In a tit-for-tat move, Colombia has instituted a 160,000-peso (CAN$84) entry fee for Canadian visitors entering the country.
The fee was initiated in December 2014 in response to the Canadian government imposing a similar fee on Colombian travelers to Canada, beginning in late 2013. Colombians, along with citizens of about 30 other countries, are required to pay CAN$85 to provide biometric data—fingerprints and a photograph—when applying for a visitor visa, study permit, or work permit in Canada.
While Canada requires the fee for those seeking such visas or permits, the fee is not charged to all Colombians each time they enter the country. Colombia’s entry fee is charged each time a Canadian enters Colombia.
The entry fee can be paid in Colombian pesos, U.S. dollars, or by credit or debit card.
The Canadian Embassy in Bogota told the Bogota Post that, despite the retaliatory move, “Canada has an excellent bilateral relationship with Colombia,” adding, “Mobility is an important aspect of that relationship on which we continue to work.”
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