Colombia Tourist Visa Extension

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All tourists need a Check-Mig form to enter Colombia!

Are you on a tourist visa enjoying the evergreen land of Columbia? Is your visa expiry date looming, but you still have much to do? Are your 90 days on a Colombian visa almost up, but are you not ready to leave Colombia? Apply for a tourist visa extension!

Columbian Tourist Visa

If you have to visit Columbia for tourism, business, leisure, meeting relatives, or for a short term project, you can apply for a tourist visa. The tourist visa is also called a visitor’s visa. The visa expires after 90 days. The 90 days need not be consecutive; it can be 90 in a calendar year.

The Colombian government recommends you have health insurance. As a Colombian tourist, before boarding your plane, you must fill out a Check Migration form and take a covid test. You can get a Check-Mig form by clicking here.

To apply for a tourist visa, you will need the following documents.

  • Passport that is valid till 6 months after you are due to leave Colombia
  • 2 passport-sized photographs with no background apart from a white screen
  • Bank statements from the 3 months prior to when you apply for a visa and documents that show you have a place to stay, whether it’s an acquaintance’s house or a hotel
  • Original birth certificate & parental consent letter for minors

A tourist visa only lasts 90 days. You can apply for the visa extension online and lengthen your stay in Colombia by another 90 days, making a total of 180 days.

Get a Check-Mig form for Colombia!

Applying for a Visa Extension

The extension process to overturn an expired visa is as follows:

  • Visit the Colombian immigration official website
  • Select the Spanish option “Permiso Temporal de Permanencia para Prorrogar Permanencia”
  • Upload the required documents
  • You will need the following documents; passport, tourist visa, or tourist permit, and proof you intend to leave the country
  • All required documents must be in pdf format
  • You will receive an approval email in 1 to 2 working days
  • After the approval email arrives, you will have to make a payment via deposit at the Banco Occidente bank

If you want to stay indefinitely, you will have to apply online for either a migrant visa or a resident visa. The tourist visa process is for those who want to stay in the country for a few months of the year. In some cases, the extension goes up to 2 years. However, it is for those who want to enter Colombia on a particular type of tourist visa, the student visa.

Options Other Than Tourist Visa

If you want a Colombian visa that lets you stay in the country for more than a few months a year, you have the migrant visa option. It is for those who want to get married, have found a permanent job in Colombia, or are studying there indefinitely. You can visit the immigration office to discuss visa application form options and then fill out an online form.

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