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Do You Need a Visa to Visit Colombia?
ViaHero · May 10, 2018
The simple answer:
The secret's out: Colombia is South America’s hottest travel destination. From white sand beaches to old-world cosmopolitan charm, Colombia has something for everyone. But if you think you need to go through the hassle of applying for a visa to visit this Latin paradise, think again—and as always, don't hesitate message us with any questions whatsoever!
You don’t need to get a visa in advance
That’s right—if you hold an American passport, you don’t even need to apply for a visa! Upon entering the country, you’ll simply be asked to show your passport and return ticket; if both are in order, you’ll have up to 90 days to experience Colombia’s bounty of charms on a standard tourist visa. The same rules apply to those holding British, Australian, Irish, and Canadian passports (among many others). Find out if your passport qualifies here.
You can double your tourist visa
Whether it’s the food, the nightlife, or just the warmth of the Colombian people, nearly everyone who travels to Colombia falls head-over-heels in love. So if you need more than 90 days to live out your Colombian fantasy, rest easy: before your visa expires, you can actually request an extension from the Colombian Immigration Authority for another 90 days! But beware: if you overstay your visa, you can face a fine—and won’t be able to leave the country until it’s paid.
All you need to pay is your airport fee
When leaving Colombia, the only administrative fee you’ll have to pay is an airport tax. While the price changes every year, this tax (currently around $38) is charged to every passenger for use of Colombia’s airport facilities. Don’t worry though—it’s only charged if you stay in the country for 60 days or longer, and most major airlines automatically include it the ticket price. Besides, Colombia’s fantastic exchange rate more than makes up for it!
Still wondering about Colombia’s visa process? Here’s a list of our local Colombian travel experts who can help you, or you can message us any questions you have. And before your trip, make sure to check out: