COLOMBIA – Government Extends Visa-Free Entry to Some Nationals of Cambodia and Myanmar; And Changes Entry Permit Category for Schengen Nationals
Effective 2 February 2016, the Colombian government has authorised certain nationals of Colombia and Myanmar to enter Colombia without a visa.
The Colombian government has also decided to issue Schengen nationals with PIP-5 entry and stay permits instead of the PIP-10 category introduced in November 2015.
Nationals of Cambodia and Myanmar
The new visa exemption is available to nationals of Cambodia and Myanmar who
- hold a residence permit in a State of the Schengen area or in the United States; or
- hold a Schengen visa type C or D, or a visa to the United States (other than in the Class C-1 transit category).
Qualifying nationals of these two countries arriving in Colombia will receive a temporary visitor permit (PIP) in the relevant category, depending on the activities to be undertaken in Colombia (PIP-1 to PIP-8). They will then be able to apply post arrival for a TP-4 temporary work visa or a TP-13 visa for urgent technical work.
The PIP-10 entry permit, recently created for nationals of Schengen Area states, has been replaced by another category of entry permit: PIP-5, which used to be the entry permit given for those who travel for tourism to Colombia.
The PIP-5 for Schengen nationals will allow the same activities (short visits including tourism, business and journalism, sports, artistic performances and intra-corporate training) for an initial term of 90 days within 180 days and is also renewable.
The PIP-5 gives Schengen nationals exemption from VAT for any tourist activities carried out in Colombia.
- Anyone assisting a qualifying national of Cambodia or Myanmar to obtain work authorisation for Colombia should consider taking advantage of the post arrival processes.
- Expect Schengen Area nationals arriving in Colombia to be issued a PIP-5 Entry and Stay Permit.