Are you in Colombia with a tourist stamp and want to extend your legal stay in the country?
Updated on October 16, 2020 the online option to extend tourist visa is now available on the Migracion website
When you entered the country, at the airport or the border entry point, a Migración Colombia official stamped a stamp with the date of your passport entry. If you don’t know, that stamp functions as a “tourist visa” controlling the legal stay of foreigners in Colombia.
Although at this point, it should be clarified that according to the current immigration rule, this stamp is a tourist permit and not a visa directly, but we use that term of “tourist visa” because it is of greater understanding to all.
So if you do not want to extend your tourist stamp, but you need to obtain a Colombian visa to perform some specific activity for more than 180 days, we invite you to browse through the following link: https://expatgroup.co/english/colombian-visa-process/.
Returning to the “tourist visa”, how do they control the stay of a foreigner in Colombia with this stamp?
This stamp, in addition to having the date of your ticket, usually has a number with ink on the lower right side, which corresponds to the number of days you have allowed to stay in Colombia and develop leisure and tourism activities. Most of the time that number is a 90, occasionally it may be lower, but it will never be a higher number.
In other words, can I only be in Colombia 90 days or what is the maximum time allowed?
As a migration rule, foreigners are allowed to be in the Colombian territory for a maximum period of 180 days per calendar year as tourists (from January 1to December 31).
This means that if you are going to complete the first 90 days, you can extend your stay for an additional 90 days.
In any case, you should keep in mind that you will not be able to be more than 180 continuous days in the country, so that has started a new year. Well, to restore the migration clock, you’d have to leave Colombia and re-enter the next day.
When should I do the extension or extension of tourism?
We recommend that you start the process 5 to 10 days before the fulfillment of your first 90 days of stay in Colombia. If you apply for the extension of your “tourist visa” late, you will lose the possibility of obtaining your extra 90 days without leaving the country and Migración Colombia will impose a fine.
Is the extension process for the “tourist visa” in person?
No. The application for extension of your tourist visa can be made completely online through the Migración Colombia platform at the link: https://www.migracioncolombia.gov.co/. In expatgroup.co we help you with this procedure so you do not have complications. Enter here to quote the service one click away.
However, it is important to note that in case of any problems with the online migration system, the last resort would be to go face-to-face to the nearest Migration office to finish the procedure.
What documents are needed to apply for the tourism extension?
We will need to have the following documents scanned in PDF format:
- Passport home page or data page.
- Last valid entry stamp to Colombia.
- Ticket with the itinerary of your next departure from the country.
For minors, the following must also be annexed:
• Child’s birth certificate.
• The main page of the passport or the data page of one of the parents.
How long does the process take?
The completion of the procedure will depend on the responsiveness of the Office of Migration Colombia. It usually ranges from 3 to 5 business days.
What record will I have of the extension of my “tourist visa”?
Migration Colombia, if reviewing the documents finds everything correct, will issue the approval of the procedure and enable the payment option. Once the payment is confirmed, the extension of the “tourist visa” will arrive by email in PDF format. We recommend printing this extension and keeping it together with your passport. In this document, you will be able to see your maximum date of legal stay in the country.