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Colombia Special Temporar and Visa for Medical Treatment

This Colombia temporary visa for medical treatment is a special visa that may be granted to a foreigner who requires medical treatment which cannot be given or completed within the terms of the visitor’s visa or entry permit.

A lot of foreigners come to Colombia to get inexpensive treatments such as medically needed surgery or aesthetic surgery. In some cases, the treatment requires that the patient stays in Colombia for more than 6 months for recovery and for follow up appointments.

For such lengthy medical treatments, a temporary visa for medical treatment is needed. Please be aware that the temporary work visa does not grant permission to live, work, study or to conduct a business in Colombia.

The temporary worker visa can be granted for up to 2 years taking into account the medical treatment needed by the foreigner in Colombia. Please note that the temporary medical treatment is a visitor visa of the V category.

The Colombia temporary visa for medical treatment is easy to obtain as long as you satisfy all the requirements set forth by the ministry of foreign affairs. It is very popular among foreigners who want high quality yet low cost medical treatment in Colombia.

The cost for the special temporary visa for medical treatment is $300 USD plus the government visa fees.

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What Documents are required for Colombia Temporary Visa for Medical Treatment?

There are some general requirements when applying for Colombia temporary visa for medical treatment which are the following:

Visa Application Form:

Form DP-FO-67 “Application for a visa” completely filled out and signed by the foreign applicant, not by an intermediary.

Valid Passport:

Present a valid passport or travel document, in good condition and with a minimum of two (2) blank pages.

Passport Photocopy

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.

Medical Certificate:

A Certification issued by the medical doctor stating the need for the treatment and the time it requires, countersigned by the corresponding medical institution, as the case may be.

Financial Solvency Document:

A document certifying the financial solvency of the foreigner and of the person who guarantees the expenses of his/her stay in Colombia during the time required for the treatment, which must be coherent with its cost.

Photocopy of Return Tickets:

Photocopy or electronic information of the respective tickets for departure from Colombia.

Passport photo:

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.

Proof of Health Insurance

Health policy with coverage in the national territory against all risks in case of accident, illness, maternity, disability, hospitalization, death or repatriation, for the time foreseen for their stay in the country.


If you are a primary visa holder and your beneficiary is seeking visa for medical treatment, then the following documents are required.

Document Proving Kinship:

A civil registration or equivalent document showing the relationship or kinship, duly legalized or with an apostille, as the case may be.

Financial Support Document:

A documents evidencing the economic dependence of the beneficiary with respect to the visa holder

Letter of Support:

A letter in which the visa holder assumes responsibility for the beneficiary’s stay in and departure from Colombia. In the case of minors such as children under the age of 18, the application, proxy or authorization must be signed by the parents and authenticated before a notary or Colombian consul.

Photocopy of Primary Visa Holder:

A photocopy of the holder’s valid visa.

Please note that when the request for a visa as a beneficiary is presented to the Visas office in Bogota, the foreign permanent partner of the visa holder must be present. 

The primary visa holder is required to attend the respective judicial decision, minute of conciliation or public deed declaring the existence of the de facto marital union in accordance with Colombian regulations.

 The date of issue of this deed cannot be more than three (3) months or 90 days prior to the day on which the request for a visa is presented.

How to Apply for Colombia Temporary Visa for Medical Treatment?

Applying for Temporary Medical Treatment from Abroad

A visa applicant who wishes to get medical treatment in Colombia can apply for a Colombia medical treatment 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 work 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 work visa has been approved and added to your passport, you are ready to travel to Colombia as a recipient of medical treatment.

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 work visa has been approved and added to your passport, you are ready to travel to Colombia as a migrant.

Applying for Temporary Visa for Medical Treatment 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. This is located at Avenida 19 # 98-03, Torre 100 Building, 3rd Floor. It’s open from 7:30 am until noon.


The major challenge with getting a Colombian visa yourself is dealing with a government bureaucracy, making a trip to Bogota and not understanding the laws properly if you are not fluent in Spanish.

This is where you can benefit from the services of an experienced visa agency such as Visas by James. A visa agency such ours is your best bet when it comes to obtaining visa for you. An experienced visa agency which has processed hundreds of visas and knows exactly what is needed for each type of visa is exactly what you need.

Another big benefit of using a visa agency is that they offer services to courier your passport to Bogotá to get the visa put in your passport. So, you can avoid a trip to Bogotá. The cost of a visa service including the service to courier your passport to Bogotá can even be cheaper than the cost of a trip to Bogotá.

Why Use Our Visa Agency For Getting Temporary Visa for Medical Treatment?

Since 2005, our visa agency Visas by James has obtained hundreds of visas for foreigners who wish to study, work, invest, and live in Colombia. We are the oldest expat visa business in Colombia. We also have more attorneys in office than any other visa agency in Colombia. In addition to our visa services we offer a full range of legal and accounting services to our clients. By having a legal and accounting firm work on your application, we are able to handle any surprises or last minute requests by immigration officials.

Our Story

James Lindzey the owner of Visas by James has worked as a private investigator and paralegal in the United States from the 90s until he moved to Colombia in 2005. James arrived in Colombia in 2005 and started doing visas for expats in 2007.

In addition to our visa services our agency offers a full range of legal and accounting services to our clients. We are able to assist better in document collection services in the United States because of James legal experience in the United States.

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