On March 22nd, 2020, the President of the Republic

issued Decree 457 by which he ordered mandatory national preventive

isolation from March 25th, 00:00 am until to April

13th, 00:00 am.

Given the extension of the period of isolation established by

the Mayor of Bogotá and the mandatory preventive isolation

decreed by the Presidency of the Republic, the Internal Work Group

on Visas and Immigration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will

take the following measures regarding the operation of visa

services:

  1. Visa applications filed with

    consulates will be inadmissible, regardless of class or

    category.

  2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will

    accept visa applications for study and electronic approval, but

    will not make visa stamps in the passport.

  3. The Ministry of Foreign Relations

    will not study visa applications from foreigners who are outside

    Colombian territory.

In turn, Migración Colombia, the entity in charge, among

others, of carrying out the visa registrations and issuance of

foreigners ID cards, will take the following measures pursuant to

Resolution 918 of March 19th 2020:

  1. Suspension of the validity terms of

    the Permanent Safe-conducts (SC-2) until May 30th, 2020.

    However, the measure excludes Permanent Safe-conducts SC-2 issued

    for the request and/or change of visa and recognition of refugee

    status.

  2. Extend the principle of opportunity

    for amendment or refrain from initiating administrative actions by

    taking into consideration exonerating causes of liability to

    foreigners who, due to preventive isolation measures, could not

    carry out the registration of the visa and the application of

    foreigners ID card in the terms of law.

    Bear in mind that it is necessary to have a stamped visa to proceed

    with the visa registration and foreigners ID card application.

  3. Temporarily suspend, until May

    30th, the count period of absence for the cancellation

    of special stay permits PEP.

  4. Suspend the term of the authorized

    stay for holders of entry and stay permits in the category

    “permits for other activities” POA, except for the

    permission granted by Shore Pass or to the members of the maritime

    or river crew.

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about your specific circumstances.

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