Resolution 2223

After more than 5 months of the suspension from Migración Colombia services, due to the pandemic, the activities of their offices are finally gradually resuming under the guidelines of Resolution 2223.

Reactivated services

With the Resolution 2223 of 2020, after 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

Onsite attention

Personal appointments will be scheduled previously through the Migration system https://www.migracioncolombia.gov.co/agendarsucita. People without appointment WON’T be attended in the immigration office. This following all the biosafety protocols and guarantee the well-being of the entity’s officials and users.

Execution time

Foreigners will have a timeframe that runs from September 21, 2020, to December 15, 2020, to make a gradual transition, achieve the organized and progressive scheduling of appointments, as well as the completion of the pending procedures with immigration authorities.

Regarding the Temporary Permits of Permanence, the previous term does NOT apply, but they will be ruled by the following guidelines:

• The counting of time in the national territory is resumed for foreigners who have Permit to Enter and Stay (PIP), which are tourism stamps.

• Foreigners with Entry and Permanence Permits whose expiration has occurred during the Health Emergency, will have one (1) month from next October 1 to renew their permit (PTP), process a visa, or voluntarily leave the country without generating any immigration offense.

Sanctions

There will be no immigration fines or sanctions for visa expiration, entry permit, extension, visa registration, and processing of the Cédula de Extranjería which occurred during the mandatory isolation decreed by the National Government. However, those foreigners who do not carry out the immigration processes that are pending within the terms established in this resolution 2223 will incur a cause of immigration violation and will be charged with the respective sanctions.

Here are some examples to help you understand better:

Tourism extension

If James entered Colombia with a 90-day tourism permit, and his first 90 days expired during the State of Emergency, what should he do?

James will have one month from October 1, to request the extension of stay (acquire another 90 days of tourism), apply for a Colombian visa type V, M, or R, or leave the country without paying any fine.

Cédula de Extranjería

If Elizabeth got a Colombian visa during quarantine and she currently has her electronic visa, what is the next step to complete her application correctly?

Elizabeth will have from September 21 to December 15, to request an appointment at Migración Colombia to register her electronic visa and request the issuance of her Cédula de Extranjería. Remember that the Cédula de Extranjería is an obligation for all foreigners who have a valid visa for more than 3 months.

What about foreigners who had already requested the tourism extension before the start of the quarantine to complete their 180 days of tourism allowed in Colombia this year?

Unfortunately, Resolution 2223 is ambiguous about foreigners with expired tourist visa extensions during the quarantine. They may be limited to being in Colombia until the end of October, that is, in case they do not get a visa from another category, they must legally leave the country. Besides, we don’t have confirmation yet if foreigners leaving the country can return this year with a tourism stamp. Although this would be normal if they still had tourism days available for this 2020.

However, in case we have different news or changes to this information, we will update this article accordingly and share the news with you.


PLEASE KEEP IN MIND! As they are just resuming their services and their digital platform, we recommend to wait for a while until Migración Colombia services are normalized, and they can attend and carry out the procedures correctly.


At expatgroup.co we will continue working to help the entire expat community in Colombia.

For more information and specialized advice, contact us, and tell us about your particular situation.

Un comentario en “¡ALERT! MIGRACIÓN COLOMBIA OFFICES REACTIVATION BEGINS

  1. Dear Sirs/Madam

    I arrived from Madrid in November with return 5 months later 2.April. After 3 months I applied for renewal/extension for the last two months as Iberia/Immigration told me.

    I never received a email confirmation – only a number confirming I had applied and did not think more of it until I tried to check in March and was told there was computer problems. My flight was cancelled and I moved into quarantine at Hotel Premium Real where Tourism Police from Immigration told me I was fine and that everything was put on hold.

    Flights to Madrid (I live in Barcelona but I am a Norwegian citizen) I am told is only for Spanish nationals for the time being.

    My plan for being here was to see if I could live here during European winter season – I work with artists, tours, concerts, entertainment/publicity for brands, restaurants, chains etc. and I see big possibilities within the Take-away sector as well as importing Apparel Clothing and Restaurant related services ala Rappi.

    I am in talks with several people about doing business here – Music Medellin Feria was cancelled obviously and the European version in Barcelona I was going back for also.

    I would like to apply for a visa where I can do research without comitment for a limited time and was thinking a rentista visa?

    I qualify for 10xpay – have unlimited insurance.

    I own online magazines in the culture/tourism sector if that is another option and am currently helping one hostel and restaurants adjust to a new world (just helping friends killing time). I plan on going to Europe to see family but would like to go to ferias in Bogota for the restaurant/event industry as well as music and textile ferias in December and The New Year. I would leave to attend the Sonar Festival in Barcelona in June 2021.

    If I don`t apply for a VISA do I need to leave before the end of October? even though my return flight has been scheduled by Iberia at this stage?

    Looking forward to your thoughts on the matter.

    Best regards

    Morten Strømberg

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