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
- Visa applications filed with
consulates will be inadmissible, regardless of class or
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will
accept visa applications for study and electronic approval, but
will not make visa stamps in the passport.
- The Ministry of Foreign Relations
will not study visa applications from foreigners who are outside
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:
- 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
- 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.
- Temporarily suspend, until May
30th, the count period of absence for the cancellation
of special stay permits PEP.
- 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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