If you arrive in Medellin, you are allowed 90 days to roam wild and free; that is if you are an American citizen (double check with your country’s visa if you are not American and share your experience!). You don’t have to get the visa in advanced, all you need is to book a flight, and at the airport you will receive your 90 days Tourist Visa.
Americans can stay in Medellin for 180 days in the year if you extend your Tourist Visa after your first 90 days.
After 180 days, you will need to leave Colombia and cannot come back until the beginning of the new year (the new year begins January 1st).
Can I stay from July to December and stay in Medellin beginning of next year?
You will still need to get a visa stamp so I would recommend going to Belen or just do a border run. You can come back the same day if you do decide to go out of the country and come back. Make sure to count the days and not months!
Most cases, Immigrations will provide the actual date you will need to leave. Other times, they will just write 90 days and you will need to figure out when that is.
If you plan your trip to Medellin perfectly, technically you can stay 360 days with just two border runs. You can come to Medellin in July, extend your visa after 90 days and stay till December. Do a border run or fly out to Panama, Miami or other countries beginning of January (preferably December) and stay another 90 days. Extend your Tourist Visa again in March and leave in June. As long as its 180 days and no more, you can technically stay in for a year.
Want to know how to extend your Tourist Visa?
A Fine for Overstaying in Colombia
When your 180 days are up, you have to leave Colombia or receive a fine. The fine is calculated from one half to 7x the minimum monthly salary of the average Colombian. (between about 350,000 COP and 4.5 million COP). Even if you’re late one or few days, you will still be fined. Always check your visa and add it to your calendar to remind you. Receiving a fine will most likely not affect your ability to return to Colombia.
Who needs a Visa?
If you are not an United States Citizen and your country is listed below, let us know how you obtained your visa and share your experience of Medellin!
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Korea Republic Dem.
Laos Democratic Republic
People’s Republic of China
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
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