Colombia allows tourists from various countries to enter the country without much fuss. These tourist visas are actually just stamps on your passports that allow you to stay for 90 days. After the initial 90 days, extending your tourist visa is a breeze!
It is important that you start your application early. It is suggested that you apply 5 days before the expiry of your visa. However, there is no penalty to starting even earlier than that as the 90-day visa extension is added to the expiry date of your current visa.
Step 1. Gather your documents
To extend your Colombia tourist visa you will need the following:
- The photo page of your passport
- The passport page showing your Colombian immigration entry stamp
- A ticket out of Colombia before the expiry of your tourist visa. This can be a copy of a flight confirmation email. It should include your full name and an itenerary showing your departure from Colombia to a non Colombian city.
Families have additional requirements for children:
- Birth certificate of the child
- The photo page of the parent’s passport
It is also important to note that the PDF file sizes are limited to a total of 1 MB.
Step 2. Head to the Migracion Website
You can find the Migracion Website here
You will be greeted by this form. Choose the third option saying “Permiso Temporal de Permanencia para Prorrogar Permanencia” after this select the office nearest to you.
The rest of the form can be easily filled out as long as you have your documents ready.
Step 3. Wait
After you have submitted the form, you will receive an email saying that your application has been received. The email will also contain a confirmation number and password so you can check your application status online. It will usually take one to two days for application to be processed.
Step 4. Pay
If approved, there will be a fee of 99,000 pesos (free for Schengen and EU countries in Europe) and instructions in an email of how to pay the fee online through a bank or with a credit card. After all of this, a pdf will be sent confirming your extension. You will need to print and keep this alongside your passport.
Step 5. Celebrate!
You have successfully extended your tourist visa and now have an extra 90 days in Colombia! If you need ideas for your next Medellin adventures check out our suggested activities here!