Statistics and changes in the Colombian visa application during 2020

2020 has been a year of challenges and changes. With regard to the Foreign Ministry and the process of obtaining Colombian visas, we have visualized numerous adjustments in the requirements, processing times and final responses from the government.

According to the statistics charted and published on the ‘Asuntos Legales’ web site, which are supported by the figures provided by the Foreign Ministry, between January and October 2020, more than 42 thousand visa applications were made, of which , more than half were required due to missing documentation. In addition, 13.7% of the requests were inadmissible and 1.7% were denied, which is a high figure compared to previous years.

visa denials


Since the State of Emergency began in Colombia due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has gradually increased the severity in the visa applications review. In fact, in recent weeks we have seen several cases of VISA DENIALS, in which the government rejects the application and restricts the foreigner submitting a new application for the six (6) following months after the date of the denial.

Given the above, and thinking of all our clients, our legal team specialized in Immigration Law, filed a protective action against the Foreign Ministry to deepen the situation and know first-hand what is happening regarding Colombian visa applications.

colombian health insurance


At this crisis time, in which everyone has a great concern for HEALTH, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores has activated a new requirement for visa applications. This requirement corresponds to the certification of HEALTH INSURANCE with international coverage.

Minimum coverage for each type of visa:
Visitor Visa V Type: 35.000 USD o Euros
Migrant Visa M Type: 60.000 USD o Euros
Resident Visa R Type: 100.000 USD o Euros

According to your specific needs, age, coverage, and duration of the health insurance you choose, the cost of the health insurance may range from approximately $ 100 USD to $ 1,000 USD.


How to contribute to social security in Colombia if you are a foreigner?

If you are a foreigner, but you reside in Colombia and you have a Cédula de Extranjería, it is important you keep in mind that under Law 100, Decree 064 of 20-01-2020, you are legally responsible for contributing to social security in Colombia through the contributory system.

What is the IBC?
It is the minimum value on which the value of the contributions to the General System of Social Security (SGSS) must be calculated.

Resolution 2223


After more than 5 months of the suspension from the Migración Colombia services, due to the pandemic, the activities of the Migration office are finally gradually resuming.

With the Resolution 2223 of 2020, starting from September 21, the gradual reactivation of the following services begins:

1. Foreign ID Card (Cédula de Extranjería)
2. Foreigner Registration
3. Certificate of Migratory Movements
4. (Salvoconductos)
5. Extension of Temporary Permits of Permanence

expat group migratory services

Expatgroup.co,the official Colombian visa partner for Medellín Guru

Expatgroup.co,the official Colombian visa partner for Medellín Guru.
One of the main services we offer to the entire expat community is the professional management of Colombian visas. Our expatgroup.co team has more than 10 years of experience and the best disposition to assist you in getting your Colombian visa in case you want to have a legal stay beyond the 180 days of tourism allowed.