U.S. citizens may enter Colombia without a visa and remain in the country for a maximum of 90 days per trip. You may be asked to provide proof of onward travel.
The process for residency is fairly simple and straightforward, with low income and investment requirements. Colombia offers some of the world’s easiest residency options, with the least amount of red tape.
You can enter Colombia through international airports in Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, Armenia, Barranquilla, and Cali. You can also enter through land borders and ports along the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
Most importantly, if you are staying in Colombia for more than 60 days, or are a resident, you will have to pay an exit tax of U$22. This only applies at international airports and cruise terminals.
Plus, Colombia offers 20 different visas, and about 7 of them are commonly used by expats.
A temporary visa in this country is usually valid for one to three years. For permanent residency, the investment value is just under US$150,000.
The most popular types of temporary Colombian visas for expats and investors include the pensioner, rentista, and property-owner visas. There is also a visa specifically for people interested in working in Colombia.
The Colombian pensioner visa (retirement visa) is intended for a retiree who receives a pension from a public or private company or the government (Social Security).
Pensioners’ visas start at a threshold of less than US$1,000 per month.
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The rentista visa is an option for someone who receives a non-pension income from outside Colombia from a public or private company.
The property owner or business proprietor visa requires investing in your own business or in your share of a business. You can also qualify for this visa by making a property investment in Colombia.
Investments (in properties or companies) start at just over US$30,000.
Obtaining residency in Colombia is easy, and you don’t need to be here full-time to maintain it.
Our advice is to obtain a Colombian residency permit as soon as you firm up your interest in the country. Not having a residency card creates hassles for banking, business, and utilities.
Residency in Colombia can lead to a second passport and dual citizenship.