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Colombia introduces new immigration rules

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New regulations have amended the Colombian immigration regime, including introducing new categories of entry and stay, biometric ID for Colombians and a Border Mobility Card for citizens of neighbouring countries.

Resolution 3167 of 2019, introduces new regulations regarding the entry of foreigners into the country, that will come into force starting 1 December 2019.

The changes include the following key points:

  • New classification of entry and stay permits, as well as amended scope of permissible activities.
  • The implementation of the Border Mobility Card for foreign nationals from neighbouring countries as an alternative travel document to the passport.
  • The implementation of CAN-MERCOSUR Electronic Migration Card as an alternative travel document to the passport;
  • The implementation of Biometrics authentication (BIOMIG) for Colombian nationals.
  • The advantages of visa-free entry for nationals of the MERCOSUR, CAN and Pacific Alliance countries, have been extended to foreign nationals who have permanent residence in those countries.
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