Depending on where you’re from, or what passport you travel with, you might need a visa to visit Colombia. You can check that information easily online.
Those travelling from countries from which Colombia does not require a visa (such as Canada, the United States and Australia, among others), can stay in Colombia as a tourist for 90 days at a time. Tourists may extend their stay up to a maximum of 180 days per calendar year. (Canadian travellers have had to pay an entry tax of approximately $95CAD/200.000COP to enter Colombia through most points in recent years. As of May 1, 2019, the Colombian government will remove the entry tax for Canadians.)
So what happens if (when!) you fall in love with Colombia and want to stay longer? Visitors generally take one of the following 2 options:
- Leave Colombia for a short period of time (at least 24 hours). When you return, your new passport stamp grants you another 90 day visitation period.
- Apply to extend your stay without leaving Colombia. You can do this online. The pop-up window is in Spanish, but once you get past it, you can select to view the page in English (although some options remain in Spanish). For a complete walkthrough of the process, check out Medellin Guru’s post on extending your “tourist visa.” You’ll hear back in about 2 business days and will be required to pay a fee of $99.000COP.