Colombia

Colombia

The below provides a high level summary of immigration requirements for Colombia. Whether a traveler may enter as a business visitor or requires a work permit depends on the traveler's nationality, duration of stay and activities in the country.

Allowable Activities

  • Conducting business negotiations and/or executing contracts
  • Conducting market studies
  • Developing or carrying out investment plans or procedures

Basic Requirements

Requirements to apply for a Visitor (V) Visa for business activities:

  • Submission letter issued by the legal representative of the company (national or foreign) taking full responsibility for the employee during the trip to Colombia with full description of the activities to be performed in Colombia
  • Certificate of existence and representation of the Colombian company or its equivalent abroad. If the certificate is issued abroad, it must be legalized/apostilled and translated into Spanish if not already in Spanish.
  • Company’s last six months of bank statements to demonstrate sufficient funds
  • Note: To apply for a PIP-PT upon entry (certain nationals only), the foreign national must present a valid passport with space for the permit stamp. If the passport is valid for a shorter period than the regular permit validity period, the permit will be issued with the same validity period as the passport. The foreign national must also present round-trip tickets, and a letter of responsibility issued by the Colombian entity justifying the foreign national's presence in Colombia, and specifying that the foreign national's activities will not be under a local employment relationship.

Maximum Period Stay

Visitor (V) Visa for business activities: This visa is issued for multiple entries. An authorized stay of up to 180 days continuous or cumulative in a period of 365 days is permitted. PIP-PT: This permit is granted for 90 days per entry and the cumulative stay in Colombia cannot exceed 180 days per calendar year. The Special Administrative Unit Migration Colombia will monitor the number of days of stay to ensure the 180-day maximum is not exceeded. PIP-POA: This permit is granted for 30 days per calendar year. If the foreign national requires additional time to perform his/her activities, he/she will need to request the appropriate type of work visa.

Work Permit Types

The main type of work visa issued in Colombia is the Migrant (M) Visa for local employment or work based on a service agreement. The Visitor (V) Visa for intra-company transfers and the Visitor (V) Visa for temporary services are also available.  

Maximum Period Stay

The Migrant (M) Visa is issued for up to three years, depending on the duration of the employment contract or service agreement.