before traveling you should consult the nearest consular or diplomatic agent concerning the procedures and requirements of Colombian law of each case.
For further information, consult the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Other documents or papers that are worth having during your trips are:
Neither a visitor’s visa nor an entry permit is required when the passenger is in transit for a maximum of 24 hours.
You can complement this information by consulting Decree 2107 of October 8, 2001, by logging on to www.minrelext.gov.co or call (+57 1) 5662008
You can apply for an extension of up to ninety (90) calendar days at the office of Immigration Affairs, Calle 100 No. 11-27 in the city of Bogota.
If you travel to Colombia to study or work, you should apply for a visa or permit at the Colombian consulate in the country of origin.
All information with regard to procedures and requirements of Colombian law should be provided by a consular or diplomatic agent.
You can travel to Colombia:
Avianca is the Colombian national airline that operates internationally. Airlines that frequently fly to Colombia include Delta Air Lines, Air France, Iberia, Air Plus Comet, Continental Airlines, American Airlines, Varig, Mexicana de Aviación and Aerolíneas Argentinas, among others. Consult your travel agency.
Approximate flight time to Bogota from some world capitals:
An exit tax of US$ 66 must be paid by all Colombian citizens and foreigners whose stay in Colombia was longer than two months. In the case of shorter stays, the exit tax for foreigners is US$ 33.
Depending on the itinerary, some airlines, such as Air France, American Airlines and Avianca, include the cost of the tax in the cost of the ticket. The exit tax must be paid at the airport, at the time of departure, in cash and in only one currency (Colombian pesos or US dollars, excluding US$ 100 bills).
Log on to http://www.aerocivil.gov.co/ in order to obtain further information regarding air traffic in the country.
Time in Colombia is based on Greenwich Mean Time with a difference of five or six hours, depending on the season. When it is 12 noon in Colombia, in London it is 5pm, in Madrid 6pm, in New York 12 noon and in Los Angeles 9am. In summer the difference increases one hour.
Colombia lies between latitudes 4º south and 12º north, and between 67º and 79º longitude west. It is an equatorial country whose climatic variations are determined by trade winds, humidity and especially by altitude: the higher up you go, the colder it is. Please consider this information when you travel to Colombia.
There are only two seasons, and virtually throughout the country there are two rainy periods – from April to June and from August to November – and two dry periods. However, the country enjoys constant luminosity throughout the year, with an equal number of daylight and nighttime hours.
Non-resident travelers in Colombia may temporarily enter the following articles duty-free:
The official currency of Colombia is the peso ($). Entering or taking out money, in this denomination or in any other, is restricted and should be declared on entering or leaving the country.
Codes for calls from outside Colombia:
There are widespread public phone services for making both local and countrywide calls. Public call boxes are available throughout the country that operate with coins and occasionally with pre-paid cards.
There are three companies that provide mobile telecommunications:
How to call from a cell phone (valid for the three cell phone operators)
The majority of the hotels in capital cities provide Internet service. In the large and intermediate cities, there are cyber cafes where you can rent a PC with an Internet connection for an hour or fraction of an hour at a modest price.
Most frequent illnesses are mountain sickness, stomach problems, malaria and yellow fever in some forest areas. Before travelling to jungle regions, you must have the yellow fever and tetanus vaccines at least 15 days in advance.
Although major cities have excellent running water services, we recommend you to avoid taps, and rather drink bottled water.