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Colombia Visa for Bangladeshi Citizens

Colombia is a country worth visiting, especially for its biodiversity and culture. Citizens of Bangladesh who wish to travel to Colombia for a short term or for a longer time need a proper travel authorization from the government of that country. 

Travelers from Bangladesh must apply for a visa in the nearest Colombian embassy or consulate as they are not eligible to get an electronic travel authorization. 

Based on the purpose of their visit and duration of their stay, they will have to apply for different types of visas such as a tourist visa, business visa, work visa and student visa.  

Here’s what Bangladeshi citizens need to know about Colombia visas. 

What Is a Colombia Visa?

A Colombia visa is the travel authorization granted by the country’s government to travelers from foreign countries to enter, remain in and leave the country. 

A visa is valid for the time period mentioned in it and foreigners overstaying their visa validity period will have to face legal actions like fines.  

Colombia short-term visas for Bangladeshi citizens include the tourist visa, business visa and transit visa. 

Citizens of Bangladesh must get a tourist visa for a leisure trip to Colombia that does not exceed 90 days.

They can also get this type of visa to meet family and friends who are in Colombia. However, they are not permitted to engage in any business activities. 

To conduct business in Colombia, citizens of Bangladesh should apply for a business visa. 

Apart from this, Bangladeshi nationals are required to get a transit visa to transit through any of the international airports in Colombia to a foreign country. The transit visa is valid for three days. 

Students from Bangladesh who wish to pursue higher education in Colombia must get a Colombian student visa.

Apart from the above-mentioned visas, Bangladeshis are granted parent visa, temporary work visas and spousal visas.

It is important for the applicants from Bangladesh to check with the Colombia embassy in Dhaka about the latest visa rules and regulations as they can change frequently.                     

How To Apply for A Colombia Visa? 

Applicants from Bangladesh must approach a Colombia embassy or Migraciones site to apply for a visa. They need to complete the application form. 

Applicants are required to answer the questions sincerely. The application form has several questions with regard to the nationality, identity, passport, trip and accommodation. Errors in the information in the application form can result in visa denial. 

They need to gather all the supporting documents. Based on the type of visa applicants are required to submit different kinds of documents.

For example, applicants for a tourist visa will have to provide their accommodation details and flight tickets whereas those applying for a student visa will have to submit an acceptance letter from a university in Colombia. 

They also need to submit their passport which is valid for at least six months and passport-size photographs. 

Applicants must attach all the supporting documents with the application form and submit it to the Colombia embassy or consulate.

If they are applying for the visa while in Colombia, they can do so at the office of the Colombia foreign affairs ministry in Bogota. 

Officials at the embassy or consulate will verify the documents and the application form. Once the visa application is approved, the applicant will be notified via email.     

They can collect the visa and the other documents from the embassy. A few embassies and consulates send the visa through mail. Applicants need to contact the embassy to know more about such facilities. 

Once an applicant receives the visa, he/she can travel to Colombia and stay in the country for the time prescribed in the visa provided they follow all the visa rules and regulations. 

Documents Needed for A Colombia Visa 

Documents needed for a Colombia visa vary based on the type of visa and nationality of the applicant. Following are the documents required for a Colombia visa for applicants from Bangladesh: 

  • Completed visa application form. Note that not all embassies offer online application forms.
  • A valid passport.
  • Passport-size photographs
  • A copy of the passport’s information page that shows the photograph, passport and personal details of the applicant.
  • Accommodation details. Applicants are required to provide round the trip accommodation reservation details.
  • Flight ticket details
  • Bank statements to prove economic solvency.
  • Details of previous visa.
  • Job offer letter from a company registered in Colombia (for applicants of work visa)
  • Acceptance letter from a university or an educational institution in Colombia (for the applicants of student visa)
  • A Colombia Check Mig. This is a mandatory travel document. Citizens of Bangladesh can apply for a Colombia Chek Mig in the official website of the Colombian migration department or through the Colombia Check Mig mobile application. They have to apply for the pre-registration form at least 72 hours before their trip.

What is the Validity of Colombia Visa?

The validity of a Colombia visa varies depending on the type of visa and nationality of the applicant.

The validity of a Colombia tourist visa is generally 90 days whereas a Colombia transit visa has a validity of three days. 

Some Colombia visas can be extended. Applicants have to approach the Colombia immigration centers and apply for an extension.

Ensure to seek the visa extension well in advance of the expiry date of the Colombia visa.

Application after this date will not be accepted. Citizens of Bangladesh will have to pay a fine for overstaying. In some cases, they will be deported.  

What is the Processing Fee of a Colombia Visa?

The Colombia visa processing fee depends on the type of visa and the nationality of the applicant. 

Applicants from Bangladesh must contact the Colombia embassy in Dhaka to know more about the Colombia visa processing fee. 

A Colombia visa does not guarantee entry for travelers from Bangladesh. They will have to undergo customs and immigration checks. If the officials find something amiss, their entry can be denied. 

After reaching Colombia, travelers from Bangladesh have to register in the local immigration offices within the 15 days of arrival.

If they are staying more than 90 days in Colombia, they will also have to get a Foreigner ID card.              

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