Information for ALL foreign participants


Entering Colombia from abroad
(only for non-Colombian citizens or residents)

Immigration status

If you require a visa to enter Colombia, your immigration status will be defined by the Colombian Consulate issuing your visa and the information below is beyond your concern. Please revise this link  to find out whether you need a visa or not.

If you DO NOT require a visa to enter Colombia, your immigration status will be defined by the Colombian Immigration authorities (Spanish: Migracion Colombia) on arrival.

We strongly recommend that all foreign ICAMI 2017 participants enter Colombia as “temporary visitors” (indicated by PIP 6 in your entry stamp) attending an academic event rather than mere “tourists” (indicated by PIP 5 in your entry stamp) as appears in this sample:

By entering as a tourist, you will be subject to a penalty fee after the hotel reports your check-in and your purpose of visit (participation in ICAMI 2017) to local immigration authorities.

Additionally, the ICAMI 2017 Organizing Committee will not be able to issue a certification on your participation in ICAMI 2017 if you enter Colombia as a tourist; otherwise, the ICAMI 2017 organizers be subject to a penalty fee.

Customs

All travelers arriving in Colombia from abroad will be given the “Declaration of Baggage and Currency form”, to be signed by the traveler, specifying the personal effects, merchandise and the amount of currency that he/she is bringing into the country.

In major Colombian international airports, the custom procedure employs a “traffic light rule”, which is an electronic system that randomly selects a piece of baggage to be checked. If upon pressing the button the light turns green, the traveler proceeds immediately to the exit. However, if the light turns red, the traveler’s baggage gets revised.