How To Extend Visa In Colombia?

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Has the beautiful country of Colombia grown on you more than you ever expected it to? If your visa expires soon, but you’re not ready to say goodbye, all you have to do is apply for a visa extension! We will take you through the extension process step by step.

Applying for a Colombian Visa

Migracion Colombia offers foreign nationals many different visas depending on their situation. Students can apply for a student visa, immigrants will need a migrant visa, and those looking for a temporary stay in Colombia will need a tourist visa. What every Colombian tourist needs to do is fill out a Check Migration form also known as the Check-MIG form before boarding the plane. Click here to get one!

Other specifications for applying for each visa differ but the general required documents are:

  • Passport that remains valid till 6 months after you depart Colombia
  • Passport-sized photographs with a white background
  • Bank statements from the 6 months before you apply for a visa
  • Documents that show you have a place to stay in Colombia
  • Original birth certificates & parental consent letters for minors

You might also be asked for the following documents depending on your reason for visiting Colombia.

  • Proof of enrollment if you are to attend an institution
  • Proof of employment if you enter Colombia as an employee
  • Proof of blood ties if you need a Colombian tourist visa to see family

After you receive a flight confirmation email, keep the following in mind.

  • The Colombian government recommends you have health insurance
  • To enter Colombia, you must have passed a covid test before boarding

Get a Check-Mig form for Colombia!

Getting A Colombia Travel Visa Extension

A tourist visa expires in 90 days, after which you have to leave Colombia. You can request the immigration office for a visa extension. An immigration agent will inform you in 2 days if your extension is accepted. All correspondence is done via email.

The extension process for an expired visa is as follows:

  • Visit the Colombian immigration official website
  • Click on the option that says “Permiso Temporal de Permanencia para Prorrogar Permanencia”
  • You will need the following documents; passport, tourist visa, or tourist permit, and proof you intend to leave the country
  • You must upload documents 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

Duration of Stay In Colombia

If you are on a tourist visa, the extension process grants you a stay of an additional 90 days, bringing the total up to 180 days of a calendar year. What happens if you want to stay even longer? In that case, you should opt for either a migrant visa or a resident visa. A migrant visa expires after 2 to 3 years. A resident visa is if you want to take up permanent residence. If you have had a migrant visa for 4 years, you are eligible for a resident visa.

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