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COLOMBIA – New “Automatic Migration Service” for Resident MERCOSUR and CAN Nationals

Migration Colombia has launched the Automatic Migration Service, allowing Mercosur (Mercado Común del Sur) and CAN (Comunidad Andina) nationals currently resident in Colombia to enter and exit the country in an expedited manner.

What Are the Benefits?

Subscribers to this service will be able to enter and exit Colombia without queuing to have their passports stamped. Instead, they can scan an ID card with new machines now being installed at international airports in Colombia, thus saving time at the airport and space in their passport.

Who Can Benefit?

Any nationals of Mercosur and CAN countries who are resident in Colombia with a valid visa and who have a computer-readable passport, may qualify for the service.

Mercosur is made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. Bolivia is in the process of joining, and Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador are associate members.

The Comunidad Andina, or CAN, is made up of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

How to Register

Applicants must have their photograph and fingerprints taken at a registration interview at Migration Colombia, and pay an annual fee of $150,000COP.

Action Items

  • Note that the new Automatic Migration Service may be a good option for Mercosur and CAN nationals resident in Colombia who need to enter and exit the country several times per year.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Brigard & Urrutia Abogados

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