Colombia’s digital nomad visa project underway, authorities say

Over the past decade, Colombia has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Latin America.

According to official data, the country saw an increase in the number of foreign visitors of almost 200% between 2010 and 2019.

This is thanks to its breathtaking landscapes, Caribbean flair, vibrant culture, efficient tourist infrastructure and sense of security in its main tourist destinations.

Colombia recently enacted a new immigration law that is expected to come into effect on October 22, 2022.

The current structure of the visa system, which is divided into three main types of visas – visitor visas, migrant visas and resident visas – will not be affected by the new law. However, the new law adds additional visa classifications and changes the application process.

Among other new visa subclasses, there is a new visa for digital nomads.

Conditions and requirements

  • Foreign citizens employed outside of Colombia will be able to live and work in Colombia using a new visa called the Digital Nomad Visa for up to two years.
  • The visa will also be available for people who want to start a digital technology business in Colombia.
  • Holders of a Digital Nomad visa will not be permitted to engage in paid local employment or work for an employer in Colombia.
  • Bank documents must prove that the applicant earns a monthly salary of at least three minimum legal wages (685 USD, as of July 29).
  • A letter written in Spanish or English from one or more international companies for which the candidate works is required.
  • The applicant must present proof of health insurance covering accident, illness, maternity, disability, hospitalization, death or repatriation for the duration of their stay in the country.
  • The applicant’s passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of application. Currently, there is no minimum validity period for the passport.

With the new changes, immigration authorities will be able to make a decision on a visa application within 30 calendar days of submission, instead of the current five to eight working days.

Authorities will be able to decide on requests within 10 days of receiving additional documents, instead of the current five to eight working days.

After the new administration takes office on August 7, 2022, policy adjustments and reforms are possible. Travelinglifestyle will keep you informed of important events.

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