At a Glance
Effective December 1, 2019, Migración Colombia will replace existing entry permit classifications for visa-exempt nationals with three new types of entry permits. Migración Colombia will also implement technical changes for nationals or residents of Comunidad Andina de Naciones, Mercosur, and Pacific Alliance member countries, largely to formalize its current practices. There will be no changes for visa nationals. The situation
Effective December 1, 2019, Migración Colombia will replace its existing entry permit classification system and establish formal criteria for entry to Colombia for nationals and residents of Comunidad Andina de Naciones, Mercosur, and the Pacific Alliance member countries, according to a recently published resolution.
There will be no changes for visa nationals, who will still require a visa to enter Colombia.
A closer look
Entry permit details. The new resolution will replace the existing entry permit categories with three types of Entry Permits: Entry Permit
Tourism Permit (Permiso de Turismo)
Will replace the current PIP-5 (tourism) and PIP-6 (business) permits, among others, and will group them into a single Tourism Permit for tourism and/or business.
This permit will continue to allow foreign nationals entering Colombia for tourism or business to stay for up to 90 days, extendable in country for an additional 90 days, for a maximum of 180 cumulative days in a calendar year.
Business visitors applying for a Tourism Permit on arrival should carry an invitation letter issued by a Colombian entity. Although Fragomen currently recommends this, the new resolution expressly advises that immigration authorities at the port of entry will have the discretion to require this letter when admitting a business visitor.
Integration and Development Permit (Permiso de Integración y Desarrollo)
Will allow foreign nationals to conduct several activities in Colombia, such as assisting in some academic or educational courses, programs and exchanges. In addition, it will be available for foreign nationals part of International Treaties and agreements signed by Colombia.
It will depend on the activity but will generally not exceed 90 days, extendable in country for an additional 90 days.
Permit to Develop Other Activities (Permiso para Desarrollar Otras Actividades-PDA)
This permit will be granted for some specific activities and situations. Most importantly, it will replace...