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COLOMBIA – Visa-Free Entry for Some Nationals of China, India, Thailand and Vietnam

The Colombian government has authorised certain nationals of India, China, Thailand and Vietnam to enter Colombia without a visa, thus allowing qualifying applicants to apply on arrival for a temporary visitor permit (PIP) and post arrival for certain employment visas (TP- 4 and TP-13).

Who Qualifies?

The new visa exemption is available to nationals of India, China, Thailand and Vietnam who

  • hold a residence permit in a State of he Schengen area or in the United States; or
  • hold a Schengen visa type C or D, or a visa to the United States (other than in the Class C-1 transit category).

Further Details

Qualifying nationals of these four countries arriving in Colombia will receive a temporary visitor permit (PIP) in the relevant category, depending on the activities to be undertaken in Colombia (PIP-1 to PIP-8). They will then be able to apply post arrival for a TP-4 temporary work visa or a TP-13 visa for urgent technical work.

Action Items

  • If you are assisting a qualifying national of China, India, Thailand or Vietnam to obtain work authorisation for Colombia, consider taking advantage of the post arrival processes.
  • A transition period is expected while the immigration authorities (including Migración Colombia and all consular posts) implement this new rule. Please check with your immigration supplier on a case by case basis.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Godoy Cordoba Abogados.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.