Citizens of most Western countries, including most European countries, all South American countries, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Bhutan, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore do not need a visa unless their stay exceeds 90 days. Irish citizens no longer need to apply for a visa at a Colombian embassy and should receive the same treatment at immigration as all other visa-exempt travellers.
The Colombian authorities stamp passports from the above countries and issue a residence permit for a maximum of 30 to 90 days. Immigration officials at any of the country’s international airports will usually ask you how long you plan to travel and give you a number of days that it covers, which you can extend to 90 days by visiting any immigration office.
Extend your stay
You can apply for a 90-day extension of your stay at an Asuntos Migratorios office in some major cities, which costs about US$40. You will need two copies of the main page of your passport, two copies of the page with the entry stamp, two copies of a ticket to leave the country and four photos. The procedure takes some time and involves fingerprinting. For visitors, the maximum length of stay cannot exceed 6 months in one year.