How to Get Colombia Mercosur Visa
The Colombia Mercosur visa is intended for citizens of countries who are either permanent or associate members of Mercosur economic bloc. The economic bloc has 4 permanent members, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Venezuela had been one of the permanent members but the country’s membership has been currently suspended. The associate members of Mercosur bloc are Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Bolivia.
The citizens of countries which are members of Mercosur economic bloc can get a Migrant visa of M-3 category. This visa is valid for up to 2 years for member countries. After 2 years visa holders may apply for full residency. The only major requirement for obtaining this visa is a legalized criminal history report.
What makes this visa interesting to most of our non-Spanish speaking readers is that citizens which are from the Mercosur member countries may bring their spouses and family members to Colombia with beneficiary visas. So, if your spouse is a citizen of Peru, then he or she can apply for Mercosur visa. Once he or she has obtained M-3 visa, then he or she can apply for beneficiary visa for his or her North American or European spouse and children.
The Colombia Mercosur visa allows multiple re-entry into Colombia. Please note that if a visa holder stays out of Colombia for six consecutive months, then the visa becomes invalid.
Under the new visa resolution 5477, all Migrant visas require you to be in Colombia 180 days or more to keep your visa. If you are out of Colombia more than 180 days your visa will no longer be valid, and Migracion Colombia officials may cancel your visa on entry.
If you are allowed entry in to Colombia with just a stamp then the official will most likely allow you to enter as a tourist after cancelling your visa.
New requirements for the Mercosur visa are a criminal record report, and insurance which covers repatriation.
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What Documents are required for Colombia Mercosur Visa?
A photocopy of the first page of your valid passport showing your biographical data. The photocopy can be either in color or black and white.
Proof of Legal Entry:
A photocopy of the page of your passport showing last stamp of entry or departure of Colombia.
Photocopy of Previously Issued Visa:
If you’ve had a previous Colombian visa such as a student visa, then a photocopy of this visa.
Certified Criminal History Report:
Certificate of judicial or criminal record of your country of origin or of the place where you resided during the 3 years prior to the application with an issue date not exceeding three (3) months at the time of registration. The document must be apostilled, legalized or certified by the Consulate of the country accredited in Colombia. If the report is in a language other than Spanish, it must be translated and legalized.
Passport style face photo with a white background, sized at 3 cm width X 4 cm height, maximum size of 300 kb jpg file for online application.
How to Apply for Colombia Mercosur Visa?
Applying for Mercosur visa from abroad
A visa applicant who wishes to live, work, and study in Colombia can apply for a Colombia Mercosur visa online. In addition, any Colombian visas can be obtained at any Colombian consulates around the world.
The Colombian visa application process is fairly easy as it can be completed entirely online. You can apply for a Colombia student visa online Tramites Visa . This application will require scanned copies of all required documents in Adobe PDF format along with your passport photo in jpg format. In addition, a detailed guide for applying online can be found here.
If you are in another country outside of Colombia, then you have to go to nearby Colombian consulate in that country so that you can get the visa put in your passport at a Colombian consulate. Once you have the Colombia Mercosur visa has been approved and added to your passport, you are ready to travel to Colombia as a migrant.
Applying for Mercosur Visa from Colombia
Once you receive online visa approval, if doing this in Colombia, you need to travel to Bogotá to get the visa in your passport. Visas in Colombia are issued at the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores office in Bogotá. Their office is located at Avenida 19 # 98-03, Torre 100 Building, 3rd Floor. It’s open from 7:30 am until noon.
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