(CNN Spanish) — Dozens of countries and territories have their doors open so that Colombians can travel without a visa for short-term stays. Although there are still a large number of countries and territories that require a visa, in recent years that number has decreased.
Colombian President Gustavo Petro, announced this Monday that the United Kingdom removed the tourist visa requirement for Colombians.
The British ambassador to Colombia, George Hodgson, told local media that the visa requirement to travel to Great Britain will no longer be necessary as of November 9, 2022.
Hodgson said the decision “has been in the works for a long time” and that the positive factors and risks were evaluated.
“The important thing is that we have already reached a decision to facilitate Colombian nationals traveling to the United Kingdom for periods of up to six months,” he told local radio station W Radio.
I thank the United Kingdom for its decision to remove the tourist visa requirement for Colombian visitors.
– Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo) October 18, 2022
Currently, more than 90 countries and territories allow Colombians to travel without a visa, according to information from the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated to 2020. This is a representative amount if one takes into account that almost a decade ago, in 2010, Colombians Colombians could only enter 25 countries and non-state territories without a visa.
That figure increased in 2018 when the government of then President Juan Manuel Santos said that there were already 51 countries and 13 non-state territories that Colombians could enter without a visa.
Undoubtedly one of the greatest advances in mobility for Colombians was the withdrawal of the visa to enter 26 countries that make up the Schengen territory (which also applied to Peruvian citizens) in 2015 when the then president of the Spanish government, Mariano Rajoy announced the “suspension of Schengen visas for Colombians and Peruvians in the EU”. Thus, Colombians can enter the Schengen territory without a visa for up to 90 days.
However, in the first half of 2018, the European Parliament and Council announced the creation of the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), a registration system for all visitors from third countries so far exempt from visa.
ETIAS is intended to strengthen security at European borders and is expected to come into operation in May 2023.
Although ETIAS is not the same as a visa —it is faster, it is done online and does not require biometric information—, its acquisition still has a procedure and a cost, quite similar to the United States system, ESTA.
Even so, Colombians still have a large number of countries that they can visit without the need to obtain special permission to do so, according to the most recent information available from the Colombian Foreign Ministry.
Countries and territories that do NOT require a visa for Colombians
Albania, Germany, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Leichtenstein , Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.
For the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a visa will not be required from November 9, 2022.
America and the Caribbean
Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba (tourist card), Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua*, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname (tourist card), Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao (Netherlands), Guadeloupe (France), French Guiana, Martinique (France), Saba ( Netherlands), Saint Pierre and Miqueleon (France), Saint Martin (Netherlands).
Colombians who have a tourist or business visa to enter the US or a multiple-entry visa to Canada can travel without the need to process a consular visa for Costa Rica.
South Korea, Philippines (up to 30 days), Maldives (up to 30 days), Singapore (up to 30 days), Hong Kong (90 days).
Israel, Turkey, Qatar.
Samoa, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Fatuna (France).
Countries and territories that DO require a visa for Colombians
Angola, Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bhutan, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea -Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya (visa on arrival), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius (visa on arrival), Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Central African Republic, Rwanda (electronic visa), Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania (visa on arrival), Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia (Visa on arrival), People’s Republic of China, North Korea, United Arab Emirates, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos (Visa on arrival ), Liberia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tajikistan, East Timor, Turkestan, Uzbekistan, Macao, China (Visa on Arrival) and Taiwan (e-Visa).
Ireland, Macedonia, United Kingdom Great Britain and Northern Ireland. (Until November 9, 2022).
Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, South Sudan, Sudan, Libya, Kuwait, Yemen, Oman (tourist visa upon entry to Oman at official entry points to your territory), Bahrain, Cyprus, Syria, Pakistan.
Australia, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
America and the Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, Costa Rica*, United States, Grenada, Haiti, Nicaragua (visa on arrival for US, Canadian, or Schengen visa holders, and for natives of the archipelago of San Andrés and Providencia, Colombia ), Saint Lucia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saint Batolomé (France), Saint Martin (France).
Colombians who have a tourist or business visa (B1-B2, B1 or B2, visa type D, C1/D) to enter the US or a multiple-entry visa to Canada can travel to Costa Rica without having to process consular visa, according to the Costa Rican government.
Colombians who have a valid US or Schengen visa for at least 6 months do not need a visa to enter Haiti.
— Editor’s note: This story was first published in April 2019 and updated in October 2022.